In January 2017 we settled on the name “Market Common Community Church” for the new work we trust God to do here. In March we found out that we cannot use the trademarked name in our church name. SO — would you take time to read the message below and pray and send me any ideas for a name by May 31? Thanks
Aristides was a Greek philosopher who died around 134 AD. The Roman Emperor, Hadrian, asked Aristides to study the Christians and report on whether they were a threat to the Empire. Read these selections from his research below.
“But the Christians… show kindness to those near them; and whenever they are judges, they judge uprightly…
They do good to their enemies…
If one of them have bondsmen and bonds women or children, through love towards them they persuade them to become Christians, and when they have done so, they call them brethren without distinction. They do not worship strange gods, and they go their way in all modesty and cheerfulness.
Falsehood is not found among them; and they love one another….And he, who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. And when they see a stranger, they take him into their own homes and rejoice over him as a very brother…
And if they hear that one of their number is imprisoned or afflicted on account of the name of their Messiah, all of them anxiously minister to his necessity…
And if there is any among them that is poor and needy, and they have no spare food, they fast two or three days in order to supply to the needy their lack of food…
Such, O King… is their manner of life… And verily, this is a new people, and there is something divine in the midst of them.”
This describes the kind of church I long to be a part of. As we ask God to establish a church based in the Market Common District of Myrtle Beach, SC this is what I am asking God to raise up.
We found out that we cannot use the name “Market Common” in the name of the church. So help me out. Send me ideas for what you would name a church we are seeking to start? Send your submissions by May 31 to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks
Aristides, “The Apology of Aristides the Philosopher,” in the The Ante-Nicene Fathers, first series, original supplement to the American edition, vol. 10, ed. Allan Menzies (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1965)., 276-78.
Maybe it is part mid-life crisis and part empty nest but I have been under a sense of deep conviction in recent weeks. The only way I know to say it is, ” I am aware that I will answer to God for what he has given me.
Am I being a faithful steward?
Where is the balance between ego driven marketing of one’s “products & services” and humbly letting people know of the assignment I sense God has given to me?
I am not sure I manage this tension well. But I have been spending time with God seeking to get my motives right and to hear in a fresh way His assignment for me. HERE IS MY LATEST VERSION OF MY CALLING STATEMENT
I assist and encourage Christ followers, and especially ministry leaders, to live vibrantly and effectively for the long haul.
HOW do I invest in this contribution: 3 PRIMARY WAYS –
- TEACHING is a grace gift entrusted by Jesus Spirit to me so I may contribute to Christ followers being transformed by his grace and truth.
- COACHING is a set of skills I employ to help people get clarity and make progress in facilitating change.
- WRITING is a discipline to grow me as a communicator and a means for sowing in other hearts what God has made alive and fruitful in me.
BEING A MAN WITH A LIFESTYLE OF:
- TURNING to God in faith
- REJOICING in my Lord in hope
- and loving God and others through HONORING and GIVING
One of the places I come alive is when I am sitting with leaders over coffee or tea!
This document overviews my ministry and should answer most questions a leader or group might have if they are seeing how I might contribute
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1. May 14 – Columbia Intl University Commencements (www.ciu.edu)
2. May 18-21 – Missionary Training Intl. Board Meeting (www.mti.org)
3. May 22 – 35th Wedding Anniversary
4. June 3-6 – Exeter Chapel, RI Leadership Workshop & Preaching for 25th anniversary (www.exeterchapel.org/ )
5. June 6 – Columbia Intl. University President’s Advisory Committee Retreat
6. June 12 – Baby Dedication of Lilla Grace Rumsey (1st Grandchild) at Sandhills Community Church (www.sandhillschurch.org )
7. June 17 – July 1 – Vacation at Myrtle Beach Travel Park (www.myrtlebeachtravelpark.com/
8. June 20 – North Myrtle Beach, SC 1More Bike Tour Stop Party hosted by Barefoot Church (www.barefootchurch.com)
9. June 25-26 – Preach Sat PM and 3x Sunday AM at Barefoot Church
10. June 26 — Sun PM Present the Gospel at a Concert in the Outdoor Pavilion Area at Myrtle Beach
11. June 29 – North Myrtle Beach, SC Video Tape President Bill Jones Discipleship & Leadership Resources hosted by Barefoot Church.
12. July 3 – Sandhills Community Church emcee for Robertson McQuilkin preaching on Marriage – CIU will videotape. (www.sandhillschurch.org )
13. July 7 – McLean Bible Church, VA, 1More Bike Tour Stop Party hosted by church ( www.mcleanbible.org/ )
14. July 17 – Chinese Christian Church, Columbia, SC – Preach to English and Chinese Congregations (cccchurch.us/
15. August 6 – Lakeland, FL – Perform Wedding
16. August 8-12 – Columbia, SC – Teach course Master’s and Doctoral students and attend the Willow Creek Leadership Summit broadcasts at CIU on Leadership Development (www.ciu.edu)
17. August 15-18 – Columbia Intl University Faculty & Seminary Workshops
18. August 25 – Columbia Intl. University – Thurs PM course for 15 weeks on Foundations of Leadership for Master’s Students 6:30-9:15 PM – (www.ciu.edu)
You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
– 2 Corinthians 1:11 (ESV)
Here is a brief summary of recent public ministry as a source of thanksgiving to God.
1. January 11-15 – Atlanta, GA
Taught a Seminary Course (MIN 5310 Biblical Foundations of Leadership) to 20 students. I am constantly amazed at the quality of men and women God allows me to join in their journey. There were pastors, church planters, youth pastors, small group pastors, chaplains and missionaries in training, counselors and business people making a mid-career transition. They came from over dozen states.
2. January 20-23 – Colorado Spring, CO
MTI Board meeting and Networking with Barnabas Intl. on Missionary Leadership Training. Steve Sweatman and Scott Shaun of Barnabas Intl. have research indicating a real need in practical orientation, training and ongoing coaching for missionary team leaders. This first meeting was a way to review the need, launch us in prayer, seeking to discern how God wants us to contribute.
3. Jan 27-29 – Greensboro, NC
Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMIA) – Workshop on Effective Church & Networking with a CIU booth. In spite of a major snow storm arriving late Friday and causing many to scatter I had 47 in my workshop on Thursday w/ several staying around or coming by the booth to talk further. We distributed a note taking outline with resources which also contained some nice ads for CIU. All of these were distributed. I also sold 15 copies of Time Management as Life Management. We had a good dinner and other visits with CIU alumni participating in this exciting missions movement by the Spirit.
4. Jan 29-30 – Columbia, SC
Consulting with elders and staff at the annual retreat of Sandhills Community Church. What a privilege to be asked to help lead the elders, governing board and staff of Sandhills. Since it is my home church it was a special encouragement to be invited. I sensed a special anointing of the Spirit and saw God show up in humbling, unifying, and clarifying the hearts of those God has provided to lead our family in His name.
5. February 4 – Columbia, SC
CIU Board Meeting and Alumni Assoc. Leadership Council meetings. In spite of some an national economic downturn and other challenges it is so refreshing to be with leaders who long to move forward for Kingdom work and who set a tone of faith and prayer.
February 18-20 – Orlando, FL
The Association of Biblical Higher Education ABHEis one of the accrediting agencies for Columbia Intl University. CIU gave each participant at the annual conference a copy of Robertson McQuilkin’s Five Smooth Stones: Essential Biblical Principles of Ministry. and I was able to give a review and share how we are using the book as a text at CIU. I was also asked to lead a workshop on partnership between schools and churches and other ministry organizations. Ralph Enlow, President of ABHE, gave a very positive message on the expansion and creative development of Biblical Higher Education.
February 25- March 8 – North Africa/Middle East After 12 days with brothers and sisters in Christ who suffer for their faith I am challenged to examine my own heart. We met believers who had been imprisoned, shot and persecuted in other ways for seeking to spread the Gospel. But in the midst of a conversation on the risks of email, cell phones and other exposure one brother said we simply cannot begin to live and make our decisions on the basis of fear. We must daily trust God and be about obeying him. Fear is our greatest enemy because it can intimidate and paralyze our obedience. Because obedience is a response of loving God — we should be wise but can never back away from obeying Him. — That is my paraphrase of how the translation of his words came to me.