Doodle of the Week: Tree Trunk and MISSION!

We talked about Jesus and his mission this morning at our staff meeting and this tree with real strong roots came to mind. Perhaps those of us who lead ministries might learn from a tree when thinking of the mission of Jesus. I remember a pastor once saying, “want to grow something fast, grow a mushroom…want to grow something that lasts plant an acorn.” Really, ministry is like a tree. The wind actually makes the tree stronger. Drought forces the root system deeper and farther to sustain life. Oh, the mushroom is impressive if you have no sense of time or no brain at all.

Are we too impressed with mushroom-like church growth, personal growth today to be patient for the tree that has structure to actually last?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

28 comments

  1. Hey… You don’t know me, but somehow I started following you a while back… Like the doodle this week… Could I get a higher res file? Would be cool on the desktop for the next week or so… 🙂
    Oh, and I’m Dave. Nice to meet you.

    1. Nice to meet you too Dave… I uploaded a wallpaper file that should work. I could not rescan, so it is what it is but in a bigger size. 🙂

  2. Hey… You don’t know me, but somehow I started following you a while back… Like the doodle this week… Could I get a higher res file? Would be cool on the desktop for the next week or so… 🙂
    Oh, and I’m Dave. Nice to meet you.

    1. Nice to meet you too Dave… I uploaded a wallpaper file that should work. I could not rescan, so it is what it is but in a bigger size. 🙂

  3. Hey… You don’t know me, but somehow I started following you a while back… Like the doodle this week… Could I get a higher res file? Would be cool on the desktop for the next week or so… 🙂
    Oh, and I’m Dave. Nice to meet you.

    1. Nice to meet you too Dave… I uploaded a wallpaper file that should work. I could not rescan, so it is what it is but in a bigger size. 🙂

  4. Hey… You don’t know me, but somehow I started following you a while back… Like the doodle this week… Could I get a higher res file? Would be cool on the desktop for the next week or so… 🙂
    Oh, and I’m Dave. Nice to meet you.

    1. Nice to meet you too Dave… I uploaded a wallpaper file that should work. I could not rescan, so it is what it is but in a bigger size. 🙂

  5. Good word for us, Rich, thanks for sharing. You know most all of our story and the things that we have been through since moving here and planting this church in Redding and it was great to read this morning and to be encouraged that we have planted an acorn and have not grown a mushroom. We have definitely had our share of windstorms but through it all our little tree is slowly sprouting and roots are growing deep.
    Thanks for the doodle dood, and the encouragement!

  6. Good word for us, Rich, thanks for sharing. You know most all of our story and the things that we have been through since moving here and planting this church in Redding and it was great to read this morning and to be encouraged that we have planted an acorn and have not grown a mushroom. We have definitely had our share of windstorms but through it all our little tree is slowly sprouting and roots are growing deep.
    Thanks for the doodle dood, and the encouragement!

  7. Good word for us, Rich, thanks for sharing. You know most all of our story and the things that we have been through since moving here and planting this church in Redding and it was great to read this morning and to be encouraged that we have planted an acorn and have not grown a mushroom. We have definitely had our share of windstorms but through it all our little tree is slowly sprouting and roots are growing deep.
    Thanks for the doodle dood, and the encouragement!

  8. Good word for us, Rich, thanks for sharing. You know most all of our story and the things that we have been through since moving here and planting this church in Redding and it was great to read this morning and to be encouraged that we have planted an acorn and have not grown a mushroom. We have definitely had our share of windstorms but through it all our little tree is slowly sprouting and roots are growing deep.
    Thanks for the doodle dood, and the encouragement!

  9. I agree with the “planting an acorn” ministry style, but I wonder if we plant acorns for our youth, and then expect that nothing but a small seedling for years. I have been all about discipleship lately for our kids. Real discipleship. Training them to be used in big ways in reaching the world, instead of just giving them small tid-bits.It’s weird how this has been shouting at me.
    1 Timothy 4:12

    Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.

    1. Then we need to train the young to be the acorn, not the mushroom that burns out or fades out. Exactly my point. We cannot give false hope to those young in ministry that their ministry will just immediately explode and then sustain itself without cultivation. Big things come from small choices. Period.
      Really, this is Paul’s mantra… “2 Timothy 2:2 “entrust to other who then entrust to others” what I gave you. So, that is how you grow a tree and not a flash in the pan yet fancy looking ministry. So, the young are the acorn. Plant them.

  10. I agree with the “planting an acorn” ministry style, but I wonder if we plant acorns for our youth, and then expect that nothing but a small seedling for years. I have been all about discipleship lately for our kids. Real discipleship. Training them to be used in big ways in reaching the world, instead of just giving them small tid-bits.It’s weird how this has been shouting at me.
    1 Timothy 4:12

    Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.

    1. Then we need to train the young to be the acorn, not the mushroom that burns out or fades out. Exactly my point. We cannot give false hope to those young in ministry that their ministry will just immediately explode and then sustain itself without cultivation. Big things come from small choices. Period.
      Really, this is Paul’s mantra… “2 Timothy 2:2 “entrust to other who then entrust to others” what I gave you. So, that is how you grow a tree and not a flash in the pan yet fancy looking ministry. So, the young are the acorn. Plant them.

  11. I agree with the “planting an acorn” ministry style, but I wonder if we plant acorns for our youth, and then expect that nothing but a small seedling for years. I have been all about discipleship lately for our kids. Real discipleship. Training them to be used in big ways in reaching the world, instead of just giving them small tid-bits.It’s weird how this has been shouting at me.
    1 Timothy 4:12

    Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.

    1. Then we need to train the young to be the acorn, not the mushroom that burns out or fades out. Exactly my point. We cannot give false hope to those young in ministry that their ministry will just immediately explode and then sustain itself without cultivation. Big things come from small choices. Period.
      Really, this is Paul’s mantra… “2 Timothy 2:2 “entrust to other who then entrust to others” what I gave you. So, that is how you grow a tree and not a flash in the pan yet fancy looking ministry. So, the young are the acorn. Plant them.

  12. I agree with the “planting an acorn” ministry style, but I wonder if we plant acorns for our youth, and then expect that nothing but a small seedling for years. I have been all about discipleship lately for our kids. Real discipleship. Training them to be used in big ways in reaching the world, instead of just giving them small tid-bits.It’s weird how this has been shouting at me.
    1 Timothy 4:12

    Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.

    1. Then we need to train the young to be the acorn, not the mushroom that burns out or fades out. Exactly my point. We cannot give false hope to those young in ministry that their ministry will just immediately explode and then sustain itself without cultivation. Big things come from small choices. Period.
      Really, this is Paul’s mantra… “2 Timothy 2:2 “entrust to other who then entrust to others” what I gave you. So, that is how you grow a tree and not a flash in the pan yet fancy looking ministry. So, the young are the acorn. Plant them.

  13. Love the roots in that thing. You’re obviously seeing yourself in a well-grounded, firmly established situation.
    As usual, I’ll be sending you a bill for this week’s psychoanalysis.

  14. Love the roots in that thing. You’re obviously seeing yourself in a well-grounded, firmly established situation.
    As usual, I’ll be sending you a bill for this week’s psychoanalysis.

  15. Love the roots in that thing. You’re obviously seeing yourself in a well-grounded, firmly established situation.
    As usual, I’ll be sending you a bill for this week’s psychoanalysis.

  16. Love the roots in that thing. You’re obviously seeing yourself in a well-grounded, firmly established situation.
    As usual, I’ll be sending you a bill for this week’s psychoanalysis.

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