A New Ministry Tool and Conversation Starter!
I wanted to share an exciting new project I’ve worked on this past year, alongside a team of coworkers in my ministry. It’s a tool called “Knowing God’s Heart” intended to help start conversations about spirituality — whether you work in campus ministry, in the church, or just want to go deeper in conversation with friends and family. The tool is based on the belief that God is not some generic being who is disconnected from this world or our lives. Rather, the things on God’s heart are also what’s on our hearts — the things that really matter in our lives. As an example, here are the eight “themes” or topics that our tool covers, which are based on the “Beatitudes” (in italics after each theme):
“Weak Over the Strong”: We can find great strength in our times of need, and courage as we choose to be vulnerable with others.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Strength in Suffering”: How might our hearts be expanded if we didn’t avoid suffering, but embraced it?
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Humility Over Promotion”: What’s the value of being quiet in a loud world?
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Longing For Justice”: We can stand against abuse and injustice without being arrogant.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Grace Over Karma”: How can we forgive those who don’t deserve it?
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Heart Over Appearance”: Does anybody see who we are on the inside, or is it all about image and looks?
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Peace Over Harmony”: True peace comes about as we work through conflict, not avoid it in the name of “harmony.”
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Sacrificial Love”: True love is far more than physical or emotional intimacy; it involves a willingness to sacrifice what’s most important to us.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
If these topics intrigue you, read more at our website at www.knowinggodsheart.com. You can also sign-up there to order copies yourself. And keep an eye out in the coming weeks for my next project, which is an e-book that applies some of these topics to leadership!