Ministry

It's Not About Me...

It's Not About Me...

INTIMACY⁠⠀
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= in.to.me.you.see.⁠⠀
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I don't care to be "Well-Known"....⁠⠀
I'd prefer to be KNOWN-WELL. ⁠⠀
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Don't we all?⁠⠀
Deep down, yes. This is a deep inner heart need we all have...but here's what I've observed...⁠⠀
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The spirit of fear and the conditions of our culture have us filtering, pretending, striving, exhausted...there's an identity crisis happening. Constantly looking around us to gauge if we're measuring up...under the weight of pressure to present ourselves all polished and pretty, right?⁠⠀

How many other people out there want to love God and serve His people? ⁠⠀
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I know celebrity christiandom is modeling a culture of striving for spotlight...but what if we took a moment to take our eyes off "them" and instead looked to Jesus and asked, "Hey, Jesus...whatcha doin'? How can I partner with you today to bring life, hope and love to those you place in my path today?" ⁠⠀
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Or here's another:⁠⠀
"Hey Jesus, what do you think of what we've made of the modern church?....Will you show me what Your Kingdom priorities are and how I can align with Your vision in this time?" ----That's a risky question...He may share some things you weren't prepared for! ⁠

Time to arise and shine the light of His glory into every crack and crevice of this earth.⁠⠀
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THIS is YOUR invitation....⁠⠀
Let's do this in alignment with Jesus and the times we're in...let's get creative...think outside the box...get out of the seats and into the streets...after all, we're given the mind of Christ, right...let's study how He did things during His 33ish beautiful, precious years walking the earth...let's try that! ⁠⠀

The Pressing and Crushing

The Pressing and Crushing

At the beginning of 2018 I sensed very clearly in my spirit it was "The Year of Acceleration." I got excited! Sounds glamorous! What I wasn't prepared for, however, was the amount of pressing and crushing that would come with it! I've been broken, squeezed, wrung out, ripped apart and gripped for the entire first half of 2018. 

Today I want to share with you the intensity of the pressing and crushing and I do so not to "ooze the junk" but because God has and continues to produce a NEW WINE out of me. I've had countless conversations and coached many clients over the years that have also gone through pressing and crushing and if that's what's happening with you right now, I assure you will be empowered in our time here together! 

How to Find Your Stride in Ministry

How to Find Your Stride in Ministry

 Have you ever felt like you were under the pressure to be someone you're not? I totally relate.

Maybe you're feeling the tension of trying to fit in when you know you're made to stand out.

This video/blog is inspired by a very vivid vision I received last year in 2018, at a time where I sensed that I was being held back, criticized and even rejected. God was good to reposition me in a new place with leaders that have loved and mentored me as I am without trying to make me to be someone different.

Though we all have the same commissioning, we don't all have the same calling. I encourage you to pray and persist and purpose to align with leaders that will coach, train, champion, cheer and celebrate your calling and all God has created you to be. Kingdom-minded, Christlike leaders understand the honor and responsibility they have to partner with God to shepherd, mentor and train you to become all GOD created you to be. They will not try to pressure you into conforming to their comfort level. They will embrace your uniqueness and help you to emerge and flourish.

Can I Just Be Nameless?

Can I Just Be Nameless?

The morning after my radical Holy Spirit encounter on 11•2•14 I asked the Lord how He wanted me to serve Him...He said to use the gift of writing He’s given me to blog about my faith journey. I obeyed. I started @raised.to.life. The in January 2017 He urged me to launch my website HeatherFerroni.com. [I explained my heart pretty candidly in HeatherFerroni.com…Really?!] Though I didn’t want to, I did. I never wanted the message to be around me, the messenger. But I felt Holy Spirit encourage me by saying “Heather, people have whole books of the Bible titled after their name. How do you think they feel? I’ve given you your name as an identifier, use it.” So I have.

Over the course of the last few years as He’s shaped my identity, I’ve come to realize I have a multifaceted calling. I don’t have a “niche” or a “target audience”. Lately I’ve been thinking, neither did Jesus. And we’re called to be like Him. It’s His message that matters. I don’t care to market myself, He’s marked me. He has and continues to stretch me and mold me and He has full editing rights to use me however He wants. It’s been an amazing and wild ride as I reflect on all the different ways I’ve been entrusted to build His Kingdom. And it’s only just the beginning. I’m in no hurry to get anywhere, not kicking down doors, not striving to network myself for the sake of popularity. I truly just enjoy meeting new people and having quality Kingdom conversations. I’ve learned to love all the different expressions, sounds and styles of His church. I see no superiority yet a lot of conformity. In any case I’m just learning to work with what He’s put in my hands the best that I can. Doesn’t mean I always “get it right” I’m learning; it’s a process. Some champion me, others criticize me. I press on toward the mark for the prize that is already mine. [Phil 3:14]
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My encouragement to you, friend, is to stay in a state of surrender in your servanthood. Be willing to switch gears as He leads. Some people are content with comfort zones others of us embrace change. Just stay in your lane and champion others in theirs. After all, we are all ONE BODY with many members & we don’t all serve the same function. [Romans 12:4] It’s all about The Message [of Jesus] not any one messenger.

 

 

5 Ministry Mistakes I’ve Made & The Lessons I’ve Learned

5 Ministry Mistakes I’ve Made & The Lessons I’ve Learned

Guess what? We all make mistakes! It’s a normal part of being human!

Even those called in the ministry (which is every professing Christian, by the way) is bound to make mistakes. I don’t know about you, but I appreciate when leaders courageously share their journey of sanctification and the lessons learned through mistakes.

In today’s journal I share some major ways God has been working on my heart this year. Here are 5 Ministry Mistakes I’ve Made and The Lessons I’ve Learned.