Nov 17 2017

Non-Traditional

I was thinking today about how our path to ministry is completely non-traditional and different from most people who go into full time ministry. We never went to a bible college, attended a ministry school, or have any formal education in theology. My background is in computer science and Lauren’s is in the social work field. And yet, we each had encounters with God that shifted the trajectory of our lives into a new direction. The fact that it was so non-traditional has actually helped us to develop strategies and visions that are very much outside the box of what is typically seen within the mission of a church. Several years ago, someone prophesied that the new movement in the church was going to trend towards smaller home-based meetings as opposed to, what has become the traditional meetings, in church buildings. And we have seen some major movement in that direction already with Francis Chan walking away from his megachurch to start a house church movement. We have also witnessed a lot of home-based gatherings popping up more dynamically around the nation as people are feeling the need to have more intimate gatherings with believers. Most of these movements are also very non-traditional ways to gather believers, build community, and worship God. Even the idea of ministry schools is non-traditional in comparison to seminary or other bible college programs. Here’s what I love about all of this, Holy Spirit is so creative, and it seems as if he is shifting the paradigm of church, ministry, and ministers to be defined and developed in a whole new way. I feel like we have only just begun to see the non-traditional overtake the traditional, and that we will continue to see even more of this over the next few years. If you feel like God is calling you into something that you have never been trained or qualified to do, be encouraged, he loves to do things in non-traditional ways. Forget about whether or not you are qualified, and follow where Holy Spirit is leading you. Some people will think you’re crazy, lots of people seem to think we are crazy, but we just keep following Holy Spirit and he gives us new adventures every week. New adventures are waiting for you as well; are you willing to look a little foolish to do what God is calling you to?

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Nov 3 2017

Small is the new big

While ministering in California last week, we had a chance to take a night off and attend the revival meetings that have been ongoing in San Diego for almost 500 days straight. As we arrived at the church, I expected to see a large room full of people who were hungry for what God was doing, but instead we found ourselves in a smaller room with just a handful of people. The presence of God was so strong in this place, and even though the room filled up during the time of worship, it was still a relatively small crowd compared to what I was expecting to see. About a week later, we were ministering at a small church in San Antonio where, once again, the presence of God was so thick in the room, even though the attendance wasn’t very large. I have been to plenty of small and large churches throughout my life, and what I am starting to notice is that the hunger for more of God in these smaller groups of people is so high that the presence of God seems to be much stronger in these services, than in many of the larger events or churches. I don’t think it is about the size of the church, or the number of the people, but there is something about the hunger level of people who will gather together to worship God on a night in the middle of the week. There is no doubt in my mind that hunger draws his presence. And I suspect that these smaller groups of people tend to have less skeptics in the room, and people more focused on worshipping their king. I’m reminded of a prophecy given a few years ago where it was declared that the next big church movement was not going to be in large building with large crowds of people, but in smaller gatherings occurring in homes and in small churches. If you are hungry for more of God, or if you feel spiritually dry, go find a meeting where a small group of believers are pursuing his presence with reckless abandon. I think you will find yourself refreshed much quicker in these environments than in larger settings where it can be harder to connect with people or plug into what God is doing.

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