Sunday, April 9, 2017

ministry/leadership experience

Ministry Experience: 
DOB: 12/1953   
                                                                    
Teaching and preaching (starting from the present):

·      I lead/facilitate two Missional Communities (though different in significant ways, these are often referred to as home group fellowships in many circles). I also lead a men's weekly mentoring/discipleship group.

·      Currently going through Galatians with our men's group, the gospel of John with one MC and I Peter with another. I also continue to mentor the gentlemen who took over my class back in San Diego. Some of my past classes are recorded and available upon request. Donations for recorded material are appreciated but not required. 

·      I taught an adult Sunday school class at my former church from the fall of 2003 until May of 2015 when I relocated. 

Classes taught: 

Job, Romans twice, Daniel, Revelation, Survey of the Bible, Genesis, Hebrews, I John (tag teamed), The commands of Christ. Christ: Who he is, what he did and why he did it (covered in John 13-17), II Corinthians.

·      Have been managing http://thotsaboutgod.blogspot.com since 2010. 

·      Wrote and anticipate publishing "HOW WELL DO I KNOW GOD.” (Subtitled “KNOWING GOD, THE ONLY FOUNDATION AND FOUNTAIN OF LASTING FULFILLMENT”). Included in this work is a commentary of Romans 6-8. I plan to edit and publish once additional resources are available. Some excerpts are available on this blog.

·      Taught one year at a private Christian Hi School near Boston Massachusetts, approximately 24 years ago. I taught biology and psychology. I was also an assistant to the principle, bus driver and basketball coach. (I was only their the second year of operation and taught one year as the school did not reopen the year after due to lack of funding)

·      Gave the Sunday morning message twice a month at the Bolton, Massachusetts Pre-release Prison for approximately 2½ years, from 1990 to 1993. Delivered two messages per visit (due to separate services for men and women). I shared this responsibility with my pastor and another lay minister in my church.

·      Have a B.A. in biblical studies with a minor emphasis in philosophy and psychology from Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University). I also love history, particularly church history.

Additional ministry leadership:

·      In addition to things mentioned above, I co-led one of the men’s discipleship programs at my former church in San Diego from 2007 until I moved in 2015. I met with 5 to 7 men weekly for discipleship.

·      Mentored several men one on one in my previous church who are all in leadership rolls within their respective churches.

·      I have lead different home groups as a lay pastor for approximately 25 years. 

·      Though not in ministry in the conventional sense, but relevant to encouraging and supporting others, I was a residential counselor in the mental health field for 8 years. 

·      I was a summer intern at Kittanning Reformed Church, Kittanning, PA., the summer of 1977 as part of my college graduation requirement. This involved being an assistant to the Pastor with some pulpit duties, youth director and taught an adult Sunday School Class during that summer.

·      I have never been in "full time" or "vocational" ministry but always in business. I am glad to share the story of why I went to Bible College yet landed in business if interested. 

I also offer business coaching and consulting on training, building, working and motivating a companies sales team, therefore the following is a history of my business experience as well.

Business leadership experience:

Aug 2015 to present, Kiosk Prepaid: Distributor. A start up company offering an array of financial services (ATM, bill paying, payroll check cashing, wiring of funds, debit card, gift card purchase and redemption, phone top off) through a one stop financial kiosk. Also offered to be the assistant to the National Sales Director once the company fully launches.

Sept 2010 to present, KB Gold: They offer a simple precious metals (primarily gold) savings account. The company opened in the USA June 6th, 2010. Started part time. Built a team of affiliates with approximately 12000 affiliates in over 15 countries.

Dec 2009 to Jan 2011, Advisors Choice Network: A financial services marketing business. Promoted to "Vice President" March of 2010. Built a sales team of 150 reps in 32 states during our time there but the company ran into challenges and dissolved in 2011.

1998 to 2008, F F Associates: Asset protection, estate planning. Began as a sales rep, promoted to sales manager within a year. Became a full partner after 2 years. Took over the business with a new partner in 2000 when the original owner retired. Phased the business down in 2007 and closed in 2008.

1990 to 1998, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Worked in mental health and mental disability part time as a residential counselor.

1980-1991, A. L. Williams and Associates:  A financial service marketing company. Started part time and reached the position of "Regional Vice President" in 12 months. Eventually became a Senior Vice President with 13 Regional Vice Presidents total on our team. Opened two separate offices, the first in Virginia, and the second in Massachusetts and built a sales team from scratch out of each office.

What I have most 
to offer of value is what I have learned from my mistakes more then from my successes. The most important things we learn are learned best when our independent efforts do not work.

God speed



In the 46 years I have been walking with the Lord, one of my biggest passions has been spiritual formation i.e. how does God changes us. What are the essential realities/truths we must learn, first about God, then about ourselves, for this change to occur? 

To say it another way, why do we do what we do, how can we be freed from those things we wish we didn't do and released to flourish and do the things we were created to do. What is it we need to see about God and ourselves so we can increasingly become more the person God designed us to be for his greatest glory and our greatest joy. 

Only God can change you (though you certainly play a vital part). To help facilitate this spiritual change/formation for others, I offer the following.

· "Life skills"coaching/mentoring: 
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·  Preaching: 
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·  Teaching: 
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Jim Deal