The great thing about deadlines they make projects do or die. The sucky thing about deadlines they make projects do or die.
This is why I love and hate deadlines. I like getting things done; however, I am a procrastinator too. You can see my dilemma.
I get stressed when things are need to be done, so I work hard to get them done, but I have a habit of putting it off until I have little to no time for error. I have written countless school papers at 2am in the morning. Some of my best work has come from late night writing sessions… However, this is no excuse to do things last minute.
Part of the reason deadlines are good is that stress forces me to pick a course of action. Take writing a paper for example. When I sit down to write a simple essay I can open it in many different ways: Short and to the point, long and drawn out hook, etc… But when it is last moment, you sit down and bang out the first thing that comes to mind. Like I said, do or die- pedal to the metal, no looking back.
I am currently in the process of organizing an Open Mic. To be truthful, I have not got the foggiest idea of how to do this. I have participated in a few, I have done a bit of reading on the topic, but I have never MC or organized one. Lord help me.
So I finally had to put a date on the calender. If I did not put a date on the calender, it was only a concept, an idea, dust in the wind. A date makes it official, something I have to follow through with. It makes it real, and my reputation is on the line. It really gets the blood pumping.
The whole idea for this particular open mic night was to bring the town’s youth groups together for an outreach event. Years ago, I was told, all the youth groups in town did join events and activities. They did outreach together and supported each other. This is a push for that again. So far, there are 3 churches on board. It’s a start, and I am working to bring more in. The Church ought to be and needs to be unified in it mission…
The original idea was pitch to me as concert for young adults. My first thought was, “That would never work. There are too many kinds of music, no money, and who would want to come to a concert of blatantly christian musicians. I mean if some one is away from the Church, why would christian music be appealing.” (Very negative, I know, but if you have read any of my other entries, this is how my mind works things out, looking for the things that could/may go wrong…)
My next thought was, “Music is a good avenue. It could work, but lets get people involved. How can we make music appeal to a wide variety of people who do not want to go to church?”
Is an open mic going to bring in people who would not step into a church? I don’t know for sure, but I hope so. We choose a venue that is neutral, it a coffee shop that is operated by a church in town. We are advertising it as a family friendly open mic. When you go to an open mic, you want people to support you, right? People will bring people to see them perform, or at least that is my hope.
We will see, we will see. If you have any experience with open mics in general, please leave comment. If you have used an open mic as a ministry tool, did it work? I would love to hear about it.