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Road trips are always a great way to process things. It gives you the opportunity to reflect and ponder life. This road trip in particular has been good for me because I’ve experienced so much recently and God has been working in my life as a result of these experiences. I’ve experienced the death of both my Grandmother and my uncle in the past two weeks. I had a wonderful Holy Week in which I was able to proclaim my faith in baptism. I’m doing life with some pretty amazing people and my family has bonded together in ways I haven’t seen in a long time. God is good and my Grandmother’s death has drawn me closer to Him. I’m headed out to Catalyst West Coast in Irvine, California. I first went to Catalyst in 2009 with a team of leaders from my previous church. I attended the year after as well and haven’t been back since. Now I find myself being called to these conferences to soak in some teaching and to learn from those that are leading the church today. God has been preparing my heart for some big plans recently and has been opening many doors for me already. I attended a conference for my counseling college in the Fall and started to pray to God about what He wanted me to do with the courses that I have been taking. Not too long later, God started to bring young men into my life in search of mentorship and now I am finding myself pouring into the lives of several men as of late. My spiritual life grew closer to God through worship and He has further shaped my heart to be a part of being a voice for this generation by seeking change in this world. This grew out of attending Passion in Atlanta. God further aligned my heart to His heart for justice in Philadelphia by the example of those that spearheaded the movement for justice before me. Now God is calling me back into leadership. I just completely eight weeks of leadership training, joined my church counseling team and started a missional community. Catalyst is a wonderful conference of teaching and equipping leaders in ministry and I’m excited He has called me to come back. I saw Brad Lomenick speak a couple of months back at PhoenixONE and it was confirmation that God wanted me to be back here in Irvine. I also have many friends from the many years I was in ministry that are going to be here and I’m excited to spend time with them. After arriving, I spent my first night in worship praising the Lord for how great He is on the beaches of Newport Beach watching the sun go down.

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Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly

1 Peter 5:2

It’s been a crazy few weeks as I have been really staying attentive to God and His will for me. I had this moment a few weeks ago where I was able to retrace my steps of where I am at today to a moment when I was struggling in my walk and I listened to God’s voice and made a step in obedience. It set off a chain reaction of events during a difficult time that brought me to where I am now. It’s so cool to know that God is always working and always restoring and all we need to do is listen and follow. Last year I set myself up financially for later in life with investments and retirement funds, etc. It dawned on me that I have a son who starts college next year and another one just a few years behind him and that I need to be a better steward of God’s money. So I got responsible with my finances and have been preparing myself for my future and where God may want me later in life. God has put some incredible mentors in my life that have walked me to this point and now I am able to give back to those younger than me. I have also had the opportunity to get some good teaching lately from some conferences of what is going on in the world and how I can acclimate my heart to God’s will. But recently He has called me to something that I didn’t think I would diving into anytime soon – church leadership. My first experience was both good and bad. I am always appreciative of Cornerstone church for giving me my first shot at leadership. I really learned a lot from that experience (and a lot about myself). But the biggest thing I regret about it is that I never had any formal training. I was hand-picked for the job and thrown to the wolves by doing it on my own. I was still a pretty new Christ follower and had lots to work through with myself. The last thing that the Pastor of that church told me when I left was that I had all the potential to be a leader and that I should continue to aspire to be a leader after I have taken care of my stuff first. I really took his words to heart that day. Today I am in a totally new phase of life and through praying with many of my mentors and people I trust, God has led me back to the first steps of returning to leadership. I honestly have no clue what this looks like as I refuse to try to define God’s will for me. But I do feel God is allowing me back out in the world and He is saying to me that this time we are going to do it right (that would be His way). I am beginning an intense lengthy training on church leadership next week with some of the most predominant church leaders in the valley. I am so looking forward to soaking in some teaching and learning the biblical principles of what it means to be a leader from some of these Godly men. I am excited because the training doesn’t just include leadership in the church, but also at home and in work field. I do have some nervousness yet at the same time I am excited to follow in God’s footsteps. It’s good to be in His will and take the proper steps for growth.

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For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:14-19

After Francis Chan spoke, Gregg Matte led our community groups in this passage on leadership/humility:

Humility is the key to leadership

1. Paul kneeled before the Lord in prayer. This communicates humility (v. 14). False humility is when we accept praise but downplay it outwardly. It’s when we act like can’t do something even though we know we can. Humility is being self-forgetful.

“Catch him at the moment when he is really poor in spirit and smuggle into his mind the gratifying reflection, ‘By jove! I’m being humble’, and almost immediately pride—pride at his own humility—will appear. If he awakes to the danger and tries to smother this new form of pride, make him proud of his attempt—and so on, through as many stages as you please.”

C.S. Lewis – Screwtape Letters

2. Realizing we are leading in the name of Jesus. Non-humility is when we are doing things for accolades and rewards. Only secure people can love – insecure people need something in return.

3. Deep strength comes from the deepest resources (v. 16, 17) – His glorious riches, His mind, His Spirit. We tend to minister out of our own power (our own experiences, personality, knowledge, etc)

MINE – think of this word when you think of Jesus looking at us. We belong to Him. Know that before you go out and minister.

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