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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