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Be Bold

Cara Martens
Cara Martens Thursday July 8, 2010
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Where do you need to be BOLD?

I have a friend who just started in ministry and we’ve been brainstorming on how to get consistent weekly leaders for the fall. After a few weeks of making lots of phone calls, piecing together a schedule and closing rooms, it was hard for her to imagine such a thing.

So tonight, she hosted her first “vision” party. She invited eight influential parents in her ministry to come hear the plans for the next year and to see the new Orange curriculum for themselves. She shared sweet treats (food is always a plus) and personal stories of life change because an adult cared enough to show up regularly in the life of a child.

I just got off the phone with her. She started out by admitting that right before the meeting she was tempted to ask for less than a weekly commitment– to settle for every other week or even once a month. But then she thought of Nehemiah and said to God- tired and sweaty after working all day in a supply closet– “As long as I feel called to this job, I’m going to be BOLD, because you put me here.”

As a closing, she read this passage to them from Think Orange p.116: “Nehemiah knew the stakes were high. He saw the next generation standing in the wings, watching its leaders passively continue…. He was personally burdened about the fact that families and children were unprotected and vulnerable, and he knew it would ultimately affect their perception of God. So Nehemiah aggressively pursued a strategic solution. Sure he prayed, and he listened to God. But he didn’t only pray; he acted. He evaluated, rallied, recruited and implemented. He had an integrated strategy. He figured out what God wanted him to do then challenged every leader and worker and parent to do it.”

Instead of getting up to leave, the parents just sat there waiting until someone said, “So can we sign up to help now?” 6 out of 8 parents partnered with this bold leader and plan to volunteer WEEKLY for the next year because they believe in the vision. Now that’s BOLD!

How about you? Where is God calling you to evaluate, rally, recruit and implement boldly? (Image uploaded to Flickr by brownpau)

Cara Martens can’t help but read, write and dream, so becoming the 252 Basics Creative Director and main researcher for all things Orange is a perfect fit. She taught for a decade in schools and led teams in creating experiences for the church. Cara and her husband, Kevin, are schooled daily by her five- and eight-year-olds on how kids learn best.