In ministry, we sometimes wear our busyness like a badge of honor – comparing how many trips, miles, conferences, speaking engagements, and meetings fill our calendars. The truth is, a busy schedule doesn’t equal a full life, as seen in the miracle of Jesus turning water to wine.
Increasingly as we’re seeing ministries work to overcome these barriers, many end up self-reflecting and returning to their original vision. This return to original vision kicks the door wide open for collaboration and understanding that we are better together than we are alone.
France is my favorite place in the world. However, after losing my mom two years ago, it’s now almost torturous to visit. It’s where mom and I grew the closest during my tween and teen years.
When tragedies happen and the topics of race and equality come up, people tend to say things like, “I don’t see differences. I see everyone as equal,” or, “I am color blind. The color of a person’s skin doesn’t matter to me.” While I understand the sentiment behind such statements – you don’t judge people based on their skin color – I feel this kind of thinking is causing more harm than good.
There’s been a huge shift in how business and missions intertwine. No longer can missionaries simply plan to find employment in the field. In most places, they must now create an enterprise that will serve the population in order to gain access to the people they desire to reach.
We wonder why God has chosen to bless someone else, but not me or the church or ministry I am a part of. We compare and wonder why other people were chosen, and we were passed over.
I’m always humbled and amazed by the rapid growth and strength of the African Church. In the past, we sent missionaries to evangelize the African nations. The reality is that they’ve grown to be such spiritual giants they’re now sending missionaries to evangelize the increasingly pagan west!
In our walk with God, we need both spiritual breakthrough, and slow and steady processes. Breakthrough is when God overwhelms your life with the weight of His presence.
If people understood the theological implication of sacrifice that this request for “more” requires of them, they might not ask for it so casually.
There is a radical cultural shift happening in America. The Church must continually reassess how best to present the message of the Gospel. We are charged with presenting the truth no matter our context.