Kumsikiliza Mungu ... Kweli? na Jason Taylor

Ilionekana mimi alijaribu yote! Kutoka kuacha maelfu ya mayai kutoka helikopta kwa kutuma kile ilionekana kama mamilioni ya postcards, lakini kanisa letu wala hakuwa na kupata "matokeo" kwamba kila mtu mwingine alikuwa na kujipatia. Mimi walioajiriwa makocha na washauri ambaye aliniambia "jinsi gani" kupanda kanisa. 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.

Kwa mfano, 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 Uzinduzi wa masomo kutoka Johnny Appleseed na Steve Sjogren

Yohana Chapman, aka hadithi "Johnny Appleseed" alikuwa mmisionari ambao kufikiwa nje ya Wamarekani ya asili katika Bonde la Ohio katika miaka ya 1800 mapema.

Alikuwa yeye Vyombo Wikipedia

Upandaji wake chombo msingi ilikuwa fimbo! Je, una fimbo? Wakati fimbo yake ya sasa walivaa nje alikuta fimbo mpya. Nikasikia hivi karibuni kwa njia ya mzabibu kwamba vijiti bado ni rahisi kupata!

zaidi kufafanua sisi kufanya mipango yetu ya zaidi ya uwezekano ni kwamba tutashindwa.

Yeye Heard Mwaliko

Yeye ilichukua juu ya mwaliko wa Baba kukamilisha kazi yake wa muda mrefu, Basi wakati wa kwenda got mgumu alikuwa na uwezo wa kurudi mwanzo wa yote kwa wakati Mungu bila kosa alizungumza naye kwenda nje katika nafasi ya kwanza.

Yeye Je Majadiliano Kuhusu Outreach, Yeye Je Outreach

Johnny kueleweka ni kuhusu uanaharakati, si tu majadiliano, wala daima maandalizi utafiti, wala yanayotokana ya madaftari zaidi ya baridi mkutano. Alikuwa wote kuhusu kuchukua hatari na kupata huko nje. Kama yeye angekuwa hai katika 2012 kauli mbiu yake itakuwa, "Utume schmissional! Kuacha majadiliano incessant, kuacha kuwa na kuku tu kufanya hivyo kwa ajili Pete ya!"

Je yeye Mambo Small

Haina kuchukua mengi ya mabadiliko ya dunia. vidogo apple mbegu kukua katika ukubwa mti kuzaa matunda katika dunia kupanda kwamba atachukua maelfu ya apples.

Alikuwa mwaminifu

Alikuwa wote katika! Akaiteketeza madaraja yake. Kulikuwa hakuna kurudi.

Yeye Saw Uwezo katika Ulimwengu wa Imani

Baadhi ingekuwa ni vigumu, kama siyo haiwezekani, kufanya huduma ya Johnny kwa sababu ilikuwa ni ya muda mrefu na si mara moja kutimiza. Naye aliitwa na Mungu kufanya jambo kubwa lakini kitu ambacho si ingekuwa kikamilifu kuzaa matunda katika maisha yake.

Kila mbegu ilikuwa mwisho wa kuzalisha mti wa ajabu kwamba ingekuwa kuzalisha maelfu ya apples kwa utukufu wa Mungu. Inachukua aina ya imani Mungu tu anaweza kutoa kuishi kwa mtazamo kwamba. Hatuwezi kufanya kazi kuwa hadi. "Mungu kuwapa yetu uwezo wa kusikia wito wako, bila kujali majira. "

Na mtumishi wa huduma ya uinjilisti matunda inachukua muda kuja juu, lakini uhakika, lakini wakati wa kupanda kanisa hubaki mwaminifu kwa dhati kuwatumikia na kuonyesha ukarimu kwa jamii yao yanayozunguka, matokeo ya ajabu atakuja kuhusu.

Mtu yeyote anaweza kuhesabu idadi ya mbegu katika apple,
Lakini Mungu tu anaweza kuhesabu idadi ya apples katika mbegu.

Robert H. Schuller

3 Things To Address Before Starting A New Church by Doug Murren

Starting churches is sometimes gone into with insufficient preparation. I know I have made several mistakes that were costly in starting churches by not having an adequate preparation period. I believe failure can garner greater insights more than success. I want to talk about three major areas of concern that need to be addressed before getting started on any church venture.

Pre-Mortem Assessment

Post-mortem assessment is very common. We usually think of reviewing our success or failure after the event or venture has wound down. I like to do what I call pre-mortem assessment. It works just like post-mortem with the exception that it precedes the start date.

I now do pre-mortems on my messages. I also like to preview and consider upcoming events. It can be fun. Basically it means drawing your team together to ask how this thing fail. It means looking at what will bring us down. Obviously once you have done this exercise you will find ways to improve even before you start and likely avoid painful post-mortems.

Here are some questions that might help your pre-mortem:

  • What will stop people from returning?
  • What could go wrong with our message presentation?
  • What will make it difficult for people to hear about us and show up?
  • How could we waste our money?
  • What parts of our presentation are week or substandard?
  • What could make our worship terrible?

etc…

Recruiting Leaders

Choosing your first leaders properly is a vital effort. Sometimes we recognize people just because we need some help. It is true that you will likely within the first three years see a complete turn over of your initial leaders. But nonetheless your chances of succeeding can be greatly increased by calling the right partners.

This is an area where I have been weak. I have often not taken the time to recruit and deploy the right people. I have invested money in the ill prepared and under qualified leader and have not only wasted resources but cost myself a great deal of pain.

Where do you find leaders? Almost always the best leaders are going to come via referrals. It is true you may need to recruit leaders from places they are already being productive. I have come to believe that you shouldn’t start if you can’t convince some friends to join you in the venture.

The following are six traits of leaders you will need to be successful:

  • They are willing to invest money.
  • They are influencers and bring other people into the journey with you.
  • Are willing to put in time on the extras.
  • Do they evangelize?
  • Are they optimists?
  • Are they there when its time to pray?

Friends of the Start

I have heard for years planters complain about little or no support from their denominations or sending church. It sounds to me like the people who join your church and want you to hand them some friends. You have to take responsibility for building your own support network.

I think finding a coach and being willing to pay them is a great step. Yes they may be a paid friend but they are still a friend. You may have to go outside your particular organization to find connections.

It is well worth the effort to make some appointments with church leaders that have been successful and ask to share your dream. Don’t ask for money. If they are impressed with you and your plan they will offer on their own. What you need are friends. Often these friends will connect you with resources you need.

I think a network of ten key mentors and friends is essential. Be a listener and learner. Offer to take them to lunch or meet whatever fits their schedule best. Be certain to ask for future meetings after your first meeting. I have had many church planters ask me to mentor them or hire me as a coach. I am always flattered. Often I will work to help them find resources.

Come prepared when you seek to collect friends. Have a list of four or five questions you would like to ask them. They can be anywhere in the country, they don’t have to be in your backyard.. But don’t be vague. Describe your concerns. Ask them to pray for and with you. Send them a note of appreciation after your meeting.

Some of my best friends in the ministry were made this way. I often asked them to speak at my fledgling churches and I was amazed how many were takers. And when you have them speak prepare an honorarium no matter how poor you are. They may give it back but it shows you value their input.

These are the areas that should get a great deal of your attention. This is why I think a church plant or new plan for a church should be preceded by six months of hard preparation time. Happy preparing!

Kuwahamasisha Start-Up na Doug Murren

Moja ya njia bora ya kujenga ari katika kazi mapema ni kurekodi milstenarna. Hii inaweza kufanyika kabla ya muda au baada ya. Lakini kila kanisa ina milstenarna wanaweza kuona mbele au aliongeza kuwa kwa mafanikio yao. Nadhani kuna makundi kadhaa ambayo inaweza liangaliwe: fedha, Utumishi, locations, athari kwa maisha ya watu na mabadiliko ya kipimo, na maendeleo ya utume.

Moja ya hatua inaweza kuwa zawadi kubwa ambayo ilianza katika ngazi mpya ya huduma. Au hatua inaweza kuwa mtu wa kwanza kwamba inapata Kristo. Au ubatizo wako kwanza. Kuadhimisha hatua hizi za maendeleo hujenga ari. Na ari ni mali yenye thamani ya zaidi ya kanisa lo lote. Hivyo kujenga hivyo hatua kwa hatua.

Vyama ni kubwa kusherehekea milstenarna njia kama vizuri. Kuwa na baadhi ya keki na kahawa baada ya huduma kuadhimisha hatua. Kuweka rekodi ya matukio na mafanikio na ripoti na tathmini ya mara kwa mara katika fomu jarida.

Moja Jumanne mchana Mimi aliuliza Mungu kwa African American keyboardist, kwa mmiliki wa mengi karibu na sisi kuuza hata ingawa yeye alikuwa jeuri alikataa mara nyingi na kwa ajili ya mtu kichwa juu ya ujenzi wa Aidha sisi walikuwa mipango.

Mimi aliiambia mpenzi wangu katika huduma Mungu alikuwa anaenda kujibu siku hiyo. Alasiri kwamba vipaji American keyboardist Afrika alikuja katika ofisi yetu na alisema waliona yeye ilitakiwa kuona kama sisi zinahitajika keyboardist. Na jirani yetu iitwayo me juu ya majadiliano chini ya mwerezi yake kubwa. Alisema alikuwa tayari kuuza. Na juu siku off wajenzi, mpya ya kanisa, ambaye alikuwa tu wastaafu, kuulizwa kama angeweza kusaidia katika kuongeza mradi wetu. Ilikuwa ni siku kubwa. Mimi kuongelea kuhusu milstenarna wale kwa miaka na bado kufanya.

Hadithi ni uti wa mgongo wa kila kanisa kubwa. Kuacha na kutengeneza orodha ya milstenarna kwamba utakuwa kupita kwa imani. Kushiriki nao kwa viongozi wenu na kuangalia yao kukua kutoka mbegu katika moyo wako.

Kuangalia mbele na pia kwa milstenarna kwamba wakisubiri wewe. Ni inaweza kuwa kukodisha wafanyakazi wako mtu wa kwanza au kupata mkutano wako nafasi ya kwanza. Au kuanzisha bodi yako kwanza. Au labda yako mkutano wa kwanza wa umma. Chochote ni alama ni, kusherehekea, rekodi yake, na kuwasiliana ni.

The 90 Siku Outreach changamoto na Steve Sjogren

Kanisa mimea haja ya kutafuta njia za ubunifu kuungana na utamaduni wa mashirika yasiyo ya kuamini karibu nao. Kama wewe kuomba kwa ajili ya si-bado Waumini kuonyesha hadi wao. Lakini jinsi gani unaweza kuwaongoza katika uhusiano na Kristo? Kwa kawaida kuna mchakato wa kushiriki katika uongozi wao kwa Kristo.

When my wife Janie was seeking to know who the Lord really was, she asked God to reveal himself at the beginning of the summer. On June 1st she prayed an open ended prayer: “Show me who you really are by the end of the summer.” She promptly forgot about her prayer but God was at work arranging her circumstances. Some months later she ended up at a wedding (for a couple who weren’t even engaged in June) thousands of miles away. That was Labor Day weekend – the end of summer! She took a several hour car trip with a couple of turned on Believers who enthusiastically shared the Gospel with her. She became convinced that Jesus was Lord and that she had misunderstood him. On the Saturday before Labor Day weekend, marking the end of summer, she was converted to Christ!

True to answering her prayer, God moved by the end of summer. God loves a challenge! He takes the prayers of not-yet Believers seriously.

Making deals with God

Consider this:

Make deals with the not-yet believer. It’s a daring stand off. Either God will move specifically or nothing will happen. I’ve seen God move time after time in these situations. He loves to prove himself to Seekers.

Choose 3 things they need to see God move in their life to prove himself. Choose things that are measureable, for example jobs and finances. Stay away from romantic situations – those are too subjective. Pray in agreement for those things to happen.

I recommend you give it 90 days to see God show up. Come together at the end of those 3 months to compare notes.

In my experience the person in question will often have either forgotten about the prayer or will be convinced God didn’t answer their prayer, but when you look at the specifics it is usually clear that God clearly did move.

At that time bring them back to the original agreement – that they would open their hearts to Christ. Bring them around to the notion that God is madly in love with them! Pray together. Start their relationship with Christ.

Bora-ukubwa Usharika? Jaribu 500! na Steve Sjogren

congregationMakanisa kubwa kuja katika ukubwa mbalimbali, ndio kubwa sana, ukubwa wa kati ya wale na wale ndogo.

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 Sjogren 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.

Maverick Waziri Richard Rossi Goes Mkono na Dan Wooding

Baada ya kufanya kazi kwa miaka kumi na sita kama mpanda kanisa, Richard Rossi anasema kuwa yeye amesikia "high wito Hollywood" ya kutumia ubunifu wake kushiriki injili, na wasafiri maili elfu tatu kutoka Pennsylvania Anime, California.

Richard Rossi

Yeye sasa risasi hulka yake ya pili ya filamu kama mkurugenzi mwandishi-kuhusu Mkristo baseball mchezaji Roberto Clemente, na hivi karibuni iliyotolewa kuja-ya-umri wake utata riwaya "Fimbo Man" juu yawww.Amazon.com

"Nimesikia Roho Mtakatifu kusema, 'Wewe ni mmishonari Mkono,'"Alisema Rossi.

Kipengele filamu yake ya kwanza "Dada Aimee: Aimee Semple Story McPherson "aliteuliwa kwa filamu bora katika Milan, Italia, na kabla ya filamu fupi yeye alifanya juu ya McPherson, mwinjilisti kike, ilikuwa tuzo ya Academy-kuchukuliwa katika jamii filamu fupi.

Rossi ya kazi ya ubunifu anaibuka nje ya Neema ya milele, Mkono nyumba kanisa mtandao kwamba yeye na mke wake wa miaka ishirini na saba, Sherrie, ilianzishwa na "kufikia wasanii watendaji na kwa injili na pia kuponya majeraha ya wasanii mara nyingi uzoefu kutoka kanisa."

Alifafanua, "Mandhari ya kazi zetu na maisha ni neema. Ni neema inayo tuokoa na inatupa matumaini. "

Kitabu cover

Rossi mpya wa riwaya "Fimbo Man" anaelezea hadithi ya safari kijana kutoka ushika kumpenda. Ingawa Rossi si kusema nini asilimia ya riwaya ni nusu-tawasifu, anakubaliana Odyssey yake kutoka alma mater yake (Jerry Falwell ya Uhuru Chuo Kikuu) kwa sasa yake ya neema ya ngono ilikuwa msingi wa safari ya mhusika.

"Nilikuwa na kupona kutokana na masuala ya dini ya rigid kwamba walikuwa matusi,"Alisema Rossi. "Nadhani 'Fimbo Man' riwaya yangu ni kuvutiwa na waumini na makafiri sawa kwa sababu ya uaminifu kuhusu mafundisho sumu wakati mwingine kupatikana katika makanisa fundamentalist kwamba supplant injili ya wokovu ya neema."

Kama "Man fimbo", watazamaji kwa ajili ya filamu yake kuwa transcended madaraja ya Kikristo. "Dada Aimee" kuweka rekodi ya mahudhurio katika New Beverly Cinema, Los Angeles ukumbi inayomilikiwa na Mkono Heavyweight mkurugenzi Quentin Tarentino, na uchunguzi katika Chama kifahari Screen Actors (SAG) katika Anime kuuzwa nje ndani ya masaa ishirini na nne.

"Kuna baadhi katika kanisa ambaye alitaka mimi hariri nje ya baadhi ya 'Sister Aimee' ya majaribio Aimee McPherson safari kwa kupitia, kama talaka, kuvunjika, na overdose,"Alisema Rossi. "Tena, kwa sababu filamu ilionyesha kwamba neema ya Mungu kufanya kazi katika maisha yake licha ya udhaifu wake, ilifikia wengi nje ya kanisa ambao ni uchovu wa wahubiri kuwasilisha facade kwamba Wakristo ni kamili.

Mgeni Mimi Michaels (pichani hapo juu katika mikono juu ya eneo uponyaji maombi kwamba hatua watazamaji ukumbi) ni Oscar anastahili katika portrayal yake ya "Dada Aimee" kutoka miaka yake ya utotoni kwa njia ya kifo chake utata katika umri hamsini na nne. Mimi akaenda LaGuardia High shule, "Fame" shule ya sekondari ya juu kwa watendaji vijana katika nchi, ambapo yeye excelled kama Best Actress

“Like my characters in ‘Stick Man’ and ‘Sister Aimee’, I’ve found through my personal participation in twelve step programs and therapy, that God’s grace is perfected in our weakness,” Rossi added.

“If we’re going to reach the world for Christ in the twenty-first century, we must embrace the arts and our own humanity and share the gospel because we need grace as much as the person we’re preaching to.”

Paul Levy, an advisor to Rossi, said, “Based on Blockbuster and Netflix rentals, Amazon sales, theatrical screenings, and those who contacted us through the film’s website (www.aimeesemplemcphersonmovie.com), which has a visible counter, ‘Sister Aimee’ reached over seventy-five thousand people who opened their hearts to the gospel the first year.

“The film is a work of genius shot on a shoe-string for less than five thousand dollars, the lowest budgeted film to be bought and stocked in all the Blockbuster stores; so in essence, Richard has shared the gospel worldwide on Blockbuster’s nickel.”

Production is now under way on Rossi’s new baseball film, “Baseball’s Last Hero: The Roberto Clemente Story.”

Eternal Grace church has raised half of the budget and they are believing the resources will continue to come.

“The Spirit has been speaking to people I don’t even know from different parts of the world to send gifts to help us share the gospel,"Alisema Rossi.

Media Note and Links:

To donate to the work of Eternal Grace online, visit www.paypal.com and send contributions to the e-mail eternalgracechurch@yahoo.com or mail to: Eternal Grace, 5030 Whitsett Avenue, Suite One, North Hollywood, CA 91607, USA.

To read Richard Rossi’s new novel ‘Stick Man’, visit this page on Amazon:www.amazon.com/Stick-Man-long-awaited-coming—age/dp/1456368680/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1296939460&sr=8-2

Sister Aimee film: http://www.aimeesemplemcphersonmovie.com

Roberto Clemente film: http://www.facebook.com/clementemovie

Eternal Grace Church: http://www.eternalgracechurch.com

Interview Requests: To interview Richard Rossi, e-mail richardrossiactor@yahoo.com


Dan Wooding, 70, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 47 miaka. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and was, for ten years, a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC. He now hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on KWVE in Southern California which is also carried on the Calvary Radio Network throughout the United States. The program is also aired in Great Britain on Calvary Chapel Radio UK. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 200 countries. You can follow Dan on Facebook under his name there or at ASSIST News Service. He is the author of some 44 books. Two of the latest include his autobiography, “From Tabloid to Truth”, which is published by Theatron Books. To order a copy, press this link.Wooding, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, has also recently released his first novel “Red Dagger” which is available hapa

 

Original article from: http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2011/s11020037.htm

Living with people leaving…

One of the most discouraging aspects of planting churches is the fact that most people who start with you leave early on. There are several reasons why this happens:

  • Unmet expectations.
  • Physical fatigue.

Some people just aren’t called to be with you for the long term. God might be using you to develop them for the next church they attend.

Sometimes people have their own agendas that just don’t fit with what you are doing. They can’t stay if they can’t get you to plant “their” kanisa. You’d be crazy to try and get these people to stay.

So what do you do? Brace yourself. Many churches will see an annual turnover rate of 25%. That isn’t uncommon, so don’t be surprised if it happens to you. Try to walk securely in God’s will by developing mentors and leaders around you as well as outside of the church. This will help you maintain perspective. Most of all, maintain perspective by focusing on the fact that God has many people who will be joining you who aren’t there yet!

I have often asked myself if it’s just me or does everyone else lose good friends in the process of planting a church? And when you are planting do you get closer than usual to your people? This is painful stuff. I have been leading for more than thirty-five years and have been in on planting at one level of leadership or another approximately 150 churches. It still catches me off guard when major supporters bail out. And it hurts.

Every once in a while you stumble upon a miracle. In my most “successful” church plant I had a dozen of the original fourteen people “founders” of the church with me after eighteen years. It is possible to be surprised! Maybe these people stayed with me because I didn’t really “need” them to stay. Wouldn’t that be amazing!

Doug Murren
Doug Murren

Doug Murren is the senior pastor of New Heights Church in Boise, Idaho. He is the author of a number of books. Visit his web site at DougMurren.com.