The Faith Team calling

| April 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

I was on holy ground, and didn’t know it!

At 7:38, the morning of January 19th, 2002 I awoke with what felt like an elephant standing on my chest and before that fateful day ended, I had experienced three heart events and CODED three times.

My family was told, “If he makes it through the night, he might pull through. He’s on the edge.”

When I awoke Sunday morning, there was a 12″ pipe stuck down my throat (that’s what it felt like),  an endless number of wires connected somehow to my body, a hovering hospital staff, and the red-eyed presence of my worried wife.

And, after hearing her account of the previous day, I was stunned. I laid there counting breaths, celebrating more moments this side of the edge. For days, I felt like I was floating somewhere between chaos and an epiphany.

Forty-eight hours later, in the late night darkness of that hospital room, I heard God’s voice. “You’re not done yet. Now that I have your attention, listen-up I’ve got a new assignment for you.”

A few months later, the Faith Coaching Network (FCN) was born.

To paraphrase the middle part of Psalm 71, the mission is clear, “I will stand up and speak up. I will find the stories of God’s fingerprints and tell them to this generation and the next.”

But, I can’t do this alone.

Do you see God in the roadblocks, the stumbling blocks and the mental blocks you face; He’s not buried in a book. He is still creating life, rescuing the lost, encountering the doubters, casting epiphanies to legalists, surprising the faithful, healing physical and spiritual pain, connecting the dots, reconciling relationships, repairing brokenness, forgiving mess-ups and miss-givings, and loving us in spite of ourselves. He is still writing His creation story in us, HIS Book of Life.

Do you sense it too?

“I started with a dream, but now I’ve got a mission.” God has renewed the call. “Get with it. Get some help.” The action-mission is simple and workable… To build a world-wide team of volunteer story collectors.

Do you hear the call? Do you hear God saying… “Help Ron. Get with it!”

We provide the resources.

Every believer has a story.

News Correspondent Steve Hartman is well-known for his feature series, “Everybody Has a Story.” Steve proved it by tossing a dart at a map of America and then randomly picked an interview subject from the local phone book. Debuting in 1998, Hartman produced more than 100 such pieces.

God has called this ministry to tell HIS story written inside believers around the world. But, no darts allowed.

Story Collectors put the Faith Team in action

A Faith Coaching Network (FCN) volunteer story collector listens for stories of divine appointments and holy ground moments. He or she looks for Jesus in others, and becomes Jesus to others.

These faith stories are meant to be told and retold. Once written, they are collected on The Faith Community website.

Simply put, we are looking for believers  in small towns and urban centers and everyplace in-between, who are ready to be a HOLY snitch. Story Collectors form an advanced team of stringers embedded in neighborhoods around the world.

snitch |sni ch |
verb
To inform on someone : she wouldn’t tell who snitched on me.
stringer |ˈstri ng ər|
noun
A newspaper correspondent not on the regular staff of a newspaper, esp. one retained on a part-time basis to report on events in a particular place.

Begin here!

Click here to send an email volunteering for action. The training is free, but the stories in your future are priceless. Ron will reply to your email with SC training information.

 

Backstory for the mission.

Our churches are full of believers who are saved, but have not yet sensed a call. In Revelation 12:11 terms, these believers feel powerless. They have touched the blood, but their story, their testimony, is yet to be told.

So, after 4 years of foundation building at the Faith Coaching Network, we are responding to HIS urgency. This has become our central focus, our most aggressive FCN project to date.

We are building a “fifth estate,” a world-wide gathering of volunteer collectors who are embedded “in the streets.” They are searching for “real-world news of God in action and filing their stories online.

The term “Fifth Estate” has no fixed meaning, but is used to describe any class or group in society other than the clergy (First Estate), the nobility (Second Estate), the commoners (Third Estate), and the press (Fourth Estate). It can be used to describe media outlets that see themselves in opposition to mainstream media.

These are perilous times, filled with nagging stories of dishonor and disrespect. The media (fourth estate) seldom reports good news. Negative images are rampant. Brutality invades, terrorism threatens, and innocence fades. We find ourselves stalled on the freeway, helplessly stuck in traffic, waiting for the problem ahead to be cleared away, while our cell phone rings announcing imminent severe weather approaching.

It seems the authentic Christian message of hope has faded. We have lost street “cred.” Too many profess to believe in God, but live like atheists. In general, we are known more for what we are against, than for what we’re for. Flashpoints of extremism flare, doctrinal disputes rage, and arrogant voices invalidate the message, while we pray the same old worn-out prayers.

In spite of church failures, widespread discouragement, and resident evil, cynics and searchers alike are still captivated by stories of faith-in-action. So, the project begin.

My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
of your saving acts all day long—
though I know not how to relate them all.
16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign LORD;
I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
18 Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalms 71:15-18

Granted, we are surrounded by numerous faith-building resources, great churches, Christian radio, online teaching, podcast, and thousands of books. We are not hurting for insight and information, but you can’t outsource your faith. Faith requires something that cannot be provided by someone else; it requires a personal, real-life crisis-—an inciting incident.

These incidents take faith outside the walls of church and into the streets. Jesus’ confrontation of his critics in Matthew 16 could be applied like this: “Oh, Christian, you have learned how to interpret the signs of weather and economic disaster, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times—the inciting incidents in your life.”(Adapted from Matthew 16:2-3)

 

 

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