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A New Chapter

August 27, 2012

Good morning – rainy and warm here in southwest Michigan!

Our lives are a great story – an epic if you will and hopefully the primary theme throughout our story is Jesus Christ. Sprinkled throughout our story are chapters containing great joy, great pain, tremendous blessing, great loss, times of walking intimately with our Creator and times when He seems so far away and silent. Sometimes our story is an adventure novel, sometimes a tragedy, sometimes it is a love poem, and even at times a comedy!

We also have “chapters” in our lives and our family is about to enter a new chapter. For the past eleven years, we have served as deputized missionaries with Life Action Ministries here in southwest Michigan. God used this ministry to work deeply in our lives so many years ago at First Baptist Church of Brandon, Mississippi. We were overjoyed when we were finally able to join the staff of LIfe Action. Being a part of the community of Believers at Life Action is an extraordinary privilege. I have never encountered a group of people before that are so intent on living lives of authentic Christianity. Not perfect mind you, but always seeking to grow in their walk with the Lord and one another. We have been radically and forever changed by this community.

However, the Lord is now moving us. Beginning next week, I will go on staff with Ambassador Enterprises in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ambassador is a Christ-centered company that has long been a partner with Life Action. I will be partnering with a great guy, Randy Carman, in co-leading the Learning & Growth Division of Ambassador. The position is a great fit for me and Ambassador is a high-speed organization that seeks to exalt Christ and to advance His kingdom through business as well as coming alongside ministries and helping them to become even stronger.

I will become a part of Life Action’s Advisory Council and still attend and help with the Board of Directors’ meetings. Also, as part of my role at Ambassador, I will become a consultant to Life Action, especially in the areas of leader & people development.

The opportunity to serve at Ambassador is exciting for us and is a tremendous opportunity. However, leaving a people you love is never easy. And change is hard on a family. So, if the Lord brings us to your mind, we would appreciate your prayers as we “turn the page” to begin this new chapter in the life of our family.


Board Meetings!

August 22, 2012

We are about to kick off our annual Board of Director’s meeting here at Life Action Ministries, so I have been a tad busy and not able to do a good job with my blog.

We are blessed with an extraordinary Board and it reinforces to me the critical importance that it is to an organization to have a high caliber, well-functioning Board. We do and it makes a tremendous difference.

So, if you have anything to do with your Board, work to make it the best it can be. By the way – it is a lot of work and you have to be intentional about maintaining it properly, but it is well worth the effort!

Would appreciate your prayers if we come to your mind,


Well, I am back in the South today, enjoying sunshine and some warmer weather!

Life Action is having its semi-annual Board of Directors’ Meeting with our annual Vision Gathering after the Board meeting, so I may not be posting much the rest of the week. We’ll se how it goes.

The Board of Directors for a ministry is hugely important – more so than we often realize.  So if you are a leader in a nonprofit ministry, then you need to pay careful attention to your board.  At Life Action we are blessed.  We have godly people from across the country and Canada who are also respected professionals in their field.  First and foremost though is that they love the Lord.  They are people of great character and to the person are humble.

When you go to select your board, ask these questions:

  1. Do they have a heart for God?
  2. Are they a person of character?
  3. Do they have a heart for your mission?
  4. Do they bring needed wisdom, skills and experience to your ministry?
  5. Do they have a servant’s heart?  Are they humble?
  6. Do they have a learner’s heart?  Are they teachable?

Your Board is very important, maybe more than you realize. So be wise about how those you choose!