Monday, August 25th, 2008
Grace Rivers Development
Like any other ministry work, it takes resources to build Grace Rivers. I have been consulting with several wonderful advisors who have helped me to see that first of all, Grace Rivers has a tremendous potential. They have also helped me to see the need to plan for that potential with smaller steps of development and action
In our discussions they have shown me that to build it right, Grace Rivers will likely need a financial underwriting for it to grow. This overwhelmed me and challenged me at the same time. I never looked to develop another fund raising endeavor, trust me! When I left Love In Action, I just wanted to minister to people.
But in this last four months, God has made it clear that life just isn’t that simple but most of all, he has shown me that finances are one way He invests His people in His process! This was a great reminder of all that I have learned through the years.
I had one opportunity to talk with someone recently about Grace Rivers because I was seeking advice on financial matters. It proved to be a great opportunity to share what the Lord was doing in His kingdom. The spiritual economy of finance has some significance to the process and I have made myself willing to follow the Lord with this in mind
Pray for inspiration as I develop more of the financial plan of action necessary to lay the foundation for Grace Rivers.
Grace Rivers Structure
As I seek the Lord for how to structure Grace Rivers it is apparent to me and others that I will need to develop a 501C3 non-profit corporation to lay the foundation of Grace Rivers.
- Wisdom in the initial applications, bylaws and board members
- God’s selection of legal consultation to assist in this process
- Clarity on how to define Grace Rivers at this pivotal juncture of development
Saturday, August 23rd, 2008
This is Session One from our Tributaries of Grace Series.
Grace Rivers – Week 1
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
Family Weekend Workshop
This past weekend GR facilitated a Family Weekend Workshop. We worked through our home church, The Love of Christ Church to accomplish this awewome event.
We had about 20 people who came to us in varying ways. One couple happened to visit our potluck last Wednesday evening at church. They were invited to attend by one of our church Elders. They quickly signed up for the Workshop. I can honestly say that there was no question that God brought them to the weekend! I wanted to share with you some of the comments.
- Being transparent with our feelings is very healing!
- John has a God-given gift and calling for this
- John has a wonderful ability to get to one’s lifelong hurt. I began to heal this weekend.
- Thank you so much for coming to share with us. You’ve changed the course of our family.
My pastor sent me an e-mail with the following comments:
John, I have spoken with several people that attended the Family Weekend Workshop. I heard people describe the weekend using phrases like “life changing, amazing” or “I wish our whole church could do this.” I have asked several of these folks if I can record their testimonies so that we can use them in the future to spread the word. I hope that you are greatly encouraged by this awesome success and please forward this email to all of “Smidites” so that all of us can celebrate this victory. We need to be praying for the means and opportunity to expand this ministry and perhaps plan to do it again as soon as you are able. John , we are so honored to have you as our partner. I think we are seeing the birth of a powerful ministry. -dana
I am truely blessed to see what the Lord is doing as HE leads me into this new life of ministry.
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
I have contracted with a ghost writer to compile the material I have written into an effective outcome. My writer, Bart Green, is incredibly capable of this project. He is a very experienced writer and has an awesome list of credientials. I am humbled that the Lord has put us together – quite miraculously actually. We have spent much time coming up with a plan that is very exiting.
Now that we have a plan, Bart has been diligent and attentive to this project but has encountered much warfare that has distracted him.
Creativity in writing
Singleness of mind
God’s annointing on the project all the way through
A publishing company that is best for this project