Nakon srce za Loša znači imati srce za Boga Martin Buehlmann

Ne tako davno moja supruga i ja smo sjedili u našoj kuhinji, priprema lijepu obiteljsku večeru. Odjednom zazvoni zvono naš. Odlazak na vratima smo vidjeli Ghebremariam, a 38 godišnja žena iz Eritreje koji radi za Mariam. Ghebremariam je izbjeglica iz Eritreje, susjedna zemlja u Etiopiju. Morala je ostaviti iza sebe troje djece, a sada je u Europi već četiri godine.

Mi smo poznati Ghebremariam već neko vrijeme, od Božića, kada je došla u naš dom za stranku za usamljena i uživao,. Kao što je sjedila s nama u kuhinji, počela dijeliti više od nje srceparajući priča. Kad je došao u Europu prije četiri godine da se nada pronaći mjesto mira, Početna, mjesto za skrivanje od svih zloporaba, Svi samovolje i nepravde morala živjeti pod. Ali sada, kao što je dijeljenje svoju priču, glasno plače, Ona nam je rekla da je upravo odbio kao izbjeglica, ostanu bez ikakvih prava i bez podrške. Naša večera promijenio od slobodnog vremena za divno izraz skrbi, ljubav, prihvatanje. Mi slušali, plakala s njom, zagrlila, molio za nju i na kraju je blagoslovio s nekim novca. Nakon dva sata joj je lice podiže i ona malo nasmijala. Kad je otišla, znali smo da smo izrazili dobrotu Isusovu ovoj dragoj ženi.

Odjednom je sinulo. To je Veliki petak Isus je posjetio naš dom. Mi smo bili u mogućnosti da ga utješi, Isus kaže u Evanđelju po Mateju poglavlja 25, da sve što smo učinili jednom od najmanje, smo mu učinili.

Posluživanje drugima znači susreta s Isusom u životima drugih, dijeleći njihovu bol i bespomoćnost. Kao što smo vjerno su to kao izraz našeg načina života, postaje kontinuirani molitvu i poziv za Krista doći.

12 Stvari Vaš Crkva treba znati ... by Steve sjogren

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1. Don’t take yourselves too seriously
You are important to God. Nije li to dovoljno da znam da bez potrebe da se dokaže to cijelo vrijeme? Šetnja u poniznosti. Poslušati. Budite u korak s Duhom.

2. Outreach is your lifeblood
It’s tempting to settle in on the point of problem centeredness, especially if you’ve had a modicum of success. People will ask that you “pastor” them instead of persevering instead of living out your roles as Evangelists. Pastoring at that point is a trap! Don’t fall for it. Tell people to go to counseling who need help. Pray for them while you stand up after a gathering. Don’t you dare see them more than once in the name of ministering to them.

3. There’s always a process to what you’re doing
God is at work with your people and those you seek to reach. God is continually doing something though we are sometimes frustrated with his timetable. Our desire is for details to work out quickly. None of us are naturally patient, but then again God’s work is more stable than ours.

4. As you serve a powerful spiritual atmosphere is created inside and outside your church
As you consistently love, serve and show generosity to outsiders you build an almost tactile reality around your church that impacts others that has a profound spiritual effect on others at dimensions that are difficult to easily see or measure on the surface of things but is real just the same.

As people nearby experience this they will change their perceptions about God and recognize that he is positive – not negative, loving – not necessarily judgmental.

As you serve you are also going to shape the spiritual atmosphere inside your church community as you walk out the heart of God. Your people will see that serving is part and parcel of the normal Christian life.

5. Others are more important than your venture
Don’t worry about your success. As you serve, God will show up in your midst. His presence is the greatest guarantee of success.

6. It’s vital to teach on living generously if vision is to succeed
People will tell you they like your church because you don’t talk about money “all the time like other churches.” It’s tempting to fall into the trap of under emphasizing this vital topic. Of course, your people need to be challenged. Deep down they crave this instruction for their growth’s sake.

7. A vision for church planting
Set a goal from the beginning of your launch as to how many and how fast you will produce your first of several plants. Talk about that frequently from the front…with a smile of faith!

8. See the city as your mission field
World missions are great but God is first interested in capturing the hearts of your church with the immediate. The “ends of the earth” is safe because all it requires is a check and an occasional prayer. God has in mind that your “Jerusalem” will come before the ends of the earth. Serve them. Care for the poor down the street in practical ways. Pray for them door to door in ten-second segments.

9. Worship stirs the presence of the Spirit
One of the top couple of necessities for success is Spirit-inspired worship. If your worship doesn’t bring the presence of the Spirit then change it until it until it does. You won’t succeed in much else till you do.

10. Ministry to the poor is basic to a discipleship
We are all – 100% of us – are called to care for the Poor in some way. Ministry to the Poor is part of any outreach emphasis. I highly recommend you make this a vital part of your initial foray into the community. No matter where you live in the world there are people in need within a 15-minute drive, if not next door.

11. If you don’t make outreach the focus it won’t be any of focus
That’s just the way it works. Outreach will be relegated to a program side by side with ushering, working in the parking lot and making coffee with about as much passion as the other ones mentioned above. It will be an utterly ineffective token effort that is in place for members to point as something that says their church cares about the Lost even though everyone knows there’s nothing effective being accomplished.

12. The way your senior leader(s) live and model ministry (and life!) is the greatest determiner as to how the local church will approach discipleship
Your church is like a flock of geese flying in formation on a journey. At the tip of the flock is a lead goose directing the rest toward in a certain direction. Where that leader goes, the rest of the formation follows. It’s a simple principle. Like it or not, the leader is carefully followed whether the rest of the flock understands the principle or not. It’s intuitive.

Regardless of that leader’s natural inclination, it’s vital that they become the person the flock needs in order to grow. Any person – any leader – can change by merely determining to change. It’s a matter of making a decision then leaning into the empowering of the Spirit for change to happen. God will show up and empower that decision. It is easy for a leader to cop out by thinking they don’t possess the needed gifts in the area where help is needed. As that leader merely shows up with an available attitude God will provide the needed gifts, energy and physical resources. As St. John of the Cross said, “Where there is no love, bring love, and there will be love.”

4 Toplo vrijeme Outreach Ideje za Janie sjogren

To je sve toplije i to mijenja ono što možemo učiniti da iskazuje ljubav prema našim zajednicama. Bacite pogled na vaše opskrbe ormaru, i učiniti neke proljeće čišćenje osvježiti sve gore. Tipični wc-čišćenje setove i pranje vjetrobranskog opskrba početak, ali dodati još malo iskru svoje outreaches s dobrim raznim opcijama na gotovs. Ovdje su četiri outreach ideje za toplije vrijeme.

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Nabavite velike transparente na kojem je pisalo, "Free Car Wash-Ne šalite!"Ili" $ 1 autopraonicu!"U $1 Autopraonica inačica, li dati osobi $1 nakon pranja svoj automobil, s connect kartice objašnjavajući zašto ste to, "To je jednostavan način za reći, Bog vas voli, bez obaveza!"

Postavljanje na ulici koja ima značajan protok prometa, s vodom pristup i jednostavan ulaz i izlaz. Koristite nogometne čunjeva za usmjeravanje prometa gdje ga želite. Stvaranje pozivajući prostor za sjedenje s nogometnih stolicama i ledom dolje pića u hladnjaku.

Stavite nekoliko visokih energiju, navijačica tipovi na uglovima u blizini svoje stranice. Recite im da se tresti znakove, mahati rukama i općenito izravne ljude u praonici.

Pobrinite se da imate prijateljski ljudi pozdraviti vozače, i razgovarati s ljudima. Nemojte se toliko zauzet pranje da udobnost se onesvijestiti karticu i objašnjenje kako to radiš kao projekt za opće im pokazati malo Božje ljubavi.

Put Your Hladnjaci za rad!

Parni hladnjaci su super za vodu i pop outreaches. Ako vaša crkva može priuštiti jedan, dobiti veliku kavu Ice uvijek imati led na gotovs. Hladnjaci i rad i za prijevoz hot-dog i hamburgere zamotane u fast-food folijom omota. Cooler djeluje kao parobrod, a roba stići toplo. Ponuda sa individualno umotanih začinima, i isporučiti oko 11 osoba, dok su još uvijek gladni.

Sladoled Kupon Daj-Away

Sladoled je sretna hrana! Kupite količinu sladoleda kupona na popust. Povezivanje s lokalnom sladoled dućan, ili McDonald'sa ili Chick-fil-A. Objasnite da radiš, Projekt društveno korisnog rada, i da se plan o davanju kupone sladoled pobjeći.

Mjesta za izlazak su kampusa, Parkovi, susjedstvu, sportski događaji, i skate parkovima. Daj izvadio karticu sa svakom Kupon Ice Cream.

Festival preživljavanja paketi

Where food and drink are being sold as part of a community event, don’t be rude and give away drinks or food. Umjesto toga, make up little packs of items in a small zip-lock bag.

Items could include: Towelettes for cleaning sticky fingers, small samples of lotion or suntan cream, a peppermint hard candy to freshen breath, tissues, golf pencils and small pads of post-its or pads made from clean-cut scrap paper.

Nemojte zaboraviti da se doseg povezivanje kartica tijekom svoje proljetne outreaches. Ako vam je potrebna visokokvalitetne outreach kartice, možete kliknuti na bilo koji od linkova gore da vidi veliki izbor dizajna nudimo, ili jednostavno otići na ovaj link ispod:

http://www.kindnessresources.com/Outreach-Cards-C10.aspx

5 Prepreke za evangelizaciju po Doug Mürren

Sve što ima veze s komunikacijom radi u nekim preponama. Donosi poruku nade, čak mogu imati prepreke da se mora suočiti. Kad netko pokušava porinuti u Isusovim rukama postoji pet prepreke evangelizaciji trebali biti svjesni.

Jedan: Koje opcije će Odustajem?

Ljudi su pametni da znaju u stvarnosti ništa nije besplatno. I sljedeće Krist ima neke rekvizite i mi to svi znamo. Dar vjere putem prevenient milosti je jedan. Spremnost da se pokaju je još. I početak iskustva ukupnog predaji je još. Okretanje spas u molitvi brzo jednostavno nije iskrena.

Morate biti iskren i učiniti svoj dio poruke jasan pokazatelj što opcija da se odrekne kad primi Krista. A što nove mogućnosti da steknete.

Ako možete dobiti svoje prijatelje izvan ovoga obzir da su nestali uz put prema radiš neke stvarne pomicanjem.

Dva: Jesam li pogriješio?

Vjerovali ili ne jedan od glavnih strahova ljudi je da oni mogu pogriješiti. Ljudi imaju averziju prema biti u krivu. Ljudi moraju biti uvjereni da su stvaranje vjerodostojne korak ili će se oduprijeti svoju poruku.

Znate li dovoljno da osujeti taj veliki strah neprijatelj koristi? Budimo iskreni osobni doživljaj vlastite može biti vrlo autoritativno i pravi. Budite spremni pomoći prijatelju znali da oni nisu pogriješi. Pokazuju da je veća pogreška je da se ne primiti poruku.

Tri: Peer Pressure

Sljedeće pitanje što trebate raditi kroz je, Što će to koštati mi relacijski?

Ovo je jedan veliki. U našoj zajednici imamo snažnu prisutnost Mormon. A imamo mnogo obraćenika iz Mormona u našoj crkvi. Njihov korak prema Evanđelju bio jedan skupi za većinu.

Ljudi ne odluče za promjenu ili ne promijeniti djelomično temelji na tome kako će njihovi prijatelji misle o tome postoji izbor. To pomaže da se riješi taj prepona kada se pomicanjem. Kako idete o tome će ovisiti o osobi i njihove okolnosti. Sviđa mi se s referentnim ovo pitanje kad sam govorio javno o potrebi za Krista u prijateljev života.

Četiri: Hoću li se budalom?

Mislim da taj strah je dominirati u životima ljudi. Nitko ne želi izgledati kao orah slučaju. Bitno je da smo podupirem mudrost odluke za Krista. Sviđa mi se skupimo velike vođe koji su bili kršćani kad sam predstaviti Evanđelje prijatelju.

Volim podržava dogovor s ludošću ne odluči za Krista kada imam nečiju uho. Crkve trebaju imati okruženje koje ima smisla zbog toga. Ljudi su već bojati potrazi glupo i ako mi to potvrditi na njih gubimo.

Pet: Je li će me stajati previše?

Svatko ima prag kako bi što život valute on ili ona je spreman potrošiti. Sviđa mi se da su ljudi svjesni činjenice da Bog ne košta štetni kada je dao svoga jedinog Sina za nas.

Mi ne bi trebali pokušati učiniti previše lako za ljude ili ćemo imati neispravan pretvorbi. Brzo jednostavno oprezni molitva jednostavno ne prima Krista. Moram pauzirati i potpuno predavanje Njemu i Njegova vizija za mene nije moja. Košta sve bude istinski sljedbenik Krista i mi trebali pozabaviti.

Zašto Ljubaznost? To je naravno Supernatural Steve sjogren

Tu je puno razgovarati ovih dana o riječi “Kind.” Tu je toliko brbljanje ovih dana, zapravo, jednom čak možda mislite ljubaznost ljudski atribut. Slično kao i ljubavi. S obje ideje / Riječi, postoje dymensions od ideje. S obje, Koncept je toliko razvodnjen, it is becoming difficult to nail down what is meant when people use the word in conversation.

As a word smith, I move we take the time to clarify this powerful word, AND we honor term that is of such enduring significance, it nearly belongs on the Periodic Chart of elements – on the bottom part of that chart if you are familiar with that from a chemistry class. That part of the chart deals with elements that endure for such long time frames we refer to them as having “Half Lives.” When humans touch such elements, there is no missing that one has been touched. Life will never be the same when anything with a half-life has touched our lives. Such is the power of kindness.

Kindness is everlasting. It is! A touch of kindness goes on eternally. When one has experienced an act of kindness – you have been served or you have served others – that touch, that expression will echo all hearts involved for the rest of earthly life. How is this possible? As Jesus said, “With man, this is cannot be done, but with God all things all things are possible.” Kindness is from God. Human effort cannot produce kindness. True kindness never has originated from man apart from God and it never will. Only as God’s kindness flows through available people can anyone experience true kindness.

Kindness is Naturally Supernatural

What humans often confuse with with true kindness is actually ‘Niceness.’ Niceness is great. Hurrah for niceeness! There are far worse things for one to be caught up with than niceness. Make no mistake however – human niceness is utterly different than the kindness of God.

The Apostle Paul clarifies the untangled way of kindness in this verse:

“God’s kindness leads to a radical life change…” Romans 2:4, The Message Version

“God’s kindness”

If you have lived more than a decade, you hopefully have discovered that those things that last originate from God. The temporal is apart from God’s eternal strength.

“Radical life change”

When God changes a life, that life changes for real and for the endurance. That change occurs from the inside out. This is no self-imposed attempt at self-betterment. This is no resolution. This is no ‘I’ll never again’ try harder self-help. God has mercy on us by doing what we could not accomplish in a thousand lifetimes of a grand effort.

Kindness is contageous

The kindness of God Paul refers to flows from one human to another. God is by nature kind among other aspects of his diverse character. The scriptures clarify when God changes a person’s life, a new normal way of living begins. Our bodies look the same, but spiritually we are transformed. We are converted. We are turned inside out. Entirely new ways of living and seeing occur. One of the primary overflows of that life is kindness. The kindness of God himself. (Galatians 5:22, 23)

God invites us to jump onboard!

Once we click into the kindness of God, at whatever point in our journey in life – time of following Jesus, it is as though blinders fall from our eyes. In my life, though I had followed ‘Hard after God’ I had never picked up on the many verses that illustrate the concepts shared in this article alone. I hear this story each day several times via emails and texts – “I can’t believe I never got it before now! How could I have not seen those verses? I’m onboard now. I want to move forward – I want to serve, I want to live in the power of God’s kindness!"

There is a universal light bulb beginning to blink over hundreds of leaders worldwide. The conclusion being discovered is: “We need to show our culture the reality of God. Information without first providing credibility does not work.” This credibility building sequence is the way life has worked for all people of all time of all cultures. This simple request is reasonable. Jesus operated from this perspective.

Let’s begin to live from this new normal way of life as well!

4 Lekcije Ljubaznost Outreach uči vas…Ali sjemenište Zar Samuel Aldridge

Kao redovni student MDiv sam potrošiti puno svog vremena skriven iza moj laptop i hrpa knjiga i članaka. Ja raspravljati i braniti teologiju s drugim učenicima, boriti s grčkom i hebrejskom jeziku, i dobiti upute o temama iz crkvene uprave do učinkovitih komunikacijskih tehnika; I even have classes specifically devoted to my spiritual formation. But even with such a holistic theological education I have found there are many things that just cannot be learnt about the Christian life from the seminary classroom, or the church sanctuary. Some of these lessons are assumed, and others are overlooked, whilst with some the theory is mentioned, but the lesson never truly learnt or understood. To learn these lessons we have to go somewhere else.

For me that somewhere else has become the streets of my local town doing Kindness Outreaches. I have to admit that this was never something I started off doing with the aim of educating myself, it was all about the people I was serving, and it still is, but no matter how much I think I know, I always seem to learn something new every time I go out onto the streets to serve. So without much more ado, here are some things that Servant Evangelism has taught me…and seminary hasn’t.

1. People long to be loved

I have lost count now of the number of people that I have gone up to during Kindness Outreaches and the response has been either dumbstruck faces or tears. Smiles are certainly the most common response I have had though. One time I was out doing a Kindness Outreach with my wife, giving away popcorn to people at work. She wandered into one of the businesses and on this occasion I hung around just outside the store looking through the glass store front (I think that this was only my second time doing Kindness Outreach and I was still terrified back then). As my wife walked out of the store, having given away the popcorn, the single employee, who had been sat looking very bored and lonely in an empty shop, had a huge smile across her face. I think that we had just made her day.

This may seem like something that should be so fundamentally understood by Christians: that our love is not just needed, but also wanted. All too often, though, I think that we assume this is so fundamental to how the Christian should think that we overlook it. During my time at seminary I have been a part of several discussions that have looked at church growth, development and issues surrounding the supposed “consumer congregation,” but within these talks it seems that the idea of a church growing by actively going out and loving its local community is often overlooked, apparently we just don’t seem to think that love is what the “consumer congregation” wants. But Kindness Outreach has taught me that love is exactly what people want.

2. Community is alive and well

Once, back in October, a few of us took a truck filled with pumpkins around some of the apartment blocks in my town. We pulled up to the first block of apartments and started talking to a group of teens stood in the parking lot, they we’re eager to take some pumpkins. Then a remarkable thing happened: children started pouring out of the woodwork from all over the estate and formed quite a crowd around the truck as we handed out the pumpkins. Within a few moments the truck went from bursting full to half empty. We had managed to serve an entire complex and knocked on a total of one door. Instead the community had done the work for us, the children had been running from apartment to apartment, telling all their friends and family about the people giving away free pumpkins, and as more people found out they in turn told more people until the whole complex was aware of our presence.

I see this sort of community spirit a lot whilst I am out serving the community, perhaps most often when I am around giving out bags of food to those who need it. As I start talking to people I often ask if they know anyone else who is in need of some free food, and whilst sometimes the person shrugs their shoulders, more often than not the person steps out of the doorway and starts pointing to other houses in the street.

3. We are part of a single catholic church

When I was out serving with free bags of food the other day something happened that I did not expect. I was in a rundown trailer park and knocked on the door of one of the trailers, holding my breath that the fragile construction would not collapse as I knocked. A little old lady answered the door, her arms filled with food. She had seen what we were doing and wanted to be a part of it and so stuffed a ton more food into the bags that we were carrying. This little, old lady was not part of our church, or even our denomination, but as we explained to her what we were doing she was still excited to help out. In that moment our slightly different takes on theology were irrelevant, for the both of us our theology did not need to go any further than “We love because God first loved us.”

People from all sorts of backgrounds and denominations go out to do Servant Evangelism: Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans, Pentecostals, and many others. We have all at times debated and fought over our theologies, and being at a multi-denominational seminary I sometimes find myself focusing more upon how we differ than how we are alike. But when I am on that doorstep doing Kindness Outreach, I wouldn’t bat an eyelid if my companion for the day was from a different denomination, for at that moment we need to go no further than “We love because God first loved us.” And surely we, as the church, can at least agree on that much.

4. And finally…

Perhaps the most important lesson that I have learnt from doing Kindness Outreach, međutim, is one that arises out of all my outreach experiences. It arises out of the fact that people need to be loved, it arises out of the fact that community is still important, it arises out of the church being able to stand as a unified whole, and it arises from every door that I have stepped up to and God has used me to make a positive difference in somebody’s life: that there is hope for the church today. Kindness Outreach has shown me that there is a way for us to effectively shine Christ’s light to the world and, that through us Christ can impact the lives of countless people. All that needs to be done is for us to get out there and serve.

Kad Sluga Evangelizacija postaje rutina Marty Boller

outreachNisam siguran kada je pojam 'sluga evangelizacija "prvi put došao u igru. U ranim danima vinogradu pokreta, Steve Sjogren je bio prvi glas sam čula da pričaju naglaskom cijelu crkvenu zajednicu oko ideje posluživanje vani kroz praktičnu, primjenjuju djela dobrote. Moj vinograd crkva u Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been actively involved with servant evangelism for much of our thirteen years of our existence. U 1998, when we started our church, it was common for our small church planting team to be involved in SE events nearly every weekend.

We did free car washes, free water bottle giveaways, free neighborhood leaf-raking, free carnations to moms on Mother’s Day, free snow shoveling, etc. etc. It was common back then that when a new person started coming to our church, we knew they were staying when we saw them at our next giveaway! And while I can’t deny that we did these servant evangelism events in our earliest days because we were trying to plant a new church, over time I believe some of us actually caught the SE bug and decided it was a good thing to do even when it wasn’t all about building a new church. In truth, as I see it, servant evangelism should never be about planting or building a church, but about simply loving people we don’t know. And as Steve Sjogren has so often taught us over the years, words just can’t express how thrilling it is to give something away with no strings attached.

But isn’t it interesting that over time, we Christians can take something that is at its’ core something new and fresh and make it into a routine, or worse yet, a church project? And so it becomes with many churches as we grow and get into facilities of our own. As I look back, I see how my church went from having a ‘freely-received-freely-given’ attitude about servant evangelism to a programming mode that can make SE all about growing our church and measuring for results. Sadly, as we grow larger, the concept of random acts of kindness tend to evolve into highly-developed, well-planned-out programs of servant evangelism. And somehow, someway, the true joy of doing SE for the right reasons is nearly lost.

Today, as I write these words, I’m praying about what it might take in our well-established church to once again return to the carefree, light-hearted spontaneous SE giveaways we once enjoyed when we were smaller. I’m guessing there might be other pastors out there who share that same dream. In recent weeks, I’ve been blogging about what type of changes might need to happen in my thirteen-year-old church in order to get back to the joys of doing simple Kingdom outreach ministry just because Jesus loves it that way. Join me at my blog and chime in on some of your ideas as well. Together with God’s help, I believe we might just see a fresh wave of SE, for His Name’s sake!

4 Potezi koje čuvaju protiv Burnout Steve sjogren

Burnout je redovito problem sa svima koji dopire. Isus je bio u gotovo stalnom outreach modu u svom ministarstvu tri godine, tako da je bilo neophodno da se na nizu mentaliteta kako bi živjeli s duhovne usmjerenosti. Ovdje su neke od Isusovih stajališta možda pronaći ohrabrujuće.

Define for your assignment.
Invite God to clarify the specifics of your calling. Listen in. Take notes. God tends to speak the most clearly to me in two settings – as I wake up and as I drive. A friend suggested someone drive me around and I take short naps throughout the day in order to hear from the Lord a lot. Maybe we can try that sometime. Figure out what your primo setting is and reproduce that as often as you can. God is more interested in speaking to you than you are in hearing from him.

Focus on the outcome.
It’s easy to grow frustrated with the burdens and details of the present. We frequently hear encouragement as to the importance of aiming on the immediate only. When it comes to outreach it’s not that way. There are times when it is best to look ahead. Scripture says that Jesus endured hardship for the joy that was set before him. We are wise to follow his lead.

Flow…Give Up On Struggling
One of the most frustrating assignments in the world is the sense that we are responsible to create a spiritual result. We are incapable of making something happen in the spiritual realm – that is the work of the Holy Spirit. Our role, like Paul’s, is to plant and water what God has already begun in others’ lives. Walk in sensitivity to what God is up to. It’s usually not all that difficult to see what he’s up to. Go where the joy, the passion, the energy is. It is exciting to be in the midst of where the Spirit is at work. Find that sweet spot and live there.

Be unique.
Look for the specifics God has for you whether you’ve seen anyone else walk there or not. Perhaps there are new approaches to ministry God has in mind for you to carry out that no one else is doing. Be bold! You may think you need permission to step out. In many cases that’s not the case. You’d be surprised how often those you think you need to clear things with will be overjoyed when you simply try something new then show them the results afterwards. Nearly always you’ll receive a standing ovation!

Slušati Boga ... Stvarno? Jason Taylor

Činilo se da ju je pokušao sve! Iz padaju tisuće jaja iz helikoptera na slanje ono što se činilo kao milijuni razglednica, ali naša crkva nije bio uzimajući "rezultate" da svi drugi dobivši. Zaposlio sam trenera i mentora koji mi je rekao "kako je" posaditi crkvu. I did everything by the book, but the results were minimal in comparison to what everyone else was “getting”. Was there something wrong with me? Was I really called? Is this really what God wanted me to do, start a church from scratch?

I still remember the day that I just came to a realization that I needed to stop listening to coaches, books, and blogs first and start listening to what God was saying through the Holy Spirit for our church in our town. That’s when everything changed! I remember praying and asking God, “What’s next?” As I stopped and listened, He spoke and we started becoming who God wanted us to be as a church in our town.

Na primjer, God said…

  • Move your location 9 miles across town to another school, when you do not have the money to do so- we did, and we started growing and God provided!
  • Set a goal to touch 5,000 people with random acts of Kindness in six months, when we had no dollars for this outreach- we did, and people’s lives were changed forever and God provided!
  • Move again to another location that you cannot afford- we did, and God provided and since that time over 260 people have given their lives to Jesus in our services!

My point is this: There is nothing wrong with coaching, mentors, and blogs, but please LISTEN TO GOD FIRST, and God will use the other voices to implement the vision that He gives you.

5 Pokretanje lekcije iz Johnny Appleseed Steve sjogren

John Chapman, aka legendarni "Johnny Appleseed" bio misionar koji je posegnuo za Indijancima u Ohio Valley u ranim 1800-ih.

Imao jednostavne alate

His primary planting tool was a stick! Imate li štap? Kad je njegova sadašnja štap nosio je pronašao novi štap. I heard recently through the grapevine that sticks are still easy to find!

The more elaborate we make our plans the more likely it is that we will fail.

He Heard the Invitation

He picked up on the invitation of the Father to accomplish his lifelong mission, therefore when the going got tough he was able to return to the beginning of it all to when God unmistakably spoke to him to go out in the first place.

He Didn’t Talk About Outreach, He Did Outreach

Johnny understood it’s about activism, not mere talk, nor continual preparation study, nor the accruing of more cool conference notebooks. He was all about taking risks and getting out there. If he were alive in 2012 his motto would be, “Missional schmissional! Stop the incessant talk, stop being a chicken and just do it for Pete’s sake!"

He Did Small Things

It doesn’t take much to change the world. A tiny apple seed grows into the largest fruit bearing tree in the plant world that will bear thousands of apples.

He Was Faithful

He was all in! He burned his bridges. There was no return.

He Saw Potential in the Faith Realm

Some would find it difficult, if not impossible, to do the ministry of Johnny because it was long-term and not immediately fulfilling. He was called by God to do something great but something that not would fully bear fruit in his lifetime.

Each seed was destined to produce an amazing tree that would produce thousands of apples to the glory of God. It takes the kind of faith only God can provide to live from that perspective. We can’t work that up. “God empower us the ability to hear your calling, regardless of the timing.”

With servant evangelism ministry the fruit takes a while to come about, but guaranteed, but when a church plant remains faithful to strongly serve and show generosity to their surrounding community, astounding results will come about.

Anyone can count the number of seeds in an apple,
But only God can count the number of apples in a seed.

Robert H. Schuller