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Notes From Orange: 5 Catalysts of Spiritual Growth

Leadership / Personal Development //

In April 2012 I attended the Orange Conference. If you have never had chance to attend this conference, do it. This is some reflection on one of the sessions I attended at that conference.

Speaker: Taka Iguchi. At the time of this conference (April 2012) Taka was serving as the Spiritual Development Pastor for Rockford First Church.

In this session Taka explained that there are certain things that happen within our lives that serve to move us from one level of spiritual growth to the next. These things fall into 5 major categories. Here are those truths:

  1. Life Changing Truth: For many people this is the first time you hear the Gospel. For Taka this was the first time he REALLY understood grace. He said, “My mayor doesn’t know me, but God does and He LOVES me.”
  2. Spiritual Disciplines: It is no secret that financial discipline will lead us to a better financial life. Physical discipline will lead us to a higher level of fitness. Discipline in how we eat will lead us to healthier body. Still, as Christians we often fail when it comes to spiritual disciplines. Here are some of the spiritual disciplines that can serve as a catalyst in our spiritual growth.
    1. Prayer
    2. Worship
    3. Bible reading
  3. Ministry Responsibility: This is that moment when a leader in the church asks you to do/lead something. For me this was when Pastor asked me to lead our Children’s Church. This may have been the biggest catalyst for spiritual growth of my entire life.
  4. Pivotal Circumstances: These can be really good, or really bad. From child birth to marriage to that disastrous late night phone call that leaves you forever changed. These kinds of things can send us running from God in fear and anger. However, they can also have us running TOWARDS God and into a closer relationship than ever before.
  5. Significant Relationships: As a kid my dad had a friend that me and my brothers really looked up to. In fact it was after this man shared a message in church that I came to salvation. This shows the importance of real fellowship in the church. It is in fellowship that significant relationships can form.
There may be other things that help to spur people along to the next level in their spiritual growth. However, these are 5 of the major ones. For me, as a children’s pastor, this brought up the question of how do I create, foster, and make the most of these catalysts to help people in our church move to the next level in their spiritual maturity.
How do you make the most of these catalysts for the people in your church?

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About the Author

My name is Matt Norman and I am the Children’s Pastor at The Rock in Winter Haven, FL. I am married to my high school sweet heart Kim and have two kids; Trey, 11 and Jayden, 4. I love being in ministry to children and their parents, as well as to other adults. I love sharing the gospel and other Biblical truths. I love worshiping and leading worship.  I love seeing kids grow spiritually. I love equipping God’s people for works of good service. Basically, I love ministry. In addition to ministry I have spent 17 years working in a local hospital, 16 of them in the emergency room. Trust me this experience comes in handy in children’s ministry. God is working in my life. I don’t yet know what he has planned, but I know that it is going to be cool. I’m watching and praying and doing what I can to make myself ready for whatever it is that God is working out in my life and my ministry. I love teaching kids and adults alike. If you are looking for a camp speaker, or a special speaker for your training event then use the email link at the top of the page to contact me. I would love to come along side you to have a greater impact on kids and their families for The Kingdom.