We are honored to have the senior pastor John Hunn, talk at the GPS Life Journey Global Leadership Summit. He talks about the importance of GPS Life Journey and the impact that it has on his church, First Baptist Church of Lenoir City, Tennessee. Below are some highlights from the video with scripture.
GPS Life Journey is all about equipping and mobilizing. 2023 is the year of mobilizing at First Baptist Church of Lenoir City, Tennessee. Every quarter we have GPS Life Journey classes.
How GPS Life Journey helps with discipling people and doesn't mean spending more money! Spending more time with people and helping them discover God's purpose for their next season of life matters.
His approach is to do what the bible says and he appreciates how biblical GPS Life Journey. God's work for the church to equip the saints for the ministry.
Ephesians 4:11-12 New International Version
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
Theological - God's logic - do it His way, stick with the word and GPS Life Journey process is based on this.
It's very personal to John and GPS Life Journey is helping him to build a new testament church.
Matthew 16:18 New International Version
18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it.
He enjoyed GPS Life Journey so much, he took his staff through it and they did a two days retreat.
Identities that GPS speaks life into: Son of God, Servant of God, Slave of God, Soldier, Shepherd.
GPS Life Journey helps you understand why you work for God,
Galatians 2:20 New International Version
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
GPS Life Journey helps you win the war and do the hard work.
Purpose. Passion. Priority. All identified by GPS Life Journey and helps churches fill their ministry with people who have discovered their gifts.
Foundation - takes a long time to build this, hear the word of God and acts on it.
John 1:14 New International Version14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Ultimate goal to be Christ like and act like Jesus. Serve and love one another.
Ephesians 4:11-16 New International Version11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Have higher goals
1 Timothy 4:7 New International Version7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.
Satan hates this but he can't stop us!
We need discipline - train - exercise to reach these higher goals.
It's important to take care of our spiritual gifts because we are all aging.
2 Corinthians 4:16 New International Version
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
It's not a coincidence that discipline sounds like discipleship.
God is saying to leaders to tell your people to get to the gym and work out on their spiritual muscles. GPS Life Journey is the starting point. People know where to serve and it removes the frustration of wanting to serve but not knowing where you belong!
Once you do GPS Life Journey no longer is it ignorance but apathy if someone is not serving.
Pastor John has embraced GPS Life Journey because after years of frustration and the need is so great, this solves the problem. It does it the right way and allows God to do his business.
He believes in it because it helps to expand God's kingdom. Nolen Rollins has been a blessing by coming back to First Baptist Church in Lenoir City, TN. If you have any questions about GPS Life Journey then please get in touch via our Contact page.
GPS Life Journey Graduate Story by Mary Smith
My husband Chuck and I were seeking a mission-oriented family of believers as we had
moved. To a new city. Immediately following our first visit to a new church Nolen Rollins
noticed and approached us. He invited us to breakfast where we could get better
I remember one pointed question that Nolen asked, “Where are you called to serve?”
We replied almost simultaneously, “Everywhere, wherever God has us at the moment.”
We shared with him that we were running a church planting ministry in India. We
listened to him share how God put it on his heart to plan a new church sponsored by the
church we were attending. This new plant was to be a mission focused church, which
would help mobilize believers to reach the world. My husband and I agreed that if God
wanted us to plant churches in India why wouldn’t he also have us do that at home? We
committed to being on the founding team of Legacy Church in Estero, Florida.
Nolen arranged for all of the leadership team to be part of a home group, GPS Life
Journey. We each took turns hosting a session as Nolen facilitated our lessons. It was a
great time of bonding and learning how to respect and admire each other, each with
different callings and giftedness. What an adventure it was to see how God was at work
in all our lives!
Since completing GPS Life Journey and becoming a GPS Life Journey Facilitator, I’ve
helped to facilitate online classes, couples’ classes, family classes and blitzes in
communities and churches. I’ve been blessed to conduct classes in the USA and in
India. Although not every attendee has been a believer at the beginning of GPS,
several saw God at work and surrendered to Him before they completed the GPS Life
Journey. The Holy Spirit is at work in GPS!
There are many aspects I love about GPS. GPS is about relationships. GPS is not
something you can do alone by reading a book, watching some videos and answering
some questions. It’s interactive. We need each other and that is very clear throughout
the GPS process.
Relationships are key to successful GPS, both in the group settings and following up in
people’s lives. During my preparation for this essay today I received a message from a
former GPS student. I could tell from his message he needed more than just a quick
text reply. A 48 minute phone call later, after reading scripture, praying with him and
reminding him of his GPS mission statement, I believe he was encouraged to stay
strong in the faith and arrange his life in order to fulfill God‘s purpose for his life.
When I first went through GPS it helped me to focus and continues to help me refocus
my activities on His purpose.
I encourage you to clearly understand and engage in God’s purpose for your life
through GPS Life Journey!
May Jesus bless you!
Mary Smith, GPS Facilitator & Servant of Jesus
Nolen Rollin's, the founder and president of GPS Life Journey brings you this video message. He's relaxing from home after our three day GPS Life Journey Global Leadership Summit.
We had a wonderful time together with 15 movement leaders, facilitators from around the country and some foreign countries. They joined for a peer learning experience.
The highlight of our sessions was a presentation by the pastor of his church, First Baptist Church of Lenoir City, Tennessee - pastor John Hunn. In a couple of weeks, we are going to post another video this month, so that you can hear the encouraging message from pastor John Hunn. He talked about the importance of GPS Life Journey and the impact that it has on his church.
We hope you'll take time to listen to that message. It will be a little bit longer, maybe twenty minutes or so, but we promise you it will be well worth your time. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified when it is released. Or you can sign up for our newsletter below and wait for the email to be sent directly to your inbox. God bless.
By the grace of God, in 2012 I met Pastor Nolen Rollins. He invited me to go through a GPS Life Journey Workshop, to which I gladly agreed.
This training helped me understand more clearly and vividly my purpose and life mission. Later I became a GPS facilitator. Since that time, I have been on many mission trips training pastors and Church
leaders in different countries helping them understand their purposes and life missions.
I want to encourage each of you to go through the GPS Life Journey and become a facilitator to help others fulfill God's calling in their lives.
Pastor Viktor Antipov
If you are a GPS Life Journey Facilitator or would like to become a facilitator or especially if you are a GPS Life Journey Movement Leader in your church community or region. Then we want to encourage you to consider attending the GPS Global Leadership Summit. It's happening on Thursday, April 27 starting at 2pm and goes through to noon on Saturday, April 29.
We will be discussing how you can be more effective in facilitating the GPS Life Journey process. More importantly we are going to discuss how to start a movement in your church. How to get dozens or if you're in a large church even hundreds of people to participate in the GPS Life Journey process.
We will use the illustration of how we have successfully enlisted almost one hundred people in less than six months here at the church where Nolen Rollins now attends.
We hope you will consider being part of this Leadership Summit and we hope to see you on April 27-29, 2023. If you have any questions then feel free to contact Nolen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 239-860-0096.
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!
Nolen Rollins, Founder & President of GPS Life Journey