Leaving God Out Of The Church

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

The easiest part of working at a church is leaving God out.
Yes, that sounds crazy, but every day I go about my job without ever thinking about God.

Working at a church can in fact become more about work then the reason for your work.

It amazes me that the simple task of serving God is not so simple.
In fact, it is the hardest thing I have ever done.

I consult my own knowledge without asking God.
I rely on my own ability rather then on God.
I take credit for things that I did without ever giving acknowledgement to the blessing of God.

Sometimes the place that I leave God out of the most is the very place where His presence rest…in me.


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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

    Great thoughts. The finely oiled machine of church can be thrown into turmoil if we aren’t prepared for the spontaneity of God. The same holds true for our own lives. I just want to get out of His way but that seems to be harder than it sounds. 

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylereed

      yes, getting out of the way is so hard. It really shouldn’t be and yet we make it more important to be seen rather then to let God be seen

  • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

    I’ve experienced the same thing leading Ignite. It’s easy to rely on my own knowledge and skills to do ministry, when really, it’s God’s wisdom and power I need. Great reminder that we need God first, second and third.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylereed

      Ya i have to remind myself all the time

  • http://www.robstill.com Rob Still

    Love your honesty Kyle. So ironic that working at a church can be the worst thing for one’s spiritual life! I’ve been there done that. You can’t do God’s work mans way. Great post.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylereed

      great point Rob, it is very ironic. I wish it was different. Just means we have to fight harder

  • http://twitter.com/adamrothjohnson Adam Roth Johnson

    Man this resonates with me, I feel the same struggles.
    thanks for your honesty in this post

  • http://twitter.com/clscholes Conor Scholes

    This is why it is so important for us to be accountable, personally, to be grounded in God’s word…and not for work.  For ourselves.  Thanks for the reminder.

  • http://davidsantistevan.com/ David Santistevan

    Dude, you nailed it. I live with this tension every day.