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THE POWER OF CAPTURING MOMENTS IN MINISTRY

Last night in a CP meeting we discussed THE POWER OF STORIES - as I was reading this morning I was also reminded how important “pictures” that create conversation is to THE LORD.  Check these verse out…Joshua 4:6-7, “We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.”  NLTA few things about capturing picture and videos on weekends…  They capture the momentThey create conversationThey intrigue the next generationThey EXHALT GODThey remind us of GODS POWERThey remind us of GODS FAITHFULNESSThey encourage us in FUTURE OBEDIENCEThey remind us that GOD always keeps HIS PROMISESThey give us a reference to LOOK BACK on for FUTURE FAITHThey encourage us to STAY FAITHFUL even in confusing times.QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER…  Who story …

COMMUNICATION IS MINISTRY

COM·MU·NI·CA·TION  - 1. the imparting or exchanging of information or news.  synonyms:transmission, conveyance, divulgence, disclosure; More  2. means of connection between people or places, in particular.  (dictionary.com)
Sounds simple and yet it's one of the major reasons why RELATIONSHIPS BREAK DOWN - whether those relationships are personal or professional.  But the opposite is also true when there is a commitment to COMMUNICATION the results can be OUTSTANDING!  Dictionary.com says COMMUNICATION is the MEANS OF CONNECTION BETWEEN PEOPLE.  
What does that have to do with MINISTRY?  Answer...EVERYTHING!  There is NO, let me repeat, NO real, meaningful or lasting ministry without COMMUNICATION.  By the way COMMUNICATION is not PREACHING AT PEOPLE its CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE.  
Remember the old saying, People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care, how do people know we care?  Through COMMUNICATION that include both ACTIONS and WORDS.  The BIBLE says...
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MINISTRY LONGEVITY

Had a great talk today with a young pastor who asked how after 33 years of ministry have I stayed so positive and engaged. GREAT QUESTION! He wondered if I have dealt with the stuff on the picture listed in a previous post and for the most part I HAVE NOT.
That doesn't mean Christy and I don't tired or a tad bit stressed at times (just ask the GU TEAM, lol) but what it does mean we have built things into our lives that keep us focused and moving forward. So he asked what are some of those things? I'll list a couple for your reading pleasure, lol!
1. A CLEAR CALL FROM GOD - Nothing trumps GODS CALLING in our lives. 2. CELEBRATING THE WINS - Even though there are tough things about ministry THE WINS/LIFE CHANGE always rules our passion. 3. MY WIFE/KIDS - Seeing our kids grow up to serve GOD and then to serve THE LORD together is one of our dreams come true! 4. OUR CHURCH - I ENJOY OUR CHURCH! Church is not a chore or something I "have to do" its honestly something…

HEY GRANITE - SPEAKING OF PRAYER...

We just finished a weekend teaching our church about the importance of PRAYER.  A couple of the take aways were...

Your prayer life unlocks your POTENTIAL LIFEASK and it will be given unto you, SEEK and you shall find, KNOCK and the door shall be OPENED unto you - Matt 7:7Your prayer life reveals the PRIORITIES in your lifeIn order to be prepared we need to be PRAY-PARED Our CAMPUS PASTORS did such an amazing job speaking this past weekend they spoke with conviction and compassion as they usually do.  Now that the church family has been taught the importance of PRAYER my take away is WHAT DO WE NOW DO AS AN ORGANIZATION to elevate PRAYERS PRIORITY on our campuses?
Well here's a few tings I want to challenge our CAMPUS PASTORS, SERVICE COORDINATORS and MINISTRY TEAMS with... Since PRAYER MATTERS lets be sure to attend the next GRANITE ALL CAMPUS PRAYER MEETINGSince PRAYER MATTERS lets have healthy PRAYER TEAMS ready to engage following each service.  Woman ready to pray with woman, m…

NEGATRON EASTER INVITE

DEAR NEGATRON - NO you will not steal our JOY and NO you will not take up SPACE IN OUR BRAIN and NO you will not distract us from our mission. See we know that birds of a feather flock together to wallow in CHURCH GOSSIP and NEGATIVITY and that HURT PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE. We get it! By we want you to know that TEAM GRANITE is committed to staying faithful in leading your family and friends to JESUS.
While you've been gone, or been to distracted to notice here's something you should know that after this weekend, which will be the 15th week of 2017, we will have seen close to 150 ADULT PROFESSIONS OF FAITH and 50 plus BAPTISMS!  Take time to re-read that last sentence.

REMEMBER when you were part of the STORY, remember the JOY that radiated from your smile, remember the SATISFACTION you had knowing your life was being used to MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Remember how you couldn't wait to SERVE, to WORSHIP, to watch NEW LIFE happen before your eyes!  
Well you still have time to CHAN…

FOUR BIG QUESTIONS

At GRANITE moving the ball down the court means we are moving people into BIBLICAL DISCIPLESHIP.  And since we know PROGRAMS DON'T MORE PEOPLE but that PEOPLE MOVE PEOPLE we have FOUR BIG QUESTIONS we constantly ask in regards to those who are either NEW TO GRANITE or CALL GRANITE HOME.  What are those questions?  Well I'm glad you asked!
Who are they?Where are they?What's their next step?Who's leading them? The bigger question is what do each of these questions men?  Well I'm not going to tell you that right now!  HA!  Sorry not sorry.  I'll post about each question separately in the next few days!   Until then...

CHURCH - ITS GROWING

I am so PUMPED UP about what THE LORD is going to do in and through HIS CHURCH in 2016! In case you haven't heard heres four of the things we will be stepping up and doing in 2016. GRANITE WILL BE... Launching our GREAT LOWELL CAMPUS in February.  Launching our iCampus by EASTER.  Opening up our CHAMPIONS CLUB - Ministry to the special needs and medically fragile community. Planting a NEW CHURCH - Paradox Church  Thats just four of the many things we will see GOD do in and through us this year! I'm glad Christy and I can say "I KNOW"!  We also know that nothing comes easy and its going to take a lot of prayer, work, and sacrifice to do what we are called to do. But at GRANITE we are ALL IN for JESUS and others! Lets keep the main thing the main thing, LOVE JESUS, LOVE OTHERS, COMPLETE OUR MISSION all the while PROTECTING and GUARDING THE VISION. Theres to much at stake! Im so glad we get to do this together.  Im reminded of what PAUL told his pastors in Acts 20... A…