Kad kalps Evaņģelizācija kļūst rutīnas, Marty Boller

outreachEs neesmu pārliecināts, kad termins "kalps evaņģelizācija" pirmais stājās play. Kas ir agrīnā dienās Vineyard kustības, Steve Šegrena bija pirmā balss es dzirdēju runājam par koncentrējoties visu draudzes sabiedrību ap ideju apkalpo nepiederošas caur praktisku, piemērojamie akti laipnību. Mana Vineyard baznīca Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been actively involved with servant evangelism for much of our thirteen years of our existence. In 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 Pārceļas, ka aizsargs pret Burnout Steve Šegrena

Burnout ir regulāra problēma ar visiem, kas sniedzas. Jēzus bija gandrīz nepārtraukti ielu režīmā viņa trīs gadu kalpošanai, viņš konstatēja, ka ir nepieciešams veikt par vairākiem domāšanas veids, lai dzīvotu ar garīgo orientētu. Šeit ir daži no Jēzus viedokļiem jūs varētu atrast uzmundrinoši.

Definēt jūsu piešķiršanai.
Uzaicināt Dievu noskaidrot specifiku savā aicinājumā. Klausieties. Veikt piezīmes. Dievs mēdz runāt visskaidrāk man divās uzstādījumi - kā es mosties, un, kā es braucu. Draugs ieteica kāds braukt man apkārt, un es īsus snaudu visu dienu, lai dzirdētu no Kunga daudz. Varbūt mēs varam mēģināt, ka dažkārt. Skaitlis, ko jūsu primo iestatījums ir un pavairot, ka tik bieži, kā jūs varat. Dievs ir vairāk ieinteresēti runāt ar jums, nekā jums ir dzirdēt no viņa.

Koncentrējieties uz rezultātiem.
Tas ir viegli augt neapmierināti ar apgrūtinājumiem un informāciju par tagadni. Mēs bieži dzirdam pamudinājumu, kā to, cik svarīgi ir mērķis par tūlītēju vienīgais. Kad runa ies tas nav, ka veids, kā. Ir reizes, kad tas ir labākais, lai skatīties uz priekšu. Raksti saka, ka Jēzus pārcietusi grūtības paredzētā prieka dēļ tika noteikta pirms viņa. Mēs esam gudri sekot viņa svina.

Plūsmas ... Give Up On Cīnās
Viens no visvairāk nomākta uzdevumiem pasaulē ir sajūta, ka mēs esam atbildīgi, lai radītu garīgo rezultātu. Mēs esam spējīgi padarīt kaut kas notiek garīgajā valstība - tas ir darbs Svētā Gara. Mūsu uzdevums, piemēram Pāvila, ir augu un ūdeni, ko Dievs jau ir sākusies citu cilvēku dzīvē. Staigāt jutība, ko Dievs ir līdz. Tas parasti nav tik grūti, lai redzētu, ko viņš līdz. Iet, kur prieks, kaislība, enerģija ir. Tas ir aizraujošs būt vidū, kur Gars ir darbā. Atrast šo sweet spot un dzīvot tur.

Ir unikāls.
Meklējiet specifikas Dievs ir par jums, vai jūs esat redzējis kāds cits staigāt tur, vai ne. Varbūt ir jaunas pieejas kalpošanas Dievam ir prātā, lai jūs varētu veikt, ka neviens cits dara. Esiet drosmīgs! Iespējams, domāju, ka jums nepieciešama atļauja iziet. Daudzos gadījumos tas nav gadījums. Tu būsi pārsteigts, cik bieži tie, jūs domājat, ka jums ir nepieciešams, lai nodzēstu lietas ar būs sajūsmināts, kad jūs vienkārši izmēģināt kaut ko jaunu, tad parādīt viņiem rezultātus pēc tam. Gandrīz vienmēr saņemsiet ovācijām!

Listen To Dievu ... Tiešām? Jason Taylor

Šķita, ka es bija mēģinājis to visu! No krītot tūkstošus olu no helikoptera izsūtot kas likās miljoniem pastkartes, bet mūsu baznīca bija nesaņemu "rezultātu", ka visi pārējie bija gotten. Es darbā treneri un mentori, kas man pastāstīja "kā" augu baznīcu. 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.

For example, 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 Uzsākot mācību no Johnny Appleseed Steve Šegrena

John Chapman, aka leģendāro "Johnny Appleseed" bija misionārs, kurš vērsās pie vietējiem amerikāņi Ohaio ielejā, kas ir agrīnā 1800.

Viņš bija vienkārši rīki

His primary planting tool was a stick! Vai jums ir stick? Kad viņa pašreizējais stick valkāja viņš atrada jaunu nūju. 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