Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thoughts from the Week

I just got back from the Indiana area where I spent a great week in ministry.
Friday I spent some one on one time with leaders from XENOX Industries and taught some sessions on youth leadership. Saturday night I spoke to the entire youth ministry and had an awesome time in the presence of God.
Sunday morning was an experience in it's self. It was one of those moments in time when God gives a direct word and confirms it in different ways.
I particular enjoyed my time with Pastor Gibson. There was an instant connection I felt in my spirit with him and the members of Charity Tabernacle.
I could feel months worth of "crud" flake off and a new brokenness as I ministered Sunday morning.

This trip was more than just getting to minister, but it was a week getting to connect with Pastors and pick their brain concerning pastoring.

As I sift through the feelings, information and desires in my heart; I know one thing is a must---
get input from others!

At this point in my life, I don't know if I'm to start a new work, or take over an existing work....but I do know this; it will be pastoring. So, I continue my journey.

Here are some thoughts that I picked up from a couple of pastors, as well as my own thoughts, while traveling last week. Thank you pastors David Gibson and Dehner Maurer for your time.

"I don't ever believe it's God's will to start a church by proselyting other church members."--Vince

"Whatever you do; there will always be a price to pay." --Pastor David Gibson

"The best staff is the one you enjoy doing life together with."--Pastor Dehner Maurer

"Commitment and vision is key, and commitment to the vision is a must"--Vince

"When I think of churches doing plays, I often think, who left it up to the church to handle the entertainment department?!?"--Pastor David Gibson

"You can talk about being a multi-culture church, but if you are----it will show up first in your congregation, be evident in your leadership teams, and in plain sight on your staff." --Dehner Maurer


  1. wow. sounds like you had a powerful week man. good stuff. Gods got great plans for you.

  2. I was in that Sunday morning service at Charity. It is an incredible place to call home! I've talked to so many people about your message that day. Time after time we have all said the same thing...God spoke through you. God dealt with us about current situations that we each find ourselve in...and the message spoke right to each situation.

    Some things that stood out to me were:

    First and foremost, where we put our ATTENTION (not intention) is going to determine the DIRECTION we are going and ultimately our DESTINATION.

    Then, out of the five key things on the path to big faith... 1. Practical Teaching, 2. Providential Relationships, 3. Private Disciplines, 4. Personal Ministry, 5. Pivitol Circumstances. (Your comments on 2,3 and 4 especially confirmed some things in my life)

    I loved your message so much that I requested a copy of it so I could share it with others.

    Keep doing what you are doing! God is using you. I am praying He will expand and grow your reach beyond anything you could have anticipated.

    Thank you for being obedient to His direction.

    May He continue to abundantly bless all you do for Him!

    Patti Gault


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