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“Doug, what are we supposed to prioritize?”

I was picking a fight with my husband: “Doug,” I said, “you say that in ministry, we should prioritize the ‘large system,’ but in I Timothy 3 we are encouraged to choose leaders whose lives are sound at the core of their personal and family life. In Acts 1:8, we see that sharing the Gospel is to begin in our home town and then spread out to the region.”

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Alignment before Empowerment: A Golden Rule!

Our Living System Ministry Associate, Rema Cheng, is entering graduate school this fall to gain a master’s degree in social work. One systems thinking concept that I hope she will learn to apply is “alignment before empowerment.”

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What can grapevines and ba-a-a-ing sheep teach me about Living System Ministry?

Picture with me Jesus and his disciples walking through a vineyard, picking some of the ripe grapes. Let’s join them and listen as He speaks:

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"Come on – play in tune with the rest of the orchestra!"

Imagine for a moment that you are right down in front on the lawn in front of the Hatch Shell at the Boston Pops’ Fourth of July concert on the Charles River Esplanade. You were there with the early go-getters, charging in with your gang at 9 am as the gates were finally opened, throwing down your blanket and staking out your territory right in front – a perfect spot! And all day, as you hung out enjoying the beautiful summer day, you have been anticipating the evening concert.

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“Are you saying there is no one magic bullet?”

Doug and I were on vacation in Arizona in July a few years ago. Right there, our sanity should have been examined. Arizona in July! 106 in the shade! We made out okay the first week because we had a nice air-conditioned timeshare in Phoenix. But for the 2nd week we had planned to go camping! We had all our gear in a duffle bag, ready to set up camp – in the hot sun!

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"Watch out! That thing is alive!"

Sometimes, to escape the commercials on CNN, Doug and I watch the History Channel. Have you seen the show about the Louisiana bayou boatmen who go out looking for alligators? They will pull up near the shore next to what looks like two bumps of wood in the water. As they get close, the “bumps” dissolve as the gator rises up and thrashes around in the water. “Watch out – that thing’s alive!” they yell before they shoot the reptile and haul its massive body into their boat.

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What Do You Have in Mind?

You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. -Revelation 3:17

     
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