What happened? The death of my mother took a huge toll on me personally and people around me were trying to mold into what they thought was the best way to raise a girl child. I struggled to stay calm and be who they wanted me to be, so that I would not be scolded for trying to be me.
Longing for a Better Future
As the years passed by, I was looking forward to going to college where I knew I would be away from preying eyes. I could try to be me. But it truly never happened as I was always trying to hide in the shadows of others and be validated by them.
While all this was going on I had given my life to Christ as a young teenage girl in secondary school. Yet I had not truly embraced the love of a loving God until I got into college and I joined a Christian fellowship. I achieved a deeper level of understanding of who God is and how much He loved me and how unique He made me to be.
So, I began the quest to discover who I was and what purpose God had for my life. I had worked in various fields and careers but one thing always stood out and that was my passions. I desired to support young adults who were struggling with who they are. I was also drawn to support women by helping them discover who they are and to have the right values that truly define them.
Discovery of GPS Life Journey
By the time I left college, I got married to the love of my life who saw so much potential on the inside of me. He was always supportive and pushed me to build on my capacity. It was during that journey of building capacity that I got a text message from one of my mentors, Dr. Yemi Alfred, inviting me on a journey of self-discovery called the GPS Life Journey.
Wow! I was curious and immediately called her to let her know I would sign up. This was in March, 2016. This discovery was the turning point in my life. I was able to truly define myself, understand my personality, my strengths and weaknesses. And, most importantly I discovered God’s purpose for my life. Light and understanding came to me. I began to explore new areas in children’s and youth ministry and women ministry also.
By 2017 I started an NGO for children where we support vulnerable children by sending them back to school and supporting them through training and counselling to help give them hope for a better tomorrow. This year is our sixth year and the Lord has helped us to impact so many children and we are trusting Him to reach more.
From Nigeria to the United Arab Emirates
As the Lord would have it, I relocated with my children to join my husband in 2018 who was working in the United Arab Emirates so we could be together as a family. By 2020 covid happened and the whole world was locked down and I started seeking new ways to build myself and also support other people around me. I reached out to Risa Baker, a global GPS Life Journey Facilitator, and told her that I also would love to be a GPS Life Facilitator.She was eager to train me. I was equipped and I went on to train other women.
Today I use it as a tool for coaching and training for the women in the women’s ministry the Lord led to start a year after I relocated to UAE. Because of the real danger of Christian group meetings here, my greatest asset is the ability to facilitate GPS online.
GPS Life journey is a sure way to go if you truly desire to discover God’s Plan for living a significant life. Thank you, Nolen Rollins, for developing this. GPS is not a book but a process that you go through to discover God’s purpose for the next stage of your life.
Angelica Ugo Macdestiny is a Certified GPS Life Journey Facilitator and ministry leader in the United Arab Emirates.
Another Note from Nolen, founder and president of GPS Life Journey. We trust all is going well with you. All is going extremely well with GPS Life Journey. We are in the process of conducting more GPS Life Journey workshops than we have in many years. We are grateful for all of you that are participating in these workshops.
And if you have not been through the GPS Life Journey workshop to discover God's purpose for your life. We encourage you to do so by considering one of the upcoming workshops. We notify everyone subscribed to our newsletter at the beginning of each month. Not yet subscribed? Use the form below to join us!
You can also find out the listing of upcoming workshops by visiting our EVENTS page. We have events coming up at the First Baptist Church in Lenoir City, TN; First Presbyterian Church Bonita Springs FL, the Summit Church, Naples Campus in Naples, FL; Estero United Methodist Church in Estero FL; Highland Park Baptist Church in Lenoir City, TN; and a couple of churches in Houston, TX in the next few months.
If you would like to participate, then get in touch and let us know. We'd love to have you join us and discover God's purpose for your life and fulfil that purpose and bring great glory to Him. God bless you.
Discovered GPS Life Journey
While attending Legacy Church in Estero, Florida, and meeting Nolen Rollins I learned about a unique opportunity to participate in a workshop he had developed called the GPS Life Journey, designed to find my God given purpose for the next phase of my life. It resonated with me, so I signed up to take a GPS Life Journey Blitz over a weekend in the fall of 2017. I obtained the workbook in advance of the workshop and diligently worked on the homework and preparation.
I went into the GPS Life Journey with great anticipation and an open mind to where God would lead me. Not only was I thrilled with the workshop, I stayed an extra day to become a trained GPS Life Journey Facilitator, and I have since led several other people through the GPS Life Journey process myself.
The GPS Life Journey and Nolen Rollins’ experienced and skilled facilitation met me exactly where I was in need. It helped me appreciate my personality, life and career experiences, gifts, strengths, passions and interests, and what I was uniquely equipped to do.
I came out of the GPS Life Journey with a new mission statement: My mission is to mentor, coach and build trusting relationships with business and organizational leaders to make a positive difference in their lives. I was being called to invest my time and experience in developing leaders and helping younger leaders navigate their careers, relationships, faith journeys, finances, and personal health.
So in 2018, I made a transition out of the corporate executive role, achieving metrics and financial results, to making a significant difference in the lives of leaders, and organizations they serve.
Fast forward to today, in 2023, I’m a Senior Associate at Nelson/Kraft & Associates (www.nelsonandkraft.com) where I am an executive coach and consultant to boards and executive teams and I get to partner with search teams in executive searches.
God has put me in a position to use my faith, skills, career, and ministry experiences to develop leaders and high-performance teams for faith based not-for-profit and for-profit businesses and organizations. I’m helping leaders and organizations make a greater Kingdom impact!
It’s been a journey over the last five years, but it’s rewarding to see how seeds that were planted during my GPS Life Journey in 2017 have come to fruition all these years later. It feels good to be living on mission!
Jeff Pitchford is a Senior Associate at Nelson/Kraft & Associates, Canada
In this Note From Nolen, Nolen Rollins the Founder and President of GPS Life Journey. Recorded in Georgia, USA, on his way to visit his grandchildren and daughter for a dance that night.
He reminds you to RSVP today for the GPS Life Journey Leadership Summit happening on on April 27-29, 2023 - Equipping GPS Life Journey Facilitators and Movement Leaders.
Gather with Your Peers from around the World
Purpose: Equip GPS Life Journey Facilitators and Movement Leaders to be more successful in mobilizing individuals for engagement in Kingdom Ministry
How to Start and Lead a GPS Life Journey Movement
How to Develop a Church Model for a GPS Life Journey Movement
How to Engage Churches in a GPS Life Journey Movement
How to Build a GPS Life Journey Movement Team
How to Facilitate a GPS Life Journey Group
How to Enlist People for GPS Life Journey Groups
How to Help Individuals Understand their GPS Personal Profiles
How to Follow Up on GPS Life Journey Graduates
How to Keep GPS Life Journey Participants Records
How to Share GPS Life Journey Graduate Stories
How to Coach GPS Life Journey Graduates
Ideas for Marketing and Promoting GPS Life Journey
And... Whatever Else You May Need Help With
Schedule (20 Hours):
Thursday, April 27, 2:00 – 8:00 PM (Dinner included)
Friday, April 28, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Lunch and Dinner included)
Saturday, April 29, 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
$399 Per Individual
$599 Per Couple
$249 Per Individual for Groups of 3 or More
Includes all Conference Materials, Meals and Snacks
(Does not include Lodging and Transportation. The nearest airport is Knoxville, Tennessee, McGhee Tyson Airport, TYS. A list of local hotels, restaurants and attractions will be provided as requested.)
Contact Nolen Rollins to Register @
GPS Life Journey Global Office
2085 Simpson Road E.
Lenoir City, Tennessee, USA, 37772
Note: Plan to spend extra days in the region if you have not been to East Tennessee. The Great Smoky Mountains and numerous related tourist attractions are nearby.
Greetings from the GPS Life Journey Global Office. Nolen Rollins, founder and president of GPS Life Journey with another brief message. It's our pleasure to announce the GPS Life Journey Leadership Summit, April 27-29, 2023. At the GPS Life Journey Global Office in Tennessee.
This summit is for everyone who is a GPS Facilitator, those who may desire to become a GPS Facilitator, and especially those who are movement leaders in churches, regions and countries.
This summit will help you to become even far more effective in your leadership and helping other people to discover and engage in God's purposes for their lives. For more information you can send Nolen and email email@example.com or give him a call at 239-860-0096
We hope you will seriously consider coming and being a part of this Leadership Summit. We hope to see you that weekend in April, 2023. God Bless!
Adventure awaits! A new mission connected to my gifts and passions - jim robertson's story
We found the assimilation at a church with over a thousand people in attendance a little intimidating so we attended a variety of events and church gatherings to get connected with people. We met Nolen Rollins, the Founder and President of the GPS Life Journey, at a dessert gathering hosted by First Baptist Church, Lenoir City, Tennessee last spring.
We learned that we both live in the same apartment complex waiting for houses to be built and that he loves pickleball, a sport recently introduced to us. He also mentioned something called the GPS Life Journey, that was designed to help individuals discover their life purposes. We tucked that away until we received a phone call a couple of months later asking us if we would be interested in participating in the initial 8-week GPS Life Journey course that would be offered by the church. We decided to participate.
From personality types and strength finder assessments, to spiritual gifts and personal passions, the course provided the tools and resources for us to develop a personal mission statement. The process homed in my focus to put something into practice that has been on my mind the last four years.
My mother spent the last few years of her life in an assisted living facility in Mississippi. When I visited, I saw that she was adjusting to assisted living as her mission field. I was struck by the relationships she developed with her neighbors and staff. Then, a few years ago, my mother-in-law moved into an assisted living facility.
Since she lived two miles from us in California, my wife and I participated in the various challenges associated with transitioning from a home she had lived in for over 50 years to a new environment that included staff conflicts, additional health issues and the occasional fall that would include trips to emergency rooms where family would be by her side. Though the times were trying, I found a sense of purpose to connect with her and others at the assisted living facility. Now, fast forward to our participation in the GPS Life Journey class.
Even though I was actively involved in various volunteer positions at churches most of my life, sometimes my service was not consistent with my gifts or passions, leading to frustration or burnout. Knowing that God still has work for us, He used the resources of GPS Life Journey to personalize my mission that would coincide with my passions.
My mission is “To show the love of Christ to Assisted Living Residents through encouragement, prayer and other resources to fulfill their roles in Christ”.
However, the GPS Life Journey class doesn’t end with the mission statement; it also provides the plan to put the mission into motion. So even though the course is just 8 weeks, the results usher in our next chapter with God’s Plan for Significance along this Life Journey.
Click here to find out when the next GPS Life Journey events are happening, including online via zoom!
Greetings from the GPS Life Journey Global Office here in East Tennessee. I want to wish for you and your family a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year in 2023.
If you have not been through GPS Life Journey, I want to encourage you to make it a priority in the new year. You will discover and learn how to fulfill your God given purpose for your life.
If you have gone through GPS Life Journey and you have gotten off track on fulfilling your God given mission. I encourage you to go through GPS Life Journey again and renew your vision and purpose for your life.
If you are a GPS Life Journey Facilitator take time to enlist your family and friends in a small group. You can help them to discover God's purpose for their lives in this coming year.
God bless you and may this coming year bring Him the greatest glory in all of your life.
Find out what events are happening here or leave a comment if you're interested to learn more.
Nolen Rollins here with another Note from Nolen. In this video I am sitting on the creek bank behind our new house in Loudon, Tennessee. I am enjoying this beautiful fall weather in this season of the year. As we enter the last two months of this year, I want to challenge you to think about what is God's purpose for your life. Are you actively engaged in fulfilling that purpose?
Why don't you take time over the next two months, November and December. The schedule usually slows down and we have more time for reflection. Think about what difference this next year is going to make in the kingdom of God for you. Are you going to be actively engaged in fulfilling God's purpose and bringing Him glory? Will you be making a significant difference in the world? Take the next couple of months to think about what God has in store for you for the coming year?
GPS Life Journey is always here to help you to discover what is God's purpose for your life and how can you develop a strategy to fulfil that purpose? Let us know in the comments if we can help you. God bless.
Nolen Rollins and I first met through our mutual association with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He told me about the GPS (God’s Plan for Significance) Life Journey Program. My wife, Mary, and I hosted a GPS session in the spring of 2019. The timing of developing a personal mission statement, a major part of GPS, was ideal.
I was retiring within months, so crafting my own mission statement greatly impacted my thinking about how to approach the next chapter of my life. My mission is to “Glorify God by focusing on family, health and other Spirit-led opportunities which leave a legacy of impact.” This statement has guided me every day of my retirement journey. The photo is from Halloween of 2021 and captures how much fun we are having with our three precious grandkids.
When we first moved back to Pittsburgh to be close to family after retiring, Mary and I had childcare responsibilities four days a week due to the pandemic. In addition, I have placed a much higher priority on both my spiritual and physical health. Exercise is now a scheduled part of most days, and I’ve come to enjoy it. Above all, I’ve grown in my faith, increased my prayer life and continue to listen for God’s Spirit-led opportunities for my life.
One such Spirit-led opportunity has been to explore ways to honor and recognize the life’s work of my mentor, Frances Hesselbein. Frances is the former CEO of Girl Scouts, USA and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award. Her mantra is “To Serve is to Live”. I would welcome the opportunity to share with you 10 of her leadership lessons and how they apply to these turbulent times. If interested in receiving this information, just send me an email @ Ldpphd@gmail.com.
Another Spirit-led opportunity is the prayerful re-opening of my consulting practice, Patouillet Consulting 2.0, utilizing 40+ years in the field of higher education to help colleges, universities and community-based nonprofits advance their respective missions.
It is my hope that this work will make a lasting difference in the future of these organizations and the people they serve, thus contributing to a legacy of impact.
While my wife and I try to treasure every opportunity we have with our three grandchildren, consulting will facilitate special trips with our son, daughter-in-law and grandkids to explore God’s complicated, but beautiful world and to create more magical memories. My prayer is that when my time on this earth is over, that I will have used God’s blessings in my life to serve and bless others- and that my family especially our grandchildren see this as how life should be lived.
Lee Patouillet, Ph.D.
President, Patouillet Consulting
"It's Football Time in Tennessee!" That's what the public announcer address says at the start of every University of Tennessee Football Game. Well today is the day! This video is being recorded on September 1st, 2022, even though you will get it a few days later. Tennessee opens their football season today. Nolen says, "It's good to be back in Tennessee, where I now have again, after several years, season tickets. I am look forward to a great year. You may say what does this have to do with GPS Life Journey? Absolutely nothing. I just wanted to say to all my GPS friends, all around the world. Go VOLS!"
Nolen Rollins, Founder & President of GPS Life Journey