What causes a person to walk away from a full paycheck?
Norman Nakanishi found out personally.
All set to take over a megachurch, Norman felt God asking him to go and start a church.
During this time when he was getting ready to take over the church, Norman felt a sense of unrest, and unease. He began asking himself unsettling, and probing questions. Norman shared: “Probing questions can surface the voice of God.”
In that time, Norman felt that the voice of God was trying to have him step out and trust him in a venture of faith.
So Norman walked away from it all.
In 1994, his new church started in a recreation center with no other place to go. With an overwhelming sense of God’s leading, and a bold amount of faith, Norman and his team determined that they’d just “get out there.” They didn’t care if they met at the park, at the beach, or anywhere else.
They’d already witnessed what Ralph Moore had done. He’d started a church in a park, and God had blessed it.
The example of faith that Ralph had led with was inspiring the next generation.
If you ask the average pastor or planter, he or she will admit in the quietest moments that these are the moments they live for, and as they get away from them, they miss them.
This is the adrenaline junkie aspect of ministry. Ministry in the book of Acts is an adventure. Not the tame, neutered clerical office job that we’ve corrupted it into today.
As Norman walked away from all of the fanfare and money, however, that was the place where the peace rushed in. Norma likens it to the Abrahamic call to go — and until he went, there was no peace. He thought he had peace before, but he mistook peace for security. You can have all the security in the world, and not have any peace.
Maybe you’re there already.
No peace. Just security.
Maybe you need to step out onto another adventure.
If that’s that case, we want to invite you into the conversation with Norman Nakanishi to discuss leaving security to find peace on mission. Watch the replay of Practical Multiplication with Norman Nakanishi here (available soon).