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Chapel Speaker Challenges Dreamers

By Amanda Morad | February 1, 2013

Pastor Janeen McBath

Pastor Janeen McBath, co-pastor of Calvary Revival Church in Norfolk, Va., and founding president of House of Esther Ministries, was a featured guest at Regent University's weekly chapel service on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Concluding the series "The Least of These," McBath spoke about the role of dreams in reaching out to those in need.

"Dream big so that you can serve big," she began. Quoting Proverbs 13:12, she reminded chapelgoers that "a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Dream in such a way that at the end of your life, there is more to be given.

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed so big he couldn't finish all that he dreamed in his lifetime," she said. "Every leader must have the desire to also be a legacy leaver."

No matter what Christians dream, McBath explained, the goal should be the service of others. "We have to find the opportunity in our lifetime to take the Good News to the community around us," she said. "Don't just live for yourself; live so that you can make an impact."

McBath recounted a little of her upbringing in Boston's inner-city projects. "Every dream must go through hardship," she said. "At that time, I was considered 'the least of these.'"

"You must determine that the enemy cannot keep you from your dream," she encouraged. "If I had allowed others' opinions to steal my dreams, I wouldn't have been able to reach anyone.

"Many of us are under the misconception that in order to be a leader, you have to do something big. But there are people everywhere who need you. You have the power to reach the least of these—you can not only make a difference, you can be the difference in someone's life."

As she closed, McBath challenged students to be determined to make a difference in their communities: "No matter what you do, dream bigger than yourself."

McBath is currently earning her master of arts in the School of Divinity and is the wife of prominent Regent alumnus, Pastor Courtney McBath '98 (Divinity).

February's chapel series will commemorate Black History Month. Learn more about Campus Ministries.


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