After reading Hirschman in Module/Week 7 and the Falwell text, reflect on and synthesize what these authors have had to say about pursuing a “BHAG” (God-sized vision) for your life and ministry. What will it take for you to leave seminary equipped with the faith to do something that is bigger than yourself? In your thread, describe where you are now and where you want to be at the end of your seminary studies. Then strategize about what it will take to get from here to where God is calling you.

The You Are Not the Only One Ministry began the last week of December 2009. To date the ministry has reached persons in 135 Countries. (Revised) [1] The “BHAG” (God-sized vision) for this ministry is to reach all of the countries in the world for Christ.  The first day of the ministry was superlative.  People everywhere wanted to know how they could overcome some of the worse obstacles in life; i.e. rape, spousal abuse, emotional torment,and abandonment. People were also posting prayer requests and praise reports repeatedly.

 The ministry experienced a loss two years ago when Wynette Hendrix, a vital member of the ministry, went home to Jesus.  The period of grieving for Wynette Hendrix lasted for over one year. Joyce was still in university and the health problems that existed in Joyce’s life were getting worse with each month.

Picking up the pieces of the ministry was difficult for Joyce as the dream lingered in the back of her mind.  Jerry Falwell proposed that in order for an individual to have a God-sized dream they must put it on as if it were a “coat . . . then take possession of it”.[2]  In order for this ministry to grow to the level of the “BHAG” Joyce must once again wear the “BHAG”.  Falwell pointed out that growing an individual’s faith requires planning and working out that plan.[3] This is a strategy that Joyce must implement with fidelity for the dream to be realized.

David Hirschman’s thesis of the Liberty University dream demonstrated that a leader’s vision must be so strong that it is embedded into the thought processes of all who are involved with the ministry.[4] Learning how to spread the passion for Christ among the ministry members as Falwell did is another step of faith building that Joyce must develop.[5] Falwell recalled numerous obstacles as the dream of Liberty University unfolded; however mountain moving faith sustained the dream.[6]  The spiritual need for more time in prayer, fasting, and Bible study to rebuild the dream that started the You Are Not the Only One ministry is a dire one because “[some things will not change through any means other than] by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21 KJV).[7]

            Seminary training will empower the dream as the “spirit man” within Joyce is fed, and spiritual leadership skills are developed. The utilization of more search engines is a strategy that will increase the visibility of the ministry.  Launching an advertisement acceptance agreement will also increase the visibility of the ministry. The “BHAG” is a humanly impossible dream, but “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). If Joyce has to wait for God to send the right people who are serious about praying for the needs of others, or who are willing to use the Share Jesus resources to share Jesus with a dying and fallen world then so be it. Each individual is called to disciple others. The “burn” must be there; the desire to be obedient to the call of the Lord on their life must be there. Teaching, training, and sharing can only occur with people who want to be trained, taught, and discipled.  Giving people things is not sharing Jesus. They will just come back for more thing, but not to know more about Jesus.  History has proven this to be the case. Joyce is excited about what God will do with the ministry and is trusing him to strengthen her as he uses her to reach others.

NB: I hope that this helps you to read this BHAG.

[1] Joyce E. Gerald, “You Are Not the Only One,” You Are Not the Only One (BLOG), December 29, 2009, , .

[2] Jerry Falwell, Dr., Building Dynamic Faith (Nashville, TN: World Publishing, 2005), location 534, Kindle.

[3] Falwell, Building Dynamic, location 953.

[4] David V. Hirschman, “An Examination of the Significant Factors Motivating Early Liberty University Ministerial Graduates to Envision and Pursue Ambitious Ministry Opportunities” (Master’s thesis, Lynchburg, Virginia Liberty University, 2010), Chapter 3,

[5] Falwell, Building Dynamic, location 2068.

[6] Ibid

[7] Unless otherwise noted, all biblical passages referenced are in the King James Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009).


Falwell, Jerry, Dr. Building Dynamic Faith. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2005. Kindle. 

Hirschman, David W. “An Examination of the Significant Factors Motivating Early Liberty University Ministerial Graduates to Envision and Pursue Ambitious Ministry Opportunities.” PhD diss., Liberty                        University, 2010


SEMI 500 Liberty University Fall 2014

This Discussion Board Forum assignment is going to be a little different than the average discussion board assignment. In your thread, you will write a proposed final chapter to be included in the book, They Found the Secret. This will be chapter 21, and you will be the focus of the chapter. In the subject line, you will title the thread using the following model: Chapter 21 – [Your Name]: The [Adjective] Life. An example of what is required for this thread is provided by one of our instructors in the Assignment Instructions folder.

Joyce Gerald experienced conversion to the Christian faith during her early teens.  She gave her life to Christ after the death of her grandmother.  She wanted to be in heaven with her grandmother. She had no knowledge of God’s grace and or how much He loved His people, outside of the fact that Jesus came and suffered a horrendous death just for her. It gave her the opportunity to become a child of God.  Her understanding of the coming of Christ and its implications for her life was limited. On the advice of her pastor, she started a study into the book of Proverbs.  She read the book of Revelation and realized that a life devoid of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit would be a life without the faith, trust, and hope in God. A life that would be unconnected to God was not for her.  Like Samuel Logan, she had a burning desire to experience the Joy of the Lord. She wanted the peace that came with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.[1] This desire led her to join a church that believed in the laying on of hands after baptism to receive the Holy Spirit. She became a new person in Christ.


She was now unchained like John Bunyan. [2] After baptism, she experienced a peace that she had never experienced before in her Christian walk. This was adjustment number one for her.  She knew that no matter how challenging her life was God would always be there right beside her.  Just as Adoniram Judson Gordon stated, “As we become more deeply instructed in this matter, we shall learn to pray less about the details of duty and more about the fullness of power.”[3] The thirst for more and more of Him and less of her fueled her knowledge quest.  She listened to numerous radio evangelists.  Dr. David Jeremiah began a series on the Book of Revelation. Her need to share this knowledge with others was intense.  Her understanding of the love of God and His plan for mankind was adjustment number two for her.  God had given her a strong voice and a passion for music.  She was determined to be a musical evangelist.  She was as committed to this as Halverson.[4]  His “I am committed’ statements were the tenets for her life. She turned the television on one Sunday morning and heard the preaching of Jerry Falwell.  She understood more clearly the how and way of faith.  She also understood why God had always supplied her needs.  She simply believed that He would, and He did.

The quest for more knowledge of the Lord and how to serve and share His love with others continued.  A friend introduced her to the work of Ravi Zacharias.  Christian apologetics became a love of hers. This love for apologetics was adjustment number three.   She was not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but she was an introvert.  How could she reach people for the kingdom of God when she worked full-time?

Social media were her last opportunity to reach the masses.  She started an online ministry, with the admin team, that grew exponentially within a week from a few friends to thousands of friends.  Praying for the sick, the discouraged, and talking to the unchurched became a nightly experience for her and another leadership team member.  The Lord led her to start an online devotional blog with her friend Wyn.  She reached her goal of witnessing to the world through that blog.  To date, people from one hundred and thirty-five countries have visited the blog [This sentence revised to reflect the current statistics.]  She won the battle against her will and her efforts and succumbed to the will of God in her life.[5] The journey is ot over the BHAG is yet to be achieved.


Edman, V. Raymond. They Found the Secret: Twenty Transformed Lives That Reveal a Touch of Eternity. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1984.


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