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“If all I knew was the church of the bible…

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

…what would I expect if I walked into a church building today?” Francis Chan.

Acts 2: 42 – 47

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Anyone can love their neighbor. Who can love their neighbor as yourself?

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Keeping Hope Alive

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Ministry

You know the longer I serve in Kids Ministry, the more I realize my role has so much more to do with helping others keep hope alive.

Reminding volunteers that the crazy hour they just spent went further than they think.

Helping my staff remember that although we do not have a full team, God’s actively ordering our steps leading us to the right person.

Pulling mom out of the weeds enough to recognize that God is working even in the midst of her sons poor choices.

Giving parents of a special needs child a glimpse of how God works through their child to move others closer to Him.

Encouraging dad that the broken, imperfect prayer he led his child through was a greater investment than he can imagine.

It’s such a gift to take 10 minutes to affirm, encourage and inspire people to look beyond the circumstances and see God at work.  I need that in my own life.

 

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Short-selling God

Posted by on Mar 28, 2011 in Leadership, Ministry

I got a solid kick in the pants last week.  And it felt good.

In conversation with my Executive Pastor, Josh Whitehead, he challenged me in my prayer life.  He was graciously referring to his own prayer life and what God was teaching him in this season.  Yet, in typical God-fashion, Josh’s moment of sharing was kicking my butt.

You see, Sunday always comes.  That never fails.  Sunday is well on it’s way and we’ve got to be ready for the kids God leads to us.  Easter is only weeks away and this is a high-attendance weekend where we have one more opportunity to help our CEO’s (Christmas & Easter Only) find a church home.  Summer Camp is right around the corner and there is more left undone than done.  Transition weekend trails closely behind…

We could go on, couldn’t we?

Within all of these activities/events, I believe we’ve made great changes in our approach to the family to better equip them for the daily rhythms of leading their kids to love Jesus.  However… if my overall vision is short sighted then my approach to fpKIDS is handicapped.

You see, I am reminded that today we live in a unique time.  Population projections estimate that we will exceed 9Billion by 2050.   In addition, we have the most efficient methods for communicating across the globe than ever before.

We possess the most eternity-changing message known to man.

With access to some of the most efficient, effective methods of communicating this message across the globe.

To the most people that have ever walked the planet.

That’s sobering.

Now… back to fpKIDS.  What’s my vision for kids within fpKIDS?

That they learn how to love their God with all their heart, mind and strength?

Absolutely

That they enter into a relationship with Jesus at a young age?

Without doubt

That they learn to be a walking testimony of Life found only in Jesus?

C’mon!

But, what if I believed…

That the generation of kids I see today will grow up to see the Great Commission fulfilled?

How does that change my approach?  How does that influence my conversations?  How does that impact my prayers?

This really has me jacked up.  Although it doesn’t change the reality that Sunday is well on it’s way with Easter, Summer Camp and fall 2011 trailing close behind… my approach to these things might look different if I operate under the assumption that God desires to see the Great Commission fulfilled.  And that He’s poised a generation of followers to make it happen.  My posture towards the Truth that we impart every week is distinctly different… distinctly divine.

Dang.  My vision is too small.  I’ve been short-selling God.

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Journaling for Leadership

Posted by on Mar 23, 2011 in Leadership, Ministry

I’ve spent the better part of my adult life in and out of journaling.  You can ask my husband.  Journals are all over my house.  Each serves a different purpose.

One is for in depth studies that I do.  It’s opened for seasons then sits untouched on the shelf for others.

A few are for my kids so I can write out my thoughts about & to them.  Sometimes I leave them on their pillow to read.  Sometimes I don’t.  Just depends

One is specifically for prayer where I write down prayer thoughts for myself and my accountability partner.  Admittedly this is the one that sounds the most spiritual yet collects the most dust.  hmmm

Another is my BHAG journal.  Where I write out my Big Hairy Audacious Goals.  This one I pick up only a few times per year.  But it’s great for dreaming.

But my most recent is one I’ve adopted from my leadership, Chuck Carringer.  One of the first things Chuck challenged me to do is to keep a journal to record phrases & statements that challenge me.  He refers to it as a Leadership Journal.  I’m gradually adopting this habit.  It’s interesting to sit down and review.

One thing I’ve learned about journaling… it’s a discipline.  It’s a muscle to be exercised.  There was a time when I would say that journaling is really only for those that love to write.  But I don’t buy into that anymore.  Just like prayer, journaling is a discipline to be exercised on a regular basis.  In fact, journaling helps to bring clarity & focus to my prayers.  I tend to be more specific in my prayers when I write them out.  Less scattered.

As a leader, I think journaling makes me better.  It helps me to pull out of the weeds and focus more on the bigger picture.

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Finding a new rhythm

Posted by on Nov 16, 2009 in My Life

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The past several weeks of my life have been unusual… to say the least. My world is not in the place I thought it would be a year ago. But in the middle of this season God continues to bring me encouragement from many sources (some expected and some unexpected).

  • a faithful, prayer-filled pediatrician
  • a seasoned children’s pastor states away
  • podcasts recorded in 2008
  • a spouse who knows me better than I know myself

I find myself searching scripture to connect with where I am only to find nothing. Last week I realized a few things God was asking me to do…

  • Search scripture to find Him… not to find my way out of where I am
  • Pray seeking Him… not seeking ‘my next step’
  • Soak up time w/ my family… not fill my schedule with interviews
  • Don’t miss the ministry He continues to allow me to take part in

It’s a different kind of rhythm. One spent more in jeans and hoodies, than heels and earrings. But I can get used to that. 🙂

If you’re curious how you can pray for me during this season, here you go:

  • for Spirit-filled, Spirit-directed prayer
  • for joy in the midst of uncertainty
  • for focused time to write (it seems writing with a 4 yo around is less than focused)

So grateful for my blogging friends. Have a great Monday!

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