God Space is Where . . .
…God is felt and encountered in tangible ways that address the longings and cries of the heart
…we come to the end of our own finite resources and experience the infinite resources of God
…the natural gives way to the supernatural
…seeds of faith are planted, watered, and nurtured
…gentleness and respect are present, judgment is absent, and divine dialogue flows naturally because trust has been established
…the invisible principles of God’s kingdom are made visible in ways people can see, touch, and feel
…friends of sinners—in other words, where all of us dwell
… cynics, skeptics, scoffers, and spiritually curious people alike can raise their questions, share their doubts, voice their concerns, and even vent their anger toward God and the church
…the “unworthy” feel safe enough to bring their real selves out into the light and journey one step at a time toward the magnetic pull they sense deep in their souls
…spiritual curiosity is aroused and the message of Christianity becomes plausible
Faith Adventure Challenges
After watching the video clip above, below you’ll find a variety of faith adventure challenges intended to help you and your faith community create some “God Space” in practical, doable, and authentic ways.
360 Review Often we can remain blind in the Christian community because we are not doing 360 reviews. Have you had one lately? If not, check this out!
Moving toward the Angst In a post-Christian culture, more and more people are carrying around some angst towards Christians. If you’d like to find out how to redeem this angst and re-open closed and embittered hearts towards God, check this clip out.
One Good Question Away If great questions pave the way for great conversations, you may be one good question away from a significant spiritual conversation.
Unleashing God’s Holy Hurricane How do we bring God’s Word into a conversation without closing it down, find out here . . .
Repairing Burnt Bridges Often in our attempts to share our faith we burn bridges rather than build them. Here is a sure fire way to rebuild the bridges you may have burnt in the journey.
More Field Trips Field trips are necessary if you want to move from inward focused Christian living to outward focused Christian living.
First Downs or Touchdowns? If you want to see more touchdowns (spiritual births) in your faith community, you might be better off to focus on first downs and sustained drives than “Hail Mary” attempts because effective evangelism begins where people are not where we’d like them to be.
Prayer Experiment Many in the culture are not ready to hear the truth we’d like to share with them so instead of laying it on them let’s pray it on them instead.
Keeping in Step With The Spirit Sojourning with someone to the cross requires a sensitivity to God’s Spirit and a realization that it’s a sacred process which requires us to function much like spiritual mid-wives.
Let’s Get Lost More Often If you want to find your way in this ever changing culture you need to get lost more often.
My-opia Most of us need to increase our awareness if we are going to see the world the way Jesus did. Here’a a thirty-one day challenge that will help you increase your spiritual vision.
Gospel Demonstrations Many times we have to make the invisible Kingdom visible in tangible ways to create space for spiritual conversations to happen naturally.
The Only “Silver Bullet” If you are looking for a silver bullet that works with all people in all situations, I only have one to offer you.
Spotlight On Others Philippians 2:3 exhorts us to “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves . . .” Let’s apply this to our conversations, here’s how.
Wondering Into Other’s Lives “Wondering” releases us from agenda driven conversations and allows us to have natural, authentic spiritual conversations which engage the heart.
Who is Doug Pollock?
Doug Pollock is committed to guiding God’s people into outward focused living. He is an author, a speaker, a chaplain in the YMCA, and a reflective practitioner whose focus is to help Christ followers worldwide increase the quality and the quantity of their spiritual conversations in practical, doable, and authentic ways.
Since 1983, Doug’s ministry with Athletes in Action has taken him to 39 different countries, 6 of our 7 continents, and throughout most of the United States to share God’s never-changing message with an ever-changing world.
His two books “Irresistible Evangelism” and “God Space” in combination with his outwardly-focused workshop have opened up doors for Doug to speak in faith communities worldwide. He is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences across the U.S. He’s had the privilege of speaking at the Pentagon’s Prayer breakfast in Washington D. C., the national staff conferences of Campus Crusade for Christ (now known as CRU) in the U.S, Canada, Moldova, and Poland, and has done two national speaking tours of New Zealand.
Doug has an undergraduate degree from Kent State University, and graduate degrees from Miami of Ohio, and Columbia International University. He is married to his wife Martha, and they have 2 boys named David and Jonathan. They make their home just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.
I grew up in a home where sleeping in on Sunday morning was not an option. However, I could not understand why my parents thought religion was so important. How could they expect me to believe in something I couldn’t see; and put my trust in a book that was written thousands of years ago? As far as I was concerned they had to be three fries short of a happy meal.
These reflected some of my attitudes towards Christianity during the first 20 years of my life. To me Christianity seemed more like a concentration camp because it caged me in and prohibited me from having any real fun in life. I partially resolved this torture by using the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde routine. Around my parents, I did by best to be the fine young Christian son they wanted me to be; but when I stepped out with my friends I was transformed into the kind of guy no mother could trust her daughter with. On the weekends, I always attempted to be the wildest guy at the parties by drinking the most, rolling the biggest joints, or by pulling the craziest stunts. My dating life reflected the popular locker-room attitude of how much can you get rather than how much can you give.
After graduating from high school, I attended a branch campus of Kent State University where I lettered in basketball and tennis. With only 1200 hundred students on campus, my popularity as well as my ego grew with my success in athletics. I perceived myself as having it all altogether.
It was time for my bubble to be burst and the girl I had been dating for 2 1/2 years had the pin to do it with. She had the audacity to tell me she wanted to go out with other guys. This prompted me to take a serious look at myself. For the first time I realized that my life was allot like a hot air balloon; colorful on the outside but empty on the inside.
When I returned to Kent State for the second semester of my junior year, a Christian group on campus was sponsoring a talk on guy / girl relationships. I was no dummy! I figured the least I could do after striking out was to check it out. That night I heard some things that made sense to me for the first time. I began to realize that my sole source of happiness came from external things such as sports, girlfriends, and material things. Internally speaking, these things brought momentary satisfaction but no true lasting fulfillment. For the first time, I felt insecure because my whole life was built on things that could be taken away. I think the philosopher Pascal summed up my situation best when he said “that within every man and woman is a God shaped vacuum that only God can fill.”
After recognizing this truth, I began to seek God intensely by reading Christian books, studying the Bible, praying, and asking committed Christian’s questions about their faith. During the next couple of months most of my intellectual conflicts with Christianity were dealt with. Now it was time for a heart transplant! In the quietness of my room one night, I invited the living Christ to forgive me for my sins and to make me the kind of man He wanted me to be. During the next couple of weeks and until this very day, I have seen a progressive transformation of my life from the inside out. Christ gave me a new direction and purpose for life. I could now enjoy life without altering my state of consciousness. By God’s strength I was able to turn from my pattern of sexual conquest and remain sexually pure until marriage. My relationship with my parents steadily grew more intimate as I no longer had to hide my lifestyle from them. God gave me a new motivation to go to school and apply the mind He had given me. Looking back now, I realize that I did not give my life to God that night but I received a whole new life from Him. It took me 20 years to realize that Christianity is not a religion or a bunch of rituals and traditions; it’s a personal relationship between God and me through Jesus Christ. It was in 1979 A.D. that I came to realize that Christ wasn’t dead but alive.
Jonathan, Doug, Martha & David