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The Synergy Shift Shannon E. Karafanda

The Synergy Shift

Shannon E. Karafanda

Published July 21st 2012
ISBN : 9780615653532
Paperback
104 pages
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 About the Book 

Im a relatively creative person. I love to sing, dance, and act. But for years I stayed away from the visual arts. That is not my forte. Although I enjoy paintings and sculptures, I thought I wasnt good at this form of creativity. Then one day aMoreIm a relatively creative person. I love to sing, dance, and act. But for years I stayed away from the visual arts. That is not my forte. Although I enjoy paintings and sculptures, I thought I wasnt good at this form of creativity. Then one day a friend invited me to a painting party. We went to someones home. Each of us had a canvas and there were several brushes and paints to share. Someone had brought some examples of easy to re-create paintings. All I had to do was copy it. I was still hesitant. My drawings had yet to evolve past stick figures so I wasnt sure how to pull this off. But when I was surrounded by other friends, who were all giving insight into the creative process, I discovered I could do it. What I couldnt do alone, synergy let me accomplish with the help of others. Synergy is that moment when different elements come together to create something that couldnt be done alone. In 2006, I began working with Allan Todd to start a new church. A different church named Lighthouse United Methodist Church. A church that we believed was what God really wanted us to offer to the people of Fayette County, Georgia. Our focus was on innovative, contemporary worship and frequent service projects in our local community. As we met each day to dream about what we wanted this church to look like, we discovered that we created synergy. Our launch team was excited for our grand opening on August 13, 2006 that would offer an exciting new concept to our community. On August 3, 2006, Allan passed away suddenly. The moment Allan died, my life changed completely. There was a hole in my heart that ached to be filled and my life seemed so foreign to me. My life with Allan, before and after his death, was segmented into two moments of time and it all happened in a matter of minutes. Grieving and healing had to be put on hold. We still had a church to start. Even if we didnt have our Senior Pastor, we were going through with it. I held everything together as best I could until a new Pastor could be appointed. Eight weeks later, Mark Jordan was appointed to Lighthouse. I was relieved and excited but also ready to grieve and heal. Healing took much longer than expected, but the journey with Mark made things much smoother. He taught me things I didnt know I needed to learn and brought healing to a congregation whose faith was on the edge. Mark was a completely different person than Allan. He was younger, shorter, more organized, and more technological. Best of all, he had a gift of pastoral care that nurtured us without compromising the vision of a church with innovative worship, a focus on service, and radical hospitality. Mark always remembered a name and a face and he never met a stranger. Although the initial meeting with him brought up mixed feelings, it wasnt long before we got into a groove of working together and created synergy with the other leaders at Lighthouse. What I thought Id lost with Allan, I recovered through Mark by being able to know how he worked, share work frustrations, and move forward as a team. .The synergy hadnt gone away. It just shifted. This true story is about dealing with the loss of someone who taught me so much and overcoming grief to learn to create synergy again. Along the way I learned a lot about myself and human nature and have been very blessed to feel Gods presence through it all.