Influence with Compassion with Dave Donaldson and Wendell Vinson

Influence with Compassion with Dave Donaldson and Wendell Vinson

Dave Donaldson and Wendell Vinson, founders of CityServe International, teach compassion is an opportunity to build relationships. It's a superpower given to believers to break down barriers. Listen to hear how neighborhood churches can lead with church-based compassion in their communities based on the book CityServe.

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Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guests: Dave Donaldson and Wendell Vinson

Dave Donaldson and Wendell Vinson, founders of CityServe International, teach compassion is an opportunity to build relationships. It's a superpower given to believers to break down barriers. Listen to hear how neighborhood churches can lead with church-based compassion in their communities based on the book CityServe.

 

Subscribe to the Greenelines podcast and newsletter

 

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: Today is a little bit of an unusual show in that I've got two authors with me who've written a book that you'll know about and that you'll want to get. In fact, be prepared. You might want to buy several to give away. But I think you're going to know them first by their mission and how they work. You know Hal Donaldson because he's one of the founders of Convoy of Hope. Convoy of Hope has done so much across the world, not just where they were planted, but in the missions that they've completed around the world. Maybe we'll get him to talk about that a little bit. And we have a pastor with us, as well and a pastor that I think you're going to know extremely well, Pastor Wendell Vinson from California. You're going to know him by the size of his work, by his contributions, and who he is as a man of God. I have both of them on the line with me. I'm excited to introduce their book to you. They are co-editors, they put a great book together. The name of the book is CityServe: Your Guide to Church Based Compassion. Who would have thought that we need a book to understand church-based compassion.

 

·         Read the story: How This Christlike Act Can Reach Hundreds of Millions of Lost Souls

 

So, to you, Dave. I want to talk a little bit about Convoy. You founded that. Did you ever believe or conceive that it would do the work that it's done over the course of your mission life with Convoy of Hope?

 

What They’re Saying About CityServe, the Book

·         “I believe the vision, models and expertise shared in CityServe will spark a fire inside to see the miracle God can do in your own neighborhood.” – Tommy Barnett, Pastor and Founder, The Dream Center

·         “I buy a book hoping for one good idea; CityServe has a hundred.” – Rick Bezet, Founder and Lead Pastor, New  Life Church, AR; co-founder of ARC

·         “At Focus on the Family, we know that the first line of defense for families is the local church. That’s why I’m so excited about CityServe. This book will be a tremendous resource for churches as they engage in the critical work of helping troubled marriages, equipping parents in the challenges they face, and embracing struggling families with the hope of Christ.” – Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family.

 

Dave Donaldson: What's amazing is the family that took us in after our parents were in an accident in 1969 … Our dad was killed and mother survived, but they had pin her back together again. And 25 years later, we were celebrating the start of Convoy of Hope with over 70 million people helped. The Davis', this family that took us in that helped us get on our feet, he asked me that question. He said, I never knew our love for your family would result in helping so many people. That's what happens when we share what we have. God's not asking us to share what we don't have. But when we share what we have, like they shared with us, God took that compassion and generosity where we lived in their single-wide trailer for nearly six months, taking care of us, and he multiplied that into my brothers and I starting Convoy of Hope. And because of that what the enemy had intended for defeat, God has turned into victory. We give Him all the glory. We believe that we're still at the beginning of the beginning, but we're now celebrating over 100 million people that have been helped in America and around the world.

Dr. Steve Greene: Brother, did that start in Springfield? Is that where you were in the single-wide trailer?

Dave Donaldson: No, it was in the Bay Area.

Dr. Steve Greene: How did you get to Springfield with the Convoy? What caused you to move there?

Dave Donaldson: My brothers and I ended up going to Evangel University. And my children have graduated from there now. Subsequent to that, the Assemblies of God, under the leadership of Tom Trask and others, got behind Convoy of Hope. We got our own trucks, warehouses, started doing the city-wide outreaches across the country. And then after building that infrastructure, we were able to respond quickly and effectively to victims of disasters. And then from that, we began to work in countries around the globe.

Dr. Steve Greene: Well, pastor Wendell, you've got a great church there in Canyon hills Church in California. Can you tell us a little bit about your church, your ministry and what you're called to do as a pastor?

Pastor Wendell Vinson: We've been here 36 years. We began with the group of 16 people in 1983. And as a church, we just began to understand, over the years the power of the local church, engaging in community reaching into the brokenness of society, with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. We like to say that compassion is like a superpower that the Lord gives us. When we are compassionate, when we operate in kindness, it lowers the barriers to the gospel. Romans 2:4 says the kindness of the Lord that leads us to repentance. Many times, people have barriers that they've put up. But as we reach them, with kindness, they lower those barriers. They're more open to the gospel, really an opportunity to share Christ with them. Our church has really been built off of proclaiming Christ in the context of need and the brokenness and community.

Dr. Steve Greene: Brothers, you both are senior leaders, amazing men of God. You’ve had a ministry that some would put a period at the end of and say I'm done, find me a little rocking chair. But you're starting completely almost a new work, certainly a movement that we will just call City Serve and the book is your guide to church-based compassion. So, let's begin there for either one of you. How do you want to speak to us and our audience about the concept of church-based compassion?

Dave Donaldson: Steve, we've worked with pastors, churches in America and around the globe, and so many of these pastors are discouraged. As Wendell likes to say, they just feel outgunned. I remember speaking at a church and the pastor, he went up to the podium. I thought he was going to introduce me. But instead, he resigned from the church. To make matters worse, my sermon topic or title was never quit; never give up. Afterwards, we were having lunch with he and his wife and they shared with us, they were discouraged. They said, quote, there are just too many problems in our church and in our community. So, Wendell, and I wrote this book, City Serve: Your Guide to Church Based Compassion, and have launched this new ministry called City Serve to help these pastors see the so-called problems as opportunities for the church to be the church. Wendell can share with you some of the details of what's taken place thus far.

Pastor Wendell Vinson: One of the things is that across America, in every broken or hurting neighborhood, there's a local church. In many cases, those small, local churches, small to medium-sized local churches, feel very outgunned as Dave mentioned. They feel like they are alone in that neighborhood trying to respond to the need, but they feel under resourced. It’s an important time right now for the church in our culture and our world to really work cohesively together. If we're going to solve big problems, we're gonna have to do it together. Those neighborhood churches need to know that the larger churches are behind them or with them, they're not alone. We need to help resource them because in a very real way, those neighborhoods are a powerful mission field. When Jesus was talking about the harvest, he said, look on the fields, don't say that is four months until the harvest. It's ready right now. The problem is, he said, there are a lack of laborers. So, pray to the Lord of the harvest that he'll raise up laborers. In reality, that's the need for the church, as Dave said, to be the church, to really lean into that brokenness. But those neighborhood churches need to feel the support of the larger body of Christ. City Serve is about empowering those neighborhood churches and standing with them, really making the journey with them, so they're not alone.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, this is a book that's been edited. You brought in a series of different types of articles and chapters by some big-name folks. What was it you were trying to assemble in the book that would give us a broad approach, basically, to lead? It’s as much a leadership book as anything.

·         Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (MEV)

Dave Donaldson: Well, first of all, we start off the book with what's called for prophet leader? We believe that God is destined for spiritual leaders and a community to take their rightful and responsible place of influence. But Steve, it's like the game of musical chairs. If they don't take that seat, it will be occupied by others that do not share our moral biblical values. I like to say there's no such thing as a naked public square. As you know, I worked in D.C. for over a decade, was part of the whole faith-based initiative with Clinton and then President Bush and government, as an institution, it's well meaning. You have wonderful people there. You have Christian people there. You have people that are not Christians that are there for the right reasons. But as an institution, it's trying to provide hope without faith. It doesn't work. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that the root system to hope is faith. For example, deliverance from addictions, it requires a change of heart and habits. That's only going to happen through the work of the Holy Spirit. So, we want to we want to challenge, we want to equip leaders to embrace their role that God prophesied through Isaiah in Isaiah 58, to rebuild the ancient ruins, to raise up the age-old foundation. That's those neighborhood churches and to become for prophet leaders. Then the second is that there's an abundance of compassion models out there that are hidden. They are siloed and tragically, they're lost because there's no system in place to search, discover, disseminate, and then equip these leaders with those models. Wendell likes to talk about how we've got to create. We have to find compassion models and ministries that are scalable.

 

Connect with CityServe International

·         At cityserve.us

·         On Facebook

·         On Vimeo

 

Subscribe to the Greenelines podcast and newsletter

 

Greenelines Takeaways

What a great time we had with these two powerful authors and I want to offer up three takeaways from the podcast for you to chew on throughout your day. And as you go make your way to get this book. I really hope it's something that you'd give away in your community and help us all to begin to think about bringing together the marketplace and helping our community to grow and develop.

1.      The prophet leaders. We, as ministers of God, are to be prophetic leaders to take their seat in leadership in a community. So, pull up a chair, at the mayor's table, at the table of the city council, maybe at the San Hedrin Council and sit at that seat as a prophetic leader, to provide the kind of leadership needed to bring a community together and to cause church-based compassion to grow.

2.      Compassion is an opportunity to build a relationship. Isn't that great? When we walk out into the city streets, highways and byways, and we look at one another, look through the eyes of a compassioned builder. Be a builder of relationships. This is what these authors are saying to us to build truth within the community. Let truth arise and let its enemies be scattered.

3.      Jump. I loved that. Dave Donaldson got so emotional about this and I loved it. You could just feel his heart beating out of his chest as he said, jump into compassion. Take your biggest leap, find whatever that big leap is. He didn't say to take baby steps. He said, giddy up, jump into action for your community.

I'm going to offer one more takeaway to you that I do as a product of the Greenelines podcast, and that's this book I just kind of finished reading or I got through a major section last night that moved me and the name of the book was Atomic Habits. Many of you have read it because it is a multi-million, best-selling book, but it hit this place of differentiating between a goal and a system. A goal is something can lead us to disappointment. We can end by not reaching our goal. But a system develops procedures. And if we do procedures, we will accomplish goals.

 

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guests: Dave Donaldson and Wendell Vinson

Dave Donaldson and Wendell Vinson, founders of CityServe International, teach compassion is an opportunity to build relationships. It's a superpower given to believers to break down barriers. Listen to hear how neighborhood churches can lead with church-based compassion in their communities based on the book CityServe.

 

Subscribe to the Greenelines podcast and newsletter

 

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: Today is a little bit of an unusual show in that I've got two authors with me who've written a book that you'll know about and that you'll want to get. In fact, be prepared. You might want to buy several to give away. But I think you're going to know them first by their mission and how they work. You know Hal Donaldson because he's one of the founders of Convoy of Hope. Convoy of Hope has done so much across the world, not just where they were planted, but in the missions that they've completed around the world. Maybe we'll get him to talk about that a little bit. And we have a pastor with us, as well and a pastor that I think you're going to know extremely well, Pastor Wendell Vinson from California. You're going to know him by the size of his work, by his contributions, and who he is as a man of God. I have both of them on the line with me. I'm excited to introduce their book to you. They are co-editors, they put a great book together. The name of the book is CityServe: Your Guide to Church Based Compassion. Who would have thought that we need a book to understand church-based compassion.

 

·         Read the story: How This Christlike Act Can Reach Hundreds of Millions of Lost Souls

 

So, to you, Dave. I want to talk a little bit about Convoy. You founded that. Did you ever believe or conceive that it would do the work that it's done over the course of your mission life with Convoy of Hope?

 

What They’re Saying About CityServe, the Book

·         “I believe the vision, models and expertise shared in CityServe will spark a fire inside to see the miracle God can do in your own neighborhood.” – Tommy Barnett, Pastor and Founder, The Dream Center

·         “I buy a book hoping for one good idea; CityServe has a hundred.” – Rick Bezet, Founder and Lead Pastor, New  Life Church, AR; co-founder of ARC

·         “At Focus on the Family, we know that the first line of defense for families is the local church. That’s why I’m so excited about CityServe. This book will be a tremendous resource for churches as they engage in the critical work of helping troubled marriages, equipping parents in the challenges they face, and embracing struggling families with the hope of Christ.” – Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family.

 

Dave Donaldson: What's amazing is the family that took us in after our parents were in an accident in 1969 … Our dad was killed and mother survived, but they had pin her back together again. And 25 years later, we were celebrating the start of Convoy of Hope with over 70 million people helped. The Davis', this family that took us in that helped us get on our feet, he asked me that question. He said, I never knew our love for your family would result in helping so many people. That's what happens when we share what we have. God's not asking us to share what we don't have. But when we share what we have, like they shared with us, God took that compassion and generosity where we lived in their single-wide trailer for nearly six months, taking care of us, and he multiplied that into my brothers and I starting Convoy of Hope. And because of that what the enemy had intended for defeat, God has turned into victory. We give Him all the glory. We believe that we're still at the beginning of the beginning, but we're now celebrating over 100 million people that have been helped in America and around the world.

Dr. Steve Greene: Brother, did that start in Springfield? Is that where you were in the single-wide trailer?

Dave Donaldson: No, it was in the Bay Area.

Dr. Steve Greene: How did you get to Springfield with the Convoy? What caused you to move there?

Dave Donaldson: My brothers and I ended up going to Evangel University. And my children have graduated from there now. Subsequent to that, the Assemblies of God, under the leadership of Tom Trask and others, got behind Convoy of Hope. We got our own trucks, warehouses, started doing the city-wide outreaches across the country. And then after building that infrastructure, we were able to respond quickly and effectively to victims of disasters. And then from that, we began to work in countries around the globe.

Dr. Steve Greene: Well, pastor Wendell, you've got a great church there in Canyon hills Church in California. Can you tell us a little bit about your church, your ministry and what you're called to do as a pastor?

Pastor Wendell Vinson: We've been here 36 years. We began with the group of 16 people in 1983. And as a church, we just began to understand, over the years the power of the local church, engaging in community reaching into the brokenness of society, with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. We like to say that compassion is like a superpower that the Lord gives us. When we are compassionate, when we operate in kindness, it lowers the barriers to the gospel. Romans 2:4 says the kindness of the Lord that leads us to repentance. Many times, people have barriers that they've put up. But as we reach them, with kindness, they lower those barriers. They're more open to the gospel, really an opportunity to share Christ with them. Our church has really been built off of proclaiming Christ in the context of need and the brokenness and community.

Dr. Steve Greene: Brothers, you both are senior leaders, amazing men of God. You’ve had a ministry that some would put a period at the end of and say I'm done, find me a little rocking chair. But you're starting completely almost a new work, certainly a movement that we will just call City Serve and the book is your guide to church-based compassion. So, let's begin there for either one of you. How do you want to speak to us and our audience about the concept of church-based compassion?

Dave Donaldson: Steve, we've worked with pastors, churches in America and around the globe, and so many of these pastors are discouraged. As Wendell likes to say, they just feel outgunned. I remember speaking at a church and the pastor, he went up to the podium. I thought he was going to introduce me. But instead, he resigned from the church. To make matters worse, my sermon topic or title was never quit; never give up. Afterwards, we were having lunch with he and his wife and they shared with us, they were discouraged. They said, quote, there are just too many problems in our church and in our community. So, Wendell, and I wrote this book, City Serve: Your Guide to Church Based Compassion, and have launched this new ministry called City Serve to help these pastors see the so-called problems as opportunities for the church to be the church. Wendell can share with you some of the details of what's taken place thus far.

Pastor Wendell Vinson: One of the things is that across America, in every broken or hurting neighborhood, there's a local church. In many cases, those small, local churches, small to medium-sized local churches, feel very outgunned as Dave mentioned. They feel like they are alone in that neighborhood trying to respond to the need, but they feel under resourced. It’s an important time right now for the church in our culture and our world to really work cohesively together. If we're going to solve big problems, we're gonna have to do it together. Those neighborhood churches need to know that the larger churches are behind them or with them, they're not alone. We need to help resource them because in a very real way, those neighborhoods are a powerful mission field. When Jesus was talking about the harvest, he said, look on the fields, don't say that is four months until the harvest. It's ready right now. The problem is, he said, there are a lack of laborers. So, pray to the Lord of the harvest that he'll raise up laborers. In reality, that's the need for the church, as Dave said, to be the church, to really lean into that brokenness. But those neighborhood churches need to feel the support of the larger body of Christ. City Serve is about empowering those neighborhood churches and standing with them, really making the journey with them, so they're not alone.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, this is a book that's been edited. You brought in a series of different types of articles and chapters by some big-name folks. What was it you were trying to assemble in the book that would give us a broad approach, basically, to lead? It’s as much a leadership book as anything.

·         Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (MEV)

Dave Donaldson: Well, first of all, we start off the book with what's called for prophet leader? We believe that God is destined for spiritual leaders and a community to take their rightful and responsible place of influence. But Steve, it's like the game of musical chairs. If they don't take that seat, it will be occupied by others that do not share our moral biblical values. I like to say there's no such thing as a naked public square. As you know, I worked in D.C. for over a decade, was part of the whole faith-based initiative with Clinton and then President Bush and government, as an institution, it's well meaning. You have wonderful people there. You have Christian people there. You have people that are not Christians that are there for the right reasons. But as an institution, it's trying to provide hope without faith. It doesn't work. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that the root system to hope is faith. For example, deliverance from addictions, it requires a change of heart and habits. That's only going to happen through the work of the Holy Spirit. So, we want to we want to challenge, we want to equip leaders to embrace their role that God prophesied through Isaiah in Isaiah 58, to rebuild the ancient ruins, to raise up the age-old foundation. That's those neighborhood churches and to become for prophet leaders. Then the second is that there's an abundance of compassion models out there that are hidden. They are siloed and tragically, they're lost because there's no system in place to search, discover, disseminate, and then equip these leaders with those models. Wendell likes to talk about how we've got to create. We have to find compassion models and ministries that are scalable.

 

Connect with CityServe International

·         At cityserve.us

·         On Facebook

·         On Vimeo

 

Subscribe to the Greenelines podcast and newsletter

 

Greenelines Takeaways

What a great time we had with these two powerful authors and I want to offer up three takeaways from the podcast for you to chew on throughout your day. And as you go make your way to get this book. I really hope it's something that you'd give away in your community and help us all to begin to think about bringing together the marketplace and helping our community to grow and develop.

1.      The prophet leaders. We, as ministers of God, are to be prophetic leaders to take their seat in leadership in a community. So, pull up a chair, at the mayor's table, at the table of the city council, maybe at the San Hedrin Council and sit at that seat as a prophetic leader, to provide the kind of leadership needed to bring a community together and to cause church-based compassion to grow.

2.      Compassion is an opportunity to build a relationship. Isn't that great? When we walk out into the city streets, highways and byways, and we look at one another, look through the eyes of a compassioned builder. Be a builder of relationships. This is what these authors are saying to us to build truth within the community. Let truth arise and let its enemies be scattered.

3.      Jump. I loved that. Dave Donaldson got so emotional about this and I loved it. You could just feel his heart beating out of his chest as he said, jump into compassion. Take your biggest leap, find whatever that big leap is. He didn't say to take baby steps. He said, giddy up, jump into action for your community.

I'm going to offer one more takeaway to you that I do as a product of the Greenelines podcast, and that's this book I just kind of finished reading or I got through a major section last night that moved me and the name of the book was Atomic Habits. Many of you have read it because it is a multi-million, best-selling book, but it hit this place of differentiating between a goal and a system. A goal is something can lead us to disappointment. We can end by not reaching our goal. But a system develops procedures. And if we do procedures, we will accomplish goals.

 

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

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