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Are you a trader?

October 26, 2009

SGT_LogoThe term “trader” has infused where I work for quite a while. In 2000, my boss Brian Mosley founded the RightNow Campaign to help 20s and 30s connect to opportunities here and abroad to put their faith into action. The mission of RightNow is simple: To help our generation trade in the pursuit of the American Dream for a world that desperately needs Christ.

Every year, we put on the Rightnow Conference and it’s coming up in less than two weeks. This year’s theme is The Mission of the Church Matters. The line up includes pastors and authors Donald Miller, Francis Chan, Mark Batterson, Kay Warren, Matt Chandler, George Barna, and more.

I’ll be working at the conference, scribbling away on my note pad to prepare to write the curriculum for our upcoming RightNow Leadership Kit we’re producing. I absolutely cannot wait to soak in what these guys have to say.

Bluefish TV, the RightNow conference, and our new site all stand under the umbrella of the RightNow Campaign’s mission of trading in the pursuit of the American Dream. Every thing we produce is to help others put their faith into action.

So that’s a little background info you may or may not have wanted! Now that leads me to expound a little more on Small Group Trader.

Our name was originally called Small Group Exchange but we decided to narrow our focus more to the idea of being a trader because Small groups aren’t an end to themselves- we’re calling small groups to battle against the “me-centered” way of thinking (that we all struggle with at times) by trading it in for the the missional call of Jesus – to care for the homeless, minister to the sick, and share Christ’s love with our neighbors.

I’m super excited about this change as it gives us a more clarified mission to strive for as a ministry, calling others to live out Jesus’ command. A nice home, car, clothes, savings account, etc. are good things that God wants me to enjoy, but it’s the pursuit and striving for them that I have to question. I have to constantly ask myself: Am I living for the dream or pursuing what really matters for eternity?

As the Content Editor for Small Group Trader, I can’t wait to see where this site goes and how small groups across the country will be impacted by this mission. If you’re a small group leader, small groups or community pastor, have thoughts you want to share on leadership, or have been impacted at all by being in a small group, let me know.

Step out and share your story. Be an encouragement to others who are trying to fulfill God’s mission for their lives.

You can email me at editor [at] smallgrouptrader [dot] [com]

How are you being a trader with your time, talents, and treasures? Are you willing to give up the pursuit of the American Dream for a world that desperately needs Christ?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2009 5:57 pm

    Wow. That’s an impressive lineup of speakers! I think I’ve read at least one book by all of them. I’ve never heard of this campaign but I’m off to read more about it on the website. Sounds fantastic!!

  2. October 27, 2009 7:59 am

    awesome Rhonda. If you have any questions about Rightnow, feel free to let me know. I’m glad you’re checking it out. We’re really hoping that lots of people will begin to grasp what it means to be a trader.

    A church in California heard about the idea of being a trader from the RightNow website. And we heard that the pastor has preached a few sermons around the concept.

    Here are a few stories that were forwarded to us as far as what people have traded in:
    Many of these people are older — and the idea of a trader still resonates. Pretty cool.

    Jeff Fontse: I traded unemployment for living out my dreams

    John Bettencourt: Trading free time for mentoring people about finances

    Pam Bettencourt: trading free time for MOPS

    Debbie Hawn: Traded free time to mentor young moms

    Joni Ogden: Trading grief for opportunity to help others in grief

    Ralph Ogden: Trading billable attorney hours ($$$) to build local group to provide support to X’ns with estate planning

    Vince & Sandy: Trading leisure time to be involved with next step

    Sandy Chase: trading free time to be involved with MOPS

    Corey & Bonnie Acree: trading profitable time at work to do dentistry on orphans in Mexico

    Corey Acree: trading time (and $$$) to be on board of Stanislaus Dental Association

    Dennis Hurst: trading free time to coach others finances

    Daryl Crow: trading my own fatherlessness for mentoring young fathers

    Steve Grenbaeux: trading retirement for guiding Modesto School Board

    Brad Hawn: trading my chosen career to serve the community

    James & Hazel Davis: trading our retirement years (and $$$) to help others in Ethiopia

    John & Judy Warmerdam: trading work hours (and $$$) to change lives in Turkey

    Jeri Holman: will trade retirement for something meaningful

    Linda Chrabas: will trade retirement for something meaningful

    John Turner: will trade retire ment for something meaningful

    Curtis Grant: trading my retirement years to work in community and church for kingdom

  3. October 27, 2009 10:30 am

    This sounds like an awesome ministry tool. I so appreciate your eternity-focused perspective. I pray God uses what comes from your notest at this conference in ways that go beyond your present expectations. Bless you!

  4. October 27, 2009 3:19 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement Crystal. I’m sure I will blog something about the conference and I do hope to get to meet some of those guys. God is so good isn’t he?

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