Christian Leaders and Public Scandals

In the last few years because of the public scandals in the christian community life gets pretty rocky for those of us who are trying our best to lead with integrity. The social networks hit the share buttons, the tweet flies by our eyes, the dialogue continues. Behind the scenes churches come up with new ways of accountability for leaders, and tighten down the hatches.

I don’t believe more accountability and more structure is the answer. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying as leaders we are not to be accountable to others. Down through the ages, including in the bible, sin rears its ugly head in the life of leaders and the church and accountability is necessary.  Yet lets not batten down the hatches on all believers and christian leaders, because of those who messed up big time and are all over the news. Opinions flow freely on the social networks from those who are Christ followers and those who are not. Church boards across the nation begin to restructure, because they are saying we will not allow this to happen to us!

Lets get real here, without making excuses! Sin began in the garden of Eden, it continued on during the time of the Old Testament and the New Testament! It is not going away just because we place tighter and tighter controls on our Christian leaders and the body of Christ. Man made rules will never work. All they will do is place a leader in a position of leading from fear, instead of a love that flows from Jesus Christ.

When The Answer Hides In A Plastic Container

 

 

 

Have you ever had a time in your life when you gave up searching for the answer because you felt stuck in a circumstance? Then once you gave up searching the answer arrives and poof, you wish you did not have the answer! Tonight was one of those nights for me.

There was a time that I knew the direction I was to take in a specific area of my life. Yet, somehow I lost 2 of my goals in the shuffle of my everyday life! Tonight I found the two lost goals in the middle of my anger. I was preparing to print a copy of a letter to be mailed tomorrow. It is late and what happens? I cannot find one single piece of printer paper! The industrious person that I am, begins to look through my stacks of writing projects. They are packed away in plastic containers waiting for the move. They are neatly held together with binder clips. I am going through each one hoping to find one piece of  blank white paper!

I finally stop looking, realizing that I have everything well-organized and in order. I know myself well enough to realize that there will be no blank sheet of paper in the piles. I begin to place my stack of writing back in the plastic container and I am angry. I am angry at myself, because the answer I was searching for sat a few feet away from me for months. Tonight I realize I spent so much time assisting others to launch their projects, that mine are sitting in containers waiting for me to take them out, and publish them publicly in courses and books.

Yes, I am in a new season and I am launching an online course soon! As this launches I will pull out one stack of writing at a time and begin typing and work on rough drafts one at a time. Then before long the e-book will be available and all nine online courses. Who would have guessed that God would show me the answer, as I searched for one piece of blank white paper?

Old Seasons, New Seasons, and Question Marks

praying for our city poster Jan ParonIt is Monday and there are those who read my online material who may stumble across my words, “Yes, I am a Monday morning lover! I think it is, because I enjoy starting a new week, realizing that as we move through the week, it is another day that God gifts me with!  I changed my schedule for the day. Usually every morning Monday thru Friday I record a daily audio called; Backyard Chat w/ Nancy J. 

There is construction noise going on outside my window. Lots of sound from sledge hammers, saws, smaller hammers and worker chat. A new porch is beginning to emerge as the old is being torn apart. Life is like that sometime isn’t it? The old life from the previous season of life must be torn down and removed to step into the new season. As I write this once again I realize I am in a new season of life! In new seasons we live in the known and at the same time the unknown. In the new season we are willing to walk by faith as each new day approaches. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a new season with what I do know and even the part of life that is still a question mark!

For example 4 weeks ago I began co leading a time of praying for our cities. When this idea arrived my co leader and I set this up within one week. We had no idea that we would be launching this, but we were willing to step into the new challenge. This week we are stepping into week 4 and we continue on in this season. We are Praying for our cities!