LUP006: “I Can Do More” – Shawn Kook, part 1

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Pastor Shawn Kook shares how God overcame uncertainty in his life to reveal a clear call out of business and finance into ministry. This is part one of a two-part conversation with Shawn.

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll hear in Episode 6:

  • Update: Progress on the free website builder for missionaries at
  • Encouragement: Part one of a two-part conversation with Pastor Shawn Kook.
  • Tech Tip: Quickly let family and friends around the world know you’re safe after a natural disaster.


The Lift Up Podcast has now been submitted to the podcast directories at both iTunes and Stitcher.

Lots of internal developments in preparation for the pilot launch of the missionary website builder on November 24. To apply, visit before November 24, 2014. Starter-content is being created now.

The goal is to let you create a website for your missionary work in five minutes – one that you won’t be embarrassed to show a potential supporting pastor.

This is the last podcast episode before that earlier-adopter program ends.


Pastor Shawn Kook
Pastor Shawn Kook

Shawn and his wife Jill have been serving in the youth department at Berean Baptist Church in Lilburn, Georgia for about 18 years – the last ten years he has been the youth pastor. It’s truly remarkable to find someone who has stayed with one youth group for as long as he has. It’s even more remarkable when you consider the kinds of challenges he has faced while keeping his ministry going. He recently accepted a new position as the Senior Pastor of Faith Baptist Church of Davison, Michigan, and even that opportunity had some challenges in front of it.

The Kooks have four children:

  • Carson
  • Colman
  • Kristen
  • Kallie

He spent his first 11 years in the secular workforce, focusing on business and finance. At the same time, he was helping as a volunteer in the youth department of his local church.

Through that volunteer position, Shawn and Jill went on several youth mission trips that truly changed their lives. In the testimonies of the teenagers during those trips, he realized the impact that youth ministers can have for Christ.

Other influences included Morris Gleiser, youth conferences at The Wilds Christian Camp, a probing question from friend Nathan Foran, and The Journals of Jim Elliot.

“I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus.”
Jim Elliot

Within a month of new opportunities in his local church – to learn and to grow under the training of Paul Whitt, the youth pastor, Paul announced that he was leaving for a new ministry, leaving Shawn without the mentor he had expected. It was devastating.

Tech. Tip

Do you remember Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines last year? How about the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan?

General news travels fast today, and it doesn’t take us long to learn about disasters in any corner of the world. With family, and friends scattered all over the globe, if you haven’t had someone you know in an area affected by a disaster, chances are you will soon. Or maybe you’ll be in or near one yourself, and your friends and family will want to know that you’re safe.

Just last month – on October 15 – Facebook announced a new feature called Safety Check.

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