Excited to Start Planning for Next Year

We’ll be leaving in a couple of hours, headed to Mt. Makiling Re-creation center. It’s the time of the year when we plan for the upcoming year. I’m really excited about our planning sessions for 2015. It has always been part of my system and was trained more when I started working in the corporate world. Of course, other than planning implementation is also important, but for now, the focus is preparing for the great task ahead next year.

This is all God’s work. As far as I am concerned, it’s His plan and not ours. We just move according to the direction that He wants us to take. But how do you know His direction? How do you make the plans? I’m entering our planning sessions with a lot of ideas in mind. Things that I believe the Lord has laid down in my heart. How do I know if it’s truly from Him? To be honest, you don’t really know. You can’t really claim 100% or worse, 110% that this was from God.

That’s why it’s important first that you maintain a close walk with God. That you never neglect your time with Him in prayer and in reading His word. As you dwell in His presence, walk closely with Him and obey His general commands towards all mankind – you will know what He wants. You will make decisions close to His heart. You will plan things according to what He wants because you are so intimate with Him and know what He wants you to do. This is all still through faith and according to the principles of His written word.

Second, as you make decisions you need to surround yourself with Godly people who maintain a close walk with God as well. I have only been a ministry head for 6 months and I have already learned that you cannot make decisions on your own. There will be times that you will be pressured and you need to decide on the spot, but if you have the liberty of time, do not rush your decisions. Take the time in prayer about it and consult other people. Talk to your core leaders about it. Share your concern to your mentor or to someone who disciples you. Then, collectively think about their inputs and make a decision. You will be amazed when you realize that there are certain areas that you haven’t thought about and getting others’ input will help you see it in a different perspective.

I’m really excited to start planning and seek the Lord during this time. All I want to follow what He wants and honor Him. In the end, you need to take it to heart that you can plan, but in the end, it is the Lord’s will that prevails.

Time is Not Enough even for a Full-time Worker

It’s already going to be a month since I started working full-time in church. And I still can’t believe, or it just haven’t sunk in my mind yet. The environment is not new to me. The people that I’m working with is still the same. So it really doesn’t feel much has changed.

I remember it was more than four years ago that I entertained the idea of going full-time. There were lots of moments where I prayed and sought God’s direction. Whenever He would tell me it was not time yet, I would just lift up my desire again to Him and learn to trust His way. It’s still not clear to me why he wanted me to wait for more than four years, but I know, in time, He will show it to me.

The past couple of weeks has been hectic for me and I feel I’m slowly adjusting. I’m enjoying my work and feeling satisfaction in what I am doing. There is one major realization for me – time is not enough!

Time is not enoughI know what you’re probably thinking. You’re probably saying that this is not something new. But let me explain to you where I am coming from. Having worked in the corporate world for the past six years, I have always believed in the idea that I will have more time to ministry work when I go full-time. It was hard for me to balance my time when I was still working and other demands in the ministry. It was usually fulfilling, but I have to be honest, there were moments where I just want to throw the towel and accept the fact that I can’t handle all of these things. I don’t know how I was able to handle balancing it for more than two years and I know that it is really only through the grace of God that I was able to manage it. But now that I am working full-time, this idea that I will now have more time is still not happening.

This is what I have learned and I want to share this nugget of wisdom to those who maybe desiring to go full-time, thinking they will have more time to do ministry. Yes, I totally enjoy my work. Yes, there is no satisfaction for me than serving the Lord full-time. Yes, I can totally say that I am able to focus all my efforts right now in the ministry and not be swept away by other concerns in my work. But in all these things, still not enough time to do everything.

That’s why it’s important that even if you are not working full-time yet that you know how to manage your time. That you know how to balance your priorities and learn how to balance when to do work in your company, and when to do the work in your ministry. Time will still fly by very fast and that will not change even if you’re working full-time. There will still be other demands in your life. But if you’ve learned to manage your time already, then you’ll be able to manage your time as well when you’re working passionately for the ministry God has entrusted you. Meaning you’ll be able to balance your time with your family, friends, Dgroup and other personal matters you want to attend to.

Do not go full-time just because you have been convinced that this might give you more time to do the work of the Lord. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, learn proper time management first. And then when the time is right, I know the Lord will call you to serve Him full-time.

This is my desire as I progress in my blog. I want to write more about my experiences and learnings as I serve God full-time in the ministry. I want to share what I have learned in this journey and even the mistakes I might commit in the future. In all these things, I just want to help people have a good picture of what it would be like to go full-time serving the Lord and hopefully, if this is something that Lord has called you to do as well that you may take that step of faith and follow his leading.

I hope I’ll be able to write more entries in the future because time doesn’t seem to be enough. But if there is no new entry, just take the time to read my other articles and let me know what you think about them. God bless you!

An Open Letter to all those who helped and attended PUSH

Pray until something happens (PUSH) is a quarterly activity that we have in our ministry. This is a time where we join in corporate prayer to pray for different concerns within the ministry, church and even personal matters. This is an open letter to all those who helped and attend PUSH last Saturday.

Pray Until Something Happens

It is always a joy for me to see people serving the Lord. When I saw everyone together and united in preparing for PUSH last Thursday, I was already overjoyed. You guys showed your dedication and love for the ministry God had trusted to you. Despite your busy schedule in work, you all came to serve Him on a weekday. All your efforts and hard work paid off last Saturday. Everyone was blessed and had a wonderful time praying and worshiping God – I know God was glorified that day.

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To the Production team:

I know it is not easy preparing the backdrop. Ever since you’ve started to design the stage it has always looked wonderful. The backdrop in our Love, Sex and Dating series was amazing! Moreover, the backdrop that you have created for PUSH was amazing as well. Cutting the tree was no easy task but the output was a sight to see. I pray that you guys will never get tired of creating wonderful designs and backdrops for His glory alone.

 

PUSH-prayer-team

To the Prayer team:

You guys did a heck of a job thinking about the program and helping out in the preparations of the event. I see the bond that you guys have for each other, and you treat one another as a family – Praise the Lord for that. I know it was nerve-racking for those who went up stage just to facilitate the prayer, but I thank you for challenging yourself and stepping out of your comfort zone. I know everyone in the prayer team contributed to this. You were all united, and your unity made a big impact in this event. Pray is a vital part of the ministry. I want to say thank you for always covering us with prayers and reminding us to continue to pray and push on. May you never get tired of praying and seeking the Lord in prayer.

 

Push

To the Worship Team:

I was expecting only four songs, but you guys stretched yourselves to play for more. Thank you for pushing yourselves and serving us through the talents that Lord has given you. How I still long to play and make music with everyone, that desire for me to play for the Lord is still there but I know I need to give this up for something greater. However, I know as well that I am letting this go because all of you are already well capable enough. Practice hard and continue developing the talents you have.

 

To others who have helped out in the event:

I may not be able to thank everyone, but the Lord sees the work that you have done – great is your reward in heaven. The audience is only one. He sees your heart and your service.

 

People Praying

To all those who attended:

A lot will be happening in the ministry for the next couple of months. Can I just continue to encourage everyone to pray for this ministry? Pray for the Retreat this coming August. May the Lord bring in a harvest that will be discipled and grow in their love and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Pray for the leaders of this ministry. May they be sensitive to the leading of the Lord and be protected from attacks physically and emotionally. Pray for the different clusters within the ministry that they will be faithful to the responsibility that they have and always serve the Lord with gladness of heart. And lastly, let’s pray for one another. Let’s pray that we will always be united in our love because of Jesus Christ. Let’s not neglect fellowship every Saturday. Let’s follow the model of the early church before.

In Christ,
Marc

Marc Sorongon Speaking

Note from the author: The B1G South ministry is the singles ministry of CCF Alabang. We have service every Saturday at 6pm at the 3rd floor of CCF Alabang. Everyone is invited! I would love to meet you if you have time to visit. Thank you to Noel Costes for the pictures.

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