Thursday, August 23, 2007

How to De-Program Your Programatic Thinking

7 Practices of Effective Ministry
by Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner and Lane Jones
Multnomah Publishers, Inc.
2004 by North Point Ministries, Inc
There is a definite distinction to be made between a step and a program. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a program is "a system of services, opportunities, or projects, usually designed to meet a social need." Most churches are fairly effective at designing programs to meet needs. And the church staff usually feel like it is their responsibility to understand the needs of their congregation and community and establish the appropriate programs to meet those needs. When you "think programs," your inclination tends to be to create something in order to meet specific needs that have surfaced in your attendee base or target group.

When you "think steps" there is a fundamental difference in your perspective. Now the primary goal is not to meet someone's need, but rather to help someone get where they need to go. Notice how the same dictionary defines a step: "one of a series of actions, processes, or measures taken to achieve a goal." A step is part of a series of actions that systematically take a person somewhere.

To state it another way, when you think programs you start by asking. "What is the need?" The first question is logically followed by a second question: "How are we going to meet that need?" The result is a program-oriented ministry--it is designed to meet a need.
When you think steps you start by asking, "Where do we want people to be?" That question is followed by a second, more strategic question: "How are we going to get them there?" The result is a ministry that works as a step -- it has been created to lead someone somewhere. This way of thinking makes a lot of sense in the light of what the church is called to do.

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CARE ~ Become Counterculture to Reach the Culture



Question: How can followers of Christ be a counterculture for the common good?

Intersect | Culture, a compelling 6-session DVD curriculum, lets you experience stories of ordinary believers on a journey of faith, using the gifts and abilities God gave them, to do extra-ordinary things, that changed the culture around them.
Session 1 begin God calls the church to be a counterculture for the common good.
Session 2 dwell When we live closely with others, we find new opportunities to minister.
Session 3 unite We serve more effectively and joyfully when we serve together.
Session 4 reconcile God wants to heal our racial and ethnic divisions, especially in and through his church.
Session 5 invest Transforming entire communities begins when we give ourselves to people, one by one.
Session 6 abide Spiritual disciplines help us to abide in Christ so we can serve faithfully.===>Click headline to access . . .


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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

SHARE ~ New Method: The Evangelism Linebacker!

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. . . then say a prayer for those who try it!

... make that a prayer for those they target!!





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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

SHARE ~ Ministry in the Marketplace

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Companies Incorporate Faith Into Their Names, Business Models

(The Columbus Dispatch) As it has become more politically and socially acceptable to be vocal about one's faith, companies both large and small are putting religion in their business practices. The faith-based movement is getting bigger all the time, with companies from Coca-Cola Co. to Procter & Gamble holding marketing summits on how to target the faithful. For smaller companies, faith is something intrinsic in how they do business....
[Read the article] | [Global Business Review] | [CEO Institute] | [Christ @ Work] | [Marketplace Chaplains] | [Marketplace Network] | [Faith @ Work] | [Christianity 9 to 5] | [FaithInTheWorkplace.com] | [Church Leader Internet Portal: business links]

>Inspiring resources for timely reading, listening, & viewing:
[] Going Public with Your Faith: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work by William Carr Peel & Walt Larimore M.D.
[] Daddy@Work: Loving Your Family, Loving Your Job . . . Being Your Best in Both Worlds (audio) by Robert Wolgemuth
[] From $uccess to Significance: When the Pursuit of Success Isn't Enough by Lloyd Reeb
[] The Way of the Shepherd: 7 Ancient Secrets to Managing Productive People by Kevin Leman & William Pentak
[] Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics by Scott B. Rae & Kenman L. Wong
[] Everyone's A Coach: Five Business Secrets for High-Performance Coaching by Ken Blanchard & Don Shula
[] Awaken the Leader Within: How the Wisdom of Jesus Can Unleash Your Potential by Bill Perkins
[] The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham by Harold Myra & Marshall Shelley
[] The Soul of the Firm by C. William Pollard
[] Serving Two Masters?: Reflections on God and Profit by C. William Pollard


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Thursday, August 16, 2007

CARE ~ Give a Care ... Serve!

Outward Focused Living
The Party
By Susan Michelle Van Hook
Sometimes you don?t know what you are missing until you get there. My husband and I recently had the honor of attending the Billy Graham library dedication. We did not know we were about to witness a day of historical significance.
Serve! Spotlight
The Day I Died Released in Korean
By SERVE!
Steve Sjogren's best-selling book, The Day I Died has now been released in Korean!
Servant Evangelism
Kindness To Go... In Reverse
By Steve Bowen
This weekend I will be doing a reverse outreach for kindness to go.
Practical Insights
Evangelism Through A Mommy Blog
By Sheryl Bane
I was surprised by how often I was able to share the love of Jesus through my blog. It was so easy because once I got started, the other mommies would ask for more! For me, it is more like sharing an inside tip on how to make your family work better
Being Missional
Any Not-Yet-Believers Who Want To Do Evangelism With Us?
By Mackan Andersson
In our church, we have a simplistic view regarding teaching. People learn by watching and getting involved, rather than just listening to us talking about stuff.
Conspiracy of Kindness
'Almighty' Kindness
By SERVE!
This is a news story that originally ran in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Thursday, June 21, 2007.
Ask Dr. Savant
Don't Quit Before You Start!
By Dr. Savant
It never ceases to amaze me that people talk themselves out of taking a simple risk before they even begin a tiny journey. The following is a real note to the good doctor of servantology, but it is an all too common sort of question
World-Changing Kindness Projects
Individual and Group Outreach Ideas
By Steve Sjogren
This time of the year many are moving in to your neighborhood for whatever reason. Be proactive as a ?noticer.? Notice your way into your new neighbor?s lives by doing some simple acts of love, generosity and kindness. Here are a few to consider?

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

SHARE ~ A New Way to Talk to People About the Gospel

Holy Conversation
{Talking About God in Everyday Life}
Twelve Sessions for Groups
Author: Richard Peace
Inter Varsity Press, Downers Grove, IL 2006
Winner of a 2006 Chicago Book Clinic Award of Excellence!
book cover
A Summary of Key Concepts
1. Spiritual Pilgrimage
The task of evangelism is to help others come to the place in their spiritual pilgrimage so that they are able to hear Jesus' call to them to become his disciples. However, people often need to wrestle with a variety of questions and challenges before they reach this point. Our call is to walk with them on their journey of faith even as we share with them our own ongoing journey of faith.
2. Stories of the Presence of God
In order to engage in holy conversation we need to learn to tell our own stories of God. We need to recall various incidents, both big and small, in which we experienced the aliveness of God. Then we need to craft these into good stories that will fit into our ordinary conversation.
3. Good News
Holy conversation revolves around the gospel, so it is crucial that we have a good understanding of the content of the gospel and that we can talk about it in nontheological terms. The central focus of the gospel is Jesus. We need to learn to talk about him. The death of Jesus deals with the problem of sin. We respond to Jesus through repentance and faith. The outcome is commitment to Jesus.
4. Jesus
The gospel is about Jesus. Jesus is the heart of our message. Jesus is the message. Jesus is the one to whom people are converted. So we need to learn to tell stories about Jesus, taken from Gospel accounts. This will involve us in going back to the familiar stories, studying them in detail, paraphrasing them and trying them out on our friends with the hope that they will want to read the stories for themselves.
5. Need
Whereas it's often difficult to talk about our faults and failings, it's much easier to discuss our hopes and aspirations. These longings come from God and direct us back to God. So we need to develop sensitivity to such longings in others and ourselves. And we need to know how to name these longings and how they are rooted and fulfilled in God, beginning by sharing our own needs and longings.
6. Sin
In order to talk about the gospel we need to talk about sin, but since that work is so misunderstood we have to use other words to get at its true meaning. But understanding the concept of sin is not the real problem. The problem is understanding that we are sinners in need of forgiveness. The best we can do to help others get to this insight is to be open about our own failures and need of grace, and then pray that the Holy Spirit brings conviction.
7. Repentance
Insight into our relationship with God - or better still, our lack of relationship with God - is the first step in the process of conversion. But knowing is not enough. We need to act on our insight. We need to repent, that is, decide to stop walking away from God and start following Jesus. Usually people begin to think about the need to repent by hearing a story of how others came to themselves and decided to go a new way. So again, transparency is key to holy conversation.
8. Confession
Confession is a key part of repentance. Otherwise repentance is just a mind game. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to confess our sins to God and others and to ask God for forgiveness and new life. When we experience other people who are willing to be open and confess their issues, this gives us the freedom and the strength to do likewise. We need to become open, honest people in our holy conversation.
9. Believing
Talking about faith is an important part of holy conversation. It's important to understand what the New Testament means by faith (knowledge, trust and commitment) over against how our culture understands faith (as a tentative conviction not always in line with the facts). Faith in Jesus is meant to engage us on all levels of our being, including our mind, our heart and our obedience.
10. Believing in Jesus
Belief is at the very heart of conversion. But this is not a generalized belief. It's belief in Jesus. It's belief that he died for our sins and rose to give us new life. It's belief that by turning to him we can be forgiven of our sins and will experience new life. Belief in Jesus is quite different from belief in anything or anyone else.
11. Commitment
Conversion needs a conclusion. A process that never ends is ultimately futile. So we need a way of talking about commitment. The metaphor of marriage or the story of the prodigal child can function in this way. We also need rituals to mark out such commitment so that what is private becomes public. In this way we are called on to name our new allegiance to Jesus and thus begin actively to follow his Way.
12. Holy Conversation
Holy conversation comprises good conversational skills coupled with content focused on the gospel. The rules of good conversation connect people together in love and respect and keep the conversation going over time. The content of holy conversation keeps that conversation focused on Jesus in all his many aspects. Our goal is be competent and knowledgeable conversationalists even as we trust God to work in the lives of our friends as well as in our own life.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

New "Prayer-Care-Share" Model for Men

On 8/8/07, Gordon England wrote:
Dear Phil,
This is the outline of the PK Adventure about which I spoke. It is ready made to recruit men in a city, unify them in a "guy" activity and give them a "to do project" related to the community or people in the community or in churches. The presentation in the Theater is developed by PK, the local group takes responsibility for the up front arrangements, but recovers all of the deposit and then mobilizes the men to a project or projects of their choosing and under their supervision. Please feel free to share it with your cities and other cities that may be getting ready to launch. From my experience, having a group of guys already getting engaged to role up their sleeves and help could be a great blessing. I'd love to get your feed back and will be personally ready to help work through any challenges in making it work. In His service, Gordon England

PK Adventure Launch Event

November 10, 2007

Announcing the PK Adventure Virtual Conference to be presented in theaters throughout the country with local group leadership and participation to engage, unify and mobilize men for ministry in their cities.

Concept: Interactive, inspirational and motivating for men – key action called for from the men – “Community Service Projects” based on local planning and initiation.

Q: Who could benefit from the partnership?

A:

1. Any city reaching movement.

2. A group of churches and/or ministries in a city or section of a city.

3. A city group wanting to unite men and leadership leading to city reaching or a campaign or crusade event.

4. A denomination in a state or nationally to rally men, strengthen men’s ministry and demonstrate the love of Christ to the community by landing a “community service project” in every city involved.

Q: Why has this PK/Local Group initiative been prepared?

A: PK is moving beyond just arena events. This is a new use of media to serve communities by addressing men through local churches and groups of churches. Everywhere, men need to be called out, challenged and engaged.

Q: Why is this approach offered?

A: David Murrow, author of “Why Men Hate Going to Church” asserts that men don’t build relationships face to face as much as side by side. The “doer” part of guys fits this opportunity and is an excellent door for bringing men into increased participation in outreach and biblical unity initiatives.

Q: Who is featured in the program of PK Adventure?

A: NFL Super Bowl Champion Coach Tony Dungy, hosted by Reggie Dabbs, and music by PK 7.

Q: How does presenting this in your city work?

A:

  1. A group of churches, business leaders, or any combination can organize it. There is a $4,500 refundable deposit for a theater screening the morning of November 10, 2007.
  2. The local group recruits their men to attend. Ticket price is only $15.00 per man.
  3. When 300 seats are sold at $15.00 per registration, the $4,500 deposit is refundable (so the cost is carried by each man personally).
  4. The leadership of the local group plans and prepares for one or more follow up Community Service Projects. Hopefully the first can be on the same day, following the theater event, several more can be held within 90 days.

Q: Will there be future PK Adventures?

A: Yes, we plan to follow this with two or more per year to give special feature rallying points every three to six months. (We plan to have one per quarter in 2008)

Q: What is the time frame?

A:

  1. Theater bookings of screens must be done through PK by no later than October 1, 2007 (the earlier the better).
  2. Recruitment can start as soon as the theater is reserved. Individuals can then register online through the PK website at www.promisekeepers.org/PKAdventure.
  3. Service projects can be planned immediately.

Q: What is the path to get available network theater listings, sign up, and access web registration for men in my area?

A:

  1. Theater listings – Go to the PK website at www.promisekeepers.org/PKAdventure and put in your state and city to get a listing of available cities where we have agreements at local theaters in the network. If you experience any problems, please call Gordon England at 303-964-7831 (office), 303-619-0159 (cell), or via email at gordonengland@pknet.org.
  2. Select a lead person in the church network, but involve as many organized congregations or groups formally in the sponsoring group, each with helping to put the deposit down and take responsibility to recruit men. (We are working on a downloadable card to use for inviting non-churched men to the event.)
  3. Lead person, as well as other congregation/group leaders can dial into a web conference call for information, processes, and questions held weekly.
  4. Promotional materials will be downloadable.
  5. Individual men can register on the web once the theater “screen” is secured at www.promisekeepers.org.
  6. We will post helpful suggestions for community service projects or consult with you if you desire help.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Prayer-Care-Share through the Advent Conspiracy

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Revolutionize your church this Christmas
by Rick McKinley

Tired of materialism stealing the joy of the Gospel at Christmas in your church? Imago Dei's Rick McKinley was. Last year he joined with four other pastors to try to reverse the trend in their churches. And that's exactly what they did. Read their story, and find out how your church can get involved this year. [more]

The Advent Conspiracy is a catalyst to help churches and organizations equip their people to engage in the Christmas story in a way that will transform their people and as a result bring transformation to the world through their people, as they worship Christ at Christmas. Read more >>>

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

CARE ~ Catalyst Groups: A New Strategy

What is a Catalyst Group?

Catalyst- One that causes an event or process

Jesus' heart was to help and heal the people who followed him. The original 3 strong, Christian business leaders Determined they would let the power of Christ be seen in them, by applying their collective wisdom, resources, networks, etc towards the significant needs of the community...... rather than waiting for some other influencers to "take charge." Howard Boyd

Overall Purpose

We seek to honor God by striving to improve our community through positive change based on Christian values and ethics. We serve, influence, and lead by providing vision and resources in synergy with others as we value our past and guide our future.

The Premise to a Catalyst Group

If a group of 12 to 15 equal people with a common interest will meet for 36 hours per year around a purpose in a structured program, they will achieve three significant cooperative successes in the first two years.

Catalyst Group

Groups of people with like interests who meet to learn together and from each other, share ideas, assist each other in the improvement of their leadership skills, and cooperate in the implementation of programs and ideas that exemplify God’s love, serve others and support the chosen mission

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