Vision! Re-Vision! And Re-Vision Again! 

Vision! Re-Vision! And Re-Vision Again! 

There is one thing constant about life. Change! Change is the only thing we can count on happening every single day. If change happens every day, imagine how much change a ministry can go through each year. Change seems to happen more rapidly when you have an aligned team working toward one goal moving toward the ministry vision. As one part of the vision is worked out, other things shift and need to be addressed in order to keep the momentum and to not lose the already accomplished gains.... Read More
Nehemiah’s Story, Your Challenge

Nehemiah’s Story, Your Challenge

Can you feel it? The anticipation has been mounting. The excitement has been rising. We’ve been holding our collective breath. Now it’s time to get to work.  Over the last, few weeks, we’ve been using the lens of Nehemiah to see that when we work together, it can change how a generation sees God. (part 1, part 2)  To recap:  Nehemiah named the problem. He leveraged what he had to fix the problem. He went to see the problem for himself.  The Unexpected Solution  Now, he’s solving the... Read More
Nehemiah’s Story, Your Choice

Nehemiah’s Story, Your Choice

What do you do when the world around you is in shambles? That’s the question most of us ask ourselves regularly, and the question Nehemiah must have asked himself as well.  If you recall from last week, we were building on the idea that we can do more together than we can on our own. Despite our differences, the problems in our homes, our churches, our communities, and our world only become solvable when we as the Church work together. But before we start the process of rebuilding, we have to... Read More
Nehemiah’s Story, Your Context

Nehemiah’s Story, Your Context

If you have more than one child, you know how different they can be. The same background, values, and genes can produce a lot of different results. Variety is, after all, the spice of life.  To illustrate, Orange’s founder, Reggie Joiner, tells a story about when his kids were young and building a sandcastle. In the process, everyone’s personality became clear.  RP, his oldest and only son, dug trenches and did the methodical work of trying to figure out how the castle would be protected.... Read More
Are they ready to fight?

Are they ready to fight?

As Nehemiah led the Hebrew people in rebuilding Jerusalem, he sensed a drop in morale. People were tired. Power struggles were popping up. His enemy, Sanballat, threatened attack and began perpetuating destructive rumors. The Hebrew people started to panic, and Nehemiah promptly addressed them: Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. After I looked things over, I stood up... Read More