"A HEART TO HEART WITH THE PASTOR"
Midnight Madness '92
August 14, 1992
My main spiritual gift is administration. Other
complementary gifts to this gift that are in my personal
gift mix are the gifts of evangelist, prophet, giving, and
In Gary Smalley's animal characters that denote certain
personalities I am identified as a lion. I know that surprises
many of you since I hide it so well.
In those personality tests I am graded as dominant and
aggressive. Those things surprise me every time I take
In the test of life that most men take daily . . . that test
of our spouse, Jeana grades me as an "I." The "I'' stands
for intense, intolerant, interrogative, and insistent. It
is amazing the way we see ourselves, isn't it? I thought
when she labeled me with "I" that she would use words
like insightful, inspirational, intelligent, and interesting.
Well, you know, sometimes our greatest strengths can be
our greatest weaknesses. My gift of administration or
leadership leads me to a high intensity level where I appear
to be things that I really am not.
Therefore, tonight, I want to have a heart to heart with
you. If I preached a message, I could not help myself.
I would appear as intense. So I have some ideas running
through my head and my heart that I just feel like I need
to share with you as our church leadership team. I am
going to try to be casual, calm, and collective. If I begin
to be intense Jeana is going to hold up a big white flag
with the letter "I" on it for "Intensity." Then I will know
it is time to calm down.
Seriously, I really need to talk to you. I also really
need to know you are listening to me. I am going
to assume each of you love me, that you support
me as your pastor-leader, and that you accept me,
not judging any of my motives because you know
I am committed to the mission of Jesus Christ.
There are ten items I want to address- wtht you tonrgti.
My time i ...
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