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

Thursday, April 6

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 CHANGE THE DIRECTION of your heart and life! GRANITE is a place of GRACE and TRUTH. Those are the words of JESUS and these are the hills we will die on.  We will always extend GRACE but we will always TEACH TRUTH and align our lives and church with TRUTH. One without the other is worthless!


We want you to know that this coming EASTER you are welcome BACK HOME
there's still plenty of room for you! The truth is we miss you and we want you to jump back in and be a part again. NO NO not the NEGATRON YOU but the KINGDOM IMPACT PLAYER YOU.  

Maybe it's just time to come home and stop missing out on so much of what GOD IS DOING! So this is your invitation to come back and join us this EASTER and CELEBRATE the NEW BEGINNING HIS RESURRECTION offers!