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264898981_0514e29018I am so very grateful for community. God speaks there. Where two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name (i.e., with His agenda), He is there with them; and He has something to say. I would like to share one rather large example.

I have known for some time now that many other Christians have a deeper appreciation than I for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, on Calvary’s Cross. It has been a wonder to me; sometimes a concern. I believe it affects my relationship with the Father and His Son. Consequently, I have been asking God to help me understand what I have been missing.

In a meeting this week, a friend asked to share a concern he had with the church. It was profound; and I hope to share it with you soon. There was one thing he said, in particular, that has been an epiphany for me. It is simply this: Read the rest of this entry »

Compass

Finding purpose in life is one of man’s greatest pursuits. It is a part of our DNA. Regrettably, we seek to find purpose in many of the wrong places. Don’t misunderstand; it’s not necessarily because all these places are wrong. Many are quite noble – work, family, church, service to others. God wants to give us purpose in all these areas.

The challenge is discerning from where, or whom, our purposes in life originate; for that thing or person will then govern the motivations and measures for our success. If our purposes center on our work, then we will become performance driven and prideful. If they begin with our relationships, we will become controlling and self-indulgent. Even service toward others – if it is the source of our purpose – will result in people-pleasing codependence.

For our purposes to be right and virtuous, they must originate in the One that has ordained and orchestrated them. This is a worthy saying: Your purpose is not to be found in a place or activity, but in a Person. Only God is the source of the purposes that are good, praiseworthy and worthwhile. Therefore, it is critical that we discover God’s purposes for each season of our lives.  In this lesson, we will explore the relationship between God’s eternal purposes and the formation of Workplace Ministry.

This is the second of six lessons designed to encourage, edify and equip a Leadership Team in the formation of a ministry to the Workplace. Please study Lesson One – The Workplace Mission before continuing here. Read the rest of this entry »

Bible with Cross ShadowWhen I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child, I was taught to trust and obey my parents completely. They were the source of all truth in my life. They were my guides. I was, with them, a child of man.

Then, I was born of God; becoming His child I learned to trust Him for truth and guidance. His Son became my authority – my King. I learned to obey Him and to love Him; even more than my parents.

My King commanded me to do things; things my parents never would have thought to put on their child. He gave me visions beyond my parents’ wildest imaginations. He loved me in a way they never could.

I could have chosen the limited thinking of my parents over that of my God and King. I could have wrapped myself in their understanding; as protection from the commands of God – from His ways and thoughts. I could have continued living as a child of man.

I suggest to you that many in the church – even followers of Jesus Christ – have not left the childish things and moved on to maturity in the wisdom and knowledge of God. Furthermore, I suggest to you that even well meaning leaders of the church have encouraged their followers to remain in their elementary teachings. This has been devastating to the Body of Christ.

It may be that this offends you. You may be thinking, “Who is he to judge?” Please, at least for a moment, trust that my heart is only for the freedom that comes by the truth of God. I may be wrong and the Holy Spirit still use what follows to make you free.

This article is not about the right and/or wrong of doctrine. It is about the limitation of the doctrines of man to contain the thoughts and ways of God; and the responsibility of church leaders to search out the mysteries of God, and to teach those in their spheres of influence to do the same. Read the rest of this entry »

Doubled chaos by PokornyI have been thinking about Change Theory quite a bit lately. Surprisingly, it has a lot to do with our spiritual state – our relationship with the LORD. I learned Change Theory as an Enterprise Architect. Since beginning this ministry, God has used it to help me understand and communicate the spiritual concepts of transformation and disciple making. I believe He would have me share a part of that theory with you.

As a management philosophy, Change Theory seeks to explain how systems, individuals and groups are motivated and managed from one state to another. In my vocation, that included the implementation of new technology, new technology development processes and new business processes (all in the banking industry). In a more general sense, Change Theory applies to every part of our lives: Adding quality controls in manufacturing, moving to a new town, changing church fellowships, becoming a married person, etc.

It shouldn’t surprise you that Change Theory also applies to our spiritual lives. Read 2Corinthians 3:18 and you will understand what I mean. The normal Christian life is a life filled with change; at least it should be. Moving from one state of “the glory of the Lord” to the next is God’s way for our maturing in Jesus Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

CompassThis is the first of six lessons designed to encourage, edify and equip a Leadership Team in the formation of a Workplace Ministry group. It has been written with the local church setting in mind. However, it should serve the same function in many different settings. Two examples come immediately to mind:

  1. A business owner training a group of employees, peers or partners.
  2. A community leader training a group in his/her town or neighborhood.

The delivery of this material should be adapted to the trainer and the audience. My encouragement is to provide the material ahead of the training, expecting everyone to prepare for discussion by completing the assignment. Some time should be reserved for members to share Workplace Ministry goals and prayer requests.

Opening Encouragement

If there is an executive sponsor, have them answer the question, “What is the desire of your heart for this ministry?” If there is no executive sponsor, then the teacher should share his/her heart for the team.

Spiritual Exercise

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. John 18:20

Gathering together “in My name” means we are here for His agenda and His concerns. Take a moment to lay down your expectations for this time of study, and turn your attention to Him. Not only will He be in our midst, but He will have something to say. Our surrender positions us to hear and recognize His voice.

Prayer

Father God, we have gathered together to hear from Your Son. We proclaim that we are here for Him and His agenda. We recognize that the One through Whom all things were made is in our midst. We bow before You and Him. We give our full attention to being together in His name – Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Guide us in our discussion and open our hearts to Your desires. In Christ’s name. Amen.

God’s Desire for the Workplace

Most people spend most of their waking hours in the workplace. It is the place where we engage people in commerce and conversation, and where we find community and cooperation. The Workplace is the place where ideas, philosophies and worldviews are expressed, discussed and debated. The workplace is where we live.

There is Another that lives there. He created the workplace; and He intends to abide and reign there. Where God’s people go, there also goes God. It is inaccurate to call the workplace “secular”, unless the workplace is “void of God”.

Ah, but that might be our problem. Perhaps we – even Christians – have decided that God does not desire to be a positive force in the workplace. The time has come for us to realign ourselves with His desires for the Workplace.

Furthermore, the desire of God’s heart for ministry in the workplace is about Him. After all, it is His desire. We are blessed that He would invite us to join him. Our participation in His work is predicated on our discovering His purpose, plan and power for the calling we have been given. That is the intention of this teaching series; to answer three important questions:

  1. Why are we here?
  2. How do we do this?
  3. What can we expect?

In this first module, we will explore God’s desire for the workplace. We will learn that He has given influence and authority to Christians in the workplace for this critical season. We will discover a model for Workplace Ministry created to encourage, edify and equip Christian Leaders to become disciple-making transformation agents in their spheres of influence. Read the rest of this entry »

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