Steve Sjogren recently did a great interview with Rice Broocks about Servant Evangelism on the TBN network. You might find this helpful to forward to others as a way of explaining the concept of SE in a nutshell. (Interesting note: It was taped in Nashville at what was previously the estate of country music legend Conway Twitty on his sound stage, known as “TwittyLand!” – not as over the top as the name sounds but a cool bit of Nashville lore. If you are ever in Nashville-Hendersonville on a Tuesday night, you might want to check out the taping of one of these shows.)
***Thanks to Tim in Berea, OH who sent over an ultra-optimized video file that’s only 60MB!***
Mike Slaughter shares his heart as it relates to over 30 years of solid ministry at Ginghamsburg Church at Tipp City (Dayton), Ohio. Slaughter reflects upon how his initial church growth strategy misfired. He had to get a vision from on high.
His pathway has been marked by moderate but consistent growth ever since. That same growth has been repeated year after year as he has sought to disciple small numbers of people in his span of care – never more than a dozen people at a time though. Hear how that simple approach to outward care continues to transform the lives of his leaders and his city today.
He shares thoughts on the makings of the church that is destined for outwardness that leads to health. It is an exciting perspective that will lift your heart and mind.
Here’s the MP3 of the interview you can listen to or download. It is 84MB (we’ll get this smaller soon).
Slaughter’s newest book is in the final creative stages with the publishers:
Change The World – rediscovering the ministry and message of Jesus.
Release date of January, 2010 (Abingdon Press).
About Mike Slaughter
Chief Dreamer, Ginghamsburg Church
Mike Slaughter, lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church, is the three-decade dreamer of Ginghamsburg Church and spiritual entrepreneur of ministry marketplace innovations. His life-long passion to reach the lost and set the oppressed free has now made him a tireless and leading advocate for the displaced children, women and men of Darfur, Sudan, named by the U.N. as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. Under Mike’s leadership, Ginghamsburg Church has become known as an early innovator of small group ministry, the Church “media reformation” and cyberministry, with the Ginghamsburg website averaging 50,000 visits monthly from around the world. Since initiating The Sudan Project in January 2005, Ginghamsburg has invested over $3.7 million into humanitarian relief in Darfur. The resultant agricultural project, child development program and safe water initiative are expanding to reach a quarter of a million Sudanese refugees and villagers. As a mentor, Mike travels globally to speak and use his “gift of irritation” to equip ministry leaders to minimize brick and maximize mission so that they may fully deploy the mission of Jesus into the world. Mike is also the author of multiple books for church leaders. For more information about Mike, visit www.mikeslaughter.com.
Sjogren: “The Church seems to be seeing outreach as normal behavior these days. Outreach Pastors are becoming increasingly common on church staffs.”
Serve: “Do you see any encouraging trends regarding outreach across the board?”
Sjogren: “There is certainly more focus on the topic of outreach now than at any point in my years in the Church. People seem genuinely interested in growing in outreach effectiveness. My hope is that this discussion will become many acts of obedience and that creativity will kick in in a big way,”
Serve: “What do you see as the challenges the church is facing right now in order to become outward?”
Sjogren: “Two main subjects come up here–leadership and finances. First, most are trying to find someone to lead outreach in their church. The actual physical work and organizing can be delegated. However, leadership in outreach will only be accomplished as the senior leader(s) are involved. Second, finances are an issue for everyone in this economy. Just recognize that and quit complaining. The only thing worse than a difficult economy is leaders who don’t seem to be able to fixate on any other topic. I recommend you dedicate a certain (and generous!) percentage of your budget to outreach. Dollar amounts don’t mean as much as dedicated, consistent funding that comes in week after week.”
Serve: “What is the main thing a leader needs to know in order to properly launch outreach?”
Sjogren: “Outreach will either start to launch or it will languish and frustrate your people depending on the actions of your senior level leaders–and particularly the senior most leader. As with all matters of leadership, outreach success is a team effort that will include numbers of people. However in this case it is vital that you involve senior leadership from the get go–and for the long haul–in order to properly see your people “get it.” As these few but key people get involved and talk up what they are doing your people will follow suit.
Serve: “What if our leaders aren’t naturally gifted at outreach? Our leaders are more the studious, introverted type.
Sjogren: “Your type or inclination doesn’t really matter. I have been doing this stuff for many years out of sheer commitment (at first anyway–it eventually became a joy). I come up as an introvert on personality inventories. The mark of a leader is she or he sees what is needed to be done and then simply does it. Forget natural inclinations. Do the right thing. God will bless your efforts abundantly. He will show pin the wake of your obedience.”
Serve: “Read any good books lately?”
Sjogren: “You are hitting upon a sore subject with me. I read a LOT as you may know. There is a dearth of original thinking on the Christian scene these days. If I see one more Christian author attempting to cook down a great secular book in hopes of addressing the church audience I think I will scream. Let’s get back to originality with seminal books being penned by Believers. We are in dwelt by the Spirit of God. That means we can so a heck of a lot better job with originality than we have been doing.”
Suffering from “evangiphobia?” Been turned off by evangelistic methods in the past? Trying to figure out how to start spiritual conversations with your friends, co-workers, and family members without turning them off? … then maybe it’s time to learn how to create some “God Space”! Doug Pollock, author of “God Space”, and co-author of the award winning book, “Irresistible Evangelism” will be serving as our guide in this interview to help us cross the us / them divide.
About Doug Pollock
Doug’s passion for spiritual conversations has taken him to 36 different countries, six of our seven continents, and throughout most of the United States. Doug is committed to helping Christ followers increase the quality and quantity of their spiritual conversations in natural, doable, and practical ways. He is convinced that the church must leave the building on Sunday equipped to engage the culture with conversations that create plausibility for the Christian faith in the Monday through Saturday world. You can find out more information about Doug at this website:http://www.godsgps.com/godsgps-my-information/