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Why “Everyone Gets to Play”?

October 26, 2012

I’m sitting in a room in my dad’s house in Vermont, visiting two of the most influential people in my life: my dad and step-mom.  These two people represent one half of this theme, the half that speaks to my deeply held conviction that no one should be excluded from a career path, calling or passion because of their race, gender or physical limitations.  If you are passionate and able to do what it is that you are called to do, then do it.  Don’t let anyone stop you!  One thing I will be doing in this blog is addressing areas that speak to women in ministry and the challenges we face.

“Everyone gets to Play” is a catch phrase in the Vineyard movement.  Coined by its founder, John Wimber, it has to do with doing the work of the Kingdom of God, or as he said it, “Doing the stuff”.  What stuff? The stuff in the bible: healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing the lepers and casting out demons.  All the stuff that Jesus and his disciples did.

One of my passions is to equip followers of Jesus to “do the stuff”.   We are all called to live a John 5:19 lifestyle; to see and hear what the Father is doing, and to do our part.  If this means praying for someone, then to pray with power, if we are called to speak a prophetic word, to speak it accurately and in love.  It can be a simple as meeting a practical need, or as complex as beginning a new ministry to meet many practical needs.  So I will regularly post about aspects of living the John 5:19 life style, the Holy Spirit empowered life.

If you have gotten the idea that this will be a bit eclectic, you are absolutely right.  My aim is to help people look more like Jesus by asking questions, equipping, challenging and I hope encouraging you to “Play”


  1. martha permalink

    Right on! I look forword to reading more!


  2. I look forward to your upcoming eclectic thoughts. Alan Hirsch says “In the kingdom of God everyone gets to play, even the misfits, women, sinner and outcasts”. Let’s play ball!!


  3. Debbi Retherford permalink

    I agreee with you Sue and I am respectful that these are human lives we are dealing with. When we say “let’s play ball or ” everyone gets to play” let us also be sober about who we are ministering to. People are broken and we should ask for the gentle hand of God to help restore them. Thank you,
    in the past you have been an instrument in this for me and for that I am very grateful.


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