Many Differences, One Purpose

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

-Romans 8:28

A few months ago, Howard and I had an opportunity to meet with Dave Ramsey and his team in Nashville. Dave and Howard have had a mutual respect and admiration for each other for many years. I was just thrilled for the chance to meet Dave and his staff. Being in the financial ministry world I have heard the great stories and ways that God was using Dave and his team in people’s lives.

Howard, Dave and Kyle in Dave’s Recording Studio in Nashville

The morning started out with Howard giving a devotional to Dave’s entire staff (about 300 people). We then had the opportunity to take a tour of their offices and meet many of the staff folks that the Lord had been (and has been) using to serve people and churches across the country. As we spent more time with the leadership team it became apparent to me that there were many differences between our ministries – different strategies, culture, staffing, materials etc. But what was incredibly clear was the love that Dave and his staff had for the Lord and the calling that the Lord had put on their hearts. The more I listened to Dave and his staff the more excited I became about the differences between Compass and Dave Ramsey.

Differences are often looked at as challenges and obstacles to overcome but I don’t think that is what God was revealing to us. I believe God was (and is) using people who love Him and their differences (even in the context of similar callings) to further fulfill His purposes. This became pretty clear not only to Howard and I, but to Dave and his team as well.

I have a sense that over the next several months and years the Lord will be connecting ministries with similar passions and callings to further fulfill His purposes rather than competing. Many like-minded organizations that we have been relationally connected to aren’t asking the question “if we were to work together” but rather “how we can work together”. I believe this type of attitude will allow ministries to focus more on their specific calling while utilizing the calling and gifts of other ministries as well.

We don’t totally know what all this will look like yet, but we are looking forward to God guiding and leading this movement. It will be exciting to see God use people who love Him, people who are called to his purpose and a multitude of differences to transform people’s lives throughout the world!

God Bless- Kyle

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