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Ideas Sharpen Ideas

Very few artists have ever thrived in solitude, and there is nothing more stimulating than the conflict of minds with similar interests. When we have a strong sense of calling to our ministry, all too often we can fall into a self-imposed isolation of “think like me” that, for a time, will drive an ministry’s focus. But without outside stimulation, that process can become stale and, as a result, the ministry’s focus can become blurred. I was in a Bible study some years ago where the leader would end the formal study with a discussion time, and he would start that by saying, “OK, that is what God said, now let’s get into an argument!” For several weeks I was really put off by that, until I noticed that the ‘arguments’ in the discussion were always checked by sound doctrine - facts not just opinions - and he had a remarkable way of keeping us all on topic, yet encouraging a great diversity of conflicting ideas. Good Ideas May Start as Conflicting Ideas Having a focused, effective ministry requires a lot of ...

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    “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.”

    As a life-long student of management principles, I enjoy finding those sparks that bring light to a dark situation. It is my hope that this “lampstand” will provide you a bit of light.

    With a diverse background in media, corporate communications, and public sector employee training, I assist ministries in keeping their operation true to their vision, mission and goals.

    You can find out how Advocace can assist your organization or contact me here.
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