Please stand up

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The North American Christian Convention was tremendous this year. Cam Huxford’s leadership was obvious, and his opening night sermon, “Living Dangerously,” was awesome. It was timely for us.

I had several memorable moments in Cincinnati. All of them were positive. One felt negative at first, and then became a powerful moment of clarity for me.

On the last night of the NACC, Cam stood on the stage and asked all the ministers, “Please stand up.”

I didn’t.

I didn’t, because at present, I am not serving anywhere full-time…for the first time in 12 years.

I will admit that I had a bit of sadness wash over me…or at least a sinking feeling in my stomach.

Then, my lovely wife touched my forearm and said, “Stand up.” She did so with an inflection in her voice that communicated something that is true…I’m still a minister. True, indeed.

Sometime in the next 60 days I’ll be back in the saddle again. Until then, I haven’t stopped being a minister…any more than I’ve stopped being anything at the center of who I am. It’s a part of my makeup and calling. That’s not going to change, wherever God leads us next.

My batteries are charged. I Can’t wait to get back into the full-time professional ministry. Em and I are doing great, and look forward to serving a church again soon.

This is do to a bit of rest, family time, and without a doubt, a constant stream of encouragement from Sisters and Brothers. So, we’re near ready, and we wait upon the Lord…and as brother Tomlin says…that’s when strength will rise. Man, that’s a great song!

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Brother Tim,
    My hero Paul never had a church home–that was his “full time work.” He and many other early church pioneers were just out doing the work–I’d think they’d certainly be qualified to stand up at the NAAC or anywhere else for that matter. Same for you bro! You are a wonderful servant of the Lord! Keep on keepin on! God is faithful!
    Blessings,
    Bruce Archer

  2. You are and always will be a preacher irregardless of where your choice of career takes you. Thanks for being such a huge positive influence on our family and your one-of a kind delivery from the pulpit week after week. PS: We really miss you on Sundays too…..

  3. Indeed, my brother. Like the signature on a fine piece of art, God’s fingerprints are all over you. From this period of refreshing, God will lead you to ministry beyond your wildest dreams.
    Richest blessings be upon you, Em and the girls.

  4. HO is dismal on Sunday mornings without your dynamic spirit and wonderful presence. We miss you desperately!

  5. You’ll always be a preacher and a teacher no matter where tomorrow takes you. On a different but slightly related note, since you have to read this to approve it, Cody and I met Linda at Pepperdine week before last. I sent her an e-mail to thank her for her time and she just replied. Cody is pretty charged up about and can’t wait for August. Thanks again, Preacher Tim.

  6. Chris’ Everlasting God is one of my favorite songs. And the words are soooo true. He’s my favorite artist also. So many of his songs touch my heart in a positive manner.
    God continue to bless you and Emily and the girls. You remain in my prayers.

  7. I love you and and Emmy. I’m thrilled that you are energized again and feeling very hopeful. We can’t wait to hear what’s on the horizon. Until then, we continue to pray!

  8. “Sometime in the next 60 days I’ll be back in the saddle again. Until then, I haven’t stopped being a minister…any more than I’ve stopped being anything at the center of who I am. It’s a part of my makeup and calling. That’s not going to change, wherever God leads us next.”
    That sounds so good to me. God bless you and Em.

  9. Good for Em! I hope you stood up! If I can still feel like a minister after an interesting 35 year hiatus, you can hold on for 90 days. Very best 4th wishes from the lake. rtrr