what is step forward? [why and how]
We all have a boat that we paddle around in – that certain familiar place with comfortable boundaries in which we go about our daily lives.
step forward is about realizing your gifts and talents, understanding what God has called you to do, stepping out of your comfortable boat, and walking on the water to fulfill God’s mission in your life.
step forward is about not being held back by fear, past events, or perceived lack of ability, skill, or giftedness.
step forward is about going beyond defining success in terms of financial prosperity or personal gain.
step forward is about living fully and experiencing joy from the inside out that comes when we are walking more closely with God, listening to His Voice, and living for Him according to His Will.
step forward is about going deeper in your relationship with God, trusting Him for all things, believing that He will equip you for everything He has called you to do, and being willing to be used by Him for His Glory.
why step forward?
Why was this ministry started? Let’s hear from the step forward team:
“I love encouraging people and it’s something that naturally flows out of me. God gave me a vision to create step forward as a means to encourage as many people as I can in their individual walks with the Lord. I’ve seen God equip me in situations I never thought possible. I know what it’s like to take those fledgling, anxiety-ridden steps forward in my own life and ministry – and I know how it feels to live in freedom, knowing that I’m using all of the skills and gifts God has given me. I still have to block out those negative voices, but God is always right there encouraging me in ways I could never imagine. I know He will encourage YOU too!”
—Kimberly Gallagher, step forward founder, speaker, worship leader, wife and mom.
“I got involved in step forward because we have the same passion for discipleship and love for seeing people take one more step towards Jesus. The model that step forward presents is simple, straightforward, Biblical and meets a desperate need in the hearts of today’s believers – to find wholeness, purpose, forgiveness, and joy in Jesus.”
– Pastor Al Descheneau, preacher, writer, and consumer of vast quantities of bacon.
“I believe in this ministry because I know that stepping out of the boat is a very difficult thing to do, and at one point, I was running in the opposite direction of my calling from God! step forward is a ministry that will meet you where you’re at and will help you through the teaching of Scripture, to grow closer to and completely trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus.”
– Ray Vallee, Jr., follower of Jesus, husband, father and student at Liberty University following my call to be a pastor
At step forward, we collectively agree that God, according to His Word, has gifted each person with specific gifts and talents, and the body of Christ needs to be encouraged. step forward is here to be an encouragement and a resource for you, as you journey on a deeper walk with God and set out to accomplish what He leads you to do.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:6-8)
features of stepforwardtoday.com
When you visit stepforwardtoday.com, you’ll find engaging stories and helpful articles from people trying to live life from the perspective of walking on the water—instead of looking on from inside the boat—along with practical tools and resources, even merchandise to help inspire and encourage you. You can also book one of our speakers to encourage your congregation, small group, or organizational meeting.
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