Sometime ago, Perry Noble, Senior Pastor of New Spring Church in South Carolina, posted thoughts on his blog about the four stages he’s gone through as a leader. As I began to look over these thoughts again, I realized that I had finally made it to the fourth stage.
#1 – I want to see God do something great.
When I first started out in ministry, I was extremely young. I knew that God was big and that He could do anything. I knew I wanted to see Him do something great. This is such a great stage to be in. When I worked as a young teen with the Power Company Kids Club, I certainly did see God do great things. But God wanted more.
#2 – I want to do something great.
As I worked with Bobby Hawk as an intern in Pontiac, I definitely wanted to do something great. But in the process, God was left out. My doing something great had very little to do with God’s big picture or the other people that were included in it. It was simply about me.
#3 – I want us to do something great.
When I moved to Kansas City to help plant EPIC Church, my vision was a part of our vision. I believed that we could do something great in this city. I believed that people would be reached, changed, and transformed by the power of the gospel. But oddly enough, I didn’t always remember to acknowledge that it was God that would actually be the one that could and would do something great through us.
# 4 – I want God to do something great through us.
Reflecting back on this year, I feel as though I have finally reached the fourth stage.
It is clearly evident that God has begun to do something great through us at EPIC Church. God is doing something great through us. This has been my prayer this year. But the prayer doesn’t end there.
As I transition to work with the Power Company Kids Club, the prayer is the same. I want God to do something great through us. This is a ministry that God has been working through for the past 17 years. My life is changed because of a team of people that wanted God to do something great through them. And now, more than ever, I believe that the best is yet to come! I believe that God will do something great in and through each and everyone of us, as He is faithful and as we put our trust in Him.
On this stage, things have very little to do with me, and everything to do with the great things that God wants do through His people.
You can read Perry’s original post in it’s entirety, here.