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About Shelley Ozment

Shelley is the founder and Managing Director of Vanguard Creative, an online community focused on training and connecting leaders to create solutions to society’s most pressing problems. She also writes a weekly blog and serves as a coach/ consultant for leaders and socially-minded organizations.

July 24, 2015

Pushing Through Resistance

By |July 24th, 2015|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , |

As kingdom-minded leaders, we have a distinct advantage that other leaders don’t. We can tap into the prophetic timing of God, aligning our work and our actions with what He is saying from month to month. For example, when it was revealed that 2015 would be a whirlwind year, we gained a blueprint of what to expect so that we could make strategic choices based on how God was going to move this year. Hopefully, you’ve found yourself being a wind of change more than you found yourself being blown off course! Av - The Month Of Faith And Action [...]

June 24, 2015

Five Keys To Making A Successful Pivot

By |June 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Last week, I touched on knowing when it’s time to persevere and when it’s time to pivot. Too many people get off track from the trajectory God has for their lives, simply because they missed the signal to pivot. We do this for justifiable reasons - loyalty, family, security, etc. But no matter how good our intentions are, if we miss the signal, we’ll find ourselves out of God’s timing for our lives. In fact, if you talk to anybody that has had to make a significant pivot in their life, they’ll tell you they wish they would have pivoted [...]

Knowing When To Pivot

By |June 17th, 2015|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , , |

One of the main prophetic themes for 2015 is that this is a “turnaround” year. There is a special grace to turn around issues in your life that seem like they’re moving in the wrong direction. Some of these turnarounds will happen supernaturally, but in large part, turning things around is up to you. God’s saying He will put His wind of grace behind our effort. So how do we do this? One of the big keys to successfully navigating a turnaround is knowing when to pivot. In the business world, the concept of pivoting has become a buzzword for [...]

How do you destroy a prototype?

By |June 9th, 2015|Categories: spiritual warfare|Tags: , , , , , , |

This is a thought I’ve been mulling over the last few weeks and I believe it’s a question that we cannot afford to ignore. It seems clear that we are in a season of strategic importance to God’s plan for building the kingdom. Think “Great Reformation” level significance. A new prototype is being formed. The rules of church are being rewritten and Kingdom-minded people are seeing things with a different perspective. There’s a new mindset and a new methodology that has the power to shift society in unprecedented ways. Obviously, change on that level won’t go unchallenged.  So, how do [...]

May 29, 2015

Stop Swimming In The Kiddie Pool

By |May 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This weekend God hit me with a challenge/rebuke that I think will resonate with you as well. I was in a conference session and heard Him say, ”It’s time to get out of the kiddie pool. It’s time to start swimming in the depth that I have called you to.” When He said it, I knew exactly what He was talking about. I have some revelation that I think is important and I’ve been sitting on it. I’ve shared it with a few people, but I’ve been hesitant to unpack what I'm hearing to a larger audience and He called [...]

The Wall In Front Of You

By |May 14th, 2015|Categories: Identity|Tags: , , , , , , |

This morning I was out on my prayer walk and I saw something that I think is very prophetic to where many of us are today. Do you ever feel like one of these is about five inches from your face?   I know I sometimes do. The concept of breakthrough is exciting. I mean, who doesn’t want to move to a new level? You receive a prophetic word or hear God calling you to move out into a new area of faith.  So you start moving forward with excitement, only to plant your face into the wall [...]

prophecy = action

By |May 4th, 2015|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , |

If we are going to do things we are created to do, it is essential that we stay in timing with God. And staying in timing means taking action. This week, I have been rereading God’s Unfolding Battle Plan by Chuck Pierce. The book lays out specific battles and prophetic insights regarding the church and the world from 2007- 2015. Since we are nearing the end of the prophetic window that the book was written about, I think it’s important to see where things stand with regard these key prophecies. As I was reading, I was amazed at the accuracy [...]

April 21, 2015

Creating War By Avoiding War: The Power Of Vexation

By |April 21st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Have you ever found yourself in a season of extended conflict? You know what I’m talking about: no matter what you do or where you go, it seems like there is always something dragging you down, confusing your thoughts and stealing your peace. In those seasons you may say to yourself, “the enemy is really on my back right now.” When people ask how you’re doing, you respond, “Man, am I ever experiencing a lot of warfare!” Well, that is true. The enemy IS harassing your relationships, your heart and everything else in between. But what you might not realize [...]

This Time We Cross Over

By |April 10th, 2015|Categories: spiritual warfare|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This weekend, I attended the Passover conference at Global Spheres and I wanted to share a few highlights that are important as we move forward this year. This year, Passover is all about the winds of Heaven supernaturally blowing open the path in front of you so that you can move into the purpose God has for your life. He’s using His wind to expose obstacles and clear paths so you can cross over. But He cannot cross over for you. Crossing Over Isn’t Easy Have you ever felt God leading you to cross over into something new only to fail [...]