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Excellent Mistake – Doing Outreach Alone by Steve Sjogren

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Can we do outreach on our own? Or is it better to create outreach teams? Steve reflects on his past mistakes and answers these questions while giving practical advice.

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Wrestling With Murphy In Outreach By Jon Allis

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I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Sjogren at a conference he sponsored at the Kings Island Inn in 1989.  I should have known something was up when I lost one of my 2 front teeth setting up the sound equipment (a story for another time, but feel free to insert your favorite hillbilly joke […]

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When Servant Evangelism Becomes Routine by Marty Boller

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I’m not sure when the term ‘servant evangelism’ first came into play. In the early days of the Vineyard movement, Steve Sjogren was the first voice I heard talking about focusing an entire church community around the idea of serving outsiders through practical, applicable acts of kindness. My Vineyard church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has […]

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4 Moves That Guard Against Burnout by Steve Sjogren

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Burnout is a regular problem with anyone who reaches out. Jesus was in nearly continual outreach mode in his three-year ministry so he found it necessary to take on a number of mindsets in order to live with spiritual centeredness. Here are a few of Jesus’ points of view you might find encouraging. Define for […]

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Lessons from Stubby The Cat…nudging others to Christ by Austin Cooper

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I have to admit that I used to hate cats. I never understood why someone would want an animal that hides 20 hours of the day and hisses at you the other 4 hours when it decides to grace you with its presence. I see all the “cute” kitten pictures girls post on Facebook and […]

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How To Flush Your Spiritual Pipes by Ken Glassmeyer

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No matter how long I do outreach, I am often surprised at how much impact serving others actually has on our own spiritual health. When we feed the poor, or do some small gesture of kindness, not only are we giving them a small taste of the kingdom, we get refreshed spiritually as well. I have heard more than one pastor use the metaphor that we are a conduit or pipeline for God’s grace when we let Him flow through us to others.

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The 90 Day Outreach Challenge by Steve Sjogren

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Church plants need to find creative ways to connect with the non-believing culture around them. If you pray for not-yet Believers to show up they will. But how do you lead them into relationship with Christ? Usually there is a process involved in leading them to Christ. When my wife Janie was seeking to know […]

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Don’t Retire… Refire! by Dr. Gary Sweeten

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Every Tuesday a group of us geezers play golf together. We have a lot of competitive fun and we share some about what God is doing in and through us. You see, geezers in today’s world are not like they were even a generation ago.  In fact, one of my favorite books is entitled, “Turning […]

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Interview: Steve Sjogren – Still Cleaning Toilets

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In this recent interview Steve talks his move to Portland, OR, how they are getting Servant Evangelism started in an established church, and what he thinks is the ideal size for a church.

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Let’s Make A Deal by Randy Bohlender

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One of my early childhood memories is of the TV game show, “Let’s Make a Deal,” hosted by Monty Hall.  The general idea was that people, dressed up in outlandish costumes, would try and attract attention to be chosen to play some sort of game that involved trading things and making a blind choice of […]

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