One of the reasons I love the ministry here at Quail is that I see so much help being given to folks in crisis by so many. Just about every day, I observe a member of our Lay Counseling Team meeting with and assisting an individual or a couple in our counseling office.
As I reflect on that, I realize that while this counsel is a blessing, it means by definition that there has been an experience of great pain. Wouldn’t it be great if we could launch a ministry that would be just as active guiding people in advance of painful choices and helping them to avoid some of the trauma that is out there?
That is why I am so excited about the possibility of a “Lay Coaching” ministry here at Quail. I envision a trained and gifted cohort of coaches who will help others tap into their God given potential, come to see the way that God has designed them, and live a fuller, richer life in Jesus. A life that avoids some of the hurts while moving forward toward the goals that God has in mind for them.
That is why we are so thrilled to announce the “Coaching for Growth” seminar with Linda Miller. This workshop is designed to give you the basic tools to take a coach approach to your own life, and in the lives of others. Linda is truly one of the best Christian coaches in the world. She works for the Ken Blanchard Companies, where she serves as the Global Liaison for Coaching Services. That means she trains and works with pastors, denominational leaders and not-for-profit ministry leaders, along with Fortune 500 companies.
You will not want to miss this opportunity on Friday, Ocober 12, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, and Saturday Oct. 13, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Lunch on Saturday is included with your registration. Cost is $25. Registration deadline is October 3. Click here to register, or call the church office, 951-7380, for more information.
See you there!
I have a theory. I do not know this to be true, but I have this feeling that the Pharisees and the Sadducees who gave Jesus so much trouble when He walked the earth did not laugh very much. They seem constantly to be burdened with their responsibility, and consistently judgmental and cranky. By contrast, however, Jesus took joy in children, loved a good party and looked for reasons to be with people of all walks of life. I can picture Him smiling and laughing and being the kind of person whom other people wanted to be with.
Over my years of ministry, I have come to realize that I need to be cautious around people who do not laugh or who rarely smile. Of course, there are times when we need to be serious, but let’s face it, JOY is one of the aspects of the fruit of the Spirit. So how about it? When was the last time you had a real good laugh? God gave us the gift of laughter to enhance and bless our lives – let’s not neglect it.
Here are some pointers:
All through the Scriptures, we see God’s people at festivals, singing and rejoicing. Simply put, they were having fun. So let’s not think that we can do without this element of joyfulness in our own experience.
Notice I say “appropriate fun.” I cringe sometimes at what I see on TV with a laugh track broadcast underneath. We who care about righteousness ought not to allow ourselves to laugh at immorality, foul language or disparaging talk about others. But that having been said, there are plenty of wholesome sources of laughter and enjoyment out there.
A positive, joy-filled life is a life that is in balance. Those who do not build Sabbath rest into their lives will find that the joy reserves run low very fast.
You can love Jesus and still have a sense of humor. Find people who have both sides of this equation down and give yourself permission to spend time encouraging one another through enjoyment and fun.
There are many markers for a healthy, vibrant life for a Christ follower. One of them is the ability to find delight in the life that God has given you. So if your joy level is a bit low, go ahead and build these ideas into your life - it will be very good for your soul!
Pastor Marc :)
At Quail, we are totally dependent on our wonderful volunteers for the excellent ministry for the Lord that takes place on the campus and beyond, week after week. But I am aware that there are a few myths about volunteering that need to be dispelled, so that many more of us can participate in a way that blesses the Lord and brings us joy.
Myth #1 – There are not enough volunteers to go around.
I believe that the Lord has brought to Quail just the right amount of people to engage in the ministry and serve Him with excellence. To make sure that we see the maximum mobilization, however, leaders have to make sure that we invest the right value in volunteering. Sometimes people don’t serve because they do not perceive there to be a need, or have taken a break from past service and have not been approached to be involved again. Leaders, raise the level of value for those in your ministry and pray like crazy that the Lord will allow us to see potential volunteers who are under-mobilized and allow them to serve.
Myth #2 – Volunteers only do the “busy work” of church ministry.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s take the Elder Board for an example. That is the board that I work with which is responsible for the overall oversight of the church program. They decide on policy and budget recommendations, exert spiritual discipline when needed, and much more. Every one of them is a volunteer. Another example would be our teachers in the Bible classes for kids and adults. Nothing is more important than the right teaching of the Word, and all of them are volunteers! As I said, if it were not for these and the many other volunteers, the work of the church would cease.
Myth #3 – Volunteers want to serve in one role for a lifetime.
I realize that very few volunteers hit the jackpot the first time they try serving. That is why we have the “Explore and See” program. In this program, you can try something for a while in an uncommitted fashion, and then if it seems to be a good fit, you can stay. If not, you can try something else. We want you, as a volunteer, to be in a role that you love and one that brings you joy!
Myth #4 – Volunteering is all output and no input.
Volunteering for the cause of Christ will not diminish the quality of your life. It will not be just one more burden on your back. Volunteerism done right, biblically and wisely, will do precisely the opposite. It will positively transform the life of the volunteer, and will turn into the most joy-producing, spiritually enriching opportunity in life. Volunteering for the cause of Christ grows faith, builds relationships and clarifies life commitments in the light of eternity. Like we say, “People who GO, grow!”
A great big thank you to all the volunteers here at Quail. And if you want to get involved, but do not know how to start, shoot me an email and we will begin a dialogue about how you can get involved.
In Deuteronomy 4:9, we read,
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
This month we will see many of our students go back to school, and it brings to mind the responsibilities that parents and grandparents have toward children. But the fact is that the cultural deck is stacked against parents who want to teach their children a Christian world view. There are no magic formulas for raising godly children, and there are no guarantees, but to find our way through the raging waters of our times, we must be people of the Word of God and those who understand the nature of the times in which we live.
In the verse quoted above, the parents and grandparents have a calling that takes us beyond our own understanding. There is a call to pass on our understanding of the Word and our faith to our children. When you look for the principles we are to pass on to our children as given to us in the broad sweep of Scripture, we see that three things emerge:
Of course, in order to pass along these principles, we adults need to live by these principles ourselves. This is a life journey of faith that we are all involved in and why the church exists – to help us live out these principles and pass them along.
I want to thank our Adult Education Department as well as the Children and Family Ministries Department here at Quail for the great attention they bring to these issues. Soon AWANA and Pioneer Clubs will get underway, as well as the full program of our Junior High and Senior High Ministries. I encourage parents to enroll your children and remember to pass it on!
I want to talk to you about the “on the job training” that God provides. Back when God called Moses to leave the sheep he was watching and stand before Pharaoh and declare “Let my people go,” Moses was not so keen on the promotion. He responded by saying, “Please send someone else to do it.” (Ex.4)
Maybe that is how you feel today. Maybe you are pushing a calling that God has brought to you, or a job that He is giving you, back across the table of your life saying, “No thanks, that is not for me.” Or maybe you are putting something off that you know God wants you to do, saying, “I just don’t have the skills or the smarts to pull it off.” If so, let’s remember how God replied to Moses: "Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Ex. 4:12)
You see, when God calls you, He equips you, but He does not do that in advance. He provides on the job training, but to get it, you have to be on the job! The qualifications and abilities that you need to do any job that God has in mind for you are His strength and His ability working through you.
This does not mean that you will never be afraid or that everything will come easily, but it does mean that God is true to His word and he will show up and provide the help you need when you step out in faith in obedience to His command.
What will He use to guide you? He may use the advice of praying friends, the example of Godly people, or even the lessons learned from mistakes made in the process. But all along, he will be there. If God called you to do something for Him, then automatically you are the right person for the job! He will provide the training. So, if God is nudging you to serve, say “Yes!” and leave the rest to Him.