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Ministry and Calling How do you plan to live out your ministry/calling? What does it mean to be Missional? Describe your understanding of calling. What is shaping western culture? What is shaping who you are? 1. How do you plan to live out your ministry/calling? Day by day—attuned to where God will move me. Being bold: Luther used a nail for his theses, not a Band- Aid. Youth ministry—ministry focus. Affirmation of call through friends encourage me of general and specific calls. Lay and pastoral type of ministerial call. Live out ministry, calling. With living Scripture, the church, through accountability, obedience, faith. Step by step, continue education to gain skills. Faithful service to God and church. Pastor one day-- education, internships, summer intern youth pastor. Many older people are where they never thought they would be. Step by step, right not finish this semester of college. Calling to work with youth, maybe youth ministry, maybe youth pastor, maybe admissions counselor, maybe? Missionary: graduate, then NTS. Go on Work and Witness trips, mission trips, be involved now. Testing. Mind set to go and fulfill Great Commission. Reach out to others. Purpose in ministry, direction, mission statement, to teach world to love like [Christ] loves us. Goal oriented. Still preparing to go into ministry through counseling adolescents of trauma. Being involved in youth in missions, connect US churches with churches abroad, getting youth out of their box, help people get the bigger picture. Help college students develop their personal relationship with Christ. Public school system, teaching youth and help them, be a light for them. Called to missions, career missions. Children‟s ministries, reaching a child. Do whatever it takes to prepare. Jumping in and getting involved. Involve and commitment even when it gets hard and being faithful. You don‟t have to just sit around and wait for this lightening moment. If something seems right, then go in that path as God opens doors. Studying religion, furthering education, examining your talents—what you‟re good at. God gave an interest for a reason. Everything you do has to have a purpose. Everything matters: being intentional, [but] not to an extreme. By your lifestyle—be authentic, transparent. Finish school, live life, orienting self to God‟s voice, openness to. Not knowing is unsettling; calling [doesn‟t] have to be inside church. May take years to ultimately get to ministry; need to be open to God‟s plans. Need for call to be confirmed takes time. Professionally: teach in the inner city with high school kids. Follow God wherever He takes me. No set plan, just follow God. God reaffirms our call in different ways: provides money each semester, leading us to certain programs. Trusting—it‟s so hard but we have to trust in the short-term that the long term will work out. Full-time ministry, youth pastor. Living out the call, but planning at the same time. Continuous prayer, listening to God, doing things daily to step forward in faith. Not doing it on our own will, but following God‟s instruction. Being available to Him. We do not plan! It is evolving. We realize no plan—follow Christ. Holiness is obedient following [as] He leads. Go with the flow kind of guy; if God leads him to it he‟ll go. No specific plan but just listening to God. Getting to know God better daily and keep going on what she currently feels called to. If God tells otherwise, she‟ll change. Not specifically tied to Nazarene church. Feels more called to “the calling” rather than the Nazarene church. Same as above. Are you called to anything? Yes, yes, yes [unanimously]: Professor, missions, missions, pastor, children‟s ministry. We are. We‟re in school aren‟t we? We are getting experience. When we shadow people and do mission, we‟re getting there. Find out where God is working—go there. One day at a time: journey [and] process. Purpose: motive for life fulfilled in many different ways. Pursuing education to fulfill call to youth ministry. Able to offer new light to the church because of education. Is your call here and now or off in the future? Now. Both; it‟s a process. I must respond with obedience. Saying, “yes” to God everyday. Sometimes only on a need-to-know basis. God only gives some information—must follow daily. Growing experience, relationship gets stronger. Is there a danger in specific callings? Passions and gifts used to build the Kingdom and meet needs of world. Our obedience. Live it out in everyday life. Testing, seeking opportunities when you don‟t know what your calling is. Being obedient to where God leads. Everyone is called to minister; God also calls specifically. Be open and willing to God‟s guidance. Eyes to see where God is working. Prayer, seek His calling. Stay informed of what‟s going on. To be a good witness. We were born weren‟t we? To go. Preach God‟s message and disciple people. One day at a time, moment by moment. Be proactive. 2. What does it mean to be Missional? No more looking for easy way out, not worrying about who we are offending, staying firm. Having goal/vision. More about the community outside the church. Striving for something we can‟t quite explain. Acting on the vision. Realizing what God wants you to do to further His Kingdom. “Blessed with a Burden”—freedom writer‟s movie. Not necessarily a vocational ministry call, but anywhere with anything. Everyone is called. Any action that glorifies the Kingdom of God. Church is more than Sunday morning ministry. Good saying: “want you do this . . .” then working from there. More directions from there. Combined mission and teaching calls? Missional: participating in what God is doing. Make Christ-like disciples of all nations. Kingdom. Our part: creativity, social, personal, blessing. Missional: reaching out to people. Being proactive—don‟t just talk about it, do it. Not result-oriented, [but] on-going, continual process. Busyness, technology, relationships. Heart set and mind set. Most of the time means other countries, but one can be a missionary wherever you are. Helping your neighbor. Be more missional and go out to people where they are. So much more in tune with God that today seems small. No more looking for easy way out, not worrying about who we are offending, staying firm. More intergenerational: children, teens, college, adults all together on the same page in worship and community life. Less of an institution and more a family. Relationships most of all. Stop trying to please everyone. More focused on being one than being politically connected, not noticing color or race but having unity in ministry. Calling more broadly defined: more emphasis on social action as a ministry. World changers! The Great Commission. Invitation to who you will be. To be open to God, following doors that God opens. [Missional is to be] focused on external rather than internal. To be close enough to God that “mission” flows out of you. Overflow of what we want to do. Love God with all our heart, then share it with others. The definition is being redefined, especially since being here. God needs to be the center of everything we do. Living model of what Great Commission calls us to do. Going out and seeking the lost and bringing them hope. Going out and doing. A lot of people in USA have not heard who Jesus is. We assume the un-churched know churchy terms. To be missional is to realize what the heart of God [is], sacrificing yourself for others here and abroad. Being aware and addressing peoples needs. Help others to know God anywhere/everywhere. It‟s so broad and detailed. It‟s hard to discuss in such a short amount of time. Be willing to leave your comfort zone. Think globally. Go where God wants you to go. A holistic idea of the love of God. Republican, all his friends are Democrat. Put‟s him in situation to be more open to other points of view. Going to other countries has made her more understanding and worldly. Something that is put on your heart, something you are passionate about. “Calling” often seems very general. Looking for God in all different places. We mistake it for meaning to go somewhere else in the world and doing missions. And that‟s part of it, but it also means being involved in your own community. Engaging in the people‟s lives around me and letting them engage in yours. Living life together. Missional: focused with purpose. Accept what you‟ve been called to do and [don‟t] wrestle. People are our mission—people-oriented. Going all the way, helping others on the way to an end goal. Doing things purposefully—not programs, but people. There‟s no set definition. Simply living out God‟s purpose and call on your life. It can‟t be defined because it‟s 100 percent personal. Having places to minister in the community as we teach people to minister. “Missional” is meeting people where they are at, either abroad or in our own community. Our mission is summed up by loving God and loving our neighbors. Matthew 28: our mission. Not just “going out” but to bring lost people in to be in relationship with Christ. It‟s about being in relationship with others, having goals and taking action. More than just sending a check in the mail. Not bound by traditional church structure. Not, “Go out into all the church,” but “Go out into all the world.” We must be more missional. Aware, reach out to those around. Not about distance. Start in community. Knowing our mission: what are you here to do—wherever? Kingdom ties this together. It is here in Christ; realize, now we go to live. What I hear cynically is purpose-driven church. Like better than missionary—to people group. Incarnational: with people, welcoming all. We are not above; we are among. “Purpose-driven church!” Gratification/consolidation: everything interlaces; it is connected. Shift from internal to external, more concerned with what‟s outside the church rather than inside—relational, community- driven, laid back. With you wherever you go. Global issues, more people realize they don‟t have to be a “pastor” to have a calling, [i.e.] social justice issues. To be missional is to live Christ‟s whole life—more than evangelism. We need to move beyond “self-protection” as a church toward cultural engagement. Moving beyond compartmentalization to holistic lifestyle. Living beyond church as an “activity” to the Kingdom of God. We need to maintain a balance between scattering into the world and gathering into the sanctuary. We need to avoid reducing mission to evangelistic goals and behaviors—personal evangelism model. Also, avoid reducing mission to congregation planting in order to provide a safe place for Christians to meet. Mission should be a way of living in the world as the church, not just doing numerical and organizational growth. Lifestyle—Great Commission—of living for God, loving people around me, building connections to share Chris. Going past comfort zone to minister to others. Being a Christian—salt and light. Seeking to live out the Great Commandment. Outward focus, committed to a specific calling in God‟s Kingdom, because a mission has a goal—knowing what your part is. The more informed we are, the more equipped we would be to be missional. Simple life like Christ. Willing to do whatever needs to be done. We are the mission. 3. Describe your understanding of calling. Call lays upon the individual by God. 30] Committing to leading and furthering the Kingdom. It‟s not always a moment but a process. Everyone has a unique calling. God calls us in every aspect of our lives. What God tells you to do. God places you in life to minister to those around you. [Calling] can be immediate, but develops over time. Everyone has a calling, [though it] may not be full-time ministry. Everyone has a role in the Kingdom. Gift is your calling. Calling comes from God, not our own design. Go with the flow, listen to God. Can‟t plan ahead. Go where you think He wants you to go. Better word that “plan” would be “prepare.” Feeling hard to describe, direction God is calling to do service for Him. Thought that‟s been planted and keeps coming up, like God tapping me on the shoulder, recurring thoughts. Divine feeling God places on your life and can‟t see yourself doing anything else. Satan will allow you to succeed to get you off track. Sense of how we fit into God‟s plan. More to vocation than occupation. Not necessarily called to a specific church. God sometimes give options in occupation. God uses natural talents and abilities. Must take ownership of the call. Calling first to be part of his family. Calling not just to a church role, may be anything. Calls all to be ministers/witnesses. Different kinds of calling: realization, surrender. Through prayer, a feeling. Through a close personal relationship of prayer. I know Him and know His direction for me. Characteristics, development, gifts, etc. are all necessary. Calling is vocation as opposed to occupation. Everyone is called to minister and vocation is the way you fulfill this call. Calling is the deep need of your heart through the obedience of God. Calling is following God‟s will for your life. God calls everyone; it is universal. Obedience to God, still not positive on specifics, but know that obedience is key. It is a step-by-step process, service in our community and church. Giving up of our own desires to provide for others. I don‟t know what mine is yet: senior pastoring/vocational ministry, inner city ministry. To have a mission, to have an “outward” brand of faith, to have a goal—Jesus. When you know that God has a plan for your life and He gives you a passion for it. There are different types. We are all called to live differently than the world, then others are called to full- time ministry. We receive the call by responding obediently. A strong sense from God that He was leading. What about the people who felt a call and then veer off of that course . When people walk away from the call, are they not walking closely enough to God? God confirms your call—almost every day for me in some way. Calling to be a ministry related or non-ministry related job. Called to follow God‟s will for one‟s life, hard to figure that out—pray, read, ask others. Some have more specific callings. Used to think it was exact, what it would look like. Learned what I do isn‟t as important as how I do it. It changes. Some are specific, others aren‟t. Comes from inside: given gifts. Not just a call to ministry, but how you live. Everyone has a calling; we‟re all called to be holy. Divine revelation from God regarding the direction of your purpose in life spiritually, relationally and vocationally. God-placed desire in heart, your role in the Kingdom, striving. Where God wants to place you—in or outside of the church. Our goal as Christians is to live right and build Kingdom of God. Calling is/can be flexible. What is it? I don‟t know what that means. What does God have for your life? “You can serve God without being in fulltime ministry. God will match your passion with calling.” Plan and part that God has laid out for you. Something that just felt right. We‟re all called to minister, but is it vocationally? And it‟s always changing. He directs you to the right avenues when relationship is good. As Christians, we are all called to ministry. Some are called to full time ministry. Calling is God‟s way of telling you His purpose for your life—a call to obedience. Call to follow Christ. All called to witness difference from vocational/lay ministry. There is a need for non-vocational ministry, can be called directly for specific things. Can also be an ambiguous calling. Directed by talents, gifts, abilities, etc. You should be comfortable with your calling; your life can flow into your calling. Do what you are good at, what comes naturally. Are all calling for life? No. Be open to God—gives us a direction and His will, will unfold. The roles you fulfill change over time. Availability, need and talent combined together is a calling. We need to know the difference between having a burden and a calling. We are called and invited by God to do His work. Everyone is called into doing ministry. If we make ourselves available, God will equip us. Not something I just want, but what god wants for my life. Our purpose in life. Something God wants you specifically for. No one else can do but you for god. Coming out of your comfort zone. But God doesn‟t call us to do something we can‟t do. Hearing your call [means] you have open relationship with God. [Calling is] having a purpose—God-driven and God-called. A conviction of the Spirit to act. A passion for a specific area of ministry. Not just for professional ministry. [Calling] has direction, uses our gifts. There is risk to pursue our calling. Pulling, tugging until realizing it. Something out there God wants me to do. Realize [and] accept it. Do not think of self as doing something. Do we make claims; are we called? I did not hear voice. Passions, desire. What [do I] do? [I] do not know. Growing/changing [is] not mystical. Passions assures. Having a sense of knowing what God wants you to do—very personal. What you feel God leading you into. Emphasis is too much on ministry instead of just whatever God‟s calling you to. Can be called to any occupation. Influential leaders the way we think what a calling looks like/sounds like. People that are talking about real issues. An inescapable inner sense of awareness, even when contrary to your own inclinations. An understanding of God‟s mission as it relates to my life mission. It is above one‟s “job” or “career.” All share in calling and mission. A drawing more than a pulling/pushing. Very specific task or general ideas or passions—developed process of working it out. Hard to know who‟s talking—God, self, [or] Satan? Some things are specific, others God gives us a brain to choose. Initial reaction is a calling to ministry, but all are called to ministry. Calling is a mix of different things such as divine appointment—a spiritual aspect, in connection with gifts and skills, and recognized by community. Balance between understanding and individual calling that is not recognized by spiritual elders. Community is check-and-balance. Calling become who you are. Maybe we place too much emphasis on calling. Sometimes, calling is more subtle, maybe not a lightning bolt. Nazarenes place too much emphasis on one big spiritual moment. Passion for ministry can develop instead of just a “voice from heaven.” We are all called to ministry. God can affirm the future through events and development of gifts. Calling is a personal struggle. We can choose a calling that others choose them, must make sure called by God. Discernment of God‟s voice leading you somewhere. Not just “hearing God‟s voice.” Discovering your passions and abilities. After we are in the process of perfection, it is possible to be called to things you don‟t prefer, however, it is OK because in perfection our “will” is more Christ-like. Sometimes our calling is related to having to choose a major in school—forced. Conformation of others, church. Does every Christian have a calling? We are all called to love God and be His children. Sometimes we are also called vocationally, processes and crisis moments of calling. Living it out is a whole life process—life calling. Called to cross-cultural: building friendships/relationships with people of other. Experience: feeling of God‟s presence, walls down, direction shown confirmation. Serendipity: Gideon‟s fleece, enough unbelievable to give courage. Matches giftedness. Dynamic authorizing movement to clergy, also call to laity. God‟s push on every Christian toward something at sometime. Call is not static. God calling us closer to himself and putting certain things from His heart on ours and moving and adjusting the people of the body and things in my own heart. Something God lets you know He wants you to do. Affirmation by others. God will change you to fit your calling. . He can call us to other things. Feeling like you should go beyond being a church member, something the Lord places on your heart to do to step out of comfort zone. See called to minister, not necessarily called to be a minister. Can be called into different vocations. Important to let others know your calling. To live with purpose (All seem to be in agreement). There‟s different aspects of calling: divine, unique gifts, affirmation from others—church, family, friends—obvious sometimes and other times it‟s a process you‟re being led to until you can look back and see. God won‟t call you to something you won‟t hate doing. Maybe some resistance, but eventually there will be passions and desires developed as we continue to serve God. Might be different aspects within the „calling‟ until we reach where are to be at. Do what we do best when glorifying God—gifts. That doesn‟t have to be within the church, for example: sports, etc. It‟s OK to not know right now where you will end up, just have an open and willing heart and keep doing what you do best. It‟s wherever you are. You are on the mission field no matter where you, what you are, what your job is. You don‟t have to be a missionary pastor, etc. Inviting others into a relationship, showing God‟s love with God and themselves. God brings us to a moment when we understand what He wants us to do. More about obedience than a role. Focusing on the specific role makes it become selfish, more of what they want. 4. What is shaping western culture? Consumerism, media, sex, the past. Media, consumerism, materialism, driven, individualism, isolation, relational, relativism, connectivity, money, meaning, purpose, happiness, joy, peace. Materialism, searching for happiness, looking in wrong places, greed, indifference, individualism, comfort, and not wanting others to be uncomfortable. Consumerism, media, politics, interest, seeking of spirituality, legal system. Individualism—other cultures are more communal. Other cultures are more family oriented, respect is more important in other cultures. We strive for ourselves. There is nothing pressing on us to come together. Commercialism, technology, is forming our culture. Islam is shaping our culture. Media, movies, TV, news, print, internet. Church is not shaping culture. Pop culture. Diversity of culture. Christian church not control of anything. Generation of questions. Church can shape even if being countercultural. Be in the world but not of it. Balance comes with wisdom. Fine line between being too worldly and not enough. What can we change and what are those things we hold dear and don‟t change? Contextualize the Gospel. Polarization even within the church based on generations. Post-modernism, cultural beliefs, values, morals. Western civilization is forcing us to accept all religions, beliefs, values, etc. We can‟t leave anyone out. This is extremely difficult as a Christian because what we believe is absolute. Why can‟t we love the people but not their beliefs? It makes everything very confusing. Social issues emerging: sex, homosexuality, drinking, dancing, cultural norm, etc. We make everything OK now, even when it‟s not. We need to go to the altar, not each other! OK: the church keeps creating “fence laws” which are meant for good, but it‟s creating a barrier between us and God, because we are now focused on the fence, not God. We need to build stronger bonds between us and God, our children and God, the church and God. Become true followers of Christ, becoming Christians through personal relationships with Him. Cut down the fences, build strong relationships with God, and He will give us strength to overcome and prevent sin. For our generation, we‟ve been brought up to “think outside the box,” “sky is the limit,” etc, that we drive ourselves plus impacts of environment, friends, society, norms, etc. Media, “me” mentality, reality TV, politics, peers not parents/mentors, professors, university. Hollywood, media consumerism. We‟re an ADD generation. We can‟t stand silent. We‟re driven by all the changes and advances in media. Consumerism. Our wants have been elevated to our needs. We believe that being who we are as Americans that we have rights and we don‟t want them infringed on. Media and how the way what we see is what we think we want. Never being satisfied with what we have. Movies and music telling us how to act, especially younger kids. Celebrity lifestyle, how we publicize one celebrity‟s death for weeks, yet children are dying by the thousands from malnutrition or AIDS. Perversion promoted by television. Christians haven‟t taken hold of these industries. We try to look too much like the world sometimes. Self-interest, selfishness, Hollywood movies. Microwave generation—mm! in 30 seconds. So true, [i.e.] Wal- Mart. Materialism: everyone tries to get more, not content, more stuff. Individualism: the way we spend our time, money. Technology: the availability/overwhelming of info is propagating hopelessness. The church is protecting its image when they shouldn‟t be. What changes culture: media [is] root of all other stuff. Politics, military values, people mentality, shift of the “age,” technology—we demand more, can depersonalize face-to- face. Blogs. Media, entertainment, idol. Celebrities, MTV, media in general. Consumerism, pop culture, postmodernism—in the church, the denial of change having happened; individualism—the absence of a collective mindset. Tolerance is shaping our culture. We, as Westerners, have become independent. People are searching to fill a void, and this is shaping our culture. The rising number of belief systems/religions. Hollywood, technology, entertainment in general. Money and greed—we need more stuff. Politics, acceptance—our need to find it. Unity [in] United States of America, even as an entire nation, after things like 9/11. Voice of the people—education. Hollywood, technology, entertainment in general. Money and greed—we need more stuff. Politics, acceptance—our need to find it. Unity [in] United States of America, even as an entire nation, after things like 9/11. Voice of the people—education. Internet, media. Consumerism, media, immediate needs [gratified]. Media, strong minority. Greed—whatever will bring in [the] most money. People looking for gratification, take whatever is in front of them. Consumer economy. Comfort-driven. Media, technology, Hollywood, celebrity. Symptoms: post-modern thought of no absolute, living in the moment Cause: desire to fill their void. Money, search for identity, desire to fit in. Technology: drive for progress, knowing and containing world around us. Positive: access. Negative: accelerates everything good and bad, illusion of mastery of world around, escape, [dehumanize]. Influencers. Freedom, independence from everything. Negative: de-emphasizing servants. “Me-ism” driven by capitalism, assumed right because successful. Mass media. War changes way people act. Marketing, media. Shaped by pop culture—Hollywood. What we see is what we emulate. Internet. Media, selfishness in the form of complaining. Desire for genuine community, but a lack of understanding. Either to live in excess or live simply; have meaning and purpose. A desire for significance, regardless of Christian. Movies, books, other religions, music. Individuality, outward appearance, selling self, cell phones and iPods. 5. What is shaping who you are? Role models. Choices. Bad examples motivated you to be different. Our parents. Our culture. Shaping and discussion. People shape us—parents, involvement in church. Sacred space. Shaping you: inner drive, status, culture, struggle between selfishness and Spirit. Time with God daily, parents, family, friends, relationships. Experiences, education, people around us, Jesus, family, home, significant adults. Who you surround yourself with. My natural environment: school, church, professors, friends. Shutting up and listening to what people say. Giving people a chance to express their opinion. Textbooks. Who and what you surround yourself with. These things make you make a choice. Everything will affect you one way or another. Close relationships, parents, dating, everyone who is around us. For our generation, it is imperative to have a personal relationship with Christ. Our generation needs mentorship and discipleship; until we get it we are lost, even as Christians. Peers, professor, family, culture, media, book[s], personal experience, choices. School, my group of friends, my parents might still be. My pastor, my church. Activities and groups I choose to be involved in. Religion. Is “God” a Sunday school answer? Trips. The things I watch and read. No premarital sex. Don‟t do anything with the opposite sex that you wouldn‟t want your future spouse to be doing right now with the opposite sex. Refusing to joke about sexual impurity. Understanding why we abstain and why we do other things that enhance our purity. Being careful about the things we watch. Servant hood, making myself last. Premarital sex, because you‟re attempting to live out the belief that sexuality is between one man, one woman, and God. Because it cheapens sex during marriage a lot. It opens yourself up [to] a lot of hurt and pain. Swearing, those words are never used to build other up or encourage other people. Getting drunk, clear command in Scripture. Homosexuality, lying. Drug use unless prescribed by a doctor. Disrespect to other people, gambling, laziness, dancing inappropriately. Love. We can find God in any form of media—Christian or secular. The media—what I‟m watching and listening to—it‟s a constant battle to keep it from defining who I am. Things start shaping who you are way before you realize you are. Example: as children, what your parents put before you will shape you. Now that we have a choice, we have to be careful what things we let influence us and shape us. The “Trevecca Bubble”—professors and their thoughts have really influenced me. The other students on campus. Books I‟m reading, my Sunday school class. The tradition of the community—being Protestant, Nazarene, etc. Where you were raised, geographic location. Overseas trips that completely change your views of the world and of your own culture. Our culture shapes the way we look and think. „American‟ thoughts different from others. Culture of the Nazarene Church. In the sense that theology is important. I care what others believe. Doctrinal differences do get in the way and should when one believes that “holiness doesn‟t matter.” Should not let us separate us from each other. We should attend a church with the same beliefs as us. Personal preferences? How do you get to a point to find a denomination? Once one matures then it matters. Once one can discern it for themselves. Yes, to question. As a body of Christ should personal preference lead? Chosen different than parents? Yes, Nazarene, Pentecost, First Church of God, and my seeking stage if needed somewhere to be fed. I need a faith of my own. Evangelical, Catholic, Lutheran. Find a church that exemplifies the personal relationship. Anything goes, people are looking at other religions to find out information. More appealing to people on the bad side. Books, friends, expectations, technology, media. Should be Christ. There are others that may affect us, like peer pressure, friends reliability, professors, sense of belonging, relationship, lifestyle of friends, school experience. Family and upbringing has shaped us personally. Books and media shapes us. One believes God is the primary “shaper” but there are influences and guides out there whether good or bad. Church influences me in fellowship; we talk. Anything that shows me truth. Truth must be affirmed by tradition and reason. Idea in USA that truth is relative, invades my life, shapes understanding. Not clear we are seeing culturally sensitive— true. Meeting authentic Christians no matter age. Environment you live in, example: campus they live on. What has been the most powerful influence on my life, top three: 1).. parents, culture, western culture, parents, parents/friends, parents, good relationships; 2).. church, desire for God, people, friends, media, church family, parents; 3).. media, technology, literature, church, media, mission. Do you all have Christian parents? All but one person has two Christian parents. The person who does not have Christian parents, person two, was completely self-motivated. God uses what I‟ve been through. World, church, professors, classes, education, yourself, past, family, training. Postmodern noise control life; how do I combat that? Media, family, friends, people around you, experiences, Holy Spirit, valley‟s we are going through, dreams and passions. We are shaping our church, going to missions conferences— experiences. Hopefully Godly mentors. Books that help, music, practical applications, family, the good and the bad. Be genuine, authentic, someone being totally real. Technology, the church, our Christian universities, opportunities to be a part of cultural experiences. Church, peers, universities—Christian ones can create a „bubble‟ which can be good or bad. Culture—hard to not be affected by what we see in our culture, but how do those things affect our walk? Mentors, retreats, friends who may not even know they are affecting you, [i.e.] handicapped. Seeing choices of others. Friends and peers, community, passion.
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