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Have you ever sat in the dark, lost, alone? Your problems overwhelming you. You are at your wit’s end. YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE!! We have all been there at one time or another in our life.

This blog is the result of a joint ministry. It was originally the brainchild of Wynette Hendrick and Joyce Gerald, responding to the Lord’s call to ministry. Others have joined the ministry team, and Wynette went to join her heavenly Father in 2012. At that
time, Joyce, who had been writing devotionals for the blog since its beginning, became the primary contributor to the blog.  The blog is also a part of the Egg Angels Ministry Team which began fall of 2009 on Facebook.

Statement of Faith

Watch Joyce talk about the origins of this ministry:

Joyce’s Author’s Page for the You Are Not The Only One – a devotional book.

The book publisher’s page for the book.

MISSION

The mission of the Egg Angels Ministry  Team is to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) by being living examples of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While sharing the good news of God’s sacrificial offering of his Son for mankind and the grace, he extends to mankind through Jesus Christ.

“How we do mission flows from our understanding of God’s Mission, and the establishment of a biblical foundation that directs and shapes our daily behavior as authentic servants of God. (Wheeler and Whaley, 2012, p. 106) To be authentic servants, we must accept God’s invitation to participate in His mission in our neighborhoods, in our communities, and around the world. Tall order? Only if we are not willing to be obedient to God’s call on our lives.

VISION

Discipleship requires a well-developed plan, training, skills, a tenacity. However, a plan without a vision is not implementable. The five “Vs” of discipleship demonstrates empowerment by God and the Holy Spirit. God must cast the vision, determine the values, become the focal point of the views, and provide the vehicles to drive the implementation of the discipleship process. The plan below will address these areas as well as the verifiers that will provide empirical evidence of the effectiveness of the plan.

The vision of the Egg Angels Ministry Team (EAMT)is to utilize social media, the internet, and its devotional blog to faithfully engage the team in The Great Commission. It is powered by the Holy Spirit in obedience to God’s will for mankind as it reaches people groups all over the world for the Kingdom of God. This ministry is not a regional one. This vision is a “BHAG” (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). [1] Due to the vastness of the internet and the current qualitative data that is available on the site, the ministry is reaching out to groups of varying ages and ethnicity. It envisions reaching individuals of various religious backgrounds. The EAMT follows the directive referenced in Ephesians 4:12 New International Version (NIV), “equip [God’s] people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” [2] The building up of the saints is part of The Great Commandment of Matt. 22:36–40 and The New Commandment of John 13:34. The team demonstrates the love of God by its obedience to him, and it reflects its love of humanity in its dedication to The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20. Obedience to God is indicative of the manner in which the team adheres to relational examples of the early church in Acts 2:42-47. It follows the organizational structure of roles and responsibilities of leaders and members detailed in Ephesians 4:11-16. The goal of this ministry is to proclaim Jesus Christ to the world following the edict of Col. 1:28-29. This “BHAG” is not one that is humanly possible. However, Jerry Falwell, the visionary leader who started Liberty University, encouraged Liberty seminary students by stating, “God wants you to have dreams that are bigger than your life.” [3] The EAMT also believes that God wants its vision to be God-sized. When the vision is God-Sized, it results in him receiving the praise glory and honor that is due to him.

VALUES

The EAMT values servant-leadership that is Christ-centered. Its core values are:

Core values with scripture references

The scriptural references in this table speak to the expected behaviors of the team leaders and or members of the ministry. They confirm the biblical expectations of the team. The centrality of Christ that powered Pauline theology powers the team’s values (Colossians 1:16-19, 2:6, 3:1-4, the book of Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, 1 and 2 Corinthians). The Lord directs us to, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone [however, this cannot be achieved without being] . . . holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Heb. 12:14). McNeal encapsulated the vision and values of the EA ministry with this statement,

Great spiritual leaders bless people. Depending on their sphere of influence, this blessing may extend to those in their organization, their spiritual tribe, a region, an entire nation, the whole human race—whoever populates their leadership constellation. Great spiritual leaders are not just given to great issues; they are given to people. In the end, this capacity to bless is the deciding category that elevates them to greatness in spiritual leadership. The spiritual enterprise is about enhancing peoples’ lives. God is in the people business. [6]

The enhancement of people’s lives requires thoughtful views that provide a clear perspective of the ministry and where it is going. Each member of the team knows their role and also who their support persons are.

VIEWS

The most important ministry perspectives for the EAMT  are; disciple/discipleship, coaching/mentoring, leader/leadership, and ministry. The EAMT is not a brick and mortar ministry it is solely online. The construct of “multiplying” leaders for growing the Kingdom of God through small group cells is a central theme behind the concept of discipleship. [7] Dave Earley and Rod Dempsey expounded on the importance of this perspective, “The world is growing by multiplication, and yet, too often the church is trying to grow through addition. In order to catch up with, and keep pace with, the multiplying population of the world, we must multiply multipliers.” [8]

Joel Comisky described the early church and how discipleship was demonstrated, “In all three of the major passages (Eph. 4; Rom. 12; 1 Co. 12-14) in which Paul talks about the body of Christ, he defines each member’s role by his or her corresponding gifts. In fact, when Paul talks about the church as the body of Christ, the implication is that the believers exercised their spiritual gifts. They had the opportunity to interact among themselves.” [9] The EAMT has already conducted a spiritual gifts survey with its members.

It is important that the persons whom the online ministry disciples has an opportunity to become a member of a local community. Knowing this it is essential that this online ministry reaches out to brick and mortar ministries that have a proven and effective track record of discipleship, “multiplying” and growing the saints. [10] An individual gifted in the area of administration was assigned to this task. Due to this person’s death, a new individual is being trained in how to carry out this vital role.

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[1] Dave Hirschman, “Leaving LUBTS with a BHAG” (lecture, Video of Lecture, SEMI 500-D13 LUO, Week 7, Liberty University, Fall 2014, December 4, 2014).
[2] Unless otherwise noted, all biblical passages referenced are in the New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009).
[3] Jerry Falwell, Building Dynamic Faith (Nashville, TN: World Publishing, 2005), Locations 573-574, Kindle.
[4] Reggie McNeal, Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2006), Location 253, Kindle.
[5] Donald S. Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life Study Guide (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2014).
[6] Reggie McNeal, Practicing Greatness: Location 2754, Kindle.
[7] Dave Earley and Rod Dempsey, Disciple Making Is…: How to Live the Great Commission with Passion and Confidence. (Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2013), Location2085, Kindle.
[8] Ibid., Location 2080-2081, Kindle
[9] Joel Comiskey, Body of Christ in Cell-Based Ministry as a Positive Factor for Church Growth in Latin America, PhD diss., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1997 (Moreno Valley,CA: Joel Comiskey Group, 2008), accessed December 1, 2014, http://www.joelcomiskeygroup.com/articles/dissertation/index.html.
[10] Dave Earley and Rod Dempsey, Disciple Making Is… Location 2079, Kindle.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joyce
    Feb 25, 2015 @ 10:00:54

    Praise Report: Hey Luz, I want to thank everyone for lifting my name up to Our Heavenly Father in prayer for healing. Partway through my treatment today I overheard the technician calling for the doctor. After about five minutes the treatment was finished and we spoke with the doctor who proceeded to tell us that the tumor was no longer there. God be praised and God bless you all, love, Hector and Guddy

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  2. Shawn Eaglin
    Apr 21, 2016 @ 09:08:46

    I would like to receive devotionals daily

    Reply

  3. Joyce/EM
    Jun 10, 2016 @ 22:37:06

    Shawn if you registered each time a devotional is posted you should receive it 🙂

    Reply

  4. Trackback: Joyce’s book of Devotionals | You're Not the Only One

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