Showing posts from May, 2016

Integrating Ministry & Marketplace: 2 Big Lies about Spiritual Gifts

So lately I’ve been pondering the divide between vocational and marketplace ministry, specifically its relationship to spiritual gifts.

‘Cause I’ll be honest: I don’t get the chasm…the compartmentalization among these facets.

I mean…it’s not like the seven spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12) were ever meant to be exclusive to pastoral leaders or limited to “inside church use” only. Certainly the church would have the common sense to teach/preach the seven motivational gifts (the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit) as gifts designed for everyone to take anywhere…right?

*Crickets*                                                                                                                                *Crickets*

Oh snap, did I just stumble into a white elephant?

Eh, maybe I did. But still…this needs to be talked about. After all, if we desire to be the opposite of what Paul warned about in 1 Corinthians 12:1 (i.e. misinformed), it only makes sense to buckle up and dive into th…

LEGACYouth: An Intro to Testimony

Intro: In recent months, we've talked a great deal about storytelling (specifically discipling through storying). Today, we want to continue in the same vein discussing what a testimony is and how to ultimately apply in our daily lives...

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1) One of our favorite verses: "And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts." ~ 2 Corinthians 3:3\
2) Where God is leading us as a group this summer...
TESTIMONYA proclamation of God as Lord and Savior (7 words)The legal proof of God's trustworthiness (6 words)A visible reminder of God's supremacy (6 words)God's story in your story (5 words)A revelation of God (4 words)Who God is (3 words)God did (2 words)Jesus (1 word)*love* (no words) TYPES OF TESTIMONY
1) How you came to know Jesus... (Past testimony)

2) How you're growing in Jesus... (Evol…

Staying the Course: Why 5 Years is [Kinda] a Big Deal

So yesterday I [finally] received my 'Five Years of Service' award from the State. 

Yeah, yeah...I know what you're thinkin': five years...big whoop; trust me...I know it's not the grandest of accolades. 
At the same time, I can't help but feel somewhat triumphant.
'Cause truth is: to work five years at the same place these days means something1.
Granted, my inner youth may be showing here; however, this doesn't mean I can't sense something far transcending mere marketplace mileage when I look at what many would consider a borderline frameable piece of paper.

3 Ways to Cultivate a Reproducible Ministry

When it comes to the bivocational life, no question, leaving a legacy (heck, just staying the course) is hard work. I know for me, finding time, energy, even resources…can quickly become challenging tasks when life seems to bottle up in any one area. With that said, I also know when we center our attention and effort on cultivating a reproducible ministry, we ultimately discover the mindset, heart, and tools necessary to be maximally faithful in our respective realms.

So while the topic of “reproducible ministry” may seem like a daunting topic to some, by committing to these three basic points, you’ll find achieving the dream by and through God is completely possible.

1) Spread the “wealth” – No, I’m not talking about financial delegation; rather, I’m talking about sharing leadership opportunities with the rest of the body.

I know, I know…that’s blasphemy, right? *Sarcasm*

Well, as sad as it may seem, there are still quite a few ministers who abide by the archaic notion that preaching a…