Doktor. Martin Luther King Day Outreach? Dr. Naučnik

Doktor. Naučnik

Poštovani dr.. Naučnik,

Imate li kakve ideje za SE na Dr. Martin Luther King Day?

Pastor Eugene Jackson
–Detroit Michigan


To je izvrsno pitanje! Većina škola bi volio imati članovi vaše crkve pomoći tijekom programa i svečanosti na ovom vrlo važnom danu. Zapravo, Zašto ne domaćin roditelj učitelj uvažavanje večeru u jednom od svojih lokalnih škola? To će biti lako za napraviti. Sve to uključuje da normalno nedjelja crkva društveni ili kasni na cesti tijekom sljedećeg sastanka PTA. Ti bi mogao proširiti ovaj mali doseg u čitanju tutorski program. Poduke čitanje je zapravo lakše nego što se čini. Djeca vole čitati na–čak i starija djeca. Kao što ih pridobiti čitajući nekoliko priče, onda proširiti dalje i pokazati im kako čitati na vlastitu. Ja ću vas pustiti na malo tajna. Kada pročitate naglas djeci, visualation priče dolazi prirodno. Većina djece koja imaju poteškoća s čitanjem nedostaje sposobnost da se prevesti niza znakova na stranici u viual kontekst u mozgu. To je su li doći. Naravno tu su i neka djeca koja imaju ozbiljne poteškoće u učenju koje zahtijevaju intervenciju trenirao profesionalni, ali ono što im često nedostaje još je lice vremena s brižnom odrasle koji modela učenja za njih. To malo ulaganja svog vremena i energije će platiti ogromne dividende u njihovim životima. Ekonomija je jako loše sada, i obitelji s djecom jako se osjeća žuljati. Tako su učitelji i škole. Zašto ne razmislite sponzorira nekoliko djece ili učionicu s knjigama za čitanje za održivi tihi čitanje? Ja čak mogu vas staviti u kontaktu s velikom tvrtkom koja prodaje knjige s African American tema za škole, učitelji, i obitelji učenika u fantastičnoj cijeni. Ako ispadne ime našeg urednika, ćete dobiti dodatni popust:

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–Doktor. Naučnik


Preaching at McDonalds by Charlie Wear

McDonald's
Preaching? At McDonald's?

I had a strange dream the other night. I was sitting at a table in a McDonald’s restaurant. The room was filled with people of all ages, from children to senior citizens, married couples and singles, and teenager of all shapes and sizes. In all there were about 50 people in the room.

The smell of fries and happy meals and the sound of boisterous conversation and squeals of playing children filled the air. I had a sense of anticipation because I knew that in a few minutes I would stand up on a chair and begin to “preach” to this crowd of people.

In my dream I was turning over and over what I was going to say to this diverse group of people that would bring them to faith. I was turning words and phrases over and over in my dream-state mind, searching for just the right combination that would have the maximum effectiveness.

On another level, I thought about how my dream-character had obtained permission to preach at McDonald’s. Somehow it had been arranged. Somehow it was authorized. I don’t know the details, but it was O.K., in a minute I would stand and speak.

I moved to the front of the room, climbed on a chair, one of those plastic kind that is attached to the table and swivels and it was as I began to open my mouth that I moved from dreaming to the twilight zone between sleep and waking. I wondered about the dream as I lay there. What did it mean? What were the words that I was about to say? What would have been the effect on the crowd?

We need to bring the message to McDonald’s

So much of the program-based church is built on the assumption that people will come to us to hear the message. We spend hours preparing and then executing our weekend “services”. We are intentional (at our best) in attempting to communicate our chosen themes to the audience that will gather. But what of the majority of people who are making their way through life without ever taking advantage of what we have to offer. Is God’s message compelling enough that it can be brought into the marketplace, into the McDonald’s?

For that matter, is some form of preaching enough, or should we also be examples of what faith can mean in life? And is that preaching, that example, truly “good news?”

I received a letter written in response to one of the articles that has appeared in Next-Wave. The letter went something like this:

“I saw the… Članak [in Next-Wave]… and found it disgusting. Are you people so mixed up as to think that this is somehow reverence to God? Why don`t you just drive stakes through your hands and feet? It would follow your screwed-up logic. Only morons and depraved derelicts would do such things, not real Christians. [What] is the next step…? Please pray for wisdom before it`s too late. P.S. I give this counsel out of love for your soul…..Bro. Blank.”

Brother Blank’s disgust doesn’t feel like good news to me. And he’s writing in response to an article by Christians about Christians. I wonder what message he would “preach” if given the opportunity at McDonald’s.

Paul understood

Paul, of course, understood. He knew that religion can get in the way of trusting in God. He expounds at length on this subject in the letter to the Romans, chapter 10. He describes the dangers of trying to live according to the law code, religion at its finest, as Dr. Petersen says in The Message translation: “every detail of life regulated by fine print!” Unfortunately for most of us who have been alive for a while we’ve learned that “it’s not so easy”to live right before God in our own power.

Paul says, “Say the welcoming word to God—”Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simple calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: ‘God has set everything right between him and me!’ Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, Bog!’ gets help.”
My McDonald’s audience

I guess that is what I would have liked to preach to my dream McDonald’s audience. I would have liked them to know that you can live a life of faith, hope and love. You can draw strength and courage to face the trials of sickness, heartache, tragedy and death. God is more than willing to help if we will only ask. I would have wanted them to know that I struggle with “right-living” but that I have the confidence that God is with me in the struggle, guiding, teaching, loving and encouraging me along the way.

I would have wished that some of them would have been willing to give God a chance to help them.

Scriptural formulas don’t mean much to those who haven’t trusted God

I don’t think I could have used some sort of scriptural formula to persuade folks that trusting in God is a good idea. Vidite, people who don’t know the book, can’t be persuaded by the book. I probably would have had to rely on my own life experience, to tell them about how trusting God has helped me.

We need a different language

Somehow we need a different language to communicate God’s message to our friends, neighbors, co-workers and fellow McDonald’s patrons. People are less willing to hear dogmatic diatribes that speak from a posture of disgust and superiority. The language and attitude of “winning” the “lost” should be abandoned. We should begin tell our stories without arrogance or pride and offer good news.

Years ago now,l I attended the Off-the-map Evangelism conference at the Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. I got to listen to Steve Sjogren, Brian McLaren, and Leonard Sweet talk about the new understandings and language needed to help our fellow travelers along on the journey of faith. Their creative ideas inspired me to think about new and different ways to bring a life-saving message to my city.

Paul asked a good question in Romans 10: “But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it?”

All of us Christ-followers are sent to someone, to tell our story, by preaching or example. Will you be sent to McDonald’s?

Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson, 1993, 1994, 1995. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

Charlie Wear is the publisher of Next-Wave. He is a lawyer living and working in Southern California with his wife Loretta and his son, Ben.

Koliko novca je potrebno da bi početi raditi sluga Evangelism Steve Sjogren

Broj čitatelja napisao u nama, dijeleći svoju želju doći do ljudi u svojoj zajednici, ali frustriran zbog nedostatka financijskih sredstava. Nadam se da ovaj video vam pomaže da se krene naprijed, bez obzira što je vaša financijska situacija:

Koliko novca je potrebno za početak sluga Evangelism?

Također, you will want to check out my interview with Mike Slaughter, pastor of Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, OH. We talked about how it’s time to rediscover our apostolic DNA and become the church Christ intended us to be.

Držite hodanje u odljeva!

Steve

PS – Please let your friends know by pointing them to ServeCoach.com!

Intervju s Mikeom klanja Steve sjogren

***Zahvaljujući Tim u Bereji, OH koji je poslao ultra-optimiziran za video datoteku koja je samo 60MB!***

Mike Slaughter dijeli svoje srce kao što se odnosi na više 30 godine čvrstom službe u Crkvi u Ginghamsburg TIPP City (Dayton), Ohio. Klanje promišlja kako je njegov početni Crkva strategija rasta misfired. Morao je dobiti viziju odozgo.

Njegov put je obilježen umjereno, ali dosljedna rasta otkad. Iste rast je ponovio iz godine u godinu kao što je to tražio da učenik malog broja ljudi u njegovom span skrbi - nikad više od desetak ljudi u isto vrijeme ipak. Poslušajte kako je to jednostavno pristup vanjske njege i dalje promijeniti živote svojih vođa i svoj grad danas.

On dijeli misli na profit od crkve koja je namijenjena vanjskosti koji vodi do zdravlja. To je uzbudljivo perspektive da će podići vaše srce i um.

Evo MP3 intervju možete poslušati ili preuzeti. To je 84MB (da ćemo dobiti ovaj manji uskoro).

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Klanja najnovija knjiga je u završnim fazama kreativnih s nakladnicima:
Promijeniti svijet – ponovnom otkrivanju službu i Isusovu poruku.
Datum objave siječnja, 2010 (Abingdon Press).

Mike Slaughter
Mike Slaughter

O Mike pokolja
Načelnik sanjar, Crkva Ginghamsburg
Mike Slaughter, dovesti župnikom u Ginghamsburg Crkve, je tri desetljeća dreamer of Ginghamsburg Crkve i duhovne poduzetnik ministarstva tržnice inovacija. Njegov doživotni strasti do izgubili i postaviti potlačenih besplatno sada je napravio ga je neumorni i vodeći zagovornik za prognane djece, Žene i muškarci Darfuru, Sudan, imenovan od strane U.N. kao najgora humanitarna kriza u svijetu danas. Pod vodstvom Mike, Ginghamsburg Crkva je postala poznata kao rani inovator malih skupina ministarstva, Crkva "Mediji preporod" i cyberministry, s Ginghamsburg web uprosječivanja 50,000 posjeta mjesečno iz cijelog svijeta. Od pokretanja projekta Sudanu u siječnju 2005, Ginghamsburg je uložio više $3.7 milijuna dolara u humanitarne pomoći u Darfuru. Rezultanta poljoprivredna projekt, Program razvoja djeteta i sigurno vode Inicijativa se širi doći do četvrt milijuna sudanskih izbjeglica i seljaka. Kao mentor, Mike putuje diljem svijeta govoriti i koristiti svoj "dar" iritacije za opremanje Ministarstva kako bi se smanjili vođe cigle i povećali misiju, tako da oni mogu u potpunosti implementirati Isusovo poslanje u svijetu. Mike je također autor više knjiga za crkvenih vođa. Za više informacija o Mikeu, posjetiti www.mikeslaughter.com.

Kako služiti školi Steve Bowen

Ne znam za vas ljudi, ali neke od najboljih terenskih mogućnosti doći kad sam ih najmanje očekujete. Most of them come from me just speaking less and listening more. One example was our outreach to Fairborn elementary School in Ohio.

Adopt A School
Adopt A School

Imali smo započeli proces dugo usvajanja Fairborn Osnovna škola. This past year has been a proving ground for us.

Rick Rusaw once answered when asked, How are you making such an impact within the school system you are in?

“We raked a lot of leaves.

It is such a simple approach. Schools have thousands of felt needs. all you have to do is look around for one you know you can meet. then you do it. You gain favor with an organization when you serve them, no strings attached. While you are doing that, spend time with the people you are serving and try something different: Let your actions spread the gospel rather than your mouth. While you are being silent and working, listen to the people you are serving and you will find out how you can best serve them.

It is a simple kingdom principal: begin with what you have from where you are.

We already knew Fairborn Elementary was one of the lowest income schools in our area. The principals are a good kind of crazy, and really attempt to maintain an upbeat, creative fun environment for the 1700 kids and the teachers. They have a clothing shop at the school for the kids. When they see kids walking around in flip-flops, or with no coat they know the kid probably needs a pair of shoes and some warm clothing. Discreetly, they take the kids to the shop and they are able to pick out the the clothing and their own pair of shoes. We knew we could help them with this.

We began to reach to the school by partnering with the Hope Foundation, a not for profit mobile food pantry. Each first Saturday of the month we deliver food to the school for the low income parents and kids. The principals spread the word and the people show up. They like what we do.

Backpacks Delivered
Backpacks Delivered

This spring we received a gift of $400 for shoes for the school and another couple added $300 to the gift. This enabled us to purchase 70 pairs of various sized shoes for the kids. My friend Cindy went on a shopping spree. She had a blast purchasing the shoes she thought her kids would like. When I brought the shoes to the school the principals helped me bring the shoes in from my car.

I chatted with them as we walked and they began to share their thoughts and needs.

We decided to ask what were the greatest needs of the school. We found out the custodians were over worked and needed help. We offered to do a Big Spring Clean. Leading up to the date they gathered a punch list. Mainly landscaping, signs and painting. On the day, we pulled weeds, painted, put up new signs and cleaned. The place looked great.

While we were doing this for the staff and kids, we discovered another huge need. They have some serious problems with traffic flow as they handle 1,700 kids arriving each morning either by bus or car. We looked over at the parking lot and found that we could fix this very easily–well with a little sweat equity and planning. Having had similar woes as our church grew exponentially over the last few years, we had a pretty good handle on dealing with parking and traffic woes. Pretty soon our best people were put on the case. It took quite a few man hours, but before long we had painted traffic lanes and bus slots on the parking lot and presented

Now we are heading into a new school year. We will be continuing to care for the kids and the teachers by purchasing backpacks. Our people will take the packs home and fill with needed supplies. Our goal is to continue to serve our way into the heart of the school. Good deeds create good will that opens hearts to the good news.

Lots of Goodies!
Lots of Goodies

I went to the school to take pictures for the Big Spring Clean! I was snapping pictures in the playground during the recess period, a kid runs up to me and asks, “Hey mister, will you tie my shoes?” I replied, “Sure.” As I bent down to tie the smiling kids shoes I noticed, new shoes, no socks.(was wearing flip-flops now had shoes) I asked, “Hey did you get your new shoes from the school?” Grinning from ear to ear, he replied excitedly, “yep!” I finished tying is shoes, On je rekao, “Thanks mister!,” and ran off to play. In that moment I felt the Son shine in my heart.

You know, small touches aren’t often long term need meeting events, but for that kid, and for that family it was a small thing, done with great love.

Who knows it may have even changed his world.


Steve Bowen
Steve Bowen

Steve Bowen is the Evangelism Pastor for The Dayton Vineyard:

“A Pretty Good Church”

Which is located in Beavercreek, Ohio. This column is an excerpt of Steve’s blog:

“Eyes Outward”
Ever attempted to run and play in flip-flops?

Služiti! Razgovori Sjogren

Steve SjogrenSlužiti: “Vidite li zanimljivih zbivanja u Crkvi u cjelini s javnošću?”

Sjogren: “Crkva čini da se gledajući doseg kao normalno ponašanje ovih dana. Outreach Pastiri su sve češći na crkvenim štabova.”

Služiti: “Vidite li ohrabrujuće trendove doseg u cijeloj ploči?”

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,”

Služiti: “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. Prvi, most are trying to find someone to lead outreach in their church. The actual physical work and organizing can be delegated. Međutim, 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.”

Služiti: “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.

Služiti: “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.”

Služiti: “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.”

Da prevari ili ne liječiti dr. Naučnik

Doktor. Naučnik

Poštovani dr.. Naučnik,

Moj suprug i ja imamo troje djece. Naše dvije kćeri u dobi od osam i deset, a naš mali dječak samo okrenuo šest. Matthew, naš sin upravo došao kući iz prvog razred i pitao me ako vjerujemo u Noći vještica. Moj suprug nakašlje, ali nije odgovorio i počeo sam odgovoriti, ali kao što je moj suprug shvatio da nisam baš siguran što da kažem.

To je osobito istinito u ovoj godini, budući da naša crkva je odlučila da ne držite alternativu “Žetva Party” mi obično imamo, pod pokroviteljstvom Ministarstva Dječjeg. Mi smo već dali naše dvije kćeri dopuštenje da ide trik-ili-liječenje sa svojim prijateljima u ovoj godini, ali moj muž, Ron, i još nisam odlučio što će učiniti s Matejom i da li ili ne bismo se dijelio slatkiše na našem trijemu ove godine.

Srećom, čini se Matejevo glavna briga bila gotova li ili ne bih biti spremni učiniti cupcakes za njegovu klasu stranke krajem listopada. Očigledno, Gđa. Debbie, jedna od soba majke otišao na neku vrstu tirada o zala Halloween ispred njegove klase kad učitelj donio iz ruku-out pita roditelje za pomoć bacanje klase zabavu. Ona je čak pokrenuo peticiju da želi odgajati na sljedećem sastanku PTA. Ja sam bio u Krista sljedbenika za dugo vremena, ali da budem iskren nisam stvarno imala snažan osjećaj ovako ili onako. Imate li kakav savjet o tome što osoba pokušava biti van usmjerena i suosjećajni trebali učiniti ili reći?


Dragi Melody,

Uz isprike William Shakespeare, Osjećao sam naslov je prikladno. To je dosjetka o poznatim linijama iz njegove najpopularnije igre. Kao Hamlet, mnogi od nas dobili paraliziran u nedjelovanju, jer smo potrošili previše vremena razmišljajući što će dalje. Ovdje na Poslužite! ne probati ismijavaju ljudi za svoje vrijednosti. Jasno nam je da ne svatko ima istu toleranciju za tradicije ljudi u raznolikoj zajednici. Žetva stranke su divne veze-building događanja za obitelji u određenoj župi ili zajednici, ali mi jednostavno ne vidim ih kao veliku vozilo za evangelizaciju. Ne postoji ništa krivo s njima, to jednostavno ne žive u odljev Božje dobrote kako bi se izbjeglo naše susjede na jednom od rijetkih puta da mogu biti izvan i oko.

Lično, Volim iskoristiti taj odmor i biti malo više poput Isusa–ići družiti s grešnicima, ako hoćete. Što bolji odmor od onog na kraju listopada? Ljudi imaju tendenciju da se svečano u jesen, i iskreno, kad naiđete na Ms.. Debbies naših crkava, Pa to ostavlja okus u ustima koji je gori od spaljene kokice lopti. Melodija, Ja bih vas i vašu obitelj potakne na rizik. Nazovite to eksperiment jedna godina. Ići sve van i stvarno volim svoje susjede. Davati dodatne posebne poslastice, a možda čak i postaviti neke jabukovače ili vruću čokoladu za pratiocima tih malu djecu koja trik-ili-liječiti u vašem susjedstvu. Mala gesta ljubaznosti i jednostavan razgovor ide dug načine ovih dana.

Budite iskreni prema Mateju i jednostavno objasniti svoje mješovite osjećaje o odmoru i činjenice da se ne slažu se svi. Neka mu se pridruže u sa sobom u svom eksperimentu. Bez obzira što se odlučite, držati razgovor ide s njim i svojim kćerima. To je dobro za našu djecu da nas vide riješiti našu vjeru. Što se tiče klase stranke, Ja bi najbolje cupcakes ste sposobni–i provjerite da li poslati malo u MS. Debbie. Vjerojatno ima tajni sladokusac.

Doktor. Naučnik

Imajte na posluživanje… Ciljna skupina Charlie Nosite

U 1998 Bio sam izgorio. Tri godine ranije, Sam preuzeo kao privremeni župnik lokalnog Vineyard crkve. Za moje tri godine službu pastora crkve, sve što sam prije saznao rast crkve i vodi crkvu prestao raditi. Kao osoba koja vjeruje da je uzrok i posljedica su predvidljive proces, to je teško za naučiti lekciju. Također sam saznao, kao što su Charlie Brown, da “Volim čovječanstvo, to ljudi ne mogu podnijeti.”

Imao sam sve moguće vrste lošeg iskustva, iz crkvenih dijeli, Crkveni pobuna, Tračevi i klevete. Ja se nekako razveselilo kad sam pročitao knjigu o pastoralnom izgaranje i shvatila da nisam završio na podu moje kupaonice u fetalnom položaju, kao autor knjige. Konačno, Crkva je imala “odrastao” od oko 125 za 30. Bilo je vrijeme da ga zovu dan, i početi ispočetka. Objavio Mi preostale članove crkve i odlučio ponovno pokrenuti u nekoliko tjedana.

Skateboards at the foot of the cross
Klizačica je “baciti” njihove slomljene ploče u podnožju križa na Skate Ranch u Moreno Valley, California.

Postala sam župnik, jer sam htjela vidjeti ljude "spašen", rađa u kraljevstvo. Nisam vidio mnogo roda od tih napora. Isprobali smo neke outreach napore, uglavnom na maloj skali. Jednostavni sluga Evangelizacija projekti, kao što je predaja iz Coca-Cole na vrući dan, na nehajno bazi, ali bez stalan angažman. Ja sam čuo od Steve Sjogren, čovjek koji čisti zahode za Isusa, Bio sam pročitao njegove knjige, ali nisam stvarno postala van usmjerena u mom svakodnevnom životu.

Ovdje je mjesto gdje priča dobiva zanimljiv

Na prvom sastanku naše ponovno pokrenut crkve nevjerojatna stvar dogodila. U pripremi za tu večer, Pitao sam jednog od naših tinejdžera, “Što ako smo bili na užetu off području parkirališta za skateboarding, i postavili za svoj bend (Christian punk grupa) igrati, bi li se na taj?” On je rekao da, i da će pozvati neke od svojih prijatelja.

Ja ne mislim puno više o tome do te noći kada je gotovo 60 skateboarders pojavio! U jednom trenutku bilo je više ljudi koji sudjeluju u skateboarding i gledanje onoga što se događalo na parkiralištu, nego su bili unutra za stvari koje sam planirao za pokretanje naše nove crkve.

Naučila sam iz Pisma i iz iskustva da morate držati oči otvorene da vide što Bog čini, a zatim djelovati na njega! Bog je radio nešto s skateboarders! Jedan od mojih kolega vjernika, Marv Schuler, skočio je u toj noći, uzela mikrofon i počeo trčati skateboard natjecanje. On i njegova supruga, Karen, zvali su te noći doprijeti i do ministra ovih djecu.

Ponovno pokrenula crkva postala mala skupina koja sastao se u nedjelju navečer, a na kraju da je postalo samo četiri od nas koji su postali istinski predan služenju one skateboarding tinejdžera.

Bird's Eye View of Skate Park at the RanchU Schulers’ vlastiti 10 hektara u Moreno Valley, Mjesto smo naučili od milja zvati ranču. Ulije smo neke konkretne i izgradili neke rampe i skateboarders počeli dolaziti najviše svakog četvrtka navečer za klizanje, grickalice i čuti nas objasniti što je Isus bio sve o tome kako smo se okupili oko vatre jama. Počinio smo posluživanje i pokazuje Božju ljubav te skateboarders, bez obaveza.

U 1998, kad smo održan prvi Božićni domjenak, Karen priprema i poslužuje večera, i deserti koji se sastoji od nekoliko pite. Došao profesionalni skateboarder i dijele evanđelje. Christian punk bend, CIP (Krist je u tijeku) igrao. I više 100 Djeca su se pojavili na zimske noći!

Rekao sam Karen noći, Bog će spasiti neke od tih klinaca s pire krumpirom i pite od bundeve. To je jedino evanđelje prezentacija će oni morati. Kad sam joj rekao da, rekla je samo da vide djeca dolaze u Kristu! Marv proveo 4 mjeseci izgradnje pola cijevi. Karen i Marv je neki od klinaca koji su potrebni mjesto za boravak u njihovoj kući.

Dijelili smo evanđelje svaki tjedan tijekom tog dugog pada i zimu 1999. Sam uzeti posao i nazad je svakodnevno vlakom oko sat i pol od mog doma. Nisam uživao život jako puno i nismo vidjeli mnogo evangelizacijski plod naših napora s skateboarders. Ja ću to priznati, Nakon što je oko 26 tjedana oltara poziva u blato oko vatre jama, Bio sam spreman baciti u ručnik.

Bog govori kroz Steve Sjogren

To je samo bio nekoliko tjedana otkako sam zurio kroz prozor prigradskim vlakom i da je izgovorio ovu jednostavnu molitvu, "Bog, dobili me iz ove zbrke. "Bio sam ponudio novi posao, lakše mijenjati, manje odgovornosti, više novca i pauze između radnih odlučio sam da prisustvuju 1999 Vinograd Pastiru konferencija u Anaheimu.

U utorak navečer, Steve Sjogren govorio na temu, "Šest stvari koje sam naučio kada sam skoro umro." Imao sam pročitao Steve knjige i nije bavio Sluga evangelizacije. Skateboard Ministarstvo je uzimanje načela sluge evangelizacije na max, usmjereni na određenu skupinu ljudi, usmjerene i fokusirane usluga u obliku skate park, hrana, Skateboard popravci i više. Ali ja sam bio spreman za izlazak.

Steve rekao je nevjerojatnu priču o njegovom medicinskom nesreće i njegov susret s Bogom. Njegov pozitivan stav u lice svoga iskušenje bio inspirativan i sama. No, pri kraju svoga govora je koristio priču iz života Mojsija potaknuti sve nas da jednostavno bude vjeran ministarstvu koje je Bog stavio u našim rukama. On je objasnio kako je Mojsije tvrdio s Bogom o svojoj sposobnosti da učine ono što ga je Bog tražio da učinite. Steve je u razgovoru za pastora koji nisu znali što treba učiniti sljedeće u svojim ministarstvima, i on je citirao Božju pitanje Mojsiju, “Ono što je u ruci?’ On je izvukao paralelu da bismo trebali gledati na stvari koje je Bog stavio u našim rukama i biti vjeran pomoću tih stvari i rade one stvari. On nam je rekao da je Bog “će promijeniti svijet kroz jednostavne stvari koje je stavio u tvoje ruke.” U slučaju Mojsija, to je njegovo osoblje, ali iz gorućeg grma naprijed kad je Bog učinio nešto značajno u Mojsiju’ Život je uvijek činilo da se uključiti da osoblje. Tijekom vremena molitve nakon njegove poruke postao sam uvjeren da sam ne bi trebali prestati skejtbord službu.

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Ono što se događa na ranču nije normalno crkva, Ali djeca (uglavnom tinejdžera, s nekoliko djevojaka koje vole da se oko dječaka) su doživljava evanđelje kroz službenika evangelizaciju (skate rampe i hrana su predstavljeni kao dar od Boga); kroz osobnu evangelizaciju (postoji puno prilika za razgovor s djecom jedan-na-jedan); i kroz navještaj evangelizaciju (djeca čuju evanđelje oko vatre jame svaki tjedan).

To nije bila tvoja normalna grupa mladih, većina djece nije imao crkvenu pripadnost i ne dolaze iz domova u kojem je Bog aktivna prisutnost. Ali Bog je učinio nešto veliko. Čak smo imali priliku da se moli za ozdravljenje za roditelje, i za slomljena gležnja!

Puno sirovina…

Nisam bio siguran u to vrijeme, ako smo ikada dobili crkvu od onoga što smo radili na ranču. Nisam znao da smo imali puno sirovine za rad s. Bilo je zabavno biti u na prizemlju nečega što je radio Bog. Bilo je zabavno biti dio avanture, pogotovo kada nismo znali kako će ispasti.

Na kraju mala grupa dobila manje…

Mala skupina koja je visi na početku ranču sastojala od Schulers, Moja supruga i ja, Dva para bivših parishoners moje crkve i moj bivši čelnik klanjati. Naši rani razgovori u pitanju da li ćemo dopustiti da se klizači pušiti cigarete ili ne, i hoćemo li odoljeti čime ministarstvo skate biti predan djeci kršćana. Na kraju je moja supruga i dvije parovi prestali dolaziti na naše tjedne sastanke.

Nekako misija rasla…

Godinama Karen je san bio za Duha padne na Moreno Valley i doline da se sprema! Ranch odigrao svoju ulogu u ispunjavanju taj san. U ranim tjednima sam dao “oltarne pozivi” na vatra jama. Nikad nisam vidio više voća iz tog sjetvu evanđelja. Marv je govorio svaki tjedan i rekli djecu: “To je Bog stvar.” “Bog je izgradnja ove rampe, Bog gradi ranču.”

Mi nikada nije napravio svjesnu odluku da žive u zajednici, ali…

Mi nikada nije napravio svjesnu odluku da žive u zajednici, ali oko godinu dana nakon što smo počeli Ministarstva skate moja supruga i ja razdvojeni i ja iznajmili sobu od Schuler je. Tom Chapman, Bivši čelnik klanjati u našoj crkvi, Kupio RV i parkirao na ranču. Tako smo, četiri od nas žive u zajednici! Poticati smo jedan drugoga, služili jedni drugima, i napravio sve odluke Ministarstva izazvalo našu misiju.

Jedan znak misije je oporba

Rano na susjeda je jasno da joj se nije svidjelo ono što smo radili na ranču. Ona je unajmio privatnog istražitelja na video vrpcu propovijedanje naše vrijeme i podnijeti istražni izvješća. Ona je podnijela prijave s Gradom Moreno Valley. Ona je pozvala policiju. Otišli smo na sud u toj prvoj godini i osvojio naš slučaj, nismo bili operativni crkvu nezakonito, niti su mi remeti mir. Nekoliko mjeseci kasnije, susjed tužio Marv i Karen za neugodnost. U tom trenutku mi je razmatralo se, vući na sudu, Marv je udario u lice i naveo za napad!

Na kraju smo vidjeli tisuće došli Kristu ...

U Skateboards u podnožju križa naznačiti klizači koji su predali svoje živote za Krista na ranču. Moj novi stav Ministarstva je branitelj. Smjestili smo tužbu izvan suda i pristao da se presele skate rampi više 150 metra od susjedove nekretnine linije. Već smo pitali što je Božja volja bila usred oporbe. Bili smo uvjereni da je on htio da i dalje služiti klizači i propovijedati evanđelje. Kad smo se preselili na betonsku ploču i rampe smo napravili površina veća. Uskoro, smo pridružili su dva mladića, Mark i Matt, evanđelista i učitelj, koji je počeo dijeliti redovito. Ministarstvo je otvoreno pet dana u tjednu. The “oltarne pozivi” počeo se dobije više voća. Tijekom razdoblja od 12 mjeseci dali smo daleko 3000 Novi zavjet na mlade ljude koji su odgovorili kako bi obilježili i Matt porukama.

Volio bih da mogu izvijestiti da je opozicija smanjena. Iako smo mislili da su policijski pozivi će završiti, oni su nastavili. Nastavio Pritužbe broj propisa. Na kraju je susjed dobio uho dva gradskih councilmembers i City donijeli svoju punu težinu i ovlasti nositi zatvoriti ranču.

Život u zajednici ima ebbs i tokove…

Na kraju moj posao mi je na drugo zemljopisnom položaju. Pritužbe kod onemogućio Tom dalje živjeti na ranču u svom RV. Krenuli smo dalje od ranča, ali drugi je naše mjesto. Tom će uvijek biti biznismen koji financira veći dio ranog gradnje. Nastavio sam se branitelj. Branio sam ranč pred Gradsko vijeće i pred suca Vrhovnog suda.

Drugi je došao uz Marv i Karen i služili klizača. Međutim, u 2005 zabrana stupila na snagu, a ministarstvo Ranch skate je zatvoren.

Vidjeli smo kako je Bog posla…

Kao što kaže Marv, Postoje mnoge priče o tome kako je Bog radio u životima klizača. Znam da je radio kroz proročka, u evangelizaciji, liječenje, snovi i vizije tijekom posljednjih pet godina. On je izlio financijske blagoslove. Iako je oporba, Tu je također pogoduju. Kao što smo pokušali poslušati ono što Bog traži od nas, On je uvijek bio vjeran unatoč našoj nedostatka vjere.

Biće Missional…

Nismo krenuli imaju misiju u klizača. To je Božja ideja, i vidjeli smo ono što je želio, slušali njegov glas, i pridržavati ih tjedan posluživanje i tjedan za nekoliko godina. Saznali smo da je nekoliko ljudi može postići puno ako su na misiju od Boga. Nismo krenuli živjeti u zajednici, to je samo ispalo tako. Znam moj život je promijenjen na bolje zbog tog iskustva. Nismo početi s puno vjere, ali naša vjera je narasla kao što smo vidjeli Boga potez, resursima i plodnosti.

Kako se to piše Efektivna: S-I-M-P-L-E Doug Roe

A few years ago, Stajao sam na uglu ulice davanje daleko konzerve soda. Promet podupirač gore kao ljudi prestali da se slobodno soda. While most people were pleasantly surprised, one man stood out as particularly unhappy. Povukao se u kutu, the windows of his big dark blue Buick rolled up, with an annoyed look on his face.

“Diet or regular?” I asked. He took a diet soda – though he was not appeased.

Several weeks later I was washing cars at a business near the same intersection when who should appear? The same annoyed man in the big Buick!

Annoyed Man!
You are causing a traffic jam!

My job that day was to be the “wheelman” – that is, to wash tires and whitewalls. I was on my hands and knees scrubbing the grim from the annoyed man’s tires, when I looked up to see him towering over me like a vulture. He had the same annoyed look on his face. I figured that I needed to say something before he did.

The first thing that popped into my head was this: “If Jesus were here, what would you ask of him?"

The question seemed to disarm him, and for a moment he forgot that my act of kindness had annoyed him. He offered money for the car wash, but I refused. I continued my offer to pray for him. He asked me to pray for his family, so I prayed a quick prayer and he was on his way.

A few weeks later, low and behold, I was shocked to see “Mr. Buick” and his family seated on the front row at our Easter Sunday service. At the end of the service, he and his wife came forward and asked me to pray with them. We prayed, and he accepted Jesus as his Savior.

In more than 20 years of serving others, I have learned a few things that have helped me enjoy the ride.

Servant Evangelism cannot be delegated!

People will follow what they see their leaders doing. Leader must be involved in serving others as a completely natural lifestyle – an overflow of their living, vital relationship with Jesus. If you are the lead pastor you don’t have to be the one developing the ideas and doing all of the legwork, but you do have to be the lead server.

Start small with out-of-the-box ideas.

Often when we start a new project we think of starting something that is creative and dazzling. The power of serving is not in the size or “uniqueness” of the project. Projects that capture the inspired, creative attention of your people don’t need to be “sexy” or have a lot pop and sizzle. Simplicity if often the best approach to take. If you get nothing else in this article get this: The essence of the power of serving is in showing up in unexpected places. It is a simple act of compassion shown in a place where it is completely unexpected. Keep it simple, and the creative things will follow.

Listen to your community.

Every community is different. And those unique needs that can and will be met by the unlimited resources of the kingdom of God flowing in and around us. The key? To find a need and then meet that need. The best ideas for reaching the people in your city are to listen to the people in your city – understanding their rhythms and needs.

While shopping at a local grocery store, I overheard two single mothers discussing what groceries they had put back in order to get the oil changed in their cars. The thought popped into my head, “I can do that! I can help them change oil in their car!"

So I went to a local mechanic to ask if he would be willing to help. “Now that is what the church should be about!” he said, blowing a puff of cigarette smoke in my face. We now change the oil in 300-400 cars a year, and we are beginning a new, broader ministry to single parents.

Servant Evangelism is like growing asparagus.

When thinking about evangelism, we often think of wheat, but I have discovered that it is more like growing asparagus. When a gardener grows asparagus it takes three years before he can yield a crop.
Asparagus Bunches

Pastors often ask, “If I do this serving thing in my church how many people will come to my church?” That is the wrong question to ask, and really reflects a “me” mentality. Servant evangelism is about the Church being the Church and serving others. If I try to grow my local church things just get mucked up. But if I serve other people, seek to expand the kingdom of God, and do the deeds that Jesus did I find that God brings the people. In the end it is not about the size of our congregation or budget, but about the number of people we have loved along the way.

Gene, the annoyed man in the Buick, has been part of the church for more than 10 years now. He and his wife lead a small group. This once annoyed driver now helps me give soda away to other annoyed drivers.

“You know that day I stepped out of the car while you were washing the tires?” he asked one day.

“Yes,” I said, very clearly remembering it.

“I was going to chew you out for having caused such a traffic jam the day you gave out the sodas,", Rekao je on.

“What stopped you?” I asked.

“The fact that you wanted to pray for me,", Rekao je on. “I still have the can of diet soda you gave me sitting on the mantel of my fireplace. I kept it because it was the starting point that brought me to Christ.”

People may not flood into your church because you gave them a soda, but their lives will be changed because you were willing to share God’s love with them.

It’s the Medium, Dummy by Steve Sjogren

All communication boils down to two simple things: The message and the medium.

One president in our generation won his election in a come from behind victory as his election manager wrote on the central white board, “It’s the economy dummy!” With that focus in mind, the campaign supposedly hammered on that single message for the remainder of the campaign and squeaked by with a victory. We too have a single word that is in need of clarification – Medium. To, we understand the good news of Jesus. Face it, if my friend Doktor. David Wheeler’s six year old daughter can lead ten kids in her neighborhood near the campus of Liberty University where he teaches, your people can share this message with clarity (she has been busy since August! – her approach – popsicles of kindness to open the door of relationship, then it’s only a matter of time…)

Live In The Flow

As someone who has had a huge value for being an inviter of not-yet believers into the kingdom – and seeking to show others how to live that way as well I now realize I modeled Part A and missed the far more important issue, Part B. To, the message is simple stuff. By and large, nearly all reading this would agree on the content of the simple gospel, the good news of Jesus is.

If you weren’t aware of it, stats have held steady for several decades now, that even among the most “evangelistic” congregations in the U.S., only about 3% in such churches will even one time in their lifetimes share the gospel with someone outside of their immediate family. Put it another way. If you have a church that runs consistently 100 on the weekend, chances are, only 3 people in your congregation will in their entire lifetime explain the gospel to one more people.

Four words come to my mind each time I read that stat: That makes Jesus cry. The close of Matthew 28 makes it clear that God’s family can’t be large enough to satisfy his aching heart for those he is longing to see join his family.

This begs the question – “Why is this so?” And, “Why is this not the case in the Church of the three-quarter’s world?" (Indeed the stats there are dramatically different.) This matter is one that could fill a book easily, but let me touch on one simple issue here.

Turn On The “Screen” Once Again

At one time all of us noticed others far more than we do now – at least in most of our cases. The busier we become, the less we notice others. The less we notice others, the more calloused we become. Calloused people are the opposite of the ones who live like Jesus. It is a simple progression.

Call it the “Noticing Screen” or the “Inner Radar” or whatever you wish. Until we slow it down a bit, until we begin to pray the “Jesus, I’m willing to be interrupted by your invitations” prayers, there is little chance we will see our lives be used by Jesus as a pipeline to hold the hands of others as they come into his family.

This is not a program. We aren’t “on” at times and “off” at times. We live invitationally 168 hours a week.

You live that way first. You will discover this life is amazingly energizing no matter what you may be thinking at this moment. Do this for six months and see what happens in your church. No doubt there will be a polarizing effect as you tell your stories – the good ones, the funny ones, the ones when you fall on your face, but since when didn’t the kingdom polarize?

Heading toward retiring? Forget it. It’s time to refire!

Go with those who are willing. Hug the rest and pray they get it.