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10 Takeaways from my first C&MA Board of Directors Meeting

Posted by Ralph Trainer , 28 October 2011 · 1352 views

1. Be Light! Seems to me that the light that shines the furthest shines the brightest at home! It was awesome to see again the brilliant ministry of Allegheny Center Alliance Church. Talk about "pushing back the darkness..."

2. Prayer IS our first work. We paused to pray A LOT! I loved that! And A.W. Tozer was right when he said something to the affect, "We have no right to vote on something unless we've prayed about it first!"

3. We send seriously. One of the most meaningful times of prayer was praying for the newly appointed international workers.

4. Just because you talked about something doesn't mean you did anything about it. We're to be doers.

5. No one is on a committee just for their wisdom.

6. I'm tired of hearing of plateaued and declining churches. Are you kidding me? 60%! What have I done TODAY to complete Christ' Commission?

7. How wonderful and fitting it is when brothers dwell together in unity for there is the Lord's blessing.

8. I need to pray more for our leaders, the Lord's anointed.

9. We talk a lot about $. Too much, I think.

10. Will God provide for all He calls us to do?

It's this last question that captured my attention a good part of the trip home. Maybe it came as a result of reflecting on why there were "15-25 missionaries" waiting to be sent but we don't have the money to send them.

When we come up short, is it because God's arm is short? Hardly.

When we come up short, is it because we haven't been good stewards (individually or collectively)? Possibly.

When we come up short, is it due to our level of commitment, faith and obedience? Likely.

Will God provide all that's needed for the vision He gives? I think so. What do you think?

Laurie Collett
Oct 28 2011 08:12 PM
Yes, if God calls you to it, He will see you through it! In Matthew 10, Jesus tells His disciples: 9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

He will provide not only financially, but He will also give strength, wisdom, knowledge, courage, compassion, and whatever is needed for His will to be fulfilled. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. He delights in using ordinary or even frail believers to accomplish the extraordinary.

So, if there is anything lacking, it may be because the vision was misunderstood in the first place; because Satan is attacking and God allows the attacks to strengthen our faith and dependence on Him; or because His perfect timing allows for what seems to us as a delay.

Laurie Collett, Saved by Grace
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Don Sappington
Oct 31 2011 02:06 PM
I appreciate the 10 TAKE AWAYS Ralph ... what are the 10 ACTION STEPS that the BOD affirmed, might be committed to moving forward. Now that's an outcome look for.
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David Manske
Nov 14 2011 11:16 AM
Thanks for the BOD 'take out' insight!
You reminded me of an expression - Não somos filhos do Rei? - Aren't we children of the King?
We're too limited by our perception of $. Thanks for the reminder.
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