Thirteen years ago, I was channel surfing on a Sunday afternoon after preaching that morning at the First Baptist Church, County-Seat-Town that I served in at the time. While looking for something to watch on a slow Sunday afternoon sports day, I came across a program that I later discovered was sponsored by the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention. This program was all about the changing face of worship and what God was doing in places far from my ministry context.
It was that afternoon that I felt God’s call to go and plant a church. That call would be further refined over the next several months and, in the end, resulted in moving my family from Oklahoma to Arizona. Over the years, God blessed that new church with exciting growth, allowing me to be part of a larger church planting movement in our state. And, now, I have the privilege of serving as the president of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention.
I can’t begin to explain the many ways God has used that calling to get me out of my comfort zone and do something “dangerous” for the Kingdom of God.
While I was enjoying a comfortable pastorate, one of my ministry heroes, Jon Randles, jolted me by asking, “Jackie, when did you stop being dangerous for the cause of Christ?”
I challenge you to move outside of your comfort zone and never stop being dangerous. Rest assured that no matter what God is calling you to do that he can use you to shape the future of His kingdom here on earth.