Precept Ministries, led by Jack and Kay Arthur, has been an incredible blessing to my family and we have been privileged to financially support their effortsÂ for many years.Â Yesterday we were visiting their campus in Chattanooga, TNÂ and we received a wonderful leadeshipÂ surprise.
My daughter and I took a walk alongside a creek on their property.Â Â I showed her the exact spot where her mother and I sat down and asked God what level of financial support we should give to the ministry.Â Then IÂ told her that I wrote the largest check I haveÂ written to date and I couldn’t have been happier.Â It was a wonderful time to make aÂ lasting impact in her life in the area of generosity.
We then walked back into their main facilityÂ and began to wait for my wife.Â It was then that a wonderfulÂ surpriseÂ took place.Â Jack Arthur walked up and began talking to us!Â I often start each day by asking God to “wonderfully surprise me today” but the 30 minutes with this spiritual giantÂ was a little extra.
Jack is now in his 80sÂ but he has made an impact in his life like few others.Â He told us the stories of being a missionary in Nigeria, killing cobras, pythons, his family, and the history of Precept Ministries.
One of my favorite stories heÂ tells is when Precept almost ceased to exist.Â Their facilityÂ is actually located on a farm.Â They hadÂ enough financial resources to last through the end of a month.Â The leadership had asked God to intervene and if He didn’t, then they would go into the parking lot, hold hands, sing a praise song, and simply asked what He had for them to do next.Â
Because they were on a farm, they ownedÂ horses.Â Â As theÂ end of the month was approaching, a storm came through, lightning struck and killed a horse.Â The insurance money from the death of the horseÂ allowed them to continue operations and the rest is history.Â Today, they are one of the few 501C3 ministries operating in the black.
Jack and Kay areÂ incredible people and the impact of their leadership will be felt for eternity.Â TheÂ main compliment that I can give them is I think they love Jesus more than any two people I’ve ever met.Â The leadership principlesÂ we all canÂ take from them are the following:
- They have a single focus.Â The Word of God.
- They have a HUGE vision.Â Their ministry hasÂ worldwide impact.
- They change with the times.Â Â Precept hasÂ started easy-to-use 40 minute studies.
- They honor thoseÂ that make their operation possible.Â They go out of their way toÂ say “Thank You”.
- They love people.Â They give their time.
This wasÂ aÂ wonderful leadership surprise for my family.Â I hope my daughter will one day understand what a privilege it was for herÂ to meet Jack Arthur.Â I know her mother and I will constantly remind her.
Have you had a wonderful leadership surprise lately?
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