When I launched my website in 2015, I asked a handful of Christian leaders who knew me if they would be willing to write an endorsement. Charles J. Robinson kindly agreed to do so. I had met him several years earlier in 2008 in Austin, Texas through Barbara Bucklin. On my second ministry trip to Austin in April of ’08, Barbara introduced me to Charles and his lovely wife. At the time, they were at Tree of Life International in Austin.
When Charles wrote his endorsement, my heart was moved by what he wrote.
Brian is a new kind of leader and preacher who respects and honors those who have gone before, but also looks ahead. He’s like a fine watch craftsman—he can design you a beautiful, custom-made watch that can turn the chronos time for your organization or ministry into God’s kairos time of activation, and help propel you forward into God’s purposes for our day.
This endorsement was for me an aptly spoken word. Proverbs 25:11 from the NASB reads, “Like apples of gold in settings of silver, is a word spoken at the proper time.” At that time and season of life, the Holy Spirit was speaking to me through watches. It was a supernatural work of the Spirit as the Father confirmed again and again the call on my life to help believers shift their chronos moments into kairos moments.
One key lesson I learned directly from Charles after my first time of ministering at Tree of Life. A few days after returning home, he called me on the phone. During the course of conversation, he provided some valuable correction that I needed regarding ministry protocol. In this instance, I had permitted someone with me to minister from pulpit without first checking with him, the host who oversaw the local church. He specified his concern about the individual who was a part of the group that lived in Texas whom I had met just a few months before. It was not someone I knew well that I could vouch as one with integrity of heart. Charles specified what he perceived about this individual. Unfortunately a few short years later it proved to be true.
Since then I have always sought to secure the host church’s permission to allow anyone that I bring to be approved to minister alongside me. Furthermore, I have been intentional to ensure that I know the heart of those whom I invite to travel with me; it takes time to do life together. This was a key lesson that has become an integral core value within my own heart. It was a lesson worth learning for the long haul. Though I’m deeply grateful for this meaningful endorsements, I am even more thankful for the lesson that I learned through my interaction with Charles Robinson.