I've listened to three video podcasts from Mars Hill. I try to fly below the radar on popular Christian personalities/books/music etc, but I have been learning many things and experiencing conviction in many areas of my life.
I've never realized the connection between apostolic leadership and discernment. Growing up I observed that God gave me the gift of discernment, but it was not until I joined staff with Campus Crusade that I experienced my apostolic leadership giftings.
Mark Driscoll shared in one of the video podcasts the necessity of discernment in his life as he planted and grew Mars Hill. My intern Dan is a fan of Driscoll, but more importantly is also gifted in apostolic leadership and (surprise!) the gift of discernment.
Some of my discerning abilities comes from living in a broken home and around indirect communicators. I developed 'long antennas' that could understand body language, verbal cues, and other forms of non-verbal communication. Also a severe distrust of authority figures produced a constant questioning/thinking/perceiving of people.
I'm thankful that God has redeemed this part of me and for its connection to ministry. As He has allowed me to be a part of many start-ups in ministry, I've been able to apply the gift of discernment for kingdom purposes.
My intern Dan and Driscoll have encouraged me to apply this gift even more. It can feel pretentious to be able to discern issues and realities in the lives of others, but as Dan and Driscoll have used their gift in my life through, I have certainly benefitted and been pushed towards deeper transformation and surrender in my life.
Have you been a part of starting up something, either in ministry or elsewhere? What role did discernment play in the process?
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