Deployment Week: Jesus Culture Revivalist Panel
- The mandate on this house is to deploy a generation that will demonstrate the raw power of God in the world.
- I really want to erase the sacred, secular line. Let’s release the goodness of God everywhere!
- I’ll be explaining more of the practical things later this week, but today I want to focus on the message of deployment.
- “Positions are seldom lost because they have been destroyed, but almost invariably because the leader has decided it can no longer be retained” – Marine handbook
- This applies to warfare but also to destiny.
The Culture Project. Panel with Banning Liebscher, Mike Frank, Julie, Sheri Silk, Chris Adams, Luke Ridnour.
- Our mandate is not just to raise up preachers, but to raise up leaders who will take the passion inside of them to go into every area and see the nations healed.
- Mike Frank is a business major who has founded multi-billion dollar companies in tele-communication.
- Julie is a nurse practitioner.
- Sheri… you know Sheri.
- Chris Adams is a school superintendent for a district. He principled at Enterprise school here in Redding. We went from a high school that they were considering shutting down to being one of the top schools in California and now this whole district is one of the highest districts in the state, it’s a model.
- Luke is a NBA player for the Minnesota Timberwolves. I realized I needed God because doing well or not doing well at basketball was not enough. I was missing Jesus. When I gave my life to the Lord, my basketball career took off because I had given control to him.
Luke is on skype. The following questions were just for him:
What excites you most about what you are doing right now?
- God has taught me to play a game for a job.
- God has given me the NBA as an opportunity and platform to influence the world for the kingdom.
What is one of the biggest things you’ve learned for bringing the kingdom to the world in a professional circle?
- The guys I’m traveling with are my family and they all feel like they’ve made the life that they want, but they don’t have all that they need so just showing them my life is huge.
If you looked back, what is the one thing that you wish you were more prepared for, what would you have focused on differently?
- I got caught up on so many little things. I should have remembered to press in for the big things that I had prophetic words for even thought they seemed so far away. God has a plan, and the things we go through daily will take us there.
What has kept you encouraged even when situations are discouraging?
- It’s not easy, but I know who I’m praying for. Even if things are hard, I’m doing it for God and to glorify him. That makes it all worth it.
- Remember who you’re living for and who you are doing things for.
One piece of advice for a young leader?
- Stay in the word, hear from the Lord and process things with the holy spirit.
- His plan is such a good plan, so good things are coming. We have the victory.
How do you stay fresh and fed in a world where you are surrounded by unbelievers?
- My wife is amazing and we keep each other accountable. I use the road as a way to keep connected with the Lord.
- Every day I have a chance to be a light in a dark place, that gets me up every morning.
Back to the panel.
- 100% of the people in this room are called to lead and influence but most of you aren’t meant to do it from the pulpit.
Julie, how did you know what you were called to?
- As a kid I wanted to be a nurse and my parents were incredibly supportive and I got to watch my mom do marriage and a career well.
- I always felt called to something in the sciences.
- Whatever field you are called to, just keep moving, take risks.
- There is no difference between sacred and secular. My worship every morning is serving my patients.
Mike, how did you know what you were called to?
- My wife and I came to the Lord around the same time just before I got working at the headquarters for Disney which was my biggest stage so far and I got to demonstrate the changes that were going on in my life.
- I didn’t feel called to anything specific as a kid, but I got into business and found out I was really good at it.
- As a kid I was an entrepreneur already. I did paper routs, shoveled snow, did lawn work… it was partially a necessity but also God was wiring me for what I’d be doing later.
Sheri, how did you know what you were called to?
- I actually have no formal education.
- A fun part of my journey was watching my mom. She was the president of every club she was a part of, but wasn’t in the church. So I had a model for moms staying home and not working but I felt I had to get out there.
- About two years ago when I realized BSSM was outgrowing the church, I began to connect with civil organizations while I was still in charge of 10 departments in the church and traveling 60 days a year. But then I felt I needed to give up all the church stuff and fashion my resume to be involved more in the city.
- I never planned out everything. I’ve just done what’s in front of me really well.
- I love accomplishing tasks and chewing up problems and serving other people’s tasks.
Chris, how did you know what you were called to?
- I wanted to be a sports medicine major but in college I realized I loved teaching more.
- My dad said “Jesus doesn’t need somebody to die for him, you need to work in the system if you are going to bring change to it”
- After I was in the school system for a while, we ran into a problem that was too big for our councilors because they didn’t do the emotional stuff. But our job as teachers is to look at kids and say “there’s a fire in there that we are going to pull out”
- We are salt in the world. Don’t think you are a lesser christian because you aren’t a pastor. Walk with authority, step into your destiny and go to the next level to save this generation.
Ask yourself: Who are you? Where are you going in life? How are you going to get there?
Video: Kelly Clark, Olympic Snowboarder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Clark)
“I don’t see any separation in my life between what I do and what my ministry is… I get to be part of an industry of people who have never set foot in a church or encountered God.. they are spiritually poor people.. I truly love them, that’s why I’ve been able to be so effective and see so much fruit.. People don’t care what you know until they know that you care, that’s my approach in snowboarding, being transparent. Doing what you say you believe and showing them that gives people a place to experience God.. it has to be intentional, not circumstantial. For so long, snowboarding was something that I pulled value from, but now it’s a place of joy because I know that God is my source and I enjoy snowboarding more than I ever have before even thought this is winter 21 for me. As I continue to compete in a later stage of my career, I’m thinking of legacy.. how to be someone who changed something and wasn’t just a part of it…”
Kelly just became the first person to get three X Games golds in a row for the women’s half pipe.
Chris, how do you bring God into what you do?
- My position in my district allows me to bring in powerful christians but I have to do it carefully. I want to have more people of faith setting the atmosphere.
- There is so much competing for these kids brains right now but if we can provide hope, that’s new.
Mike, how do you bring God into what you do?
- When I came to Redding, our economy was in the tank. It was really bad. So I started asking “God what can I put my hands to?” and he showed me that I could build things and jump in.
- I didn’t know what to do but I knew I needed to help this city financially. It’s all about building up new entrepreneurs who will create jobs and create economic reversal.
- So I went out into the city and started meeting everybody who was anybody to try to get a lay of the land, a little bit like what Nehemiah did.
- I got a few initiatives started and began speaking at city events and partway through a man came to me and said “Mike, we like what you’re doing, but could you cool it with this God stuff?” And I told him “I’m afraid that’s just going to be a part of me”. Later he was quoted in the newspaper saying “we have all these god-centered people coming for Bethel and they are really contributing to things here so if we are going to improve well, we will have to get used to this God stuff”.
- God’s given a few people vision and strategy for changing a city. And while a lot of you are involved in changing individual lives, some of you will be called into more of a strategy sphere where you will be taking these principles and teaching to transform cities and the world.
- If you are a very strategic person, this may be what God is calling you to.
- I want to applaud what Sheri is doing in this city.
Sheri, how do you bring God into what you do?
- I began to get into the community and try to lower the anxiety showing the community that the church was there to serve them.
- see Sheri and Danny’s talk
Julie, how do you bring God into what you do?
- I don’t have a lot of time with a patient to identify the problem so I ask the Holy Spirit to help me get to the root of the problem right away.
- Whoever loves most has the most influence. I express a lot of compassion. I make christ visible to them. And I ask the Holy Spirit, should I pray with this person and rarely will I have a patient decline. It means a lot to them. Loving people where they are at changes lives.
Video: Richard T. Jones, Actor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0429114/)
“When I first got into Jesus I decided I wanted to be a preacher and God said ‘no you aren’t called to be a preacher’ and then I thought, I could be a christian actor and God said ‘no you’re not called to be a christian actor but an actor who is a christian”
Chris, what is some advice you have these students?
- I’ve learned that to be a leader, you’re going to have to take risks. Put yourself out there and just be not quite sure. But we have to rest that God will take care of what he gives us. I’m a type A. I’m a doer and a pusher which has carried me through where I am now. But it’s not what has gotten me here. What got me here was God’s grace and favor.
- Strengthen yourself in the lord daily. Then you come from a position of strength, because he is the
Mike, what is some advice you have these students?
- Steve Jobbs said “if you don’t go after what you dream of, you live somebody else’s life”
- How many of you want to squander what God has for you?
- Listen to the Lord and what he has for you.
- Many of you younger people will be working 50-60 years in your career so choose carefully what you want to get into.
- I look at guys like Daniel, Joseph, Nehemiah and Ester… I see marketplace people. All of them served, worked really hard in the job they were given.
Julie, what is some advice you have these students?
- There are no shortcuts. Pursue excellence diligently.
- It took me 8 years of school and today I still read journals and go to conferences all the time to stay on top of what I’m doing.
- Often times the way I care for someone will only be known to myself, the patient and God so I have to sew heavily into serving the people in front of me well even when it won’t give me any recognition.
- Don’t compromise your core values.
- I have patients who want to have twice the prescription written off so they can get money from their insurance or want a medical note to get out of jury duty but I have to have a solid root system to keep my focus on the Lord.
Sheri, what is some advice you have these students?
- I have to do everything with excellence too. I want to make every event coordinator feel like their event is the only thing I’m working on right now even if I don’t agree with what they are doing.
- I come in as a student and ask them about what they want to do and do it well because they know how their event should look much better than I do.
- Then once I’ve served them well, they will often ask me about my faith and open their doors to receive christ.
- It’s fun.
Video: Ashley Swearengin, Mayor of Fresno
“ I never believed it was possible for me to be in elective office. It wasn’t in my heart and I didn’t think I’d be able to do it. I thought I’d be in business. I discovered this city has chronic business issues and is not healthy.. you can’t envision success without all of those circumstances being reversed. I look for possible solutions in impossible circumstances. If you can bring hope to a situation that is a long standing problem, you’re bringing the most strategic tool you could ever bring to see solutions. I see it all the time when the same problem is on the table again, but when you inject hope, the pieces begin to unfold things in new ways to resolve age old problems. God’s view of the situation is through hope. A lot of young people are afraid they cannot make a difference in the government realm, but it really is possible. If you feel called to government at a national level, start local and serve your community. When you do that with excellence and with faith, the doors open quite widely.”
Mike, what are your views on college and getting MBA’s for business?
- Emotional Intelligence is the best predictor of success. Check out that book.
- Focus on being empathetic with people and working with them. It is those people who take the top positions, not the smartest people.
- That being said, I see school as an excellent. It opens doors and the church isn’t at most of these tables in the community because they don’t have the credentials.
- Education gives you a chance at interviews and things like this, but it will take performance to prove your position.
- A lot of our occupations don’t require setting foot in a college anymore because you can study online now.
- When I was growing up, I expected to grow up in a company and get done that way.
- About 15% of people in school in my day said they wanted to be in business, but now it’s 77%.
- This is a great time for starting businesses that don’t require a lot of overhead capitol.
- But there are some areas where formal education is absolutely necessary.
- Another book is How the Church Fails Business People.
- I never had anyone come to me and ask “how are you doing?” and coach me from the church.
Could you explain how you deal with the tension between being a high performing person in your career and still focusing on your family?
- Julie: I was blessed with growing up in a family where we were very centered and still powerful in the marketplace. Look at the proverbs 31 wife. She was well known, served in the career world and an incredibly nurturing mother. The Lord will give you wisdom to do that. When my children were younger, I was able to transition to part time and then go back to full time when they were a little older. God will give you wisdom to navigate that.
I’m a nurse from Switzerland and I’ve had to do things that I don’t think should be done and I don’t agree how do you handle that?
- Of course you are called to your core values but you also have to work in the system you’ve been given.
- As an RN and a christian of course you have to be ethical and you cannot do things that compromise that, it would take me knowing the specific circumstance.
- Be a world changer for God, however that has to look. Sometimes you will have to do hard things.
Paul: this whole idea of working 60-70 hours of work per week is interesting. It’s important to bring your children into seeing how the world works and bring work into the home and home into work well.