Author: John Grunewald

Filled with His Purposes

“One of the best ways to move beyond past pain is to have a future purpose.” – Tony Cooke  Many people have experienced pain this past 18+ months. We have lost family and friends like many others. People have lost jobs and got stuck inside which led to other kinds of pain. These things cannot be avoided in a fallen world. It certainly seems like we are in the last days of this dispensation – if not God is missing a great opportunity. 🙂 As we look for the return of Christ for the church we can and must still be filled with His purposes. This lost world we...

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Be a Pioneer

When our oldest child Zack was about 5 or 6 years old we were living in Terre Haute, Indiana. One night we were going to sit down to watch a movie and I asked Zack which Western he wanted to watch. He said, “I don’t really like Westerns, I like space movies”. That shocked me for a second, until I realized that Space movies were to him like Westerns were to me. I loved the pioneering aspect of the Wild West in the early days of America. Yes, I realize it wasn’t all good, but I am thinking of the pioneering spirit, the sense of adventure, and the risk it took to keep moving west. Space movies...

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The Value of Feedback: Part 4

Missed the first part of this series? Click below! Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Feedback: God to Leader & Team We want God involved in everything we do. That is why we have a prayer life! We are speaking to him about certain things – whether that is personal or organizational – and He is speaking to us. Now, when it comes to an organization, God is primarily going to give the direction to the Leader and how to do that to the team. Here is an example. In the early 1980’s, God tucked a seed in our heart and it was one word – Europe. We had no other direction...

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July 2021 Update:

Where else? Recently when I was at the gym I saw an ad on ESPN about Where Else? Talking about where else – but in sports – could you see records broken and champions made. It was actually a good ad for them. It got me thinking about the Gospel and Building the Church on the earth and what happens to our investments in doing this. Where else can you give/invest and see people saved, healed, set free, and have their lives changed in so many good ways? There isn’t anywhere else that converts money into changed lives like building the church (People). Sometimes it is...

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The Value of Feedback: Part 3

Click here to read Part 2! Feedback > Leader to Team 1. Encouragement As leaders, we need to be encouraging our people. If we put them in a position to succeed, then let’s make sure to let them know that they are succeeding along the way. A simple “That was great!”, “Love the work you did”, “Good decision there”, can go a long way and is extremely necessary.  2. Teaching, Coaching, Mentoring Developing people is who we are as leaders. Jesus constantly was in the business of discipleship and developing those around him. Some of this can be done by giving the feedback...

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The Value of Feedback: Part 2

Read Part 1 here When it comes to building the church, it is important to have a culture of teamwork. If you’re the lonely leader at the top and all you’re doing is directing people to do things, that can only last so long. We’ve seen way too many people shoot way up and fall hard. What we want is consistent, continual growth from the time we start to the time we end.  One important aspect of how teams should function is what we call feedback. Why is feedback so important? Well, can a leader make consistently wise decisions for an organization without getting good consistent information?...

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The Value of Feedback: Part 1

How is an important thing when it comes to any part of the church. We can have all kinds of great sayings & inspirational quotes, but if we don’t learn how to do it, we suffer in the long run for it.  Matthew 16:1818 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. The rock that Jesus was talking about here, was the revelation that Jesus was the Messiah (the Christ), the One they’d been waiting for. And as soon as Jesus was revealed as the Christ, He declared what...

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Your Voice: How to extend your reach in 2021

Viktor Frankl was a prisoner of war during WW2. He said a lot of insightful things, and here is one:  “There were always choices to make. Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom; which determined whether or not you become the plaything to circumstance, renouncing freedom and dignity.” Frankl recognized the importance of our power to choose. More specifically, he understood how free we are to choose our own attitudes...

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Rebuilding Faith in the Nations of the Earth

This year reminds me of part of the life of Nehemiah. Everything was going along kind of smooth then God gives him an assignment. Exciting right? Yes and no… there is no God assignment that won’t require prayer, work, people issues or come without opposition. In fact most God assignments will have more opposition than compliments. Today as the Church on the earth, we certainly have an assignment from God. Did we think as we entered these last days we wouldn’t have opposition? 2020 could be called the Year of Opposition. I like to call it the Year of Opportunity.  Nehemiah...

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A Team Members Responsibility: Advancing the Vision

Excerpt from The 5 Responsibilities of a Team by John Grunewald Leaders share vision and others are responsible to run with it. This must be a team effort to be effective for wider influence. It isn’t just accountability to the leader or even to the other team members, but each team member is also accountable to God to accomplish His Vision, Mandates and Assignments in His timing. Wow, that seems like a lot doesn’t it? Maybe… but He doesn’t require we do it in our own strength either. What does it take to achieve a vision? Habakkuk 2:1-4 tells us. 1) I will stand my watchAnd...

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