Posted on Leave a comment

Unity Among Ministries

I’ll never forget the time that Larry Burkett met with us in 2000 to discuss merging ministries. He stood up, held his outstretched clenched fists, and said, “My greatest fear in life is to stand before Christ and hear Him say, ‘Larry, I had so much more for you and your ministry, but you held on too tightly.’”

Then Larry smiled. He opened his hands and declared, “I’m not holding on to the ministry, let’s merge!”

Larry understood that there should be no competition among churches or ministries. I love what Psalm 133:1 tells us, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.”

I participated along with Ron Blue in a wonderful event last November in Nashville that was geared toward helping churches recapture the biblical meaning of stewardship – hosted by Dave Ramsey. Think about this for a moment. The world would never consider helping a competitor secure more market share. But in God’s kingdom, what’s important is working together with other followers of Christ to accomplish what’s on the Lord heart. In this case, it’s helping God’s people learn how to handle money His way.

Attached is a picture of the three of us along with two terrific servants of Christ – Brad Jack (the Compass Texas Director) and James Walden (the Compass Arkansas Director).

Psalm 133:1 is true: “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.” There is such a sense of freedom and even joy when we help and encourage one another serving in the same space. Join me in praying that the Lord will continue to bless Dave Ramsey and Ron Blue as they help people learn God’s way of handling money.

Warmly in Christ,

Howard Dayton