First day of work


I’m sitting at my desk after my first day of work at Garnett Church of Christ in Tulsa. I’ve never had a more smooth and enjoyable first day on a job. The staff is very kind and helpful. We had two staff meetings then the office staff briskly helped me get set up with phone, computer connection, keys, entry codes, directories and databases, tours.

Several expressed concerns about content of our first staff meeting, since it dealt with issues of communication and conflict and how to love one another in the church and problems that exist, and my response was that as long as I’ve been around people, we have conflict and that I’m not shocked and certainly expect this and appreciate that they are not trying to sweep problems under the carpet.

I’m sitting at the folding table that’s my desk (in storage in Tennessee till moving van comes with household goods when our house is ready in September), typing on laptop, with phone, planner, Bible, an in and out box, a church directory. Went to visit an elder’s 91-year-old brother who recently had brain surgery to relieve swelling after a fall. Getting acquainted and connecting with leadership, staff, and the rest of the congregation is key right now in early months. So simplicity of no books and empty files and bookshelves serves me right now. It’s refreshing and puts me in the relationship frame of mind and heart where I want to be.

Tonight it’s off to fish with a dentist in the congregation. Bow fishing. Maybe I’ll give you a short report on that later.

The family is doing fine. Children are adjusting and being with cousins last week softened the blow of moving. Enjoyed very much last week where, as Jill put it, our biggest worry was keeping enough sunscreen on.

14 comments on “First day of work

  1. Greg,

    All the best to you in your new ministry. May the Lord bless you and keep you and give you peace in this new adventure! It will be a wonderful journey in OK.

    Peace,
    Paul

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  2. Greg,

    Welcome to Tulsa! Glad to hear everyone is settling in smoothly. We’d love to spend some time with you and Jill and your kids when the big “welcome rush” dwindles away.

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  3. Greg,

    Crystal and I were in Tulsa for the Fourth. We thought of you as we drove past 31st on 169 yesterday. We talked about how God is going to use you to do great work there. God bless you and your family during this transition!

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  4. Greg,
    Welcome west of the river. Take good notes so I can steal them on your next Houston visit. If you need some CoC inspiration, ask Dusty to send you his ‘preacher groupie’ copy of the Pepperdine Lectures brochure. It’s quite inspiring.

    All the best!

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  5. Hey Greg- glad you survived the move and are beginning to find new routines in Oklahoma. Hope the kids have a good rest of the summer and yall get settled in. Take Care

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  6. Sorry we didn’t get together before you left…busy lives, huh? Too busy.

    My heart goes with you, brother. Thanks for the companionship here in Nashville, and our fellowship will continue…through blogging.

    Shalom,

    John Mark

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  7. Howdy from Houston! Jim and I wish you and your family much love and blessings. Your new church is very lucky to have you and I am sure the folks at Woodmont are missing you.Thought about you all tonight…a family spoke at church about their work in Uganda. It was amazing and it reminded us of your work. Take care!!!!

    Lara Bills

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  8. Greg,
    We miss you here in Nashville. I hate that we didn’t get to say our goodbye’s to you and the family. My blessings to you as start a new ministry in Tulsa. They are so fortunate to have you. I hope to see you at the ZOE conference in October. Until then, may God bless you and keep you, Jill and the kids.

    Blessings,
    Karin Hensley

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  9. So, when I called from Germany – were you at your folding table?

    I so had this great image of you sitting at a mahogany desk looking out a picture window onto the beauty that is Tulsa.

    :-)–>

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