Act Like Men

Men’s Leadership Podcast

#37: Lessons From a Potter – Featuring Pastor John Nunnally

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July 20, 2023

Show Notes

John Nunnally has been the pastor of Legacy Christian Fellowship for the past eleven years. Just over a year ago, he took up a new hobby that would allow him to get away from his “day job” for a while and provide some rest by focusing on something so creative and demanding of your complete attention as pottery.

For simplicity: we will list some of the steps you go through in the process and lay out some lessons learned. This is a podcast to which you have to listen to get the full impact of the tremendous truths that Pastor John lays out in this journey.

Key Verses

Isaiah 64:8 – you are the potter; we are the clay… we are all formed by Your hand.

Jerimiah 18:2 – I went to the potter’s house… and the pot he was shaping was marred in His hands, so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Philippians 3:13 – one thing I do, forgetting what is behind, and straining towards what is ahead…

Steps to Make Pottery

  1. Wedging table – taking a hard block of mud and getting this block into a usable piece of clay. Take out the memory by applying pressure so that it become moldable, and without hanging on the past shape. Am I willing to be pressed into a different form, not hanging onto the past?
  2. Thrown onto the Wheel – after your shape has changed, you are put into a ball and then thrown with force on the wheel so you can be shaped into the potter’s intended purpose. When life throws you, you are not a failure nor a victim – let this be used by God to refine you into His intended purpose for you. The clay gets dry fast, so the potter uses a lot of water to keep the clay moldable and fresh. How do I view the tough experiences in my life? Am I willing to stay yielded to the potter and trust Him with the outcome? Do I let the water of refreshment from the Holy Spirit keep me in place so the potter can still mold me?
  3. Centering – If the clay is not centered and balanced, it cannot be shaped or formed as it is intended. Am I centered or out of balance?
  4. Time on the shelf – after the shaping, there is time to cure, get leather hard, to be ready for the next step. How do I view time on the shelf? Do I get impatient, and frustrated, and expect that I can be cured on the run?
  5. Fired – the first round shrinks the porousness so it can hold water. Are we willing to be in the fire so we can be used by God? Before this first “firing”, we are still so porous we cannot even begin to be used by God.
  6. Fired again – This is the glazing that changes our form from raw clay to porcelain and something usable. How patient are we to get to this phase? It is here when people around us can see the work of God in our lives. Then we can start to be used by Him.

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. Where are you in your “pottery journey”? How are you adapting to the “the clay has no say in the outcome” journey?
  2. Who do you need around you to ensure you are fully committed to this long-term, character transformation journey that is designed for you?

Coming soon…

About Wendell Morton

Rev. Morton graduated from Western Evangelical Seminary with a BA in Religious Education and a Master of Counseling Psychology, Rev. Morton was in full-time ministry for 17 years with both small and large churches. He spent four of those ministry years with Promise Keepers. He was the the US representative to PK Canada – serving on the PK Canada Board.

Wendell also spent 23 years in Corporate America. He built and led sales teams that worked with very small businesses and other groups that worked with Fortune 500 companies. He is gifted at helping identifying the next generation of leaders as well as helping those around him being successful.

Rev. Morton has a passion to help pastors and church leaders build growing churches. Having men come alongside the vision of the pastor, build a dynamic team, create a plan, and execute the model of “each one brings one” has been proven effective for more than 2,000 years. This approach is a great way for every local church in North America to grow while helping men better understand biblical manhood.

About Dale Eudy

As an advocate for ministry to men, Dale Eudy brings a combined background of leadership skills developed in the marketplace along with senior leadership experience in the Church.

Following military service, Dale earned his undergraduate degree and gained valuable systems and operations experience working for two prominent Fortune 50 companies. Responding to God’s leading in his life to focus on leaders in the body of Christ, he went on to complete seminary and served as a pastor for 16 years in a large church in the Denver area and as a denominational leader at the regional and national levels. With his background, Dale knows the heartbeat of the local church.

Dale’s passion is the discipleship (spiritual reproduction) of men. That passion is what drew him to partner with Men’s Ministry Catalyst. In his words, “The simple call of Jesus to follow him and to make fishers of men is the most foundational call in my life.” Using his spiritual gifts of leadership and exhortation, Dale is a great coach and cheerleader for those involved in the arenas of life.

Dale and his wife Kathy live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and serve their home church, Cherry Hills Community Church. They have two grown children and a caring extended family.