“Strategic – Pioneer”
Taken in tandem, these two words could be called redundant. Or are actually complementary parts of a whole concept?
A strategist creates pathways to a desired future. The pioneer is willing to blaze the trail into the unknown and uncertain. The pioneer must clear the pathway; the strategist makes the expedition permanent and sustainable. The work is best done by someone who has the understanding and skills of both, and this is how I see God’s calling on my life. Knowing me is more than my pedigree or degrees, although I have those if you want to see them. I have my Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.
If you really want to know me, I land solidly in the Strategic Thinking Gifting of the Gallup Strengths Finder assessment. I love life coaching, exploring the depths of emotional health and marriage enrichment through Prepare Enrich.
I thrive in leading movements that start movements. I’ve experienced that as the first white man to enter a village with the good news of Christ (Siankwkwani, Zambia)—then helping indigenous Zambians start churches of their own. I’ve experienced it through launching Grace Point Church in Bentonville, Arkansas—and pouring into its foundation the capacity to launch other independent, self-sustaining churches around the world.
I enjoy “boldly going where no one else has gone,” but for me, the ultimate fulfillment is the vision of millions coming behind me, –exponential products of well-designed mission.