One of the wonderful things about being the lead pastor and having a staff to work with made itself known yesterday.
Because Rudy and I were gone to San Diego for the National Pastors Convention all week, Chad took over preaching responsibilities for the weekend. This enabled me to focus on what we were learning and to soak it all in.
So we returned and got to sit and soak it in for one more day. And Chad was awesome! He blew us all away with a fantastic message about Jesus calming the storm. It was absolutely culturally relevant, comforting, and challenging. It was funny in all the right places (though that's to be expected when you get "the youth guy" to preach).
And in the 7 1/2 months I've been here, I don't remember once when the preacher has had to stop and wait for the applause to subside before he could continue his message. And that happened with Chad yesterday.
I felt like I had never left the NPC; Chad preached as well as the heavy hitters who were there. The Holy Spirit really spoke through him. What an awesome church to be a part of!