It's amazing the things that can happen when you free up some time just to be. I realise that to some this sort of thing may seem like wasted time in which nothing profitable or measurable is often achieved; but I actually think that it's some of the best time spent and is what the church needs to be freeing up people in leadership to spend more time doing.
For example, a few weeks ago I decided I was sick of being stuck somewhere between study, meetings, preparation and services etc. so I went into town for breakfast. I spent some time walking around, looking in a few places, but nothing felt quite right. Eventually I came to a place by the name of 'Small Talk'. I liked the name and so I went in. Having ordered breakfast I got my bible out and kept it open on the table, hoping its presence might generate some discussion with the people who were serving me (at this point I must also confess that, due to a service I had to go to later, I had a dog collar on - something I would rather not have been wearing at that particular moment). Anyway, I got into a conversation with the owner and I found out that 'Small Talk' was nothing to do with the conversation that you might have whilst there, but that it is a children's cafe with attached soft play area and space for parents to relax at the same time as kids play.
Even as I ate my mind was working over how the church could connect with the people in a place like this; my strong suspicion being that it wasn't going to be through something in the church. So I asked if they did anything for Christmas in the cafe. I was told that they would have liked a pantomime, but couldn't afford to bring one in. Within seconds of hearing this I had offered to put a team of people together who would do an interactive telling of the nativity - and to my surprise they said yes! So I'm currently in the process of putting together a nativity pantomime to be 'performed' to a bunch of kids and their parents in a couple of weekends time: a telling of the Christ story that christmas so often forgets.
I have to admit that there have been moments since when I wished I hadn't: after all, I've made a lot more work for myself (and others) and am nervous about numerous parts of the whole venture. But whilst I could have been sat at home eating cornflakes, doing some admin, prepping for a sermon, or getting in a quick visit, it's up the town where opportunities like this open up and, nervous or not, I don't want to miss out on them.