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A Word to Those Who Feel Stuck

Any time you feel stuck, whether it is personally or congregationally there are a few things you can do.

1 – Confession and repentance. This is a tough one but it is hard to move forward if you are unwilling to take a hard look at how you contribute to the problem.

2 – Give over control. Full reliance on God in all things. This is reflected in fasting and prayer.

3 – Ask God to direct your steps, being willing to do whatever He tells you.

4 – Have conviction in what God guides you toward. Once you believe you have vision that is God-initiated you need to be convicted. Many times we are stuck because we lack vision so we lack conviction and we lack those things because we are in charge, which is why we need to repent!

5 – Invite others into the process. Listen to other people.

6 – Communicate the vision with the intention of moving in that direction.

7 – Watch the means to accomplish the vision show up big time as God supplies all we need to do what He calls us to do.

8 – Celebrate the victories, mourn the loses – some things will be gained and some things will be lost along the way as God has us shed some old things to embrace some new things.

9 – Like minded people will gather. You won’t get everyone on board but you will find a new tribe of like-minded people who share the vision who will get on board.

10 – Execute with intentionality. It is hard to be intentional when you have no vision. Once you have convicted vision you believe is godly it would be nearly disobedient to not move ahead.

Often we are too afraid to even start into this and that’s ok. We start with where we are and start approximating – inching forward toward new approaches through prayer, confession/repentance, fasting, submission, etc. God is mighty. God is working. Let’s get on board!

Critical Ministry Shift – From Information & Teaching to Skills & Coaching

There is a shift in my ministry philosophy I wish I had figured out years ago. It is a shift from disseminating information through teaching/lecture and the teaching of skills through coaching. This is so obvious it would seem it doesn’t even need to be said and yet it took me to 40 to comeContinue Reading

Positive Contributions By Churches of Christ

With all the negativity flying around out there I challenge you to go to social media and list the positive contributions you see in Churches of Christ to the world and to Christianity as a whole. Here are some of mine: 1 – Our mission. A zeal to take the gospel to the nations. WeContinue Reading

Seeing What You Can’t Yet See to Do What You Can’t Yet Do

I love disc golf. I used to play it every week. Life has gotten busy and now I am down to a few times a year but the sport is one of my favorite things to do. Years back when I was younger and more nimble, I could throw the disc a pretty good distanceContinue Reading

How Healthy Are Ministers? I Ran the Numbers.

As a minister it is important to me to understand the potential ramifications of how ministry affects my health and the health of my family. I ran the numbers on this in 2017 and want to share a few significant findings with you here. I assessed health in multiple areas and then ran correlations andContinue Reading

Why Are We In Decline? What Appears to Be a Math Problem is Actually a Spiritual Problem

Imagine the AAA Widget Company. AAA Widget was started 80 years ago by an energetic team of entrepreneurs. They had a vision and they executed the vision for 50 years with excellence. The problem today is that they haven’t added a new customer in the last 30 years. The only way to add customers isContinue Reading

Kingdom Living in 2020

Welcome to 2020 at Kingdom Living! Whether you have been along for the ride since the beginning or are new to the blog I am thankful you are here. 2019 was the start of several new endeavors for me and that meant less writing here at Kingdom Living. I launched a YouTube channel and aContinue Reading

The Vision Dilemma in the Restoration Movement

When your paradigm is archae-oriented it can be difficult to have vision. We are “restoring the ancient order.” We are “becoming (or have become) the first century church”. Statements like those remind us that our values and priorities are anchored in the past. I appreciate much of that thinking but if we aren’t careful twoContinue Reading

Christmas Grief…when Christmas Isn’t the Hap-Happiest Season of All

Maybe you can relate – December rolls around and there is an underlying feeling of sadness hits. You may not even realize it at first. It creeps up on you and before you know it you are angry or in a fog. If you can relate you are not alone. Many of us experience this.Continue Reading

A Fresh Look at What the Bible Says (And Doesn’t Say) About Celebrating Christmas

The memes are flying about…as they do every year at this time. Ignorance abounds…the world must be stunned by our lack of charity and the judgment Christians toss about in regard to celebrating Christmas. Try out this one for instance… In the video below I share my thoughts on celebrating Christmas and talk about aContinue Reading

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