The pastors of Palm Beach County and the surrounding area gathered on April 28th at Christ Fellowship church for their quarterly meeting of Church United.
After a prayer meeting and light breakfast, Pastor Todd Mullins of Christ Fellowship opened the meeting by announcing a variety of multi-church events including a security conference and a Church United for Kids meeting.
Pastor Todd began the meeting by speaking about foster care, this year’s focus of Church United. He encouraged Christians in our community to get involved in caring for our children in the foster program, a need that has been dear to the heart of the Mullins family for many years.
Pastor Tom Mullins, one of the original founders of Church United, spoke of getting back to “the fundamentals” of our faith. He directed his listeners to Luke 5:4-7 and spoke of these “simple fisherman who became part of a transformational movement that turned not only their nation upside down, but turned the world upside down.”
If you’re not a good follower, you’ll never be a good leader. Followship always precedes leadership.
During a trip to Spain, Pastor Tom heard the Lord speak to him that if he would concentrate his focus on this region here in Palm Beach County, God would touch the world with greater impact than if he traveled the world preaching the message.
In Humility, Submit to the Will of God.
Quoting again from Luke 5:4-7, Pastor noted that Peter had to recognize and submit to the will of God. Peter didn’t want to go. Pastor Tom shared, “Great leaders are first great followers. If you’re not a good follower, you’ll never be a good leader. Followship always precedes leadership. If you’re not serving someone, find someone and serve them. True humility is the foundation of honor.”
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15
Pastor Tom told the story of a man who once greeted him, declaring that everything in his life was in a F.O.G. Upon further inquiry, he learned that this man believed that he was in the Favor of God (F.O.G.) because of his humility. “The F.O.G. will do more for your ministry than any program, any plan, any ministry that you’ve got going.”
The ministry of Christ Fellowship was based on the mission that they would love God with all of their heart and that they would meet people at their point of need. Pastor Tom had the audience rolling in laughter with the story of his early days when his own mother gave him a signal to “cut” and stop preaching.
Those who walk with God always fulfill their destiny.
He believes that the only reason God blessed his ministry was by grace. Pastor Tom said, “We pushed our boat out from the bank and let our nets down. Those who walk with God always fulfill their destiny. Peter had no idea when he pushed off the shore that day that his destiny would be determined by his decision to push the boat off the shore and go do something that made no sense to him, but because God said it, he did it and unlocked his destiny.”
Understand the Power of Team Work.
Pastor Tom shared, “Never limit God by what you have a perceived capacity for. Your capacity is unlimited when you are united. You’ll never fulfill your capacity with just your boat and your net.” He quoted Mother Teresa, “You can do things that I can’t do, and I can do things that you can’t do, and together we can do great things.”
Always Bear Up. Never Tear Down.
Pastor Tom spoke from a lifelong commitment of avoiding the criticism of other denominations, “Isn’t it great that we never allow criticism to arise among us, even though we have differences of approach, maybe a little bit of difference in our theology, but we’re all about bringing people to Jesus and then impacting them for Kingdom of Heaven. We find our common ground and that’s where we work together and support each other.”
I want you to know that if we ever talk about you or your church, it’s going to be positive. We refuse to say anything negative about anyone. ~Tom Mullins
He affirmed his continued commitment to supporting and not ever tearing down, the work of other Christians, “I want you to know that if we ever talk about you or your church, it’s going to be positive. We refuse to say anything negative about anyone…just lifting up the name of Jesus. We don’t have any time for that. When you’re in covenant with Christ then you’re automatically in covenant with His church.”
Always Believe the Best of Your Team.
“You speak the best of that team and you give the best to that team.” Pastor Tom spoke of the Apostle Peter’s humility and awareness of his own weakness.
“When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” Luke 5:8
He continued with a story of a pastor from Dallas, Texas who called him on a Sunday morning distressed by the discovery of adultery by someone on his church staff. Pastor Tom took the time to listen to this pastor and cried with him.
In a solemn moment, Pastor Tom advised, “Practice honesty. When you step into ministry you forfeit all rights to a private life. We must walk in transparency. People are dying for true character and when they find it they will follow it.”
Every follower asks three questions:
- Can I trust them? If we say something, we do it. If we can’t do something we come and explain why we can’t do what we said we were going to do.
- Do they really care about me? Are they trying to manipulate me, use me, or do they really care about me. Do they see in me someone they can advance or are they trying to advance themselves?
- Can they really help me? Are they competent to help me move to the next level?
Never Lose the Awe of God.
He went on to say, “I love the fact that the boys were in awe of God. They recognized th