Don’t Make These Mistakes

Pastors/shepherds, please don’t make these mistakes…

Putting church over community
Putting orthodoxy over love.
Putting certainty over wonder.
Putting teaching over conversation.
Putting polished over real.
Putting explanations over empathy.
Putting answers over questions.
Putting membership over friendship.
Putting prayer over action.
Putting services over self-care.
Putting style over substance.
Putting appearance over authenticity.
Putting functionality over beauty.
Putting religion over spirituality.
Putting numbers over faces.
Putting holiness over humanity.
Putting accountability over acceptance.
Putting heaven over earth.
Putting meetings over relationships.
Putting reputation over risk.
Putting superiority over humility.
Putting charisma over compassion.
Putting the afterlife over the herelife.
Putting doctrine over reason.
Putting hierarchy over equality.

  • Jim Palmer

5 Fold Ministry

There is a lot of talk in some circles of being in the governmental 5 Fold Ministry – Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers.

I am not going to say that this is a bad ambition, but I think that there is a better one – being in a spiritual five fold ministry. That is to say, a life and ministry consumed by Christ – our eyes, ears, mind, heart, and tongue all in agreement and all seeing, hearing, thinking, loving, and speaking the same thing, “Christ.”

Spiritual eyes on Christ – his person, his word, and his ministry. Spiritual ears tuned to the voice of the Spirit of Christ, listening for his rhema (spoken) word. Our thoughts and our minds meditating and reflecting on the things of Christ. Our hearts loving the kingdom of Christ and its citizens. And our tongues committed to speaking the words of Christ.

When Christ becomes our everything, then everything becomes new.  

Each person we meet is a whole new world of possibilities. Every place we go is holy ground. Every day is a new adventure in living and loving. Every moment counts, and time is precious. Souls are wealth, and money is just a tool.

When trials come, we are prepared to walk through them hand in hand with the one who overcame sin and death.

Five fold has come to mean “completeness” in some circles.

The truth is that, “We are complete in the one who is the head of all spiritual authority.” We don’t need a spiritual title or position. We are already “seated with Christ in heaven.” Let us walk with him here and now, just like we will walk with him on streets of gold for all eternity!

~ Brad Heilhecker

Feature Friday – Women With Gifts International

LaNette is a Christian business woman who believes in leadership development, education and helping women become self-sufficient. Born and Raised in Fort Worth,Texas but currently enjoying the mountains and hiking trails in Colorado.

LaNette is currently a member of Omega Chi{Christian Organization}, Alpha Kappa Delta{Sociology Society}, and Sigma Kappa Delta {English Honor Society} and received a Bachelors of Science from Texas Wesleyan University and an Associates of Arts Degree from Tarrant County College.  LaNette previously owned a small business called Just Pearlz and currently the Founder of Women With Gifts Intl., a nonprofit organization for women.

Because of her strong advocacy for women, LaNette has hosted  awareness events such as I Survived Gospel Concert for women who suffered from domestic violence,sexual abuse and breast cancer, Hat & Heels for Single Mothers and Concerts 4 Coats. Using her life experiences and educational background, LaNette has been invited to speak  at several Fort Worth ISD public schools to motivate students and has also created multiple bookclubs to educate and inspire teen girls.

LaNette strongly believes that change starts with one person… Her motto is she is “changing the world one person at a time.”

LaNette is a Marine and Police wife, Army Mom, and mom to innovative teen who dreams to be a hair stylist and make-up artist.  Oh yea, she now has a grandRABBIT. Yes, she is a granny to a rabbit-{Massey} who she currently shares her home with.

LaNette believes in teaching and inspiring women from her PERSONAL experiences.

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