Open Letter to Pastors On Spirit-Led Success…
“Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver…” ~ 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. (NASB)
It’s not that times are changing. It’s that times have changed.
People are hurting. They are scared. They feel lost.
Many feel betrayed, and sense that their best days are behind them. They no longer believe that the rest of their life will be the best of their life.
They are stressed-out… burned-out… and running on empty.
Physically. Emotionally. Spiritually.
Right there in YOUR congregation.
Which is exactly WHY we are putting the Believer’s Guide for Achieving Success On Purpose in your hands. You see, we invested millions of dollars and 17 years in serious research and development to create a Gold Standard System for achieving personal and professional excellence in the lives everyday people… people like yourself and those you serve.
As you will see just by reading the Preface written by Dr. John Edmund Haggai (one of the great Christian Leaders of our time)…
“The Believer’s Guide will captivate you. You won’t be able to ignore the content. You will find it useful, inspirational, and motivational. Acting on it will glorify God through behavior consonant with Scripture.” ~ John Haggai, Founder and Chairman, Haggai Center for Advanced Leadership
This system combines our unique tools for accelerated personal growth — within the framework of prayer-inspired Divine Guidance — to help people become Champions of what we are terming “Spirit-Led Success” — success characterized by a heightened capacity to Love… Serve… and Glorify God in every choice they make and every action they take.
Release Champions of Spirit-Led Success within your church, and you will change the lives of your entire congregation. This is not hype or great buzz. It is our unconditional guarantee.
The economy has taken its toll and your people are praying for a miracle to extricate themselves from the clutches of failed hopes, dreams and expectations. They want to feel that their lives matter and that they can achieve a modicum of success in every area of their lives: personal, professional and spiritual.
Yes, we are talking about people in your congregation… your community… your charge.
You know — you intimately and often painfully realize — that many of your people want to feel more successful, not to just watch their hopes and dreams die on the vine… unrealized… unfulfilled. They want to WIN their 5 most important missions in, with and through Christ… not just go through the motions, where they constantly find themselves coming up short.
1. Your people desperately want a closer relationship with the Lord, and to embolden their faith. Many desire a closer relationship with the Lord, they want to serve in the fullest extent possible, and they yearn to experience the spiritual fruits of being discipled in and by the power of Jesus. In short, they desire to feel from deep within their own “personal proof of faith ” and glorify Jesus as they do. Spirit-Led Success puts Christ at the center of this prime spiritual mission.
2. Your people desperately want to grow personally each day… to improve their power to produce meaningful results in their lives. Many want to feel alive and vibrant… not weak and aimless. Yes, as you know, people right there in your congregation are praying for deeper faith, and greater success. This cannot be denied. It must be embraced. Spirit-Led Success puts Christ at the center of this all-important second personal mission.
3. Your people seek — and some desperately need — to smooth out the wrinkles in their relationships, to strengthen their marriages and empower all the people in their lives to reduce the drama and enhance the bonds of friendship and love. Spirit-Led Success puts Christ at the center of this all-important third and far-reaching relationship mission.
4. Your people seek — and some desperately need — to find greater meaning and purpose in the church and their community at large. They long to feel needed, and to serve Christ with excitement and enthusiasm. They want to not only lead like Jesus, but to become Disciples in the true sense of the word. Spirit-Led Success puts Christ at the center of this fourth, church/community mission.
5. Finally, many of your people seek — and are desperately praying for a career path — from startup to retirement and beyond — that is both, emotionally and financially rewarding. They want work that makes them feel fulfilled. They want financial freedom. They want to link their spiritual life with their career path… to create a powerful force-multiplier in their lives. Spirit-Led Success puts Christ at the center of this fifth major career/financial mission.
Clearly, to serve your congregation effectively — to remain eternally relevant in people’s lives — you must focus your ministry on EACH of the above issues — Faith, Personal Growth, Relationships, Discipleship and Financial Achievement — not just one or two — as they are completely interrelated and intertwined.
• How much growth will you see in your church if people fail to grow personally?
• How much success will you find in your career if you lack the boldness that accompanies deep and abiding faith?
• How long will relationships last in the vortex of financial turmoil, weakened self-efficacy, self-confidence and self-esteem?
Clearly, Christ has promised to reside at the center of our lives… the center of our key choices and actions. We not only believe this, but accept it as fact.
By helping people zoom in from the 8 miles a minute, 30,000 foot view of their lives where everything is a fuzzy, unfocused blur… down to these 5 key missions… down to the most granular elements of their daily performance… The Believers’ s Guide gives them brilliant insight into:
1. What’s holding them back from the success they desire; and
2. What, specifically, they must do differently to produce the results God expects from them.
No question, your people want answers to some very complex issues that span the spectrum from “Why am I here and what am I supposed to do with the only life I have to live?” to the biggest question of all, “Just how in the world can I make this happen… to live a life of service in His Glory… and achieve outstanding personal, family and financial success?”
Over the years, we have found that success in life is not just a spiritual issue or a secular issue… it is BOTH… and must be addressed accordingly. Which is why we created The Believer’s Guide to Achieving Success On Purpose: Winning YOUR 5 Most Important Missions in Life.
When you receive the Believer’s Guide, you will hold in your hands a ministry tool designed to engage your congregation in a remarkable new form of Discipleship and Leadership… a tool created to deliver Spirit-Led Success throughout your church… a tool prayerfully crafted to help people:
Love God intentionally,
Serve God passionately,
And Glorify God consistently.
As you will see on the various pages on this site, The Believer’s Guide to Achieving Success On Purpose was built from the ground up to help you — both personally and professionally — achieve YOUR 5 most important missions in life: Your Faith Missions… Your Personal Missions… Your Relationship Missions… Your Church/Community Missions… and your Career/Financial Missions.
Simply by reading the first 36 pages of The Believer’s Guide, you will see exactly what we mean, and what this exciting new program is all about. (If you would like to have key members of your congregation review this Guide, you may download it and freely distribute the eBook edition. Click Here to Learn How…)
Our Mission is to create Champions of Spirit-Led Success in your congregation — leaders — leaders who will help your individual members develop a heightened capacity to deliver on Christ’s mandate to Love, Serve and Glorify God in our very being.
You will find that this program is easy to implement and will produce immediate positive results. It helps people systematically arrive at a brand new Starting Point for their walk with Jesus… a powerful new point of conviction that naturally leads them to seek and summon the courage to BE like Jesus is … and… DO like Jesus would have them to do!
All we ask is that for you to:
1. Review this system with a discerning heart;
2. Pray for guidance; and
3. Give your seed copies to men / women in your church who are interested in helping others achieve a higher level of commitment to the Word.
We realize that the times are very challenging, and that your charge to grow a vital, living church — to actually BECOME CHRIST’S BODY ON EARTH — is more challenging than ever before.
We understand that you understand “the status quo danger.” The reality is if the status quo to is permitted to reign, over time people in your church will struggle to find hope and personal “relevance” in their lives in Christ. However, by systematically and prayerfully promoting a higher standard of excellence to everyone within your congregation, your church will position itself for fulfilling God’s Purposes on earth.
But as we say repeatedly, knowing your Divine Purpose is only half the equation.
Once you have answered the question Pastor Rick Warren raised in The Purpose Driven Life — “What on Earth Am I Here For” — you have an even bigger, far more challenging question to answer…
Just How In The World Am I
Going to Make this Happen?
The answer is to Perform On Purpose… to become a Success On Purpose. The Believer’s Guide contains the tools needed by every member of your congregation to accomplish this. (Think of the Believer’s Guide as a program that systematically delivers Personal Success ~ With Divine Guidance.)
Over the years, we have helped thousands of ministers, pastors, lay-pastors, Christian Counselors (to name a few) improve their personal effectiveness through our Olympic-styled training programs…
1. By first mastering your FUNdamentals.
2. Training to Train.
3. Training to Compete. And ultimately…
4. Training to WIN.
It is by taking this holistic, sequential approach to using your God-given talents to their fullest… to turn them into hard-edge skills with which you will achieve all your goals — personal, professional and spiritual — that you will fulfill God’s Plan for your life.
As performance experts, we are guided by the notion that God definitely cares about how well a person manages his or her time. Only He knows how much time we have remaining with which to fulfill our Purpose and achieve all that we were meant to accomplish.
David recognized this and writes in Psalm 39:4-5:
“Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.”
Time is our most precious resource.
It is also the most perishable, as once each
fleeting moment has passed, it is gone forever.
Thus, it is critical that we not only master the art of handling life’s urgencies as needed but that we also…
Strategically invest the precious time we possess in the
pursuit of that which is inspired by purpose
and driven by Spirit-filled intent.
This is not just a good idea, but God’s Will for our life. The Bible, the inerrant Word of God, instructs us to manage our time well. The Apostle Paul makes a critical point in his letter to the Ephesians. He taught the young Christians there to “live a life worthy of the calling [they had] received” (Ephesians 4:1); to be “imitators of God” (5:1); to “live as children of light” (v. 8); and “be very careful…how you live — not as unwise but as wise” (v. 15). He then drove home his primary point, exhorting the Ephesian Christians to “redeem the time” because of the evil of the day (v. 16). If you wish to avoid being foolish and desire to understand the Lord’s will, you will redeem (buy, get or win back) the time (v. 17).
Yes, your time and your performance is absolutely critical to getting the results you want each day… and WHY your Time Quotient (TQ) is such a big deal. Your TQ reflects your ability to produce positive Results over Time and is the formula for enduring success: TQ=Results/Time. Produce greater Results and do it in less Time, you move quickly towards success. Produce fewer Results and take more Time to do it, you drift downwards towards failure. (After all, how successful will you be if you constantly fail to produce the results expected… by you… by your congregation… by Him? Think about it.)
We highly recommend that you personally take the Believer’s TQ Test now to see how well you match up to our Gold Standard of personal and professional excellence.
Virtually EVERY person who takes our tests confide that it was one of the most eye-opening experiences of their life. Click Here to see how well you are using your God-given talents and gifts…
This brief test will bring a new, refreshing level of clarity to your life in terms of who you are in your personal and/or professional service in Christ. But realize… this is only one tool in the entire system of resources found in The Believer’s Guide.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9-11 (NIV)
We will now address the broader issue of how to get people out of their comfort zones — out of the pews — and to, as St. Teresa of Avila so beautifully expressed, BECOME the body of Christ on earth… as He has no hands… no feet… no eyes… no ears… no body on earth but yours.
One of the greatest issues facing the Christian world as a whole, is that people lack a clear connection between the Holy Word… the choices they make… and the actions they take each day.
They lack CLARITY of values… clarity of vision… clarity of roles… thus they never find true CONVICTION and the COURAGE to take fully COMMITTED action. (What you will come to know as the 4 C’s of The Winner’s Mindset. This is where our book, Success On Purpose leads the way for all who go through the Believer’s Guide.)
As you know, we ALL desperately need Clarity…
As a Christian leader, you understand that:
- Clarity defines where we should go and not go.
- Clarity identifies the right and wrong practices of our lives.
- Clarity establishes the vision for achieving the most important missions in life.
And yet, many followers of Jesus lack clarity in terms of the choices they make, the values they hold, the roles they play, specific visions they would like to accomplish, and their purpose of living:
They find it difficult to “connect the dots” between the teachings
of their Bibles and the daily practices of their lives.
They find it difficult to say on the inside: “I know I’m living according
to God’s design for my life. I know it each day I am alive.” (And mean it.)
The Believer’s Guide solves this problem.
By using the Believer’s Guide to put Christ at the center of their 5 most important missions in life, people find the missing elements critical to both spiritual and personal success: Direction and Directions.
Build Champions of Spirit-Led Success within your congregation, and you will see exactly what we mean. You will see people with a heightened capacity to DO Christ’s work on earth: To LOVE more… to SERVE better… and to GLORIFY God by becoming all they are meant to be.
This measurable, systematic, sequential process of spiritual and personal growth has been value-priced so every member of your congregation can participate in it. It is highly supported and the materials easy to distribute. We have configurations for Life Groups, Couples, Individuals and Large Groups. To order additional copies, see our Products Section…
We have had substantial success over the last 17 years in helping people from all walks of life, throughout the world. As you look out from your pulpit to the faces in your congregation, you will see those who, together, we can immediately help:
- The overwhelmed single mom working 2 jobs… and is losing hope by the minute…
- The shocked man of 57 who has just been “right sized” out of his six-figure job… and is now a temp at Home Depot assembling grills and gazebos…
- The heartbroken 52 year old woman who just lost her husband of 30 years… and has to start over from scratch…
- The highly successful Entrepreneur who is now looking to make a big difference in his community… and the world at large…
- The struggling, newly-married twenty-somethings… who are facing staggering student loan debt and all they have to show for their education so far is a 3 inch stack of job rejection letters…
- The highly skilled men and women returning from service in the Gulf… and no jobs to return to…
- The middle aged couple who is in marriage counseling for the third time… trying to find a shared sense of value and purpose… a reason to keep their marriage alive…
- The mom and pop grocery store owners who have been praying for a miracle… to keep their little shop alive in the face of staggering competition… and are slowing working themselves to death…
- The woman who has shattered the glass ceiling and is now looking for a bigger challenge… and a lot more meaning in her life.
- People battling clinical depression… battling cancer… battling all forms of medical issues who need to look beyond their illnesses… and find a REASON for hope… a REASON to put their whole heart into the battle.
- People who have given up all HOPE for living their dreams… people who have lost the COURAGE to see themselves WINNING… people who have started to believe that the worst of life is inevitable… and there is nothing they can do to turn their lives around.
The common thread is people who are looking to renew, restore, reinvigorate and recreate their lives… and are looking for the Starting Point for making the REST of their lives, the BEST of their lives.
Our prayer is that you take this message seriously and pass this system along to those who are committed to achieving Spirit-Led Success.
Once again, all we ask is for you to…
- Review this system with a discerning heart.
- Pray for guidance as you do.
- Give your seed copies to a man or woman in your community of believers or personal sphere of influence who is interested in helping others achieve a higher level of commitment to the Word. These are your “Champions:” your Champions of Spirit-led Success.”
If you have any questions, and want to discuss this program further, please contact us…
Gregory H. Cunningham and the entire
Believer’s System Development Team