God Works Through Relationships


Networking is the intersection between work and friendship.

For the purpose of this blog I am defining networking as “Building friendships with like-minded people where you can help each other fulfill your goals.”

Here’s a personal story of how networking works when God is involved.

In 1978 I was attending Bible School in Tulsa, OK. One of my teachers was a man named Willie George.

Willie George taught a class on “Ministering to Children” that totally changed the direction my life. One day, after class I asked Pastor Willie if I could get involved in his children’s ministry. I got involved teaching in a preschool class. This was the start of my ministry to children.

After graduating from Bible School I returned to Michigan where I served faithfully as a children’s pastor for four years. I loved what I was doing, but I was not making enough money to live on.

One day I called Pastor Willie to seek some counsel and he told me about a new church in Tulsa that was looking to hire a children’s pastor. I met with the senior pastor, Dr. Ken Stewart and he hired me to be his Children’s Pastor. I was doing what I loved to do and I was making four times what I was making at the church in Michigan.

Then, in 1986 I took a new position as Children’s Pastor at Living Word in Minneapolis. (Pastor Willie helped me get that job too.)

One day I received a package in the mail from this guy named Jim Wideman. (Jim was Children’s Pastor at Evangel Assembly in Montgomery at this time.) I opened up the box and there were a slew of Brother Jim’s Puppet Trax tapes. I gave Jim a call to thank him for the free tapes. I got some free tapes for children’s church and I made a new friend.

Four years later (1990) Willie gave me a call. He was starting a Bible School for Children’s Ministry and he was looking for somebody to head up the school. I gave Pastor Willie Jim’s name and phone number. Jim was originally hired to start the Bible School, but eventually Brother Jim became Children’s Pastor at Church on the Move.

Let’s think about what happened here:

  • I helped Willie George by serving in his pre-school class as a volunteer
  • I learned and developed by watching Willie teach kids
  • Pastor Willie was instrumental in me getting two children’s pastors jobs
  • Jim Wideman reached out to me and I got a good friend for life
  • Through our friendship, I introduced Jim to Pastor Willie 
  • Bother Jim helped Pastor Willie grow the church from 1,000 people to 17,000 people.

Here’s my point: God works through relationships.  Sometimes meeting new people can be a little scary, but the benefits are out of this world!

Some of the Benefits of Networking:

  • Make Friends with Like-Minded People
  • Learn New Ideas
  • Feels Good When You Help Other People
  • Helps You Think Outside Of Your Box
  • Helps You Advance Your career and the careers of others
What are you waiting for?
  • Make a list of people you want to meet.
  • Text somebody and invite them to lunch.
  • Decide which conference you want to attend.
  • Start networking today!

I’ve got some great news, starting today through April 30th when you buy The Red Book you Get an extra The Red Book for free using the coupon code: Friend2017 at checkout.

This is a great way to start a friendship in ministry by giving another local children’s ministry leader a book to go through together.

Maybe you have a team of 10 and you’d like to go through the book. This special allows you to only have to buy 5 copies and you’ll get the other five you need for free!

I desire to see you succeed in ministry as well as develop meaningful friendships in ministry.

Don’t hesitate, buy your copy of The Red Book and start thinking about the person you are going to give the free copy to when it arrives at your home or office!

4 thoughts on “God Works Through Relationships

  1. Sandy Moody says:

    Thank you so much for this blog. God has been dealing with me about relationships as well as making a move in ministry that is pretty scary. But I know will open a lot of doors and I’ll be able to meet a lot of like minded people!

    Thank you for your ministry.
    God Bless,

    • Debbie Harper says:

      Sandy, I am so glad this was helpful to you. When taking steps to follow God it can be challenging and scary, but He is there with us all the way. He will guide your every step. I believe you will know the right thing to do at the right time. Blessings Debbie

  2. Jeanne Bowser says:

    Wow! Here it is 2016 and this blog is still so relevant. Thank you for posting again; you’re right about mingling with people; developing new friendships with like-minded people.
    I just came back from a Rhema retreat and it was a blessing to me and my husband.

Share Your Thoughts

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.