“When the music fades, all is stripped away and I simply come…” – Heart of Worship by Matt Redman. For the last 6 months (wow – that’s half a year!) I’ve not been on a church staff. This has been a first for me. I’ve served on a church staff for the last 15 years.

I’m still involved with “ministry” as you know – speaking, writing, consulting, secret shopping, coaching church planters through ARC, etc., but for the first time Sunday doesn’t come every week – if you know what I mean.

It’s taken a while, but God is starting to capture my heart again. For the first time I’ve truly realized that my first ministry is to my family and I’ve started to take action to really be the spiritual leader of our family – leading family devotionals and prayer, etc.

In the past, I didn’t seem to take this privilege seriously or consider it my ministry. Now, I see with new eyes and God has given me a heart and vision of raising Godly kids to love, serve and honor Him with all their hearts. This is not just a new ministry, it’s my first ministry. I think I had to get out of the game for a bit to see what’s most important.

This is what matters most to me:

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I’m also starting to dream again and God is planting vision and ideas in my heart for the first time in a long time. My desire is to live a life of worship and please God. That’s a little of what’s going on in my world. What’s going on in yours?

Greg Atkinson

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