Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The secret to loving our nieghbors


"Unless we love God first we cannot love our neighbor with the right perspective ... It does not work."

Mike BIckle

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Prayer ~ Students Led the Way

By Adrienne S. Gaines
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Some 2 million students nationwide are expected to gather around their school flagpoles Wednesday morning for the 20th annual See You at the Pole event.

Youth from elementary age through college will pray for their schools, communities and nation at student-led events that leaders hope will serve as a springboard for a national spiritual awakening.

"Historically, youth have been at the forefront of moral and spiritual awakening in our country," said Doug Clark, the National Network of Youth Ministries' director for field ministries and a spokesman for See You at the Pole (SYATP).

He pointed to the Haystack prayer meetings at Williams College in 1806, which Clark said spawned one of the most significant missions movements in the history of the church.

"I really believe that when students come and there's the kind of surrender that we often see at See You at the Pole—and they're not just there to make a show, and they're not there to pray in front of their friends, but they're there seeking the heart of God for their campus—that God's going to move on some of these groups and do some amazing things," Clark said.


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Monday, September 21, 2009

Pray for Someone, Even if They are not Famous

How Hollywood actor Gavin MacLeod's life was miraculously turned around when he found Christ and then remarried his wife Patti after three years of divorce

By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST Ministries

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (ANS) -- The world knew Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing in The Love Boat TV series, but he has revealed that his personal life was far from joyful - in fact it was all at sea.

Patti and Gavin MacLeod after their marriage was restored

But then he found Jesus Christ as his Savior fell back in love with Patti, his former wife and, after three years of divorce, he re-married her.

In an extraordinary interview on Saturday, September 19, 2009, before the showing of his latest film, "The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry," at the Regal Foothill Ranch 22, Orange County, California, Gavin, now 78, revealed his own personal secret of how his marriage was restored after his encounter with Christ.

"Patti, my wife and I were divorced in a three year period and we hadn't seen each other during that time," he began. "Then one day, my former wife received a telephone call from Patti Palmer, the first wife of Jerry Lewis who told her, 'I want to take you some place.' That 'place' turned out to be a ladies prayer meting with a lot of beautiful, very famous stars. During that meeting, she was asked if she would like prayer for 'something' and Patti, who said she had never been in an atmosphere like this in her whole life said, 'I'd like to have my husband back.' So the group started praying for me.

"I was out that night with the 'doctor' from The Love Boat show and his wife and it was then that I started to think about my ex wife. Later I happened to drive past where we used to live and, all of a sudden, she came to my mind. Although I had no idea that these people were praying for me, it was the power of prayer working." ===>Click headline to access complete article . . .

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

CARE ~ Beyond Random Acts of Kindness

Just Courage

God's Great Expedition for the Restless Christian

Gary A. Haugen

InterVarsity Press, 2008

Would You Rather Be Safe or Brave? This may be the choice of our age. You can't be both. Discover that life, like football, is about contact. "Doing God's will in a fallen world is inherently dangerous." "Clearly, some suffering is a part of God's will. It isn't necessarily the suffering itself that is God's will, but rather following the will of God in a fallen world will generate suffering in our lives. There are two things that are always the will of God and almost always dangerous: telling the truth and loving needy people." (115) "Following Jesus is about loving people in need." (116) ===>Click headline for several dozen additional quotes from this new book . . .

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SHARE ~ 700,000 Invited to Church

More Than 700,000 Neighbors Invited by Participating Churches across U.S. on Back to Church Sunday

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

SAN DIEGO, CA (ANS) -- Church members across the United States invited more than 700,000 of their friends and family and created worship services specifically geared toward visitors during the first-ever national 'Back to Church Sunday' (BTCS), held by hundreds of congregations across the country on Sunday, Sept. 13.

Often known as 'Rally Sunday', a media release says participating churches reported surges in attendance, confessions of faith, new members and baptisms.

According to a survey conducted by Outreach Inc. after the event, many visitors were favorably impressed toward the church and the Gospel.

Members of Word of Life Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL., gather around their 'Back to Church Sunday' float that they displayed in a local parade on Labor Day.

Some participating churches reported attendance was up by as much as 25-30 percent. One pastor reported his church's attendance shot from an average of 155 to 220 for BTCS. Another reported an attendance jump from 150 to 196, still another from 60 to 70.

"Church was packed out," said one churchgoer. It "hasn't been like that in a long time. I loved it!" Another said, "It was a little challenging getting a parking spot. Praise God!"

"Had a wonderful time with our new church family," one visitor said. "We shared a meal and are getting to know people."

According to the media release, the campaign is ongoing, with some churches holding BTCS events on other days. It is aimed at reaching the "un-churched" and "de-churched" -- people who once went to church, but don't any more.

LifeWay Research, an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, found that 82 percent of un-churched people surveyed said that they'd be open to visit a church, if a friend or family member invited them. BTCS is stirring congregations to do just that.===>Click headline to access complete article . .

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Building Effective Partnerships

Building Effective Partnerships
The task of world evangelization is huge. As the Body of Christ we can no longer think individually. We must fulfill God's prayer in John 17:20-23 by working together, showing God's love for one another and thereby helping the world see the Kingdom of God in their midst.

How do you build lasting partnerships? Bill Sunderland, an expert in building and maintaining effective partnerships, suggested 5 main points:
1) Sense God's heart for unity as expressed in His Word.
2) Understand the role of vision -- this is what drives a partnership.
3) Building a partnership is not an event -- it is a long, up and down process
4) Don't go too far too fast -- take small steps and build trust.
5) Partnerships are only as solid as trusting relationships built through prayer and time.

Bill described four key phases in the development of a partnership: exploration (research), formation (consensus), operation (involvement), and maturation (celebration and growth). For instance, in the "operation" phase, Bill stressed that "communication in partnership is critical . . . . Once your group has decided to take action, it is imperative that those who have agreed to 'act' have a way to keep everyone in the partnership informed and engaged."

Bill pointed out that so much of what people like Luis Bush and Dino Toughang had presented to 4/14 track facilitators in the past day focuses on the Church working together. Indeed, a core value of Transform World and the 4/14 movement highlights working with each other. The massive 4/14 Window endeavor won't be accomplished by a few large Christian organizations working independently. It will take the collaboration of millions of Christians worldwide -- Christ's global body networking and partnering together.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

LC2C partner Alpha offers a perfect prayer-care-share vehicle


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Praying In and With the Community

Drive-through Prayer
"Drive-through food, dry cleaning, coffee . . . why not drive-through prayer?" asks Chandler (AZ) Christian Church. This past Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m., Chandler members fanned across the church's parking lot holding "Turn Here for Prayer" signs; volunteers directed the drivers into three lines and prayed one-on-one with each person--without the driver even stepping out of the car!

The two most common concerns were family issues and financial struggles, said senior pastor Roger Storms in a Fox TV interview on Sunday. "For us it doesn't trivialize prayer, it just shows we care about what's going on in your life and so does God," said pastor of spiritual maturity Matt Myers. Chandler plans to offer the drive-through the first Thursday evening of every month.===>Click headline to access the site and video . . .

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Prayer - Care - Share Stories

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The whole Church taking the whole gospel to the whole nation - and to the world.

Aurora, Illinois, Pastors Pray for Citywide Reconciliation

AuroraWorshippers from more than 20 area churches, and pastors from nearly every major church in Aurora, gathered for Celebrate Jesus Together in August to pray for citywide reconciliation. Nine pastors offered prayers of peace and unity for Aurora's residents, and participants gathered around elected officials present to pray for them. By the end of the event, about 25 pastors were on their knees pledging to renew their commitment to the church, the city and the Lord. Aurora is one of the cities in the Fox Valley, a Loving Our Communities to Christ partner.===>Click headline to access complete e-letter . . .

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

CARE ~ Why We Do Justice

This Week in LeadershipWhy We Do Justice
(It's not because we feel guilty.)
by Rick McKinley

When we think about justice, often guilt starts settling over us like a dense fog. We see unfairness and injustice, and we know what we don't do. So we feel guilty.

It is easy to see the victims of injustice as "those" people who have a need. We have a resource. We believe that if we use our resource to meet their need, our guilt will be removed.

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PRAYER ~ LC2City Congregation Featured in Church Prayer Leaders Network

The Church At Prayer
Calvary Chapel Boise

Practical Ideas from Praying Churches

Each month the Church Prayer Leaders Network will be highlighting the prayer ministry of a different church. Our desire is to stimulate ideas for your own prayer ministries. We are not presenting these churches to say they are necessarily strong praying churches, but that they have things in place that promote prayer in a significant way to their people. A model for all of us.

Calvary Chapel Boise Idaho

Calvary Chapel Boise knows the importance of calling its people to prayer and providing opportunities for them to participate in. Check out the prayer section of its website to see the varied opportunities it offers its people.

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SHARE ~ 30 Articles on Outreach and Witnessing

Fresh Ideas: The Three Minute Rule for Welcoming Guests

Fresh Ideas for Prayer Walking: Ten Thousand Steps. Ten Thousand Prayers.

When The Going Gets Tough, 7 Lessons from Revelation's 7 Churches

5 Ways to Overcome a Fear of Witnessing

How to do a Ministry Survey

What Causes Churches to Grow or Decline?

Church Art Festivals, Reclaiming the Art World for Christ

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Monday, September 07, 2009

Lead Teams: "How to Build Consensus Around a Strategic Plan"

Dino Touthang
4/14 Poverty Track facilitator Dino Touthang spoke on "How to Build Consensus around a Strategic Plan." Dino is the chairperson for a network of 400 organizations worldwide that engage in relief and development. The network is called "the Micah Challenge."

In his overview about building 4/14 track consensus, Dino highlighted three "P's."

Purpose -- consensus can only be built around a sense of similar purpose as expressed in a vision or dream statement. In this case, the compelling vision involves treating children not just as recipients of ministry but as agents of transformation.

People -- there's a need for relationship and trust among group members in order to build consensus.

Program (planning) -- planning leads to programs focused on how to achieve the ... goals of the ... initiative. Members engage in discussion and help formulate a specific program(s) to accomplish their goals.

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Loving Our Neighbors ~ a Two Year Coaching Journey into a Prayer-Care-Share Lifestyle

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A Loving Our Communities to Christ Citywide, Congregation-by-Congregation Emphasis

Loving Our Neighbors ~ Through an Authentic Lifestyle of Praying, Caring, Sharing

Implementing a Prayer-Care-Share Culture in Congregations

Objective: In each LC2City, we are asking God for a tipping point of congregations committed to implementing a sustainable prayer-care-share lifestyle culture throughout every sector of their congregational experience.

In Loving Our Neighbors:
  • The essential elements of prayer and care and share flow from and into one another; they do not stand alone
  • The emphasis is on integrating prayer-care-share into the lifestyle of every believer (adults, student, children)
  • ... and into the culture of every ministry and activity of the congregation.
  • Therefore, this is a long-term journey; a purposeful and progressive expedition, not an event or one-time project.

The leadership of every participating congregation agrees to a two-year coaching relationship with the LC2C Team during which they will be intentional towards:
  • Integrating prayer-care-share into the life of every family, ministry and activity
  • Instructing every leader of the congregation's small groups, teams, classes, committees, councils and staff to support the vision and values of this journey
  • Involving every member in the pursuit of a p-c-s lifestyle

Every congregation participating in this coaching relationship agrees:
  • The Pastor - He or she must be the prayer-care-share champion to the entire congregation:
    • As a model and mentor to leaders ("I commit to pursue a p-c-s lifestyle...")
    • Through teaching and training church members (sermons, seminars, stories)
    • With other pastors who are also leading their congregation on a p-c-s journey (1) A one day vision-casting session in our city, (2) Two day-long meetings per year with all the pastors in our city committed to Loving Our Neighbors, facilitated by our LC2C coach and (3) Three conference calls with other LC2C cities)
  • The Catalysts - The pastor identifies individuals who have a passion or calling for prayer, for care, and/or for share:
    • To provide ongoing prayer support for the pastor and the goal of becoming a prayer-care-share congregation
    • To encourage the pastor and leadership to cast and recast the vision and the values of this venture
    • To assist with an ongoing assessment of the strengths and struggles of the congregation (especially in their area of passion)
    • To serve, as gifted, in a catalytic role on the congregation's journey
  • The Ruling Leaders - The Board (or Elders or Council) must affirm their commitment to this journey and adopt/adapt Loving Our Neighbors as a strategy, not a temporary program or teaching theme
  • The Serving Leaders - All those who lead a group, teach a class, direct a team or chair a committee must be trained in how to apply the p-c-s lifestyle into and through their ministry
  • The Congregation -
    • ... will experience 104 Sundays (two years) of which p-c-s is both verbal (sermon, story, prayer focus, announcement) and visible (banner, power point slide, prayer wall, display table, bulletin information)
    • ... will experience 8 quarterly gatherings devoted to p-c-s: training, prayerwalking, service project, evangelistic outreach, celebration, etc.
    • ... will experience an annual gathering to reaffirm their commitment to loving their neighbors with intentional prayers, practical acts of kindness or justice, and telling the good new of Jesus.
  • The Community- will be impacted by both an individual and corporate (teams, classes, fellowship groups, the entire congregation) witness as they:
    • are prayed for by name and need; neighborhood and network (affinity groupings)
    • receive care through acts of kindness, service projects, and community development partnerships
    • hear the gospel as a result of relationship or opportunity

Milestones Throughout the Journey
  1. The Pastor acknowledges the need to be intentional at developing a praying, caring, sharing culture throughout the congregation
  2. The Ruling Leaders affirm Loving Our Neighbors as the pervasive priority of the entire congregation and the template for planning
  3. The Leadership Team meets for a day of prayer-driven strategic planning on how each ministry will integrate a p-c-s culture
  4. The Pastor and Leadership Team:
    1. Casts anew the command to "love your neighbor" to the entire congregation
    2. Provides all-church and affinity training as a prelude to a...
    3. Launch ("Let's go!") event (such as "Go To The Wall" Sunday) ...
    4. Which is the beginning of 104 Sundays of reminding, rehearsing, releasing every person into their prayer-care-share lifestyle
  5. P-C-S is identified on the agenda of every board, committee, team, planning, prayer meeting, study group:
    1. Personal: Who has God led to you pray for? Care about? Share with?
    2. Corporate: In what ways can we (our class, our fellowship group, our ministry) p-c-s better together than on our own?
  6. Church leadership plans and promotes strategic p-c-s events in which the entire congregation (macro) or a select group (classes, teams, committees, etc) participates in prayer (prayer stations), care (porch painting) and/or share (survey booth at county fair) to impact the community

The Commitment of Loving Our Communities to Christ to Your City
  1. Coaching - "LC2C" will provide a coach who will meet the pastors in your city that commit to this journey
    1. ONE citywide training session for all the participating pastors and their key leadership
      1. Clarify the vision of integrating, not adding, p-c-s
      2. Recognize that praying, caring, sharing is already somewhat active as we begin this next stage of our ongoing journey
      3. Train leaders to become vision-carriers
    2. TWO day-long coaching sessions each year that include
      1. Instruction from the coach
      2. Interaction among the participating pastors as they share personal concerns, difficulties, successes ...
      3. Implementation of ideas and action plans customized by each pastor
    3. THREE national conference calls each year
      1. Facilitated by the national LC2C team, with
      2. Pastors from participating cities invited to call-in (currently 17 cities)
      3. Focusing on learning from others on the same journey
      4. Including questions and response, and
      5. Information about LC2C national meetings, national and regional City Impact Roundtable gatherings
  2. Resourcing - LC2C will produce tools (see Leading the P-C-S Vision in Our Congregation) and point to resources that help pastors and leaders equip believers to:
    1. Pray with biblical foundation for lost persons in their life-network
    2. Care with love and justice for the people, places and things that are needful in their community
    3. Share the good news of Jesus lovingly, appropriately and compellingly as the Holy Spirit gives opportunity
  3. Learning - LC2C is building a national learning community in which every participating pastor is welcome to participate as both a learner and a contributor

Contact your coach for more information or to schedule a conference call of visit to initiate Loving Our Neighbors in your city . . .

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Saturday, September 05, 2009

SHARE ~ The False Gospel of Moralsm

"One of the most seductive false gospels is moralism. This false gospel can take many forms and can emerge from any number of political and cultural impulses. Nevertheless, the basic structure of moralism comes down to this -- the belief that the Gospel can be reduced to improvements in behavior.

Sadly, this false gospel is particularly attractive to those who believe themselves to be evangelicals motivated by a biblical impulse. Far too many believers and their churches succumb to the logic of moralism and reduce the Gospel to a message of moral improvement. In other words, we communicate to lost persons the message that what God desires for them and demands of them is to get their lives straight.===>Click headline to access complete article by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Culture Change ~ Even the "pros" are losing interest

Why Larry Crabb Won't Go To Church Anymore

"Church as I know it usually leaves deep parts of me dormant, unawakened and untouched. Maybe it's familiarly, the predictability of pattern and content that I find boring, superficially exciting at best, where emotions sometimes get stirred that get unstirred by the time I reach my car. ... I think [this] is rather a widespread thing among people in my generation. ... [But] I hope people get away from the idea that God is a genie that you rub a lamp and call it a prayer and you get everything you want. That is not how it works at all. I just hope people would see this is an incredible privilege that there is a vision for the church that is so high and lofty that it is only possible only through people who are fully dedicated to Christ. Hopefully we will get people moving in that direction."

—well-known Christian psychologist and author Larry Crabb, who after 65 years of attending church, admits in his latest book, Real Church, that he doesn't want to go anymore—at least not if things remain status quo. While spending months querying people about their thoughts on today's church, Crabb says his "disappointment, frustration and concern with church" seems to be a consensus. Rather than just presenting a list of problems, he hopes his latest book offers a vision of the kind of church God desires. [christianpost.com, 8/28/09]

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Quote; Unquote . . .

"The Gospel is good news ...
only if it gets there on time"

Carl Henry

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SHARE ~ Use the Power of Story to Reach 21st Century Culture

Interview with Mission America

Q: What is I am Second?

  • I am Second is a movement that utilizes the Internet and multimedia to compel curious seekers to Christ and, ultimately, help them connect with a local church or group. It is designed to share significance in life between people of all kinds – celebrities, athletes, pastors and everyday people.
  • If you have not visited iamsecond.com, please view one or more of the video stories there before reading further. Then the information below will make much more sense.
  • I am Second allows people to experience the personal, unique stories of so many others who have overcome life’s struggles through a relationship with Jesus.
  • I am Second helps people see that they are not hurting alone – we are all part of a community that struggles and is freed by the grace of God.
  • The media of I am Second gets people’s attention, then the ministry strategy of I am Second helps them put Jesus First, and grow as they learn to obey Him

Q: What is the ministry strategy of I am Second?

  • Churches, ministries and individuals are encouraged to use I am Second as a tool for ministry. If they have evangelism, discipleship and leadership development strategies that are working . . . they should continue to use them with I am Second.
  • For those who are looking for something new, I am Second’s ministry strategy may be just what they need. I am Second helps reach the hard to reach.
  • Our desire is to help people learn how to live a life of Second by making Jesus First. That means helping people to understand and obey what Jesus teaches. We believe that this type of spiritual growth happens most effectively when people live in spiritual community with other followers of Jesus. So our ministry strategy focuses on I am Second groups.

Q: What is an I am Second Group?

  • Two to eight people; each telling their stories; watching the stories of others on iamsecond.com; then discussing stories from the Bible about people with similar issues; collectively sparking spiritual conversations to discover how to live Second by making Jesus First.
  • Meeting in offices, coffee shops, restaurants, schools, clubs, neighborhoods—anywhere people already gather.
  • In other words, an I am Second Group is a gathering of people who want to put Jesus First in their lives. People who know the freedom found in Christ and want to pass it on to others. Some might call these gatherings house churches, others will call them discussion groups, Sunday School classes, or small groups. We call them I am Second Groups because it is where Seconds gather to experience and pass on the freedom of putting Jesus First.

Q: What are the goals for I am Second Groups?

  • To inspire the revolution of Second. I am Second brings a bold fresh revolution to the way we see and follow Jesus. For the previously religious, I am Second inspires them to live for God and not retirement. To engage the world and not run from it. To be a leader and not a pew-sitter.
  • For the religiously skeptical or curious, I am Second inspires them to see Jesus in his own words and not through the added traditions of church culture. To follow Jesus by declaring themselves Second. To lead the way to change in their community, country and world.

Q: How are I am Second Groups different from other small groups?

  • I am Second’s immediate appeal is aesthetic with its slick design, cool web site, and inspiring videos. But the real difference is more than skin deep. Below is the heart behind I am Second’s small group materials.
  • Stories. People tell their stories. They listen to the stories of others. And they discuss stories from the Bible about people with similar issues.
  • Obedience, Not Just Knowledge. Discussion guides are extremely practical in that each person is guided to practically live out and tell someone else about what they have learned in group. The application section in each lesson is not prefabricated or legalistically based. It allows the Spirit to guide each person in the life changes they personally need to make. At the beginning of each lesson each Second is asked to share with the group how they did with their Live and Tell commitments. This fosters an environment in which loving Jesus means obeying Jesus.
  • Dual Accountability. As soon as someone learns something, they are expected to a) obey and b) teach someone else. So people are encouraged to immediately disciple others as they learn.
  • Self-Feeding. People are taught how to do these things themselves immediately after deciding to trust Jesus: a) study Bible, b) pray, c) live in community, and d) endure hard times.
  • Discussion Based Bible Discovery: The basic curriculum is based on a group discovering the simple meaning of Scripture. The group leader leads mainly through asking pointed questions rather than through lecture. We trust the Holy Spirit to help each person discover the meaning of Scripture, and also the obedience steps He wants that person to take.
  • Immediate Evangelism. New believers are immediately taught to tell others in their network about Jesus. The first discipleship lesson after trusting Christ has the action point “make a list of 50 people who need to hear about Jesus.” Evangelism is more conversation than confrontation, more personal than presentation.
  • Everyone a Leader. Everyone is considered a potential leader, both before and after they trust Christ. So the curriculum is designed to move everyone into leadership if they continue to obey and progress. They will have a mentor/discipler to watch and guide them as they are given opportunities to lead.
  • Develop Leaders Quickly. New believers are taught to lead their own groups within a few weeks or months of trusting Christ, under the supervision of a more experienced mentor / discipler.
  • Holistic Leadership Development. Evangelism, discipleship and leadership development are done in a holistic progression. In some ways they are taught leadership skills before they even put their trust in Jesus.
  • Jesus is First. All this flows from being Second--through obeying what Jesus says to do and think and be.

Q: How can I get involved?

  • Individuals can get involved in the movement by visiting iamsecond.com and listening to the testimonials and stories of transformation.
  • If people have additional questions or want to engage with someone on a deeper level, individuals are available 24-7 by phone, e-mail or live chat.
  • The Web site also has information about local churches and small groups affiliated with the campaign where people can go to connect and discuss. [this function will be substantially upgraded in October, 2009 to allow many more churches and ministries in many more places to participate.]
  • Individuals can begin their own I am Second groups by registering on the “Get Involved” page of iamsecond.com. They then can download small group discussion guides and other resources.
  • Additionally, I am Second leadership has organized a volunteer program for individuals interested in helping out with campaign activities.

Q: How do churches fit into the I am Second movement?

  • I am Second aims not only to draw people to Christ, but ultimately to connect them to local churches and groups.
  • The I am Second website is being upgraded to enable many more churches in many more places to participate and have a listing. This new functionality should be available in October 2009.
  • When this upgrade is made, people interested in finding churches and/or small groups using I am Second will be able to do zip codes searches. This will give churches opportunities to connect with people searching for answers and help.
  • Churches can begin to register as I am Second partner churches when the new functionality goes live in October 2009.

Q: Who is behind it?

  • I am Second is an initiative of e3 Partners Ministry – a donor-supported Christian organization, purposed with equipping God’s people to evangelize His world and establish His Church.

Q: How did I am Second begin?

  • The initial inspiration for I am Second was to create a movement centered on a roadside billboard with a picture of a sports superstar or celebrity. Normally, such a big star would be No. 1, but the words “I am Second” would drive curious people to iamsecond.com to learn more.
  • The creative team at e3 consulted with business and ministry leaders and went to work, and I am Second became what it is today.

Q: What sort of struggles does I am Second address?

  • The video testimonies address a variety of struggles and topics including abuse, racism, selfishness, divorce, addictions, fame and the search for meaning and satisfaction in life.

Q: What types of media does I am Second use?

  • In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the movement uses multiple billboards and outdoor kiosks, in addition to print advertisements and thousands of television, cinema and radio clips to drive people to the Web site.

Q: How are the testimonials selected?

  • I am Second leadership searches for individuals with authentic, transformational stories relevant to everyday people. Through relationships, I am Second continues to feature people who exemplify and embody the campaign.

Q: What kind of impact has the movement had?

  • The campaign has created quite a buzz in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and around the globe due to its viral presence on the Web.
  • At last count, iamsecond.com has received more than 1 million hits from visitors in nearly 200 countries.

Q: Why not I am Third? Shouldn’t others be put ahead of self?

  • The I am Second movement was designed for nonbelievers, seekers and people who have never thought of putting something first in their lives other than self. I am Second highlights the first decision one must make to live a life in harmony with God’s will – first choosing to be second before understanding and accepting God’s command to place others ahead of yourself. One must be second before they can become third.

Q: What makes I am Second unique?

  • I am Second is all about authenticity that captures people wherever they are in their spiritual journey.
  • I am Second does not sugar coat Christianity – the videos boldly address a slew of issues that people today commonly struggle with – but also transparently reveals the freeing power of faith in Jesus Christ.
  • A lot of people have negative perceptions of organized religion. I am Second is designed to share how personal faith can transform lives.

Q: What does the future hold for I am Second?

  • e3 Partners continually adds new video testimonies to the I am Second Web site, many of which will touch on fresh topics or share new perspectives.
  • As time goes on, the I am Second campaign will expand into other cities around the country.
  • I am Second also is talking with leaders in other countries about setting up I am Second web sites in other languages.

For more information, contact us at coach@iamsecond.com.

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CARE ~ Practical Action Points


10 Ways to Help Your Neighborhood's Poor

1. Respond with kindness. We can make quite a difference in the lives of the poor when we respond to them, rather than ignore or dismiss them.

2. Carry fast-food gift certificates. Many people hesitate to give money to panhandlers for fear of how the money will be spent. Gift certificates ensure that food will be purchased.

3. Buy Street News, a publication the homeless may pick up free and sell in order to raise rent money.

4. Carry food. If you know you will encounter someone needing food during the day, carry an extra sandwich or order extra take-out food to give away.

5. Give new clothing. Consider buying new items, especially socks and underclothing, and donating them to a shelter. Having something new to wear gives a psychological lift.

6. Give toys. Children often have little to occupy their time, and parents have more urgent demands for the little money they have.

(Please click here to read, print, or email this article from DJ's online archives, March/April 1999)

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