The Journey Day 3 ~Being a Good Steward of Opportunities

 

Making Tough Leadership Decisions in Difficult Times

Over the past several weeks, I have been anticipating some of the decisions that would potentially impact our Oklahoma Church Ministries Department events and the small church that Nyree and I are leading through transition. We have wrestled with many of the same questions that our pastors and leaders are also facing in their own personal ministries and local churches. I have had to ask some very important questions when faced with the decisions surrounding the virus.

Let me offer some insight to how I am approaching the decisions that are imperative for me to make as a leader and minister.

#1 What Biblical Principle Can I Root My Decision In?

Decisions regarding ministry and the church should always be rooted in scripture. After all, the church is designed by God which makes him the ultimate authority concerning the plans He has for it. Leaders who are seeking direction for the church must be prayerfully and scripturally informed.

God’s Word has an abundance of wisdom and direction concerning how the church is to operate as well as it’s leadership. When faced with important decisions that affect the church and it’s membership, we should never base our decisions on one passage of scripture, but look at the whole of God’s Word.

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6 (ESV)

We can trust that the Lord knows precisely the questions that we are asking and has an answer that we can base our decisions upon. Our reliance upon the revealed will of God must give us the direction we need to make wise and informed decisions. This reliance on scripture also provides the peace in our hearts and minds, that we are making decisions based on his wisdom and not our own. The Word instructs us to:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5–6 (ESV)

Questions I am asking:

  • What does the whole of scripture say about my decision?
  • What patterns of the New Testament church can we emulate?
  • What are my spiritual authorities that God has placed in my life saying about this decision?
  • Am I the only one who holds to this interpretation of a principle?
  • Who can help me better understand what God’s Word says about our decision?

Every decision that we have to make in this life must be approached with prayerful consideration of scripture. At the same time, we must make sure and guard our hearts and minds especially when a decision is unpopular. That is why scripture challenges us to put our mind on:

“whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 (ESV)

Challenge:

  • Pray for God to speak into your heart
  • Study the scripture for insight concerning your decision
  • Counsel with your spiritual mentor/leader
  • Focus on the big picture of the Kingdom
  • Make the mission of the church the priority of the church

Nyree and I am praying for you! Remember that God has a plan for your life, ministry and church! We trust that He will help us be a light in a darkened world! We cannot wait to hear the testimonies of what God is doing during this crucial time in the history of the church!

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2019 Light for the Lost Tour—Weather, Full House, and Faith Extended

What an incredible night at Miami First Assembly of God for our new Light for the Lost Banquet Tour! We had a full house in spite of the weather and watched people extend their faith for 2020!

Light for the lost mission statement: Light for the Lost provides evangelistic resources for missionaries and missionary partners through five platforms: print, audio, video, Internet, and technologies.

Weather

Weather was undoubtedly uncooperative as temperatures were in the mid-30s with either a light mist or a heavy rain coming down. Standing under the awning at the doors, I was amazed at the commitment of so many in section 1 who made the journey for the evening’s event. It was powerful to watch as cars, trucks, and church vans began to fill the parking lot, people made their way inside the doors.

Our steak team, led by Mike Cooper from Woodlake Assembly battled the weather to cook some great steaks! I always appreciate their hard work in any weather conditions to make sure that our banquet is made possible. They are certainly a blessing!

Full house

Watching the cook team and the many people who were coming through the doors, I was so grateful! Occasionally, I would sneak inside through the foyer to look through the doors to see how we were doing on seating. I must admit that as we were getting closer, and closer to time to start, I was a little concerned as to whether or not we would have the room! Yet, by the time they were seated, my fears subsided.

I am thankful for Pastor Raymond Frizzelle and Daryl Lee for all of their work in encouraging the section to be at the banquet. Their hard work paid off with over 200 people in attendance! Not only that, but we raised around $50,000 for light for the lost in this rural section!



This time I do have pictures!

Faith Extended

It’s always interesting to me to watch small churches have big dreams when it comes to missions. These missions-minded pastors and churches make incredible efforts and extend their faith in surprising ways. They believe that God can do big things if they will have faith and trust. I was greatly encouraged as we are just over halfway done with our tour. With five more tour stops left to go, I’m excited about what God is doing across our state. The best is undoubtedly yet to come!

Prayer points revisited:

Would you make it a point to put us on your prayer list–that God would place in our hearts a vision and plan moving forward?

Also, would you pray that God would place upon the hearts of pastors and churches the vision of providing our Oklahoma missionaries with the tools that they need to be effective on the field?

We appreciate your prayer partnership with us. It is our privilege and honor to serve the churches in the state of Oklahoma and our mission efforts around the world. God is up to big things!

May God bless pastors and churches who have extended their faith to believe that God could use them to make an impact around the world!

Partnership

If you are interested in partnering together with Light for the Lost to provide evangelistic materials and tools for our missionaries, click the link: Light for the Lost

For more updates from the 2019 Oklahoma Light for the Lost tour:

Check out all my blog posts at: Chad’s Blog

For more information on the 2019 Oklahoma Light for the Lost tour: Oklahoma Light for the Lost

Special Thanks:

  • Raymond Frizzelle (Host, Presbyter)
  • Daryl Lee (Men’s Director)

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2019 Light for the Lost Tour—WWII Vet, Next Generation, and Planning the Future

  • Weatherford October 21, 2019
  • Chickasha October 22, 2019
  • Oklahoma City October 24, 2019

OK so I have combined three of our Light for the Lost banquets into one blog post. Why? Well, life happens! 😉

Light for the Lost Tour

Light for the Lost provides evangelistic resources for missionaries and missionary partners through five platforms: print, audio, video, internet, and technologies.

During this week, it has been a privilege to watch as pastors and churches have extended their faith to believe that God could use them to make an impact around the world. I have also had the privilege of seeing what God is doing through those who attend. It’s been an incredible privilege to see who God brings to each one of these banquets.

Next Generation

On Monday and Tuesday we partnered together with local Chi Alpha Students who have college campus ministries. These incredible students came to serve each one of our guests who attended our banquets. Both groups did an incredible job of serving! What a blessing! 

This also gave a great opportunity to introduce them to the vision of Oklahoma Light for the Lost. It is my hope that a seed will be planted in their hearts that will come to fruition in the years to come. I am so thankful for their heart for missions and are looking for opportunities for God to use them in a great way. 

When we were in  Weatherford, we also had a great group of kids who joined us for the banquet. While the kids have a great opportunity to give to Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge, I was thankful that they were a part of our LFTL banquet. Why? To see that God wants to use them even into their adulthood.

World War II veteran

During this tour, I have been sharing the vision of partnering together with The Warrior’s Journey.  It is our desire to provide for the spiritual needs of our military service members around the world. What an incredible privilege to not only share this vision, but to meet members of our military at each stop. I have had the privilege of giving them a Bible called The Warriors Bible that is specifically designed for service members to utilize.

We cannot ignore a person’s spiritual life and expect them to function as a whole warrior.

This week I had the honor of giving one of those Bibles to a World War II veteran. At 92 years old he attended our banquet with his church. As you can imagine, these veterans are a rarity and it is not often that you get to meet one. He was so grateful for the Bible, and I pray that it blesses him and his family in the days to come. Service members rock!

Planning for the future

As I make this annual journey, I have been looking to the future for Oklahoma Light for the Lost. I know that moving forward, we will have to look at additional and new strategies that will help pastors, leaders, and congregations see the vision of what God could use them to do worldwide. It is my prayer that God would give us wisdom, guidance and direction to effectively share the message of missions.  He will do it if we pray!

Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. John 4:35 (ESV)

Prayer Point

Would you make it a point to put us on your prayer list–that God would place in our hearts a vision and plan moving forward?

Also, would you pray that God would place upon the hearts of pastors and churches the vision of providing our Oklahoma missionaries with the tools that they need to be effective on the field?

We appreciate your prayer partnership with us. It is our privilege and honor to serve the churches in the state of Oklahoma and our mission efforts around the world. God is up to big things!

May God bless pastors and churches who have extended their faith to believe that God could use them to make an impact around the world!

If you are interested in partnering together with Light for the Lost to provide evangelistic materials and tools for our missionaries, click the link: Light for the Lost

For more updates from the 2019 Oklahoma Light for the Lost tour:

Check out all my blog posts at: Chad’s Blog

Special Thanks:

  • Section 11: Thank you Ric Freeman (Host, Presbyter, Men’s Rep)
  • Section 10: Thank you Chad Allred (Host), Gary Pratt (Men’s Rep), and Don Barnes (Presbyter)
  • Section 9: Thank you Eddy Brewer (Host), Duane Elmore (Presbyter), David Brooks (Presbyter), and Josh Seabolt (Men’s Rep)

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2019 Light for the Lost Tour-Vision, Faith, and Generosity

October 17, 2019 @ Cordell New Beginnings

Continuing on this journey called the Light for the Lost tour, an annual fundraising tour of the state, we enjoyed a fantastic night at Cordell. I am so blessed by the many volunteers who willingly give up a weeknight to come and serve. These volunteers are some of the cream of the crop!!

This tour consists of 12 banquets that we host across the state of Oklahoma. Each one has basically the same menu…steak, potato, salad, side, and desert. Each steak team that comes in, brings a large cooker and they grill them right outside the doors of the church. There is nothing better than the smell of the steaks grilling to make you want to support LFTL!! 😂

Starting a diet before tour has really tested my resolve especially when there is chocolate cake involved! Last night was a real test of will power as the cake grew larger and larger as the night went on!!

Vision

During this tour, I have been sharing my vision for Oklahoma Light for the Lost and giving thanks to the churches and supporters. I have been so grateful for the many who have caught the vision of LFTL and generously give. Our missionaries are certainly blessed, those who receive the gospel are transformed, and I get to watch it happen!

It is always amazing to see people get behind the vision of the projects that we are presenting. People moved with compassion for the need, responded in a big way. It’s as if God begins to open eyes and hearts and they see the opportunity that He is presenting.

I am thankful to be a part of facilitating this step in the process!

Faith

Each banquet ends with a call for a faith promise. It is the culmination of the work of the Holy Spirit to guide each person and for them to step out in faith to follow. Much of the time, I am so blessed to see people being used by God to fulfill a faith-filled promise.

In reality, it isn’t a leap in the darkness to ask the Holy Spirit for direction and follow His leadership. I have full assurance that what He says for us to do, He will provide for it’s fulfillment. Besides, He has already proven himself many times over in our lives as one who keeps His promises to us!

Generosity

A mark of any believer who serves the Lord, is their willingness to be generous to others. It’s a part of our Kingdom mandate and the DNA of our relationship with Christ.

Because we are to be kingdom minded, then everything we do in this life must be geared toward the Kingdom. In other words, our treasure is given to us as a stewardship for Kingdom purposes!

Where we get ourselves into trouble is when we tie up all of our treasure on things that do not serve the Kingdom, thereby forfeiting our ability to give. This tragedy happens more often than not.

However, positioning ourselves to be generous to the Kingdom and to others requires us to take a look at what we spend our wealth on.

As believers we must ask the question, “What is it that God wants to do and how can I make sure that happens.” Click To Tweet

It may be scary at times and certainly goes against the norm. Yet God says that he will provide shelter, clothing, and food as we follow his will! Be generous!

Thanks

Special thanks to Mike Southerland (Men’s Rep and Host) and Arlis Moon (Presbyter) for doing such a great job in Section 12. I appreciate their heart for LFTL and for the pastors, churches, and people of southwest Oklahoma. What a blessing!

Chad

To read more updates from the LFTL Tour:

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  • Video update from the road:

2019 Light for the Lost Tour– Storms, Surprises, and Illustrations

I’ve always looked forward to Oklahoma Light for the Lost Banquets for several reasons. Meeting with missions minded pastors and congregations, watching incredible volunteers serve, getting to know missionaries who travel along with us, watching people extend their faith in giving, and the many unexpected surprises that happens all along this journey. 

Great Coffee, Tea, Atmosphere!

Tuesday October 15th, 2020 we had an incredible but interesting night for our second stop on this year’s Light for the Lost tour. We stayed the night in Durant and spent the day working remotely from Hot Shots Coffee shop. Great coffee, tea, atmosphere and wonderful employees made it a great afternoon!

And nearly 5 o’clock our phones alerted us that there was a significant weather warning for a storm that developed north west of Durant. When it blew through, heavy rains lightning, strong winds accompanied the  storm. Strangely enough only part of the electricity in the coffee shop went out and it would stay that way until we left!

We had a short break between storms, so we decided to make a run for the church to get unloaded and ready for the banquet. However, by the time we got to the church it was raining again. We unloaded the vehicles, and found out that part of the lights were out in the fellowship hall where we were meeting due to the storm. We joked that it would be a romantic missions banquet!

It was our hope that the storms would not keep our churches from attending. However, the room filled up fairly quickly! So thankful that so many of our pastors and churches were able to attend!

Lights Out!

We had a great night and as I was finishing up my presentation, we were showing our last video before receiving faith promises. All of a sudden, all of the electricity went off! Except for a emergency light behind me and a couple cell phone flashlights, we were pretty much in the dark.

Working on regaining the room and moving forward with receiving faith promises, I brought everything to a close fairly quickly. When it was time for people to fill out their promise cards, cell phones came to life to light up each card. It was a great illustration of people living in darkness and now finding the light of Jesus! Thank you God for the great illustration of what Light for the Lost does!

Thanks to:

Special thanks to Gary Dotson (Men’s Rep), Jimmy Keith (Presbyter), Michael Bradley (host Pastor) and the incredible volunteers at Believers Church for putting on such a great banquet. I couldn’t do it without you!

For more information on Light for the Lost: Oklahoma Light for the Lost

Follow the journey from the beginning of 2019: Light for the Lost Tour-The beginning 2019

For more of my blog posts: Chad’s Blog

2019 Light for the Lost Tour-The beginning

Light for the Lost provides evangelistic resources for missionaries and missionary partners through five platforms: Print, Audio, Video, Internet, and Technologies.

Each year, Nyree and I begin a journey, traveling the state of Oklahoma to raise funds for Light for the Lost. It’s a journey that takes us to every corner of the state hosting steak dinners and asking churches to make a faith promise toward the projects that we have planned in the coming year.

This is an exciting journey that we take because we not only connect with missions minded pastors and leaders, but we also get to meet great people. They come because of their love for Light for the Lost, as well as the mission of reaching people around the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Last night was the first of 12 banquets that we will make over the course of the next several weeks. Hugo First Assembly with Pastor Brown hosted the event for Section 3 in the south eastern part of the state. With over 170 people in attendance, raising over $18,000 in faith promises, it was an encouraging start to our 2019 tour.

I was so grateful for the many volunteers who setup, cooked, served and cleaned up for the banquet. Their hospitality was over the top!! Nyree and I could not do these events without incredible people with servants hearts partnering together with us. They truly are a blessing!

Our youngest volunteer was a little boy who was one of the first to our vehicle to help us unload. I knew that he was going to be a great helper when he picked a box that was half his size to carry inside. Almost immediately he was back for another. When the banquet ended he helped me close boxes and haul them back to the car. When I said my final thanks and goodbye to him, I asked him how old he was, his response “Oh, I don’t know….around 5 I think!”

“Church volunteers readily reflect the love of God through acts of compassion, serving, unselfish caring, patience, and an undeniable love for one another.”

I’m so thankful for the pastors who came and brought their leaders and congregants to be a part of this event. I am also thankful for Lyn Gaskey (Men’s Rep) for working diligently to contact pastors and churches to encourage them to come and gathering numbers of attenders.

My only disappointment is that I did not get any pictures of the great crowd, volunteers, and the wonderful setup of the banquet. It truly was a great sight. I will try to do better at gathering pictures at future banquets as we continue this journey.

Tonight we are looking forward to being in Durant at Believers Church. Not only are we praying for a great turnout, but that God will move upon hearts to partner with us to make evangelism around the world a priority.

Pastor, I would encourage you to come and join us for one of these banquets and invite your congregation, especially your key leaders, who will help you champion Light for the Lost in your local church. Not only will it be a blessing to our missionaries and missions partners, but it will also give someone the opportunity to have a brand new life through Jesus.

Oklahoma LFTL missional priorities for 2020

  • Tools for Oklahoma Missionaries to communicate the gospel
  • Reaching and rescuing women and girls from sex trafficking
  • Ministering to active duty military, veterans, and their families
  • Resourcing our Oklahoma Prison Chaplains

Come and hear how you can be a part of this important mission field!!

For the 2019 schedule and to register online go to: Oklahoma Light for the Lost

Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. John 4:35 (ESV)

Partnering together for the Kingdom,

Chad