A number of years ago, God put a vision on my heart to enhance our recovery ministry at Campus Church with an expanded agenda and a new name. After some added prayer and meditation, I asked 12 important people in my life to pray about it, and then again, after a few months I went to 2 Elders and the Preacher with the idea.
At first it met with more questions than answers but as usual after a short period of time I met with the entire church staff. There were some objections raised that were legitimate but I paused, knowing in my heart that this idea was not only seen, but prayed for, and I calmly responded in a thoughtful and confident way.
Several weeks later with the same staff, the preacher opened the meeting with these words "You guys must be praying hard for this change because I can't honestly find anything to deny it, so let us know what you need". That was the beginning of Across The Bridge.
Now You See It, Then You Say It, Then You Be It
Plans which are envisioned from above, sanctioned from above, and though looking highly impossible at times, cannot be stopped if they are the will of God. You can surely stop the will of Glenn, but never the will of God. And to carry them out requires courage and strength to experience push back and growing pains. If you are going to lead you must believe with a rock steady faith that God will provide a way.
So now I am going to say what I have just seen after thinking of this, praying, speaking with others and believing fully in my heart that this day will come sometime in the near future, and I am asking you to pray about it to verify its' existence. If it passes your prayers, then we will move forward:
Lost and Found
A place for those lost in life
A place for those who wonder who God is
A place for the homeless
A place for the addicted who want change
I realize that after 25 years of recovery ministry and taking a break to provide for my family and myself that God is not calling me back into the same place, but a new place with a bold mission right here in the USA. Whether it is in Alabama or Georgia I cannot tell you now, but the prayers and time will provide the answers.
And in the final decade or two of my life, I will go out His way, not my way (not much for retirement or golf anyway). And, make no mistake about it, this Church will not be for the feint of heart, but only for those who understand the true meaning of that song so eloquently sung by Anita this past Sunday, Amazing Grace!
I once was lost, now I am found. Now You See It, Then You Say It.......let's see where God takes this vision, please pray about it!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.