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pillaging ministries for Prophet

February21

So…

I may well have the coolest job in the world. I might shy away from referring to it as a “calling”. But, I really enjoy the work I do. And, I see evidence, daily, that it’s meaningful.

There are many aspects to what I do. But, relevant to the line-of-thinking tied to this post is my efforts around and through men who start businesses from a “best practices” standpoint – and, also ministries (which are a form of business, but not necessarily oriented around best practices).

I’m guessing I’ll discuss that latter topic on a broader scale later (the list of topics I ache to share is endless, and my energy boundless).

But, readers of this Blog already know that.

In any event, I’m going to share a brief exchange I’ve had in the last twenty four hours with John. He is my good and dear friend. He is struggling. But, it’s a healthy and worthy (possibly noble) form of struggle. It’s cool being around it. Especially having the sense that’s it’s going to end well.

By the way… And, don’t bother rolling your eyes… John is likely a kind of Prophet. And, like many Biblically-oriented figures he often can’t heal himself. But, like any good flame, good things could be drawn to it.

Is this John’s Kobayashi Maru? Or, is my role in walking with such men an example of that un-winnable test always demonstrating, and proves, character development is the best result?

In any event, here’s the exchange. Make of it what you will, or must. I certainly will. In fact, I’ve already started thinking about drawing lines of corollary  thought relative to Charles Darwin, men who think they should start ministries, and the gene-pool (this does not include John).

On Feb 18, 2010, at 6:46 PM, John XXXX wrote:

“Thoughts on doing both e29 and ministry?

Does my passion for ministry exclude the need for work? Is ministry the work?

Ideas coming to mind? You know me and know my heart.  And, you will speak candidly to me.

That’s what I need right now.

Peace & Favor,

John”

What came to my mind, and from my heart:

“I’ve always felt that good work was a form of Ministry in it’s own right.

Show me a man who is evangelistic over his products and services, and you’ll see a man on fire in the belief that he is helping people, supporting his family, and honoring God in more ways than I could describe in this email.

I might humbly use myself as an example. I see evidence, every day, that I am making a keen difference in the lives of good people around me. My own daughter describes my work simply as: “Daddy helps people”.

You know… The Nordic (because there were several varieties) Vikings believed that Valhalla was a  place you went to fight, drink and wench for eternity. This was a reward for doing great work (pillaging was more a hobby) on earth using the skills and strength God (in a manner of speaking) gave them.

…maybe… Just maybe, one reason Ministries fail more often than even secular business startups is because the instigators start on the wrong foot with poorly formed financial models, certainly flawed market validation, and  – and worse, desires.”

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

5 Comments to

“pillaging ministries for Prophet”

  1. Avatar February 22nd, 2010 at 4:38 pm Drew Tilghman Says:

    i like this, brian. it rings true, and it comes at a very good time for me. i appreciate your perspective.


  2. Avatar February 22nd, 2010 at 7:48 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    Hello Drew.

    Can you tell me a bit about the current path?

    I’ll admit to appreciating your affirmation.

    Cork


  3. Avatar February 24th, 2010 at 6:35 pm Drew Tilghman Says:

    brian, i am in the midst of a change. there are opportunities all around, so i am sitting and listening. i want to do what is the next right thing, not just do the next thing. when it comes to the business/ministry concept, i have an option to pursue a ministry that i desire as a for-profit. your words are timely because it reminds me of the ministry of doing things well.
    perhaps i should just come and see you so we can talk about it.


  4. Avatar February 24th, 2010 at 8:12 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    By all means revisit my home and be welcome as a guest.

    And, I’d value the opportunity to walk with you through this decisive time.

    Cork


  5. Avatar March 14th, 2013 at 8:23 am The Unsinkable brian cork™ » Blog Archive » Love Kats aren’t pussys Says:

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