Time flies when you’re having fun! It also flies when you’re really busy! It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since I started as the National Church Multiplication Coordinator. With the first year under my belt, I thought I would take some time to talk about some of the things I’ve learned about our amazing PAOC family this past year!
- We celebrate diversity and resist division. I love the fact that our PAOC family is a wide river that celebrates diversity in our fellowship. Each region of our beautiful country has its own flavour, practices, and culture. I didn’t fully appreciate that fact until I began to travel from district to district. But, while we all have our own uniqueness that needs to be celebrated, I have also noticed we have similar hearts, passions, and vision that keep us together right across the country. Distance could be something that creates division, but what I have noticed is that, because we are the body of Christ and connected to each other, we are excited to fulfill His mission together. Jesus keeps us unified, even though we are separated by distance, and that’s really important.
- We are unafraid to share our best. When we gather as leaders and pastors from across Canada, we are generous in sharing with one another. I am so proud of how open-handed we are in giving away our best ideas, plans, and strategies. I get excited to see how our leaders want success for others, sometimes wanting it even more for others than for themselves. It feels like a team; it feels like we are not alone; it feels like we have cheerleaders all over Canada, and that makes life and ministry so much more fulfilling. We can’t be closed-handed. Openness, creativity, and innovation is critical to seeing God’s best for Canada.
- We are unafraid to be our best. I get so inspired by leaders who are courageous and faith-filled in our PAOC tribe. And we have many! God hasn’t asked us to shrink back, but rather, to step forward in faith to see what He will do with our obedience. It’s not easy, nor should it be. It takes grit and tenacity, and I love to see that in our pastors. Getting around these leaders, who are unapologetic and unafraid to be the best they can be for God, makes me stand a little taller and face the challenges in front of me with a little more courage. They make me want to be better and I am grateful for them and their zeal for life and ministry.
- We are putting our money where our mouth is. I am an example of that and so are many others. My position didn’t exist two years ago, but because we have such a huge passion to be a multiplication movement once again, many districts, churches, and business leaders have decided to get behind this new initiative financially. I see many districts aligning themselves to the vision and putting funds in place to see their vision fulfilled. Sometimes we, as Pentecostals, are great at sharing vision, but not great at funding vision…I see that changing in our group, and that’s exciting! There is always more that can be done, but in this past year, I have noticed a significant change in our financial priorities. I am praying that, as we share our 2020 PAOC vision, we will see even more finances come in to advance God’s Kingdom in Canada and around the world!
There are many other things I’m learning as well. I have told some of you that my learning curve isn’t a curve at all, but rather, a straight wall that I’m trying to scale. I’m encouraged today to know that God has it all figured out, so I don’t have to, and that He’s using each and every one of us in His mission to reach Canadians - Because every Canadian deserves an access point to the Gospel!