Today I’m going to attempt a seemingly impossible task. I feel there is really no possible way that I could communicate in a single blog post my admiration, love and respect for the church called 12Stone and the man “PK” whom God chose to steward it. Truthfully it may take many posts to do them justice. But I must at least try to express my gratitude for all that Pastor Kevin does for our church and what it has meant to me. Here is my first attempt (I’ll try to keep it short…).
Have you ever experienced something that made you realize you’d been longing for it for years but didn’t even know it? That was how I felt coming to 12Stone Church and sitting under the teaching and leadership of Kevin Myers. When you experience a sense of God’s favor and anointing in an undeniable way in a certain place, it makes you wonder how you have made it so long without being there. But it was a journey getting there…
To be honest, my first feelings towards 12Stone were judgmental. When I first saw the size of the church, I thought it was just another megachurch that couldn’t possibly be a large church for the right reasons. I assumed that all large churches were only large because they were entertaining or ego-stroking, not because thousands of people loved to come and be challenged by the truth. Looking back I can see that I was extremely arrogant, ignorant and foolish.
Needless to say, I stuck around and a lot has changed in the past five years. Once I got over my initial stupidity and started actually looking closer at the identity of the church and the quality of the leadership I saw that it was a body unlike anything I’d experienced before. Although I resisted it in the beginning because of pride, coming to 12Stone was like coming home for me. It was like a breath of fresh air to my heart and soul in a way that is difficult to describe. What’s strange is that my feelings haven’t changed the longer I’ve been at the church. There are of course imperfections and bumps in the road because the body is made up of people who are far from perfect. But the more I see of what God is doing at 12Stone, the more grateful I become that I get to be a part of such an amazing church, and much of that is owed to the leadership of Kevin Myers.
There are many things I could say that I admire about PK, but I want to highlight three qualities that have continually inspired and impressed me as I have watched and listened to Kevin teach and lead:
Being currently vulnerable while remaining universally truthful. In his communication, Kevin is a master of bringing his current realities from his life and walk with God and helping us identify with his struggles and wrestlings. He does this without putting a burden on his listeners or making them feel that he is telling too much or being inappropriate. His vulnerability always points back to the universal truth that he is emphasizing and the results are extremely powerful.
Simplifying the application of complex biblical concepts. I have heard many different biblical teachers in my life, but I have never heard anyone simplify the application of truth like Kevin does. His ability to sum up an extremely complex concept in a four word sentence is mind boggling:
“What is simple love? Beat up without bitter.”
“Marriage will only work when you have mutual voluntary submission to each other.”
“Gumption is the character to commit and complete.”
His teachings are deep yet easy to engage with and apply to real life. I know that this is both a gift from God and the product of many hours of study and practice.
Relentlessly pursuing the blessing and favor of God. If there is one thing I am certain of, it is that Kevin is fully and relentlessly pursuing God. Not only do I see it in the favor surrounding his church and ministry, but I see it in his eyes when I speak to him face to face. I see it his ability to make decisions in response to God’s leading and in the way that he prays. I have no doubt that Kevin is anointed and greatly favored by God and I am so thankful for the privilege of sitting under his leadership.
Being at 12Stone has changed my life, and if you are a part of the church you have an idea of what I’m talking about. Let me encourage you to thank God for a great leader like Kevin and don’t forget to continue to pray for him and his family. The enemy would love nothing more than to take him down and he needs our prayers for guidance, wisdom and protection. If you get a chance, express your thanks by dropping him a note or an email. May more great leaders be found who follow his example of wholehearted obedience and faithful service.
[If you’d like to read Kevin’s blog, check it out here.]
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