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Why Do You Do What You Do?

November 20, 2008 by

I see too many people in ministry, whether it’s a pastor, media director or office assistant who would have a difficult time telling you why they do what they do. Sure, they could give you the right answer … but they’d have a difficult time telling you the truth without admitting they’re simply stuck.

If you resonate with that at all … consider doing what Mark is doing. Mark is doing what the world would call ‘the wrong thing.’ You see, he’s living in Los Angeles but he’s not there for fame and fortune, he’s not “living the dream.”

Mark Horvath has broken the mold. He is not doing what makes sense, he’s not doing something that even pays the bills–he is living out his passion and doing what burns deep inside of him. Mark has developed invisiblepeople.tv to tell the stories of the homeless, something he knows all too well as he once lived among them.


There are several powerful stories here.

The first, are the stories Mark is capturing of people we’ve learned to ignore and have tried hard to forget. These stories also serve as a reminder that your church should be telling a story. Don’t just give lists, scripture and a prayer–tell a story.

The second story is to look at where you are and how you got there. Are you living out the design God created you for, are you carrying out your passion? Maybe you’ve forgotten why you do what you do. Maybe it’s time to take a trip down memory lane.

And finally we should all be reminded to slow down, see the needs and do something about it. It’s not enough to lead a church, help a church communicate or build a church. We must be the church.

Thanks for the stories, Mark.

Post By:

Michael Buckingham


With the goal of making the church the most creative place on the planet, Michael founded Holy Cow Creative, the church’s creativity and design studio. He is also the creative director for the Center for Church Communication and Church Marketing Sucks. You can find him speaking at conferences such as HOW, Echo, and MinistryCOM. Check out his blog, Jesus Hates Papyrus, where he continues to help the church intentionally reflect Christ in how it communications.
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2 Responses to “Why Do You Do What You Do?”

  • Stacy
    November 20, 2008

    In order for the church to help they first need to be a safe place for people. Many churches are not safe; the people can be unfriendly, cliquish, rude, and judgmental (sounds just like high school). There’s no point in getting the church out there helping if they’re hurting the very people that need the help. Sadly enough, most of my church experience has been negative. The church comes at problems through the spiritual rather than looking at the emotional and physical. God created us mind, body and spirit. The church can be good at tackling the spiritual issues but forget about the rest. That’s where the issues stem from. The help is incomplete and the results can be worse than the original issue.


  • DaRonn
    November 21, 2008

    Nice story.



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