Finding Your Kingdom Assignment: An Interview with Andy Weigel
“All I knew was that I loved Jesus and I wanted to be used by him.”
Andy is not a pastor or a missionary. He says he’s a marketplace guy – a commercial real estate guy. But he has developed a passion for bringing the gospel to where the gospel isn’t. He calls it his kingdom assignment.
In the recession of early 90’s Andy and his wife struggled in the commercial real estate business. They call it their 40 months of wandering through the financial wilderness. “When the market was good, you just needed an IQ north of 80, you put a sign out and you would make money,” says Andy. But when the market went down, Andy found his boat on rocky shores.
It was frustrating to Andy and his wife. “Why are we on the rocks?” they asked themselves. They had a business degree, the right background and pedigree for commercial real estate, Andy was an elder at his church. What could they be doing wrong?
Pain is a great motivator
Andy says that pain is a great motivator. Through the pain of financial hardship, Andy found a way to dig deeper into his own spiritual health. He joined Crown Financial Ministries. This was a three and a half year period of intensely studying scripture.
“That was the beginning of our stewardship journey where I learned that I have one possession to my name – my faith in Jesus Christ,” Andy says. “I have to hold onto it with both hands and it will never be taken from me. Everything else belongs to the Lord.”
Andy is a big proponent of making mistakes. He says that one of the principles that got them to understand the stewardship principles that govern them now is to just go out and make a lot of mistakes. “Get yourself out there and connect with people. Start looking at what bad partnerships look like so you can learn what a good partnership looks like.”
Andy and his wife quickly learned the consequences of just writing checks. “I remember asking the Lord, ‘Can’t I just write a check?'”
God reminded Andy of 1 Corinthians 13. “God said to me, ‘Yep, you can write a check. You can write as big of a check as you want. The problem is, it will be of no value to anyone, you included, unless you are leading with loving relationships.'”
Now Andy listens for God’s voice telling him when he should lean in to a new relationship. “The heavy lifting isn’t in the check writing. The heavy lifting is in relationships.”
Two Kingdom Assignments
Andy is a kingdom investor. He has been trained in commercial real estate to take limited resources and create value. That’s what investors do. And according to Andy kingdom assignments are exactly the same.
“We take our limited time; we take our limited capacity for relationships, and we take whatever resources God has given us and we sacrifice that. We put that on the table and say, ‘Lord, use this. Plant this.'”
We put our limited resources on the table and say, “Lord, use this. Plant this.”
Over the past couple of decades, Andy and his wife have learned that they have two specific kingdom assignments. First, they are called to help take the gospel to where the gospel isn’t. For Andy, that is through a ministry that works in the greater Middle East called The Strategic Resource Group. And second, they were called to help launch Mission Increase in the Inland Valleys which helps other ministries grow.
Andy and his wife have worked hard to develop long-term partnerships with these ministries. Andy says that they are not in it just to write a check. They are in it for the relationships. They want a seat at the table.
“Moving from a generous give to a strategic giver is something that really only happens intentionally,” he says.
In all of the conversations that believers have about evangelism, relationships and strategy are frequently two components that are missing. Too often we have money going out without relationships to support it, and we don’t have a strategy most of the time. We can do better.