The pandemic has taught Milwaukee Pastor Kenneth Lock that point and relationships are most essential | WUWM 89.7 FM

Household, religion, barbering and basketball are the passions of Milwaukee Pastor Kenneth Lock of Evolve Church. Lock runs the church close to 91st and Good Hope at Vincent Excessive Faculty, however it is going to have a new space with psychological well being and monetary literacy packages and tutoring for youths later this yr. Lock additionally works for the Milwaukee Bucks as the one crew barber/head chaplain within the NBA.

Being a pastor wasn’t at all times within the playing cards for Lock, despite the fact that he grew up watching his dad being one. “There isn’t any means,” he recollects pondering. “Being a pastor, all people needs you to be good. You bought to dwell as much as this established order, and I am simply not for it.”

However, seems, Lock loves to have interaction individuals. And being a pastor is all about that.

“I am going to by no means meet a stranger,” he notes. “It does not matter who I run into. I believe that we will simply sit, it might have been our first dialog, and we might have went to a espresso and talked for an hour. As a result of I like partaking individuals and speaking to individuals and loving on individuals.”

Lock says he additionally realized that pastors do not must be good and dwell behind a façade. They are often clear about their flaws, which opens the door to congregants.

“I believe when individuals see a frontrunner or a pastor who is not afraid to be imperfect, and is not afraid to be weak and is ready to get on stage and say, ‘Hey, I’ve onerous days [and] have troublesome occasions,’ when individuals see that vulnerability, they’re like, ‘Hey, this can be a man like I’m. An everyday human like I’m, who’s dealing with day-to-day struggles and difficulties.’ And it is simply discovering methods to search out energy in it.”

Lake Impact’s dialog with Pastor Kenneth Lock

Day-to-day struggles and difficulties embody these from the COVID-19 pandemic heading into its third yr.

“Yeah, I’ve modified drastically, imagine it or not,” Lock says. “The pandemic for me slowed life down sufficient for me to actually take a look at what was most essential.”

For Lock, that’s not a greater home, a greater automotive, touring the world or dressing within the newest fashions. “For me, what was most essential was … spending time with my spouse and my children. Having fun with each second and realizing that my daughter will not be 5 eternally. Proper now she needs to kiss each minute on the minute, however when she’ll be 15, she’ll say, ‘Eww, dad, get away,’ , [so I’m] simply appreciating these moments.”

That’s why he’s specializing in individuals, not materials issues. This yr, Lock began a no-shopping problem. He’s not shopping for something however the absolute requirements.

“We’re simply not spending our cash on something, [we’ve decided] let’s respect what we now have. As a result of there are such a lot of individuals who do not even have the issues we now have presently. And but, we’re searching for methods to spend more cash. I name it materials gluttony, the place we simply at all times need increasingly more and extra. We’re not appreciative of what we now have. And I am [now] leaning extra so in direction of minimalism.”

His spouse is placing the brakes on a few of Lock’s instincts. “I talked about promoting our home and shopping for an RV and she or he stated, ‘OK, let’s cease, let’s relax for a minute,'” he laughs. “‘Yeah, you get a bit beside your self.’ However I discover my thoughts pondering of ways in which two years in the past, or 18 or 21 months in the past, I simply wasn’t pondering and I simply see life in a unique lens.”

For him, what’s risen to the highest are time and relationships. “Not cash, not something that may be bought, however time and relationships. And that is all I wish to pour into proper now are the relationships that imply essentially the most to me and provides them essentially the most of my time.”

Lock feels blessed to have individuals to like on, and he casts a large internet defining that. “Once I say individuals I like I do not imply simply my household, however as a pastor, anybody that I am blessed to talk to, anybody that I am blessed in to fulfill is an individual, a cherished one.”

Lock isn’t just a pastor, he’s additionally a barber and chaplain for the Bucks. His three passions, religion, barbering and basketball, have additionally supplied knowledge for him throughout these occasions.

“Religion for me throughout this pandemic was really hope. I keep in mind a quote, I do not wish to misquote the creator or the speaker of it. It stated, ‘A approach to kill an individual and allow them to dwell is to remove their hope. Then once you take away the hope of an individual, you have killed them already.’ It is nearly like a zombie strolling,” says Lock. “And so, religion for us was hope of actually believing that even within the craziness of the chaos that we had been coping with, that it was going to get higher. That my household was going to be secure and that we had been going to discover a approach to make it by.”

On the opposite finish, he says getting a fantastic haircut has its deserves as effectively. “I’ll say once you look higher, you’re feeling higher. So take a while to care for your self, proper? If even for those who say, ‘You already know what, it is perhaps $10 that I haven’t got. Twenty bucks I did not suppose I used to be going to make use of on this.’ However I spotted that after I look within the mirror, and I really feel higher about myself, it naturally releases the correct endorphins, my psychology responds to it in another way, and I truthfully really feel higher. It is the identical as with the ability to spend time within the solar. You really will really feel higher.”

So get out these scissors and sun shades. And everyone knows the Bucks received the NBA championship this yr. Does Lock have any pandemic basketball-related insights?

“How they are saying teamwork makes the dream work, however extra so the mindset could be it is larger than you,” Lock assesses. “One of many largest truths I’m continuously remind myself of is it is larger than me, , there’s a whole world and all of us are combating to be secure as we will. And to be as accountable as we will and to maintain our family members and our children and the those that we maintain most expensive close to and expensive to our coronary heart. We’re making an attempt to maintain all people secure. So, it actually is greater than me.”

He says it truly is concerning the larger image general.

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