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Saturday, March 20, 2010


Patrick Norris

Reading your thoughts brought a story I heard to mind. Dr. Jane Stephens of the Amani Foundation in Winston-Salem went to visit Maya Angelou for counsel before starting her non-profit. Dr. Angelou told her to do 3 things:
1. See if there was anyone else already doing what she wanted to do. If not, go ahead.
2. Get young people involved. They have more energy and passion.
3. Do something (small) everyday to move it forward.

If indigenous leadership is your goal - find college or high school students from the area and start a leadership academy for as long as it takes. Do something small everyday to build them. You might start in the elementary schools with leadership training (Chick Fil A has curriculum for leadership development for public schools.) Your legacy will be the young leaders you build.

I saw "Visioneering" in your book favorites - it is a great book on being patient for God to bring the vision to pass. Stay faithful and let your holy discontent drive you.

Katrina Pelters

Kirsten, Having been with you from the start, all I can say is I am praying for you. I know that you are totally God led and that your faith will continue to show you areas of growth. They aren't always easy areas or ones that we wish to see.


my heart broke reading this because in reality, this is the truth for many ministries at many churches.

I agree that we totally need to make developing indigenous leaders and building relationships a higher priority than creating great experiences.

I understand how hard it is to hand of things to someone "less qualified" but that is the beauty of reproducing. If you truly apprentice someone, you will not be throwing them out of the frying pan into the fire, but leading them into the position. That is the beauty of Jesus. He called fishermen to follow him, not some snobby pharisee wanna-bes.

I love your honesty and openness here. This is where God can really truly use you Kirsten, cast vision like wild- call for more radical Jesus like love and then keep re-evaluating.

It's been a whirlwind, and I feel blessed to have watched the past 4 years as all of this has happened, and pray for you, your family and this ministry.

Thank you...

Dave Lewis


I'm there with you...I get what you are saying. We sometimes have had to reject the help of well meaning church folks in favor of developing indigenous leadership. Like you stated, it takes time for that to happen, so we have to be committed, from the beginning, to digging in and establishing roots in the community. We have found, as you have, that there are plenty of people who want to drive into our inner-city community from their suburban homes and churches to help out, but not one who will intentionally move here for the purpose of joining God on mission and making an impact in people's lives. For one, it means stepping out of their comfort zone, and also requires a great deal of sacrifice that most people, even well meaning Christians, are not willing to make. Many are called but few are chosen. Some people are wired for inner-city ministry in such a way that they see the needs and dig in, often at the expense of leaving people out of the blessing of serving others. I'm like that! I often prefer to do it myself than to hand it off to someone, "less qualified." I am learning (after 4 years into this) that others can do as good of a job as I can when I am willing to let go and let them serve. maybe it's a bit messy that way (sometimes) but I believe God is glorified in the seemingly messy, less organized efforts of those we have been charged with the task of eqipping and raising up.

Like you, I'm always on a learning curve and willing to change things up, even if it hurts. I can't hold it against other Christians if they don't get as excited about my ministry as I do, and when they don't quite see things the way I do.

Keep up the great work and may we continue to encourage one another through prayer and sharing our war stories

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