The Gifts I’d Like to Give…Affirmation

And now to Him, who through His power at work within us is able to do infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or imagine, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus today, tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day and for all eternity, Amen!

Ephesians 3:20-21

We’re doing a series of  posts to finish  the year examining gifts that our team can “pay forward” to the churches and leaders we serve, so they in turn can help the families they serve to have an experience of church similar to mine. Today’s gift is the gift of affirmation.

All too often, we as Christians fail to remind one another of the value each of us represents to the work of the Kingdom and to recognize and encourage one another in our daily work.

There are no second class citizens in the Kingdom of Heaven, or in the Kingdom Christ is building here on Earth. It’s pretty incredible that God doesn’t just want desire a relationship with all of us, but “through His power at work within us” He offers us the opportunity to partner with Him as He reestablishes His Kingdom here. We’re incredibly encouraged when we see other Christ-followers doing the work of the Kingdom and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to call attention to their work through the resources available to us.

Affirmation of those doing God’s work is also important because of the resistance to change they encounter in the course of doing their work. One thing that hasn’t changed about human nature since Jesus’ day is the tendency for some religious leaders to feel very threatened when new movements question long established patterns of thinking and behavior, especially when the leaders of those movements don’t have the “proper” training or credentials.

When I first saw this video, I thought of Jesus and the apostles, even though there’s nothing about the video that’s “Christian.” Jesus gives us the power to change the world. His followers who believe in His promises to the point they’re crazy enough to try will be the ones He’ll use to change the world. Our team will seek to affirm them.

Please consider including Key Ministry in your year-end giving plans. Your gifts to our Annual Fund Campaign make possible the provision of all the training, consultation, resources and support at no charge to the churches we serve. Online contributions can be made through our ministry website. We are also seeking friends to serve as advocates for Key Ministry with the Missions Board or Stewardship Committee of their local churches. Please contact Rebecca Hamilton at rebecca@keyministry.org for more information.

About drgrcevich

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Medical Director of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland, and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health.
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