Aligning Magnetic and True North

Clint Morgan

Aligning Magnetic and True North

In September 2019, a once-in-a-lifetime event occurred. At the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, United Kingdom, the magnetic North pole, as indicated on compasses, pointed directly at the geographic North Pole, or true North, for the first time in 360 years.

A compass, if functioning properly, points toward the Earth’s magnetic north pole, which is generally not the same location as the geographic North Pole. Earth’s magnetic poles exist because of its magnetic field, produced by electric currents in the liquid part of the earth’s core. The location of the magnetic north pole is constantly changing and can move as far as 1,000 km away from the true north pole.

On the other hand, true north is calculated using an imaginary line through the Earth rather than a compass. Outside forces do not cause it to vary. True north is always in precisely the same location.

I see this as a good analogy of us at IM as we align our plans with God’s plans.  He is the true North and we are the magnetic North.  We, as humans, have a propensity to follow the magnetic pulls of this life and its imposing culture.

The IM leadership team (IMLT) is charged with leading the Mission in the right direction, and along the best paths, at all times. We believe our true North is simply God’s will. However, we must deal with the magnetic pulls as we move through our times and the cultural continuum of life. We must keep our eyes fixed on the true North.

As we enter 2020, our vision is guided by one overriding principle: we want to ensure our magnetic north (our plans) is properly and completely aligned with the true North (God’s plans).   As mission leaders, it is imperative we align our plans, strategies, and actions with His plans and strategies, and not attempt the opposite.

We need your prayers as we pursue the path He desires we follow.

Photo: ID 49731568 © Olivier Le Moal |

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Clint Morgan


Each year, at the IM office, we choose a Scripture verse to serve as a staff motto for the next 12 months. Having a “verse for the year” serves as a constant reminder for us to:

  • Build our lives on the Word of God
  • Focus on Him at all times
  • Work together as a cohesive unit with collective goals and objectives

In the past we have chosen:

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 –Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

Ephesians 6:7 –rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man.

1 Chronicles 16:11 –Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually

Romans 12:12 –Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Once the verse is chosen, a framed, 5x7copy is given to every staff member. They are asked to place it on their desk as a constant reminder of our united commitment to live by the exhortation of the passage.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is by far one of the clearest passages about embracing the concept of talking about the Word in every situation. One of the directives encourages we “write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” as a means of passing the Word on to others.

Here in the National Offices, we aren’t encouraged to write our verses on the ‘doorposts’, but we can keep them constantly before us in a picture frame on our desk.

Our 2020 motto verse is taken from Psalm 16:8: I keep my eyes always on the Lord…I will not be shaken.” Throughout Scripture, many passages speak of God having His eyes on us. We must remember this action must be reciprocal if we are to be pleasing to Him.  We must keep our eyes on Him as He keeps His eyes on us.

This is our prayer at IM—in all things to remain focused on Him. If we do this, we can be assured we will accomplish what He desires of us and will remain stable in our walk with Him and service to others.

Maybe you would like to join us in sharing this motto verse for 2020.  What could be accomplished if all Free Will Baptists, or even better, if all born-again believers made a commitment to keep their eyes solidly fixed on Him in the coming year and live in constant obedience to Him?

Feel free to find this motto verse in your favorite version, frame it, and place it a place in your home or office where you will see it daily. Together, we will “not be shaken.”

Photo: 2019 verse, Romans 12:12 on Clint’s desk

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