Saturday, January 6

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...

Ephesians 4:29, "Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them."

The point of Ephesians 4:29 is COMMUNICATION.  COMMUNICATION WAS MODELED BY JESUS as we see over and over again in the BIBLE...

John 10:14, ""I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,"  NLT

Do you see it.  I know them and they know ME.  How does that happen?  COMMUNICATION.  You cannot in 2018 or since the GARDEN OF EDEN build relationships or a ministry without COMMUNICATION.  

The beauty of the day and age we live in is that COMMUNICATION IS SO EASY!  From cell phones, texts, Siri (I don't even have to type I just have to say HEY SIRI), twitter, instagram and facebook how much easier can it get for us to COMMUNICATE to the people we are leading, working with, and love doing life with.  

SO HOW'S YOUR COMMUNICATION?  No, honestly how intentional are you about COMMUNICATION?  There is no lasting ministry without a CONNECTION BETWEEN PEOPLE.  











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Wednesday, October 11

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 Christy and I LOVE DOING! We get to be part of this movement called GRANITE UNITED! WOW!!!!
5. THE RIGHT FRIENDS - Christy and I are blessed to have amazing people in our lives who BREATHE LIFE into our spirits!
6. LAUGH - Yep, I really try to LAUGH AS MUCH AS I CAN! Christy and I are just enjoying the ride!!!!

I'm not trying to over simplify "the ministry" but its really been one of the greatest joys in our lives. To live a life fully surrendered to GODS CALLING has resulted in BLESSING AFTER BLESSING blessings I don't deserve but sure am thankful for!
Obviously there was more to the conversation but I felt like i needed to share. Have a great day!

Monday, August 14

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 LIFE
  • ASK and it will be given unto you, SEEK and you shall find, KNOCK and the door shall be OPENED unto you - Matt 7:7
  • Your prayer life reveals the PRIORITIES in your life
  • In 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 MEETING
  • Since PRAYER MATTERS lets have healthy PRAYER TEAMS ready to engage following each service.  Woman ready to pray with woman, men ready to pray with men and couples ready to pray with couples.  Heck why not STUDENTS ready to pray with students
  • Since PRAYER MATTERS lets follow up and flow through on PRAYER REQUESTS
James 5:16, "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.  NLT