Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On

Leadership, Management, Spiritual Growth

A memo from Buck Jacobs, founder of The C12 Group

So, there is a shakin’ going on. A shaking called a coronavirus pandemic. I don’t really know what to make of it. How long will it last? How far will it spread? How many will die? What about the economy? What can I do? These and other questions flow through our minds in a loop without clear answers. And here we are, Kingdom Leaders, right in the middle of it all, called to lead our families, associate leaders, employees, and customers. 

The scripture speaks of God “shaking things that can be shaken that the things that cannot be shaken may remain” (Heb. 12:27). He has a way of doing that in big and little ways. He shakes things. He is not a God of status quo. Why is that true? It is true because, in a static world, we would never grow or be conformed to the image of Christ, and there would be no need for faith. We could simply live “by sight.” That’s not His plan (2 Cor. 5:7).

I heard someone say that we are like tubes of toothpaste—we don’t get to see what’s inside until we’re squeezed. Shaking squeezes us, forces us out of our comfort zone, makes us uneasy, even fearful. In many ways, shaking shows what’s inside and in whom and in what we trust.

Since the beginning of C12, we have had several shakings: the savings and loan scandal and consequent market record drop, 9/11, the dot-com crash, the financial collapse of 2008, to name some. We could discuss the unique political culture of this time and the advent of the voracious 24-hour news cycle and an adversarial media, but the result is simply a shaking. God is still in control. This shaking will end. Unless Jesus comes back, life will go on.

As Christian leaders, what are our associates looking for from us while the shaking goes on? What do they need most? They need examples of faith and confidence in the God we cannot see and wise counsel that is grounded in His wisdom. They need us to be us! Some of them will be challenged as they have never been. Some of us may be as well. We will need to be like our Leader who naps in storms and who ceases the winds when He speaks. He will not be moved in this shaking or in any other in the future. This will pass. He is our rock, and He will stand.

Don’t be distracted by this shaking. Stand in your faith in Jesus and in His calling on your life to be a leader. And one small word of warning as we go through this shaking—Guard your heart. Some will give in to fear and doubt. They will become negative naysayers, and their attitudes can become very toxic. They will look for commiseration and reject optimism based in faith. Don’t buy into it. In past shakings, some Christian leaders have bought in, commiserated with them, adopted their fearful attitude, and paid dearly for listening to them. Be like the man quoted in Habakkuk 3:17-19: “Though the fig tree may not blossom nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls—yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.”

Remember, anyone can praise the Lord and profess faith in Him when everything is going great, their bellies are full, and their pockets are stuffed with cash. We have a choice to lead by example and to be those men and women whose faith is real when our world is shaking. We need to be leaders who stand against the wind and act like the buffaloes who run toward the storm. These are the very days God had in mind for us when He created us in Christ Jesus. It is no accident and no surprise to Him that “there’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on.” 

  • Kevin Miller Bio

    With over a decade of experience in marketing leadership, brand management, and business development, Kevin has helped numerous companies refine and implement plans to create exponential growth.

    Prior to joining C12, Kevin led a successful Florida-based brand strategy consulting business focused on growing small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurial in spirit, Kevin also has a diverse background in launching start-ups as well as helping struggling or stagnant businesses develop a new course of action. His experience incorporates knowledge from multiple industries including textile manufacturing and design, medicine, real estate, technology, web development, and the creative arts.

    After attending the University of Central Florida where he studied Music Performance, Kevin became involved in worship arts and youth ministries, serving for several years in various leadership roles. He and his wife Beth, an elementary school administrator, have been married since 2000. Together with two sons Kyle and Kamden, they enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking, hunting, fishing, and backpacking.

  • Troy Blackmon Bio

    Troy came to The C12 Group in 2008, with a diverse background in executive leadership, sales development, team building, and operations. Through his role as VP of Field Operations, he is committed to serve, equip and encourage CEOs and business owners to lead thriving companies that honor the Lord and serve people.

    During his tenure at Chick-fil-A, Inc. Troy learned that business excellence and glorifying God in the marketplace go hand in hand. Troy managed a P&L of $35+ million in revenue and coached business owners in operational excellence and improving financial results.

    In addition, Troy has been involved in leading small group ministry, including planting a church in Seattle, WA. Troy was formerly Partner at OneAccord, a management-consulting firm focused on accelerating revenue for mid-market companies. While at OneAccord, Troy was privileged to work with numerous technology companies in senior leadership positions, managing sales, marketing, and business development activities. Troy most recently served as the President of a technology private equity group, where he led the management teams of 4 portfolio businesses.

    Troy is married to his high school sweetheart, Shanna, and has been blessed with 4 children. He enjoys golf, cycling, and mountain biking with his family.

  • Mike Sharrow Bio

    Mike joined C12 as a member in 2010 while serving as an executive pastor for a large church in Texas and owner of a healthcare strategy consulting group.  Prior to that, he had served in a variety of leadership roles in both operations and sales corporately for the Walgreen Company, financial services as well as strategic development work with Health by Design.  In 2011 he exited his commitments to join the local C12 practice in San Antonio as an associate chair serving CEOs across that market.  In 2013 he and a partner acquired the greater Central Texas region and stewarded it as it grew to a team of 8 full-time chairmen serving nearly 150 leaders.  Mike is passionate about collaboration, strategic planning, Gospel initiatives and BHAG endeavors.

    With a background spanning Fortune 50 corporate settings, startups, non-profit and local church, Mike has been discipled into an integrated life perspective around the calling all believers share to be disciple-making disciples and ambassadors of Christ across all vocations and contexts.  It was in 2005 when God revealed to Mike the perils of a “sacred versus secular” duality in life and since then he’s been on the adventure of living one life in Christ, with work as worship, business as ministry and life as mission.

    Mike grew up in Alaska, graduated from Trinity International University and the Loyola Graduate School of Business.  He married his bijou of an Iowa farmers daughter, Jacqui, in 2002 and they have 2 girls, Elayna and Sophia.