Ja srcu mom gradu Dina Rizzo

Jeste li znali da Isus ima plan za vas u gradu On vas je poslao? Vidimo veliki primjer za to u Luki 8:26-38. Ovaj jednom opsjednutim je spremna slijediti Isusa nakon ovog čudesnog promijeniti život. Ali Isus mu zapovijeda da, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” Go back to the city I have called you to. Go back to your home. Go to your city. Go to your people. Jesus was smart. He knew this city would know this once demon-possessed man. They would recognize something had changed in him. Something miraculous had to have happened to make this once crazy man, sane again. Here we have the first missionary sent to his own zip code. God has a plan for you in the city He has sent you to as well.

If you want to make a difference in your city you must first love your city. Loving your city opens ears to hear the gospel, unlocks heart to be loved, and unleashes Kingdom influence. You can’t fake love. You can’t love behind your church walls. You can’t love behind judgment. You can only “speak” love so much before you have to “show” it in order for others to believe it. Opening up your heart, your arms, your finances, your resources, your building to others with a ridiculous love for the people in your city will catapult you into God’s purposes like nothing else.

Loving your city starts with knowing your city. You have to notice, understand, listen, and pay attention to the culture, the rhythms, the condition, the seasons, and the story of your city. Being with the people will create a love for the people. Simply researching your city, only creates a data connection. What you need is a heart connection with the people in your city. Jesus was always among the people. He bridged the gap between physical need and spiritual need, because He could see what type of bridge needed to be built to connect with them. Knowing your city will help you determine how to truly love your city, minister to your city, and provide for your city.

Once you know your city, you act. Do whatever you can to meet the needs of your city. Know the need, see what you have to offer, and act. Not too long ago we noticed that cancer patients receiving chemotherapy in local hospitals were not receiving the nutritional snacks they really needed. A lady in our church started with 5 volunteers and went once a week to bring a healthy snack to a cancer patient. One year later we are in 5 hospitals, 5 days a weeks, and have served thousands of snacks. We have been able to share the love of Christ with thousands through a simple healthy snack.

When you know your city and act on the true needs within the city, there will be impact. Know, act, and impact will follow. You will be blown away by the access, opportunity, influence, and visibility that opens wider than you imagined possible. The government starts calling you to solve problems in the city. They know your name. Road blocks and red tape are no longer blockades to ministry. Door after door begins to open. You set the example for others. People start thinking, “Maybe the church does know how to solve some of these issues in our community for the cause of Christ.” You are advertising without even having to advertise because serving creates chatter. Let’s create lots of chatter!

You want people pulling up on your property saying, “I heard from someone that this church would help me.” Be necessary. Be seen as a solution. Is your church necessary to your city? Does it matter that you are here? As churches we often ask ourselves if the poor matter to us, but the real question is, “Do we matter to the poor?” Does your city need you? I believe they do because they need Christ. Let us be found faithful with the piece of earth God destined for us to serve on. Love your city.

Evanđelisti nevjere Rice Broocks

Ja sam duboko je izazvao neumornim naporima muškaraca i žena koji unaprijed uzrok “Novi ateizam” u prazne srcima postmoderne zapadnjake.

Priroda grozi vakuum pa u nedostatku vjere, nevjera ili ateizam postaje anti-uzrok. Misija ove ateist križara je osloboditi svijet (especially the young) of religious faith and “superstition.” They carry their message with zeal and with the confrontational style that rivals any fundamentalist preacher. Ukratko, they seek converts – people who will “repent” of religion and follow the secular path to freedom.

Caricatures of the worst aspects of religion make it easy to gain people’s attention. Lumping all religions together, it becomes one monstrous “straw man” that can easily scare the average listener more than hell itself. Tragically, they are gaining momentum, especially in the arena of the university campus and the media.

If this were a boxing match, the Church would be sitting on a stool in the corner of the ring, dazed and confused and doubting whether we were really “called” to this fight. What can we learn from their efforts?

Talking to Ourselves

First and foremost: We must start engaging our culture with the Gospel beyond the church walls and stop just talking to ourselves. The majority of the effort we exert as Believers is talking to fellow Christians about being better Christians.

“Missional Church” is a term we debate vs a real mission we do. We have deceived ourselves by not obeying the Word ( James1:22).

Most of the people in our churches have heard enough to be teachers themselves, but are defenseless against the basic arguments and accusations of the opposition.

The Gospel is the answer to the cries of the human heart, but the lack of zeal to proclaim it demonstrates our lack of faith in its power.

We can also see that if we don’t step up and speak a clear message, the enemies of the Gospel will gladly take our place.

History has shown that God will allow a Goliath to taunt His people, knowing that someone like David will be provoked into action.

May we be shaken out of our stupor, get off the stool and get back into the fight for this generation.

Foto lewishamdreamer.

Tko radi na evangelizacijsko? Steve Sjogren

Ne želim zvučati heretički, ali imam jednu primjedbu da bi. Moj prijatelj Fred bio plodan na vodećim ljudima s Kristom u prvih nekoliko godina svog kršćanskog života kao što je on izašao iz glazbene scene u Los Angelesu i pokazala nešto mi se da sam mislila da je zanimljiva. He noticed that the vast majority of people who come to Jesus weren’t so much led to the Lord by someone or by a church that was doing a bang up job of evangelism. He said his role was mostly to befriend folks, to share what God had done in his life then to invite them to church where they could sense the presence of God, pray a simple salvation prayer and the “Deal would be sealed” as he put it. You might call it Presence evangelism more than Informational based evangelism.

Hundreds of books have been written from the perspective that it’s the church’s responsibility to do the working of evangelism – and to a degree that’s right. It’s of course clear from Scripture that Believers play an important part in leading people to the Lord. Let’s not entirely change that equation. At the same time we need to recognize what God is doing as well – that a big percentage of people worldwide are being directly engaged by the Holy Spirit directly by various means other than linear means of evangelism.

If this is true what does it imply regarding our evangelism approaches? We need to be doing a lot of seed planting. We need to find some measure of satisfaction in the ministry of nudging many toward Christ whether they actually come to know Christ through us or not. As Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 3:6, it’s about planting, watering as well as harvesting. Before there is a harvest it’s necessary to diligently plant and water. Sometimes there is a lot of repeated planting and watering before a harvest comes about. My professor friend George Hunter agrees with me – on average in our day it takes a person about 12-20 revelatory connections for a person to be converted. In his words, “Steve, that’s a lot of toilets that need to be cleaned.”

I’m going to continue to proclaim the Gospel as clearly as possible to as many as possible. At the same time I recognize God is quietly, persistently up to something dynamic in the hearts of many we will perhaps never engage in conversation.

3 Zabavne jednostavan i jeftin odmor Outreaches by Steve sjogren

1. Kruh podijela

Svatko voli kruh! Pogotovo od onih high-end kruha prodavaonicama pretežno Bread Company negdje u nazivu ... Jeste li znali da možete organizirati primanje dan-stari kruh iz krušne specijaliziranim trgovinama za BESPLATNO? Također možete provjeriti s nacionalnim trgovinama lanca trgovine koje imaju in-house pekare. Razgovor na store manager i objasniti svoj koncept outreach. Recite nekoliko priče od ljudi koji pomažu i vjerojatno će uspostaviti svoje “kruh svagdašnji” veza. To će trajati samo jedan ili dva od tih veza za početak znatan službu u zajednici.

Mnogi od tih dućana nemaju pouzdan izvor za distribuciju njihov stari kruh. Ključ je biti dosljedan i pouzdan u branje gore svoj kruh. Morat ćete imati tim i kao raspored, tako da ne razočarati menadžera kruh trgovina. Kao dobre odnose s javnošću gesta, napisati pismo zahvale na store manager za njegove tvrtke darežljivosti prema zajednici (, a ne biti iznenađeni da vidite što uokviren i objavljena na zidu trgovine).

Ministarstvo je jednostavna i ravno naprijed. Kucanje na vratima kuća i stanova. Reći, “Bok, mi smo davanje daleko svježi, besplatni kvalitetan kruh. Možete li koristiti neke, ili znate nekoga u susjedstvu tko bi mogao koristiti neke?” Daj primaoca outreach karticu, a nude se moli za njih, kao što iz ruke kruh.

Kako pronaći ljude da daju kruh?

Hladno zovete (Samo kucati na vrata) u nižim prihodima susjedstvu i apartmana kompleksa utvrde prekid s ovim projektom. Ostanite daleko od najbližih naselja za doniranje trgovine.

Što vam je potrebno

2. Big Božićni domjenak

Ljudi u potrebi uvijek ne slave Božić ispravno, jer ne postoji Krist u središtu proslave mogućnosti. Možete sponzorirati događaj koji će biti zabavno i uzrokovati svi usredotočiti na Isusa.

Elementi ove proslave su igranje igara i pjevanje pjesama. Kao što pjeva božićne pjesme, pobrinite riječi su dostupni. Također je zabavno imati neke jeftine instrumente ritam igrati zajedno s.

Netko može dijeliti ono što je Božić o u vrlo pozitivnom i optimističnom način – jednostavno objašnjavajući, “Božić je važno za mene, jer…”

Dekoracije i osvježenje i ručak može biti jednostavni ili profinjeni, ovisno o sklonosti svoje grupe.

Za oko $1 po fotografiji, možete uzeti Polaroid slike djece s Djedom Božićnjakom etnički ispravan. Osmislite jednostavnu pozadinu i dobiti izbliza s kamerom. Postavite fotografiju na crvene ili zelene gradnje papira i dodati ime djeteta i godinu sa zlatnim ili srebrnim obilježavanja olovke.

Na kraju partije, dati male darove kao ljudi polaze – Možda Biblija ili predano knjiga. Razmislite daruju dekoracije, kao i.

Kako pronaći ljude koji će uživati ​​Christmas Party?

Pozovite one koji su već povezani s ministarstvom onima u potrebi. Daj letke ili pozivnica na prethodne događaje u susjedstvu, ili jednostavno prošetati po susjedstvu i distribuirati letke.

Što vam je potrebno:

  • objekt za domaćina stranku
  • Polaroid kamera i film
  • Izgradnja radu
  • ljepila u sticku
  • zlatne i srebrne obilježavanja olovke
  • osvježenje
  • outreach kartice

3. Zimski Survival Kits

Zima može biti teško na tijelu i duši. Opstanak kit je veliko ohrabrenje svima koji dobiva jedan.

Komplet sadrži paket od lica tkiva, Balzam za usne, grlo pastile, i outreach kartice.

U akciji

Naše crkve su imali veliki uspjeh s ovim projektom, kao što smo ga usmjerene na roditelje i poslovnih profesionalaca. Idemo u parkovima da roditelji često sa svojom djecom i nogostupa u centru grada kao poslovni profesionalci učiniti svoj put van na ručak. Kad one koje susrećemo primjetiti kako je lijepo kit, oni su jako zahvalni i obično završiti uspostavljanje razgovor s nama.

Gdje Idi

  • kampusa
  • Parkovi
  • susjedstvu
  • sportski događaji
  • u centru grada
  • Putnike
  • šoping centri

Što vam je potrebno

  • zip lock plastične vrećice
  • Balzam za usne
  • grlo pastile
  • pojedinačni paketi lica tkiva
  • outreach kartice

Zašto Outreach kartice

Kada se radi projekt, važno je imati sredstva za povezivanje s onima koje služe. Outreach kartica je posao veličine kartice možete ostaviti s onima koje su djelovali tako da oni mogu dobiti natrag u vas dirati ako oni žele. Ideja je ne ostvariti prodajni posao u kojem možete promovirati svoje crkve. Radije, je jednostavan način da napuste svoje ime Crkve, adresa, broj telefona i servis puta, tako da kada buduće treba ustati, one koje ste služili će imati način Ponovno s vama. Ideja je da bude dostupan bez davanja iz osobne adrese.

Ako trebate outreach kartice za odmor projekte, preporučamo onima na našim stranicama sestre, na KindnessResources.com.

Christmas Outreach Card

The 90 Dan Outreach Challenge Steve Sjogren

Crkva biljke trebaju pronaći kreativne načine za povezivanje s ne-vjernika kulture oko njih. Ako molite za još-ne Vjernici su se pojavljivati ​​hoće. No, kako ih dovesti u odnos s Kristom? Obično je proces koji se vodi ih na Krista.

When my wife Janie was seeking to know who the Lord really was, she asked God to reveal himself at the beginning of the summer. On June 1st she prayed an open ended prayer: “Show me who you really are by the end of the summer.” She promptly forgot about her prayer but God was at work arranging her circumstances. Some months later she ended up at a wedding (for a couple who weren’t even engaged in June) thousands of miles away. That was Labor Day weekend – the end of summer! She took a several hour car trip with a couple of turned on Believers who enthusiastically shared the Gospel with her. She became convinced that Jesus was Lord and that she had misunderstood him. On the Saturday before Labor Day weekend, marking the end of summer, she was converted to Christ!

True to answering her prayer, God moved by the end of summer. God loves a challenge! He takes the prayers of not-yet Believers seriously.

Making deals with God

Consider this:

Make deals with the not-yet believer. It’s a daring stand off. Either God will move specifically or nothing will happen. I’ve seen God move time after time in these situations. He loves to prove himself to Seekers.

Choose 3 things they need to see God move in their life to prove himself. Choose things that are measureable, for example jobs and finances. Stay away from romantic situations – those are too subjective. Pray in agreement for those things to happen.

I recommend you give it 90 days to see God show up. Come together at the end of those 3 months to compare notes.

In my experience the person in question will often have either forgotten about the prayer or will be convinced God didn’t answer their prayer, but when you look at the specifics it is usually clear that God clearly did move.

At that time bring them back to the original agreement – that they would open their hearts to Christ. Bring them around to the notion that God is madly in love with them! Pray together. Start their relationship with Christ.

Evangelizacija nije samo odnos prema Rice Broocks

Or “You don’t have to know a drowning person to save their life.”

There has been enormous emphasis placed on the need for relationship with people as the prerequisite for evangelism. Toliko, tako da su neki idu tako daleko da govore da odnos s drugima trebao biti jedini motiv, a ne skriveni planovi evangelizacije.

Relationship-Relationship-Relationship…This seems to be the word of the hour. I spoke to church planters who had not succeeded in their efforts to launch a ministry. As I dug deeper it became apparent that they made a lot of friends and very few disciples. In fact they admitted, they rarely got to the Gospel. “We focused on building relationships first.”

So here’s the question: how soon should the Gospel be introduced in a relationship with someone?

Looking at the ministry of Jesus, many times He spoke directly to people in their first encounter.

  • The woman at the well
  • Nicodemus
  • Legion – He cast the devil out of him during their first meeting. Jesus called people to follow Him with no relationship at all. (It doesn’t appear that He even had introduced Himself fully yet.)

Paul had a similar pattern in his witness.

He preached immediately after his salvation.

He was beaten and suffered as a result.

He confronted strangers in Athens, in Macedonia, in much of what was recorded in Acts.

I believe that the Gospel comes sooner in biblical examples of witness not later. For me, the Gospel has actually produced authentic, lasting relationships with others.

Things to remember:

Preaching the Gospel takes boldness.

The Spirit must fill us with His passion and power. If we are honest, our reluctance to preach the Gospel may just be a case of being a man pleaser or being ashamed of the Gospel.

Preaching produces persecution.

It’s much easier to say nothing. If the Apostles would have only done community service or waited on tables they would not have been persecuted as severely. If they hated Him they will hate us. We are an aroma of life to the saved and an aroma of death to those who are perishing.

Preaching the Gospel produces faith.

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. No preaching means no faith. In order for them to believe they are going to have to hear the Gospel.

I certainly believe building relationships is important.

Many times it takes a number of hearings of the Gospel to be saved. I also believe there is wisdom in knowing when we should speak to people about Christ and how we can maximize the impact of our witness.

Someone recently told me “We must earn the right to be heard.” As I pondered this statement, something didn’t sit right with me. As much as I tried to understand what he really meant I couldn’t help but think that according to the Scripture, Jesus earned that right for me as well. We preach in the authority and righteousness He earned through His life and death.

In fact if a person’s eternal soul is at stake then we should have some sense of urgency in our efforts. Remember, you don’t have to know a drowning person to save their life.

Nemojte ići ispod zemlje na Halloween Marty Boller

Ja sam bio zagovornik sluge evangelizacije dugi niz godina. Naš vinograd crkva u Cedar Rapids, Iowa je 13 godina i uvijek smo imali srce za tip outreaches da je Steve Sjogren prvi put doveo u našu pozornost u vinogradu obitelji vratio u kasnim 1980-ih. Tijekom godina smo učinili besplatna hrana pokloni, Hosted seljak i tržišta, distribuira besplatno cvijeće na Majčin dan, zaradio susjedstvu ostavlja u jesen, i dati daleko besplatno Goodies na božićne parade.

Dok pišem ovaj kratki izvještaj, naša Crkva se priprema za naš sedmi godišnji Trunk-N-poslastica Halloween događanja. 31. listopada, skrećemo naš veliki parking u Halloween Spectacular koja privlači stotine i stotine obitelji iz cijelog našeg grada. Mi se postroje svoje automobile na kraju našeg parkirališta, čineći ogromnu U-petljom. Za dva sata na Halloween noć, iz 5 PM se 7 PM, ćemo dati slatkiše i slastice iz debla našim automobilima, daje roditeljima sigurno i zaštićeno mjesto da rade svoj trik-ili-liječenje. At the end of the “U” each participant gets a free hot dog and drink, and a warm greeting from our welcoming team.

Over the years, I’ve had well-meaning Christians question me on why we are cooperating with such a dark holiday as Halloween. I tell them that while I personally hate Halloween (and I’m guessing that so does Jesus), I believe that Jesus wants us Christ-followers to be out there with the masses, loving ‘the hell’ out of those who come our way. Oh yeah, I know, I might be trafficking with evil, but as I see it, God’s love is so much stronger than the powers of darkness.

So my encouragement to you this October 31st? Don’t go underground on Halloween, hiding behind your locked doors or hunkering down in your church buildings. May I suggest that you and your church go ‘public’, moving beyond the typical Hallelujah evening for “Christians only”. Try something risky. Take a step into the darkness with the loving light of God. Try hob-knobbing with some of the pagans this year, letting the love of Christ be evident. And while the time might be too short for you and your church to pull off a full-fledged Trunk-N-Treat, try doing what our youth group has done in past years. We call it a Reverse Trick-or-Treat. We arm our youth group and families with bags of candy and on the night before Halloween, we send them out into neighborhoods, knocking on doors and ringing doorbells. When the folks answer the door, we offer them free candy! Without a doubt our teams come back with many reports of surprised faces and blessed neighbors! I’ve been so thrilled year after year when parents from our neighborhood express their appreciation to me that a local church would provide such a great blessing for them during the Halloween season. As I see it, it’s a perfect opportunity for our churches to bring the light of God into the darkness of the season, for His Name’s sake.

Razgovor se Evanđelje Steve Sjogren

Čuo sam puno nagađanja o krajnjoj propasti spontanih evangelizacijskih razgovora kao što verbalizing Evanđelje strancima. Ja razumijem primjedbe tih prognosticators, ali ne slažem se s njima. Istina je da su ljudi više izolirani nego ikad jer oni ukopavaju sve dublje i dublje u svoje self-made digitalnih svjetova, but there’s another side to this digital coin. It’s also true that an emotional vacuum is created when people cut themselves off from significant people contact and a greater openness is created for connections with others – yes, even strangers. As people around you venture further into their digital rabbit holes at the same time they grow increasingly open to people contact.

Here’s what I think: people are lonelier now than they were just a few years ago before the digital world made the advances it has. They are now open to conversations with strangers as they once were. A familiar cycle has been created. What was true a few decades ago – people acting friendly to total strangers and being open to conversation about the Gospel – is true once again. This is not just good news – it groundbreaking for all who love Jesus and are seeking to extend the Kingdom of God. This is an amazing time to be alive in this world. This will be a lasting trend worldwide. After all, cell phones are everywhere – so is the isolation and influence that goes with it.

Let’s be wise in these ways and move on the opportunities before us.

Nemojte mirovinu… To se odnosi! Dr. Gary Zasladite

Svaki utorak skupina nama geezers igrati golf zajedno. Imamo puno natjecateljskog zabave i dijelimo neke o tome što Bog radi u njemu i kroz nas. Vidite, geezers u današnjem svijetu nisu kao što su bili i prošle generacije. Zapravo, jedna od mojih omiljenih knjiga je pravo, "Uključivanje Silver u zlato: Kako dobiti u New Boomer Marketplace "Marija Furlong. Iako autor usredotočuje na novac, njezine ideje su na čelu novog duha vremena koji je vodeći zapadni svijet oluja i oni razumiju da su koristi enormno.

Nažalost, Samo nekoliko kršćani i čini da budu svjesni onoga što se događa na kulturnom, duhovno i relacijski a ipak može biti najvažniji duhovni pokret jer Luther pjevala, "Ako bih imao čekić" i otišao u Wittenbergu Castle. Na primjer, Koliko vaše "Outreach orijentirana" folk nije čuo za "Svrha nagrade"? Nedavno je dobio pet inovativnih muškaraca i žena $100,000.00 Svrha nagrade Nagrade za svoje "socijalne inovacije" i sudjelovanje u "Encore karijere"! Ja sam u nadi da će biti jedan od sljedećih primatelja.

Ti ljudi su sve više 55 te su odbili otići u mirovinu. Umjesto toga su odlučili odnosi tO koristiti svoje vrijeme, mudrost, iskustvo i novac za napraviti nešto veliko za svijet.

http://www.encore.org/prize?utm_source=cv&utm_medium=email&utm_content=textlink&utm_campaign=endoct )

Usporedite to s onim što prečesto događa u crkvama diljem SAD-a. Jednom sam sjedio pokraj nenametljiva potpredsjednik multinacionalne korporacije, dok leti u Singapuru. Kad je otkrio svoje misijske namjere da podijelite da je vjernik koji je predavao nedjeljnoj školi svaki tjedan. Bio je na putu da govori na konferenciji o korištenju videotelekonferencijske obuku menadžera diljem svijeta. Pitao sam je što će učiniti kad je u mirovini. "Igrati golf,", Rekao je on.

I pozvao ga da razmotri rad s kršćanskom organizacijom postaviti konferencija za ljude poput mene. Mogao sam ostati kod kuće i dalje učiti u svijetu. On je rekao, "Ne mislim da je moj župnik će dopustiti mene za to. Nisam bio u sjemeništu ili ništa. Ja sam samo laik. Prilično sam siguran da će me pustiti da i dalje učiti nedjeljnoj školi ipak. "Šteta" Mislio sam! "Nauči nedjeljnoj školi kada kršćanski svijet očajnički treba međunarodno osposobljene voditelje; s novcem?"

Cincinnati ima više od dvadeset tisuća muškaraca i žena u mirovini od P&G, GIVE, Kroger, itd, koji imaju financijskih sredstava, vrijeme, široka iskustva, kreativci i duhovna dubina. Koliko Pastiri, ali su ih opremanje koristiti svoje darove, talenata i ideja doći na svijet? Jedan od mojih prijatelja ima iskusan vjerujući više 200 patenti, ali njegova crkva nema pojma kako se osloboditi svoju kreativnost. Druga je osnivač $100 milijuna dolara tvrtka koja svaka crkva, Misija Ministarstva iu Americi može koristiti. Jedini put kad se približila svojim ministrima je donirati na drugu zgradu. Jedan čovjek se redovito pitao trenirati non profit o etici, ali se ne traži da uče u svojoj kućnoj crkvi.

Stara crkva paradigma top dolje organizacijskih birokracija s ogromnim zgradama je završio. Većina lideri još uvijek pokušavaju izgraditi na prošlim generacijama klupi sjede. Samo mislim, mogu nuditi nagrade za inovativne poduzetnike koji mijenjaju svijet od ponedjeljka do subote. "Iskusan Vjernici" ne uklapaju u svačije strateškog plana, osim ako je podržati proračun ili najam umirovljenog ministra da se autobusne ture u Muzeju za izradu.

Vodstvo časopisi govoriti o zapošljavanju mladih ljudi koji su otvoreni za nove ideje. U stvari mnogi mladi su zapeli u svojim kratkovidnim prijateljstva. Mi koji smo bili inovatori svi naši životi su spremni dovesti nove pothvate za Kraljevstvo. Počastite nas s poštovanjem i razumijevanjem i pitati nas za stvaranje vlastite načine dopire do onih oko nas. Nagradite nas od shvaćanja da smo znali što se događa i srebro u kosi može biti zlato bilo pastira s crijevima da nas pretvore slobodi.

Ovdje je tajna o Steve Sjogren. Kao župnik nije se bojao za zapošljavanje starijih, mudriji sive brade iskusniji od njega. Steve tražili jake muškarce i žene tada promovirali ih i potvrdio. Kao rezultat toga on je izgledao kao junak. Budite genij. Zaposliti hrpa iskusnih vjernika, ali ne držite ruke ili predložiti bus vozi posjetiti muzej!

PS. Budući da je izvorno pisanja ovog članka u 2009, Bog je dao neke iskusan vjernici u SLS priliku doprijeti do obitelji s djecom s invaliditetom. Crkve su ih ignorirali, ali oni očajnički žele naučiti kako da imaju odnos s Bogom kako bi im pomogli svojim borbama.

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Ono što je u ime? Randy Bohlender

Povijest nam ne govori li Earnest Shackleton bio osobito religiozan čovjek, ali sigurno je da prorokuje kada je krstio njegovog broda Endurance. Iako je razumio neodoljiv izazov je suočiti u pokušaju prvi marš preko Antartica, toliko toga se dogodilo da on nikako ne bi mogao predvidjeti.

How would he have known…

  • That the ice would be early in the fall of 1914, leaving them trapped in the ice, far from their goal by January of 1915?
  • That the spring melt of 1915 would not free their ship, but that it would remain fast until October?
  • That once the ice did begin to shift, rather than breaking free, his ship would be crushed, leaving his men to abandon the craft, only to stand on the ice staring down through the hole where the ship used to be?

How would he have known…

  • That he and his men would spend 497 days either on the ship or on ice floes before they set foot on land once again?
  • That once they found their way to land, it would be Elephant Island, one of the most inhospitable places on earth.
  • That he would be forced to split the party, and a portion of them would have to once again take to their open boats for a fifteen day sail through a storm that sunk a 500 ton steamer?
  • That his portion of the party would include McNish, a carpenter that he threatened to shoot for insubordination, but recognized that he would need his skills later.

How would he have known…

  • That on their second landing, they would put ashore on an island that was inhabited, but find themselves on the opposite side of the whaling camp, separated by a glacier never before crossed by man?
  • That after climbing the glacier with little or no climbing equipment, they would need to slide down the other side through thick fog, sitting in shovels for sleds? When his men objected, Shackleton is credited with saying “Well, we very well can’t go back…”.

In the end, Shackleton worked to collect each of his men and returned to England having not lost a life in the journey. How could he possibly have known that when he named his ship The Endurance?

As leaders, we chart the course for our initiatives early with a hundred finite decisions that work together to establish the culture for our ministry.

  • Do you cancel an outreach because it rains? You’ll cancel it for other reasons.
  • Do you boldly approach strangers or hang back, waiting for them to make the first move? You’ll hang back your entire life.
  • Do you lead by example, knowing it’s going to be harder – and more rewarding – than you expected?

Ministry – as much as Shackleton’s odyssey – requires an uncommon endurance. The same goes for those of you on the adoption journey. Going in, you know there’s a lot to it.

You can’t pre-imagine every struggle that will materialize. At the end of the journey, you innately know it was worth it all, even if it required every bit of your endurance.

You might as well get used to the idea and call it what it is.