This month's story is from Barb Dunn's GPS testimony! "I work in corporate training and development in the pharma/medical industry. My husband, who is a New York City crane operator, is hoping to retire next year. When we moved away from our home in New Jersey and our church, Hillside Lutheran Brethren, of 28 years to come to Tennessee, finding a church home was very important to us. When we found First Baptist Church of Lenoir City, we were baptized and became members in the Spring of 2021.
While waiting to see what Dan and I could do together in ministry after he retires, I said yes to a few things at our new church but I felt a little scattered. I decided to sign up for the GPS Life Journey in May of 2023. I thought this might be like The Purpose Driven Life I read and facilitated years ago. I was intrigued. And anything Pastor John recommends has to be good! So, I signed up.
I always shared the verse Jeremiah 29:11 with my husband and sons, but this got me thinking. Why did I know that God had a plan and purpose for my life but never asked any more questions? I was pleased when the first verse shared in the GPS Life Journey class was Jeremiah 29:11. GPS Life Journey didn’t only ask the questions for me, it led me step by step to hear God’s answers for this stage of my life and gave me direction!
And as it goes, anytime I go through any training, I look at it as a participant and as a professional. I absolutely loved the program. And as an encouraging “I” personality and one who exists to equip my family and community by encouraging and pointing them to biblical truths to fulfill God‘s purposes in their lives, guess who was encouraged to become a facilitator of the GPS program?
The Lord has a plan for your life too. His word is true and tells us so, again in Jeremiah 29:11. I would be excited to walk with you as you discover what that plan is for the next stage of your life! I cannot encourage you enough to go through the GPS Life Journey program!"
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In this month's Note from Nolen, Nolen Rollins shares one of his favorite quotes. Dr. Bill Bright was the famous founder and Christian leader of Campus Crusade for Christ, now called CRU. He made famous the statement, "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life." We could not agree more. God loves you, and He has a wonderful plan for your life.
He has a specific purpose or mission for the next stage of your life. GPS Life Journey is all about helping you discover what is God's purpose for the next stage of your life. And then we help you develop a strategy to fulfill that purpose.
In John 17:4 Jesus, God, the son, speaking to God, the father said, father, I have glorified you here on earth, having accomplished or fulfilled the purpose of the reason you sent me here.
John 17:4 New International Version
4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.
And that purpose was to die on the cross to pay our sin debt. Does it not make sense that if Jesus brought great glory to God by accomplishing God's specific purpose for him here on earth, that you will do the same? Discover God's purpose in your life. Bring God great glory.
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Watch this video to meet one of GPS Life Journey Facilitators... below is a transcript in his own words.
"My name is Jim Robertson and my wife and I relocated to East Tennessee a couple years ago. We were wondering what was our next phase going to be at the new church and new environment. We had a chance to talk with Nolen Rollins. We learned about GPS Life Journey so we took the class.
We learned more about ourselves through a variety of assessments, spiritual gift tests, personality tests, and defining our passions. It really gave me a chance to see that God was leading me to work with assisted living residents.
I was able to put together a mission plan and Roadmap that helped me achieve those goals to where I was doing something I felt was really worthwhile. While we were taking the class we realized that there was an opportunity to help others and to facilitate other GPS courses. It gave us the chance work with others to help them find their passions and to find their goals.
That's something that the GPS class has done for us and we feel real good about what we've been able to do at the church and in our community. As we look at our next phase in life, this is something that we're excited about doing."
If you are interested in becoming a GPS Life Journey Facilitator then please contact us to learn more.
We knew we wanted to serve within the church in some capacity but exactly what was a mystery to both of us. Then low and behold, one Sunday our Pastor announced an upcoming class called GPS Life Journey that was designed to help people find God’s plan for the next stages of their lives. We signed up online while we were still in the parking lot of the church that day!
While I was definitely excited to start the GPS Life Journey course, I was a little wary of how effective the course would turn out. As a professional, I took personality tests and they were accurate but that was all, nothing about what to do with said personality! I have also taken a few spiritual gift assessment tests and I had the same questions as I did with the personality test. “What do I do know? How is this applicable to my life?” As it turns out, this time would definitely be the exception to the rule.
It was a seven-week course that started with learning my personal profile, that included seven assessments, and how to hear from God, which then culminated in the development of a personal mission statement with a vision and strategy for making the plan happen. What a gift from the church, from author and facilitator Nolen Rollins and most of all from God.
Author Nolen has done what no other program has done before him and that is how to determine what God’s Plan for Significance is for your Life Journey!
So, what is the next phase of my life’s journey?
My mission is to guide people in discovering God’s plan for their lives through the GPS Life Journey process and to organize a free standing health clinic for the working uninsured of Loudon County, Tennessee. You see, God sometimes has a different plan that you might have thought. He decided to use my education and nursing skills to fulfill His plan for me. I am thrilled to follow His plan.
When the Free Health Clinic is completed, I know exactly how to find God’s next plan for me!
Oh, and I won’t be telling God what I think that is; I will listen to what He tells me?
GPS Life Journey Story by Paula Mills
Nolen Rollins shares in this Note from Nolen - how GPS Life Journey graduates can be good stewards. Scripture tells us that it is required that stewards be found faithful. God expects us to be faithful stewards of everything he has given to us. This includes our gifts in abilities and giftedness, and includes our financial resources.
Session 8 of GPS Life Journey deals with this. We encourage graduates of GPS Life Journey to at least twice a year, do as Nolen Rollins does, to sit down and evaluate:
In this video blog you get to meet Bishop Kenneth Eze from Nigeria, as he shares why he loves to be a GPS Life Journey Facilitator.
GPS Life Journey material has helped so many people to discover their God given purpose and to fulfil it. Bishop Kenneth Eze is a witness to that. As a pastor, he says that he was just going through the motions until he participated in GPS Life Journey process. His life was transformed!
As a senior pastor at LivingSpring Christian Assembly, he has seen what a tremendous tool in the hands of the Holy Spirit to help individuals - whatever color, whatever creed or whatever status in life - to be able to find out and discover God's purpose for their lives and fulfil it.
He has seen family lives transformed. Great men and women in ministry and outside of ministry, who felt that their life has just begun when they discovered their GPS Life Journey secrets. He has seen families come back together who were close to the edge of divorce. Who say "ah ha, I now understand why my partner is doing what they are doing and all that."
He has seen pastors who's lives have been changed and their ministries transformed just because they went through the GPS Life Journey process. They discovered that things are not supposed to be so hard to do. That there are things that they are wired to do by God but never done them yet because they had never discovered it until they went through the GPS Life Journey.
He says, "I thank God for GPS Life Journey and for the privilege to be one of the people spreading the message about GPS Life Journey around the world. I thank God for that honor. I want to congratulate Nolen and say God Bless You. Thank you for letting the Holy Spirit use you to bring out great materials."
Jim Casali’s GPS Life Journey Story
It was my privilege to participate in the GPS Life Journey process many years ago in Naples, Florida. Several years ago, we relocated to Saint Augustine, Florida. Recently, I went back and reviewed all my GPS Life Journey Personal Road Map information and tweaked my purpose somewhat.
My giftedness and personal profile have always pointed to primarily a service role with learned leadership skills from my years in executive responsibilities at ASG Software solutions in Naples, Florida. I also have always desired to mentor young men but had never been able to get the two purposes aligned until moving to Saint Augustine.
Two years ago the church we are attending, Reverb Church, here in Saint Augustine moved out of a school environment into the vacant PGA Pro Shop building in the World Golf Complex across from the Golf Hall of Fame. Because of my background at ASG and working on the First Baptist Church Naples Staff, the Pastor here asked me to help them during the renovations of the new space. It took almost a year as it was a total gut out and rebuild.
They had a young man already on staff who was leading in worship and who had a construction background. He was given the responsibility of Director of Operations and we worked together during the build out.
After we moved into our new space our Pastor came to me and asked if I would consider taking on the volunteer role as Coach for the new Operations Team being assembled. After much prayer I agreed and it has been an amazing blessing for the last two years.
The Team is comprised of young married men, including the Director of Operations, and about half of them are fairly new believers. This ministry has allowed me to use my organizational, facilities and leadership skills to build the Team and set expectations for serving on the Team. In addition, I have been able to mentor several of these young men in so many aspects of their Christian walk.
It has taken me a while to find a ministry to apply my life purpose so fully. God has been patient with me. I have a lot to be thankful for, especially the GPS Life Journey process and Nolen Rollins’ leadership, influence, and friendship in my life over these many years.
There is nothing as fulfilling as knowing you are doing what God created and prepared you to do.
If you would like to participate in the GPS Life Journey process then please check for upcoming events in person and online here.
Nolen Rollins asks in this Note from Nolen how are you doing fulfilling God's purpose for the next stage of your life? All GPS Life Journey graduates should know what God's mission and purpose for your next stage of their life is. You discovered that as a process by participating in GPS Life Journey.
If you've encountered a roadblock or for some reason you have gotten off track on fulfilling God's mission and purpose for your life - we can help you get back on track!
We have many certified GPS Life Journey Facilitator Coaches all around the world. They can sit down with you and have a brief conversation. By asking you questions and guiding you, can help you get back on track in fulfilling God's purpose for the next stage of your life. Bringing Him great glory through your life!
We hope to hear from you soon. God bless you.
I questioned if that applied to me since I have been involved in Kingdom ministry for many years. I could not imagine learning anything new about “my purpose.” Yet, out of curiosity, I signed up. Since then, my life has been changed.
GPS Life Journey has given me “A New Beginning.” Now, I am ready and excited to live a life of significance, have greater impact in the Kingdom of God, and fulfill my God-given destiny of helping others learn how God has uniquely shaped them for a specific mission in His Kingdom.
What are you waiting for? Sign up for GPS Life Journey today and live your live on mission with God!
Mary Sue Jordan
Executive Director, Lenoir City, Tennessee Housing Authority
GPS Life Journey Facilitator
Another Note From Nolen, with the founder and president of GPS Life Journey. How is your garden growing? In this video you see Nolen in front of his garden in Laudon, TN, behind his house.
As you can see it is doing quite well.
Did you know that your life is a garden?
You put seeds in the ground. If you ignore the seeds you put in the ground. Then they do not develop and they do not grow. You do not become what God has intended for you to become.
You put many good seeds in the ground, when you participate in the GPS Life Journey workshop. How is your garden growing?
Nolen says: "I trust that you are taking the time as I am with my garden to cultivate, to get the weeds out, to give time and attention to your garden. So that it will grow and you'll produce God's plan for significance for your life as you fulfil His purpose for your life."
You can find out when the next GPS Life Journey workshop is happening on our EVENTS page. We offer in person and online via zoom. GPS Life Journey graduates can also choose 1:1 Coaching with Nolen. We look forward to helping you grow your garden.
Nolen Rollins, Founder & President of GPS Life Journey