What’s Your Holy Discontent?


As I look at getting my blog up and running again here is a post from a few years ago  The book was called Holy Discontent.  We all struggle with Discontent in our lives, but is your discontent coming from a holy place? It is a challenging read and I would encourage anyone to read it. The book shares several different stories of other people’s life who have reached this Discontent in the world and rather then complain about it they acted on it. One of my favorite stories was about Mother Theresa and how she found her Holy Discontent.

Lets look at what Discontent means: Discontent:  lack of contentment, as with one’s condition or lot in life.

We associate Discontent with a bad thing, but deep down there is a Discontent that God has placed in our hearts. You can ignore it or you can do something about it. One of my best friends has been feeding his Holy Discontent to reach out to people in another country. It’s amazing when I get to talk to him about what God is doing because  he chose to go and love on the people who might not get loved on, fight for their hearts and win and see God do miracles because he chose to Go.

The other side of discontent you have to be careful of is the discontent that makes you complain about where you are at, want things that may not line up with the heart of God.I challenge you this morning, afternoon or evening to write down your Holy Discontent and see where it takes you. Pray and ask God to guide you to be able to do something about this Discontent that he has given you to make a difference in the world today.

How Jim Wideman Saved My Marriage Part Two: Priorities


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Yes I am at it again. This blog dedicated to sharing my journey with going through infuse 7. If you missed the first part of this blog then make sure you read Part One because this will make more sense. Priorities is a huge thing in everything that we do. Everyone has priorities such as: Pastors, Lawyers, Bankers, CEO’S and even Athletes. Our priorities sometimes is what gets us in trouble. When my priorities are out of wack I can feel it in the way that I feel physically and even spiritually. We live our life by priorities and how we spend our time and even money. Priorities is something that can help us conquer everything that we feel that God has for us to conquer. Being with Bro. Jim this is something that we have talked about and he was even challenging us to look over our priorities and see what needs to be changed. As I was given some time to think over what things need to change in my life it was the time that I spend with my wife. This part is going to sound really bad, but it’s true. I have gotten away from going out on dates with my wife or even just giving her cards for no reason just because I was thinking about her. The worst part in the past year I can probably count on one hand how many dates that we have been on.  Brother Jim challenged me to never forget that I need to continue to go after and date my wife. I took the challenge and accepted it and went to my Calendar to write down all of the date nights that My wife and I were going to have throughout the whole year.

When having a mentor this is something that they challenge you to do. They don’t just challenge you in your ministry, but they also challenge you in your families life as well. This is the reason that I decided that I needed a mentor in my life. Someone who is not afraid to challenge me not just in the ministry that God has given me, but the most important job that I have that is my family.

Once again if you haven’t checked out Infuse by Jim Wideman just click the link below. I hope and pray that you will find that someone in your life that can be that mentor in your life. My time with infuse has been great and very rewarding and will help propel me to be everything that God has called me to be.

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How Jim Wideman Saved My Marriage: Having A Mentor


ImageOkay this title might be a little extreme. My marriage was never in trouble, but I had this thought the other day when I was asked by my wife to do something. My wife was swamped with things she was picking up my daughter from her pre-school and had other things on her to do list that she needed to get done so she called me and asked me to pick up my son from school. Now before you ask yourself what is the big deal with this you just go and pickup your son and be done, but the problem is I have truly forgotten to pick him up before and our school has called the house wondering where we were at. (Insert Terrible Dad Award) Who forgets to pick up their child from school (This Guy Did.) It wasn’t just one time, but twice. After she asked me I stopped what I was doing went to my phone and added it to my calendar, but knowing me I would still forget so what did I do? I put three calendar reminders for me. One at the 60 min mark another one at the 30 min mark and finally the last one at the 15 min mark. The last one for sure is the one that you better go by this one or else. I had my mentor Bro. Jim in my head reminding me that my brain was not to be for remembering, but it was for creativity.

After I went to the extreme of making sure that my calendar was complete with all of the reminders I was good to go. As I got busy I heard the first alarm go off knowing that I still had time the second alarm went off then finally after the third one I walked out of the door to pick up my son. As I was at the school my wife sent me a text asking me if I was there? I looked at the text with a smirk on my face replying Yes then followed by the thought of the title of this blog.

For the past several months I have been challenged and had even made life long friends going through the Infuse group that Jim Wideman has provided. I have wanted to join for a long time, but was very nervous about it knowing that I was going to be asked to grow and to be challenged in my approach to change things in my personal life as well as my professional life. in order to grow in as the leader that God sees that I can become.

I will leave you with this parting thought. I would encourage everyone to make time to go and check out this amazing resource that Jim Wideman is providing. Spending time with Jim I have bee able to really see the heart that he has to help the next generation leader. His passion to continue to make a difference has been very impactful in my own life and has helped me view ministry in a different lens. I know for sure that this will help you become a much better leader and help you grow into your position or even help take you as a leader and show you how God created you and how to lead in your ministry

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Since I’ve Been Gone


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Over the past year I have neglected my blog and basically I have not blogged about anything from children’s ministries, family, leadership absolutely nothing. For some reason I couldn’t come to the grips of typing up anything or even thinking of anything to possible blog about, but let me tell you what has been happening this past year and what is to come.

My family and I over a year ago transitioned to a new church. In our hearts we felt God speaking and leading us. I knew that the next position that I would take would have to be one that God wanted me to be at, but also a job that would take me out of my comfort zone as well. He did all of that and even though I felt overwhelmed and under qualified by what God was doing I surrendered to the fact that God knows me better than I know myself and if this is where God wants me then I need follow his leading and go. He says in his word in Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.” I tell people that all of the time, but sometimes you need to hear it yourself and actually believe what you are telling others. Rachel and I took a position in Bloomington –  Normal Illinois and have just completed over a year of ministering here at First Assembly.

Since my time here at First Assembly I have had some amazing opportunities especially joining the infuse group with Brother Jim Wideman. Having Brother Jim mentor you has been an awesome opportunity. This is what I want to share with y’all (Yes a southern term. I think they finally turned me). I want to share the my experience being in Infuse, but also why I think that every children’s pastor both rookie or even veteran needs to take up an opportunity like this. i have felt blessed to talk with like minded people, but also be challenged by the coaches and my peers around me. The best part is to learn from the voice behind the leadership tapes, cd’s, to now mp3’s. It has been a huge honor to be in this group and in the next post I want to share the reason why you all should try and be in a mentorship group called infuse.

Once again sorry for the delay, but I am back and you will see more post coming from me in the future. Have a great weekend.

Resource Alert!!!!


A couple of weeks ago I was sitting in a room with several different children’s pastors and it’s amazing what you don’t know about or even just hear for the first time that has been around for awhile… Insert the resource that I new was out there, but to be honest after putting my hands on it, thumbing through it and reading some of it myself I thought man this is a great bible for kids. So I decided to order some for all of our teachers and then order more for parents to buy from us. The bible that I am talking about is the kids fire Bible…

This is a picture of the bible, but how the bible is laid out. The thing that I like about it is the fact that before the beginning of each book of the bible it tells you who wrote the bible, the date on the writing, but it also talks about the major theme in this particular book. I think that this book helps bring the scriptures more the on the level of the child because it tends to speak their language a little bit and help their understanding on what is going on. One of our kids has one and he can’t put it down he loves to read his bible. If your child has trouble remembering where he put his book well the bright orange will help it stand out better then before.

This is a bible that I will use myself as I preach and one day I can say turn to page 1633 and we will all have the same book to be able to do that. If you need a bible for your kids or you just want one for yourself then you can order it here:

http://gospelpublishing.com/store/startitem.cfm?item=010848&cat=GPINDEX&mastercat=&path=GPINDEX

 

Who Should I Recruit?


This is something that I think all ministers go through when they are trying to build a team of people around them. You don’t want to just throw people in the mix because then your team could be looking like the “Bad News Bears”. How do you find the right people who will help carry out your vision? This is one of the most frustrating things because when you have people who are not fully committed to the ministry of the church or even committed to you or even the kids. The other day I ran across some notes that I took from a Children’s Ministry Leadership conference that I was at. Brian Dollar the children’s pastor at First Assembly of God in North Little Rock, Arkansas was at. This is coming from his notes and I wanted to pass them onto you:

What Kind of People should I recruit? F.A.T. C.A.T.S.

 

1. Faithful

Matthew 25:21 “”His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. ”

2. Available

3. Teachable

4. Committed

5. Accountable

6. Transparent

Transparency is about integrity.

Ephesians 4:15 ” Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

7. Serving

“The measure of a man is not how many servants he has, but how many men he serves.” — Dwight L. Moody

Mark 9:35 “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

As I looked through my notes I thought this was a great reminder that we need to be putting the right people in the right places and how do you know if they are the right people well if you operate by trying to find the F.A.T. C.A.T.S in your church then you are going to have a great volunteer base for your ministry.

Jesus Loves Me…


We have all heard this song called Jesus loves me. I remember singing this song during my days in Kids Church and I recall my son and daughter singing this son. In my head this song has been kicking it old school and I really didn’t think to much of this song. Last Thursday I have had the privilege to go to Haiti for a trip with convoy of hope.

We went from orphanage to orphanage loving on the kids, but this really got to me. We bought some melons at the market and we brought this melons off to the orphanage. They circled around and started singing Jesus Loves Me.
“Jesus Love me this I know for the bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong they are weak, but he is strong. Yes Jesus loves me, Yes Jesus loves me, Yes Jesus love me. The bible tells me so.”

For the first time I saw this song for what it is no matter where we are at the Lord loves us. It doesn’t matter where we are, how much we have, or if we are in the middle of the jungle Jesus loves all of us.