Bībeles apņemšanās prasa kultūras nozīmīgumu, Paul Alexander

Daudz ir runāts un rakstīts pēdējos gados, piedāvā līdz visu kritiku mūsdienu Baznīcu veidus tirdzniecības off ievērošanu Evaņģēlija Jēzus Kristus mūsdienu metodēm tas paziņots. Interesanti ir lielākā daļa šo kritiku nāk kā citu baznīcu. Typically it comes from Churches that are not growing criticizing Churches that are growing. Galu galā, if a Church is growing, they’ve got to be doing something wrong don’t they?

I have a tendency to go the other way on this one. Faktiski, I’d go so far as to say if a Church isn’t working hard to be culturally relevant, it isn’t working hard to remain true to the Scriptures! You can’t be radically committed to the Scriptures without being radically committed to communicating the Scriptures in a culturally relevant manner.

It’s an easy statement to make because God has always communicated his message to people in a culturally relevant manner. Language, the time, place, ethnicity, gender, community, governance, and more has always been taken into consideration as the message of God was communicated to a particular audience.

The Apostle Paul, a master missionary, knew this about the heart of God and understood that the Gospel must be contextualized to each specific culture:

#1 Take time to understand the culture of your audience.

“…for as I was walking along I saw your many altars…” Acts 17:23

#2 Be positive, not negative, about the culture of your audience.

“So Paul, standing before the Council, addressed them as follows: ’Men of Athens, I noticed that you are very religious…” Acts 17:22

#3 Use the culture of your audience to connect with the heart of your audience.

“His purpose in all of this was that the nations should seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As one of your own poets says, ‘We are his offspring.’” Acts 17:27-28

#4 Relationally speak truth to your audience.

“For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:31


Par Autors

Paul Alexander is a Pastor, Leader, and Church Strategist. He has spent the last ten years of ministry serving in three mega-church settings as a Youth Pastor, Executive Pastor, and Lead Pastor. He has been married to his wife Lisa for 14 gadiem. Together they have three children Kennedy, Mia, and Lincoln. You can follow Paul on Čivināt or at his blog.

Ideal-izmēra draudze? Izmēģiniet 500! Steve Sjögren

congregationGreat baznīcas nonāk dažādos izmēros, ļoti lielie, vidējiem uzņēmumiem un mazākie.

Some are frustrated with the mega church scene in our day for a variety of reasons. It is a mistake to discount the vital role mega churches play in God’s strategy for reaching the world. God has in mind to use mega churches in great ways in our day. Above all else he wants to redeem these churches to do great works of evangelism across America. Done rightly such churches can serve as catalysts for the greater community they find themselves in so that churches of all sizes can gain confidence for evangelism.

I believe the most efficient church size is…500.
I stated this conclusion several years ago in a book based on the numerous observations made in that book (Making A Good Church Great, Regal, 2010). I am more convinced now than ever that my original hunch was correct.

Ponder this: it would be more productive to produce 10 life-giving churches of 500 in weekend attendance than in building one mega church of 5,000. I believe there is abundant evidence to make the point that the per capita level of spiritual vitality is usually greater at a medium-sized church versus a single mega one. The individual Believer will likely evidence greater fruit of discipleship in medium sized churches than in mega ones.

Mega church pastors are called by God to accomplish great things.
I don’t wish anything ominous upon the shoulders of my mega church brethren, yet it is a fact that to whom much is given much is required. Those who lead very large congregations will stand before God in the not too distant future to give an account of the way they acted as stewards of the provision of God in their time as the leader of an immense congregation with immense resources.

How did I do as a teacher? Did I boldly and lovingly present to my people the uncompromising truth of the Gospel?
How did I do as a model? Did I show my people the life of Jesus through my life?
Did we do the work of evangelism? Did we consistently, profoundly seek to bring our city to Jesus?
Were the poor shown an abundance of the mercy of God?

Such questions put the fear of the Lord in me. With this burden of responsibility in mind I don’t miss a day of my time of leading a mega church. I pray mercy upon you if you are a pastor in a congregation of this sort.

If you are a pastor in another size congregation you have it easier in many ways. Pray for mega church pastors near you. I hope you will mutually stir up the “love and good deeds” Scripture calls us to walk in.


Steve Sjögren is a veteran church planter and pastor of five churches in he US and Europe, several of which have grown to mega church status. He is currently operating in his ideal role by leading an outward-focused congregation of 500 in the Greater Portland area. He is the author of several best-selling books and many free PDF booklets. The Steve Sjogren Blog is published daily as a focus on evangelism, outreach and the power of the Spirit to accomplish this.

Intervija ar Mike Slaughter Steve Šegrena

***Pateicoties Tim in Berea, OH, kuri nosūtīti pa ultra-optimizēto video failu, kas ir tikai 60MB!***

Mike Slaughter akcijas viņa sirdi, jo tas attiecas uz vairāk nekā 30 gadu cieto ministrijas pie Ginghamsburg baznīcā pie Tipp City (Dayton), Ohaio. Kaušana atspoguļo tā, kā viņa sākotnējā baznīca izaugsmes stratēģija misfired. Viņš bija iegūt redzējumu no augšienes.

Viņa ceļš ir atzīmēti ar mērenu, bet konsekventi izaugsmes jebkad kopš. Tas pats pieaugums ir atkārtots gadu pēc gada, jo viņš ir centies māceklim nelielu skaitu cilvēku viņa span aprūpē - nekad vairāk nekā ducis cilvēku laikā though. Dzirdēt, kā tas vienkārši pieeja izvešanu aprūpei turpina pārveidot par savu līderu dzīvi un savu pilsētu šodien.

Viņš piekrīt domas par dotības baznīcas, kas ir paredzēti outwardness kas ved uz veselību. Tā ir aizraujoša perspektīva, kas pacels jūsu sirdi un prātu.

Lūk MP3 intervijas jūs varat klausīties vai lejupielādēt. Tas ir 84MB (mēs iegūtu šo mazāku SOON).

eZs3

Kaušana jaunākā grāmata ir pēdējos radošo posmu ar izdevējiem:
Mainīt pasauli – jauna atklāt ministriju un vēstījumu par Jēzus.
Izdošanas datums janvāris, 2010 (Abingdon Press).

Mike Slaughter
Mike Slaughter

Par Mike Slaughter
Galvenais Dreamer, Ginghamsburg baznīca
Mike Slaughter, svina mācītājs pie Ginghamsburg baznīcā, ir trīs desmitgades sapņotājs of Ginghamsburg Baznīcas un garīgā uzņēmējs no ministrijas Marketplace inovāciju. Viņa mūža kaislība, lai sasniegtu zaudējis un noteikt apspiestajiem bezmaksas tagad padarījusi viņu nenogurdināmi un vadošo advokātu par pārvietoto bērniem, sievietes un vīrieši Darfūrā, Sudāna, nosaukts par U.N. kā sliktāko humāno krīzi mūsdienu pasaulē. Saskaņā Pētera vadībā, Ginghamsburg Baznīca ir kļuvusi zināma kā agrīnā novators mazo grupu ministrijas, Baznīcas "mediju reformācija" un cyberministry, ar Ginghamsburg mājas lapā izlīdzināšanu 50,000 apmeklē reizi mēnesī no visas pasaules. Tā uzsāk Sudānā Project janvārī 2005, Ginghamsburg ir ieguldījusi vairāk nekā $3.7 miljonus humānajai palīdzībai Darfūrā. Iegūtais lauksaimniecības projekts, bērna attīstības programmu un drošu ūdens iniciatīva paplašinās sasniegt ceturtdaļu miljons Sudānas bēgļiem un ciema. Kā mentors, Mike dodas pasaulē runāt un izmantot savu "dāvanu kairinājumu" aprīkot ministriju līderiem, lai samazinātu ķieģeļu un palielināt misiju, lai tie varētu pilnībā izmantot misiju Jēzus pasaulē. Mike ir arī autors vairākām grāmatām par baznīcas līderiem. Plašāku informāciju par Mike, apmeklēt www.mikeslaughter.com.