Archive for July 4th, 2014

Strengths Workshop for Joy and Success

Originaly Posted on July 4, 2014


// Dr. Greg Nelson
// Speaker, Author, Strengths Coach, Pastor


In Gallup’s research into human potential over the past 30 years—including interviews with more than 8 million people—the evidence is overwhelming: You will be eight times more successful & fulfilled in whatever you do by building your life around your greatest natural abilities (strengths) rather than your weaknesses. Your strengths should be your primary focus.

The problem is that most people don’t even know what their greatest strengths are, much less how to use them so they can be more fulfilled and effective in their lives.

According to Gallup’s latest study, over half of churchgoers say they don’t get to do what they do best in their congregations.

Fortunately, Gallup’s research led it to developing one of the most effective tools for discovering and utilizing a person’s top strengths: StrengthsFinder. When used in a congregation, this discovery has the potential to unlock a congregation’s most powerful resource: people and their God-given strengths.


  • Unpacking God’s amazing gift to you: your individual strengths themes. What are your Top 5 strengths, what do they represent in your life, how are you already using them, how can you use them more for effectiveness and fulfillment?
  • How does knowing and using your strengths apply to your relationships, spiritual life, work, and teams you be- long to?
  • What difference does this all make?
  • Identifying your congregation’s God- given strengths profile. Knowing the church’s strengths impacts mission: how does your church give and serve in the strongest way possible? What does a strength-based congregation look like? How can it be developed?


For you to get the most out of this experience, you need to take an online assessment called “StrengthsFinder” which, through a series of detailed questions, identifies your top five strength themes. Dr. Nelson will unpack your results in the workshop.

  • Take the test directly online for $9.99 (Gallup’s fee). Here’s the link:
  • If you would like some financial help for this, contact the church office.
  • E-mail your strengths results to Greg ( no later than MONDAY, JULY 28 so he can compile a Strengths profile of the whole group.
  • Even if you can’t attend the workshop, we’d love for you to take the assessment so you can be included in the group profile. Just knowing your top 5 strengths is a great value to you.

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Dating God

Originaly Posted on July 4, 2014

DATING GOD // Branden Stoltz

My best friend just got married last weekend! It was a truly beautiful wedding. Their wedding looked like Pinterest sponsored the whole event, their first dance was viral YouTube-worthy, and how they began their relationship was just as memorable.

He met his now wife-of-one-week through a Bible study he hosted at his house. He first noticed her while she was standing in the kitchen stirring a pot of beans, although he had been told about her already. That week he had finished a ten-day period of fasting and praying for God to act and for himself to be ready for whatever God was going to do in his love life. So when he talked with her and was wowed by her thoughts on God and life, he wanted to get to know her better—only on friendly terms, of course. When she came back the next week, they talked more and they realized they both were runners, so they planned a run for that week.

Their jog started in Loma Linda and their conversation left them lost somewhere in Redlands. During their jog, while still in mid-thought, she halted saying, “Wait! Stop! Don’t move!”

He froze as she ruffled through the bushes, coming back with a leaf in-hand, explaining, “Your deodorant is leaking” as she scraped it off him. He later said, “Well this girl must really like me if she’s willing to get all up in my pits!” She did, and now they’re married! There is a lot of back story to my friend’s love life prior to meeting this girl, but I will simply let the lyrics to their wedding theme song explain that to you:

All those days chasing down a daydream
All those years living in a blur
All that time never truly seeing
Things, the way they were Now she’s here shining in the starlight
Now she’s here suddenly I know
If she’s here it’s crystal clear
I’m where I’m meant to go And at last I see the light
And it’s like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light
And it’s like the sky is new
And it’s warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once everything is different
Now that I see you

“I See The Light,” Mandy Moore

Our relationship with God can be viewed in the same way. It’s every bit as real as the relationship that grows and blooms between two people. Each one of us must go beyond the first meeting and spend our lives walking and talking with Him. As you review your relationship with God in this “dating” angle, remember that at some point, after you realize that He really is “willing to get all up in your pits,” ask yourself if maybe it’s about time to take your relationship to the next level.

// Branden

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