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Spiritual Growth: Events Vs. Process

June 12, 2010

This past Thursday I was part of a one day conference for pastors. I blogged all of the notes that I took from the sessions I attended, you can check them here. One of the goals for this was to spark or ignite (conferences name) a new something in your heart and spirit.

I definitely was encouraged by the day. Both from the speakers and the fellowship that occurred. I grew spiritually from the event, through God’s word that was read and through the insight of those teaching it. But now, after a day or so has passed I am reminded of something that I have always been passionate about.

Life is not one big event. Life is a process. And in that thinking, our Christian life may start at an event, it starts when God decides to save you, it may start when your eyes are opened and you are made free to choose Christ, but even though the Christian life starts with an event… it always is a process. Christians tend to be in one of two walks. You are either a events person or you are a process person.

The events driven Christian will find themselves riding waves of momentum from special services, guest speakers, conferences and the newest worship music. They go up and down, up and down. Theses people also need the attention of pastors and spiritual leaders more than others, because they lack the want to actually let their Christianity own their life.

The process driven Christian tends to be more steady. Their process almost seems boring. They don’t get excited about too much. They highs aren’t that high and their lows aren’t too low. Their love for the Word of God seems to be stronger than those who are event-driven. They don’t jump from event to event looking for the next spiritual high, but rather plug along, loving Jesus in a steady way. A person who understands process, understands that committing to Christ is the most important thing in their life!

So… which one are you? Which one would you like to be? Do you have any thoughts? What about taking this thought and applying it to Church? Have you ever been in, worked for or went to a Church that operated in one way versus the other?

BTW I find myself to be more of a process driven person.

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  1. June 13, 2010 8:15 am

    Wow, very insightful stuff!!! This is spot on Ben.

    I want to be process driven – sometimes I actually get annoyed by events – maybe that’s just me being a grouch. 🙂

    • Benjamin Davis permalink*
      June 13, 2010 9:29 pm

      Thanks for your thoughts CindyK! I love your encouragement! BTW IT WAS GREAT TO SEE YOU THE OTHER DAY!

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