immeasurably more than I imagined!

I have been aware of the promise in Ephesians 3:20 for many years: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” I think many of us could look back over 2, 3, 5, 10 years and say, “Wow, I never imagined that I would be doing what I’m doing now.” However, just in the past few weeks, I feel like God has given me a glimpse of “the unimaginable” He has in store for me and, boy, is it exciting! Here is a brief summary…

God has brought us approximately 40 individuals who have at least expressed an interest in being a part of browns mill church in our first two core group meetings! As Tim Coleman and I first met to discuss planting a church, we both sensed that God was calling us to a Kingdom impacting role. At the time, we weren’t sure what that was going to entail. Now we know at least a piece of what this Kingdom impacting role will be. Not only will Tim and I be planting a church together, we have been selected to train church planters all across the Southeast as part of the world-wide missional movement Missio as the directors of Missio’s Southeast regional hub!

For our “day jobs,” God brought an opportunity for both Tim and me to lead a sports-related non-profit ministry called Ultimate Leader. The primary purpose of Ultimate Leader is to impact our world for Christ through the medium of sport. This past Friday, we sat in a meeting of Christian businessmen and other like-minded sports ministries discussing global partnerships that will result in the gospel being shared worldwide and churches being planted–especially in “closed” countries!

You might say, “Kevin, you’re a worship leader. What about that part of your passion.” Well, each week, I have the privilege of leading our core group in worship and I’m learning to play guitar! On top of that, this weekend, January 25th, I will be leading worship at First Baptist Church of West Monroe, LA, a 7,000 member congregation pastored by Dr. John Avant, former pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, GA, and former Vice-President of Evangelism at the SBC’s North American Mission Board.

I was content as a worship leader, but God saw fit to reassign me. It is both exciting and humbling to see the role that God seems to be preparing for me! More than ever, I recognize the need to cling to Him. I just pray that I don’t mess it up!

me and Eric Liddell

The movie “Chariots of Fire” tells the story of the great Scottish athlete Eric Liddell. He was not only an incredible runner–he won the men’s 400 meters at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris–but he was also a devoted follower of Christ who died on the mission field in China. One of Liddell’s most famous quotes is, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”

Last night was the very first core group meeting for browns mill church. While I have been in local church ministry for over 13 years, I can truly say that God has shaped me for my current role and I can identify with Eric Liddell’s quote. For me, I feel God’s pleasure when I work alongside a leader in an environment of mutual respect and I am given the opportunity and the authority to put my skills and abilities toward seeing a shared vision fulfilled.

Tim Coleman, our lead pastor, and I are a team. We share the vision of browns mill church and feel it to the very core of our beings! I have an ownership of the vision because I have contributed to it from what God has laid on my heart. This drives me to throw my full weight behind it doing whatever is necessary to see it come to fruition. In past positions I have held this was not the case. In some of the churches I served, there was no vision to speak of (very frustrating!) and others had a vision that was hoarded by one person and no one else had an opportunity to contribute to it. This creates an environment where people feel like their hands are needed but not their brain. (Andy Stanley says, “For every pair of hands you hire, you get a free brain!”) Mutual respect is typically not a part of the equation, either, at least you don’t feel respected when you have no ownership or voice.

I am very thankful that God has called me to serve Him in this capacity. My desire is that I can now figure out how those who become a part of browns mill church can come to the point where they feel God’s pleasure because they are doing what they were shaped to do. I pray that I will be the type of leader who releases people to use their gifts and feel God’s pleasure!