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grant skeldon

FOUNDER | grant@initiativenetwork.org


In response to millennials being labeled noncommittal, cynical, entitled, slacktivists, Grant Skeldon started Initiative Network in order to shift the culture of Dallas by training millennials to be Christ-loving, city-changing, church-investing, disciple-making local missionaries.

Initiative has impacted thousands of young leaders from over 540 different churches across the metroplex. Grant has traveled across the globe speaking to over 26,670 pastors, parents, and business leaders on the topic of engaging and empowering millennials.

Grant serves on the advisory boards for Harvest America in Dallas and Movement Day Greater Dallas. He also serves on the preaching team at Mercy Street Church, a multicultural, urban church plant in West Dallas.

 

What is INITIATIVE and why did you start it?

 

What stirs your affections most for Christ?

Someone once told me that, "Obedience often comes before affection." I have found that when I make time for God's Word, even when the desire doesn't come naturally, I never regret it. There's also something about jogging and prayer for me. There's no distractions so it can create some pretty great dialogue between me and the Big Man upstairs.

How do you function as a part of your church?

I currently serve on the preaching team at Mercy Street Church in West Dallas.

What does "In Dallas As It Is In Heaven" mean to you?

I think an eternal mindset frees us from temporary distractions. A church that compares or competes with other churches has forgotten that in Heaven, Christ' name alone will be exalted. When we neglect to share the gospel, we have forgotten that in Heaven we will never have another chance. When we get caught up in trying to build our platform, we forget that in Heaven even the greatest will cast their crowns before Him. Lastly, when we have divided churches in our city, we forget we will be united in Heaven.

So to me it means a city filled with Christians who don't need to wait until Heaven for us to be family.

Who has most helped you look more like Jesus?

At 16 years old, I met Jesus on a night I wasn't looking for Him. It was the most impactful day of my life.

Two weeks later, a man named Kevin Batista offered to disciple me. I believe it was the second most impactful day of my life.

I, like many young adults I know, could have wandered through the next couple years without any guide, saved but not discipled. Instead, I had a man who said, "Follow me." Since then, numerous men have mentored and discipled me over the years.

"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." | Isaac Newton