12 Cose tua Chiesa ha bisogno di sapere ... di Steve Sjogren

... Per il momento è 12 mesi

 

1. Don’t take yourselves too seriously
You are important to God. Non è sufficiente sapere che, senza la necessità di dimostrare tutto il tempo? Camminare in umiltà. Obey. Tenere il passo con lo Spirito.

2. Outreach is your lifeblood
It’s tempting to settle in on the point of problem centeredness, especially if you’ve had a modicum of success. People will ask that you “pastor” them instead of persevering instead of living out your roles as Evangelists. Pastoring at that point is a trap! Don’t fall for it. Tell people to go to counseling who need help. Pray for them while you stand up after a gathering. Don’t you dare see them more than once in the name of ministering to them.

3. There’s always a process to what you’re doing
God is at work with your people and those you seek to reach. God is continually doing something though we are sometimes frustrated with his timetable. Our desire is for details to work out quickly. None of us are naturally patient, but then again God’s work is more stable than ours.

4. As you serve a powerful spiritual atmosphere is created inside and outside your church
As you consistently love, serve and show generosity to outsiders you build an almost tactile reality around your church that impacts others that has a profound spiritual effect on others at dimensions that are difficult to easily see or measure on the surface of things but is real just the same.

As people nearby experience this they will change their perceptions about God and recognize that he is positive – not negative, loving – not necessarily judgmental.

As you serve you are also going to shape the spiritual atmosphere inside your church community as you walk out the heart of God. Your people will see that serving is part and parcel of the normal Christian life.

5. Others are more important than your venture
Don’t worry about your success. As you serve, God will show up in your midst. His presence is the greatest guarantee of success.

6. It’s vital to teach on living generously if vision is to succeed
People will tell you they like your church because you don’t talk about money “all the time like other churches.” It’s tempting to fall into the trap of under emphasizing this vital topic. Of course, your people need to be challenged. Deep down they crave this instruction for their growth’s sake.

7. A vision for church planting
Set a goal from the beginning of your launch as to how many and how fast you will produce your first of several plants. Talk about that frequently from the front…with a smile of faith!

8. See the city as your mission field
World missions are great but God is first interested in capturing the hearts of your church with the immediate. The “ends of the earth” is safe because all it requires is a check and an occasional prayer. God has in mind that your “Jerusalem” will come before the ends of the earth. Serve them. Care for the poor down the street in practical ways. Pray for them door to door in ten-second segments.

9. Worship stirs the presence of the Spirit
One of the top couple of necessities for success is Spirit-inspired worship. If your worship doesn’t bring the presence of the Spirit then change it until it until it does. You won’t succeed in much else till you do.

10. Ministry to the poor is basic to a discipleship
We are all – 100% of us – are called to care for the Poor in some way. Ministry to the Poor is part of any outreach emphasis. I highly recommend you make this a vital part of your initial foray into the community. No matter where you live in the world there are people in need within a 15-minute drive, if not next door.

11. If you don’t make outreach the focus it won’t be any of focus
That’s just the way it works. Outreach will be relegated to a program side by side with ushering, working in the parking lot and making coffee with about as much passion as the other ones mentioned above. It will be an utterly ineffective token effort that is in place for members to point as something that says their church cares about the Lost even though everyone knows there’s nothing effective being accomplished.

12. The way your senior leader(s) live and model ministry (and life!) is the greatest determiner as to how the local church will approach discipleship
Your church is like a flock of geese flying in formation on a journey. At the tip of the flock is a lead goose directing the rest toward in a certain direction. Where that leader goes, the rest of the formation follows. It’s a simple principle. Like it or not, the leader is carefully followed whether the rest of the flock understands the principle or not. It’s intuitive.

Regardless of that leader’s natural inclination, it’s vital that they become the person the flock needs in order to grow. Any person – any leader – can change by merely determining to change. It’s a matter of making a decision then leaning into the empowering of the Spirit for change to happen. God will show up and empower that decision. It is easy for a leader to cop out by thinking they don’t possess the needed gifts in the area where help is needed. As that leader merely shows up with an available attitude God will provide the needed gifts, energy and physical resources. As St. John of the Cross said, “Where there is no love, bring love, and there will be love.”

4 Clima caldo Idee Outreach di Janie Sjogren

Si sta facendo più caldo e questo cambia quello che possiamo fare per dimostrare l'amore per le nostre comunità. Date un'occhiata al vostro armadio di alimentazione, e fare un po 'pulizie di primavera per rinfrescarsi tutto in su. I kit tipici la pulizia del bagno e le forniture di lavaggio del parabrezza sono un inizio, but add some more spark to your outreaches with a good variety of options at the ready. Here are four outreach ideas for warmer weather.

Put A Twist On The Typical Car Wash – Make It a $1 Car Wash

Get big banners that read, “Free Car Wash—No Kidding!” or “$1 Car Wash!” In the $1 Car Wash version, you give the person $1 after washing their car, with a connect card explaining why you are doing this, “This is a simple way to say God loves you, No Strings Attached!"

Set up on a street that has significant traffic flow, with water access and an easy entrance and exit. Use soccer cones to direct traffic where you want it. Create an inviting sitting area with soccer chairs and iced down drinks in a cooler.

Place several high-energy, cheerleader types on corners near your site. Di 'loro di scuotere i loro segni,,en,agita le mani e generalmente indirizza le persone nell'autolavaggio,,en,Assicurati di avere persone amichevoli per salutare i conducenti,,en,e per parlare alla gente,,en,Non essere così impegnato a lavarti che ti dimentichi di distribuire un biglietto e una spiegazione che stai facendo questo come un progetto di servizio alla comunità per mostrare loro un po 'dell'amore di Dio,,en,Metti i tuoi dispositivi di raffreddamento al lavoro,,en,I dispositivi di raffreddamento a rotolamento sono ottimi per sbracci di acqua e pop,,en,Se la tua chiesa se lo può permettere,,en,ottenere una grande Ice Maker per avere sempre il ghiaccio pronto,,en,I dispositivi di raffreddamento funzionano anche bene per il trasporto di hot dog e hamburger avvolti in involucri di fogli di fast-food,,en,Il refrigeratore si comporta come un piroscafo,,en,e le merci arrivano calde,,en,Offrire con condimenti avvolti individualmente,,en,e consegnare intorno alle 11 mentre la gente ha ancora fame,,en, wave their hands and generally direct people into the car wash.

Make sure to have friendly people to greet the drivers, and to talk to people. Don’t get so busy washing that you forget to pass out a card and an explanation that you are doing this as a community service project to show them a little of God’s love.

Put Your Coolers To Work!

Rolling coolers are great for water and pop outreaches. If your church can afford one, get a large Ice Maker to always have ice at the ready. Coolers also work well to transport hot dogs and hamburgers wrapped in fast-food foil wrappers. The cooler acts like a steamer, and the goods arrive warm. Offer with individually wrapped condiments, and deliver around 11am while people are still hungry.

Buono per il gelato,,en,Il gelato è un alimento felice,,en,Acquista una quantità di buoni gelato con uno sconto,,en,Connettiti con la tua gelateria locale,,en,o con McDonald's o Chick-Fil-A,,en,Spiega che stai facendo,,en,un progetto di servizio alla comunità,,en,e che pensi di dare via i tagliandi del gelato,,en,Luoghi da visitare includono campus,,en,e skate park,,en,Distribuisci una scheda di connessione con ogni buono gelato,,en,Festival Survival Packs,,en,Dove cibo e bevande vengono venduti come parte di un evento comunitario,,en,non essere scortese e dare da bere o cibo,,en,confeziona piccoli pacchetti di oggetti in una piccola borsa con chiusura a zip,,en,Gli articoli potrebbero includere,,en,Asciugamani per pulire le dita appiccicose,,en,piccoli campioni di lozione o crema solare,,en,una caramella dura di menta piperita per rinfrescare l'alito,,en,tessuti,,en

Ice cream is a happy food! Buy a quantity of ice cream coupons at a discount. Connect with your local ice cream shop, or with McDonald’s or Chick-Fil-A. Explain that you are doing, a community service project, and that you plan on giving the ice cream coupons away.

Places to go include campuses, parchi, quartieri, eventi sportivi, and skate parks. Give out a Connection Card with each Ice Cream Coupon.

Festival Survival Packs

Where food and drink are being sold as part of a community event, don’t be rude and give away drinks or food. Instead, make up little packs of items in a small zip-lock bag.

Items could include: Towelettes for cleaning sticky fingers, small samples of lotion or suntan cream, a peppermint hard candy to freshen breath, tissues, matite da golf e pastiglie di post-it o pad realizzati con carta riciclata,,en,Samuel Aldridge,,en,Ascoltando Dio,,en.

Non dimenticate di dare le carte connect sensibilizzazione durante le vostre sbracci primavera. Se avete bisogno di carte di sensibilizzazione di alta qualità, è possibile fare clic su uno dei link qui sopra per vedere la grande selezione di disegni che offriamo, o semplicemente andare a questo link qui sotto:

http://www.kindnessresources.com/Outreach-Cards-C10.aspx

5 Gli ostacoli alla evangelizzazione di Doug Murren

Tutto ciò che ha a che fare con la comunicazione incontra alcuni ostacoli. Portando un messaggio di speranza può anche avere ostacoli che deve affrontare. Quando si cerca di spingere qualcuno tra le braccia di Gesù 'Ci sono cinque ostacoli alla evangelizzazione si dovrebbe essere a conoscenza.

Uno: Quali opzioni posso rinunciare?

People are smart they know in reality nothing is free. And following Christ does have some requisites and we all know it. The gift of faith via prevenient grace is one. The willingness to repent is another. And the beginning of the experience of total surrender is another. Turning salvation into a quick prayer just isn’t honest.

You need to be honest and make part of your message a clear indicator of what options you give up when you receive Christ. And what new options you gain.

If you can get your friends beyond this consideration you have gone along way toward doing some real nudging.

Two: Am I making a mistake?

Believe it or not one of the chief fears of people is that they may be making a mistake. People have an aversion to being wrong. People have to be convinced that they are making a credible step or they will resist your message.

Do you know enough to thwart this great fear the enemy uses? Let’s face it a personal experience of your own can be very authoritative and genuine. Be ready to help a friend know that they are not making a mistake. Show that the greater mistake is to not receive the message.

Three: Peer Pressure

The next question you need to work through is, what will this cost me relationally?

This is a big one. In our community we have a strong Mormon presence. And we have many converts from Mormonism in our church. Their step toward the Gospel was a costly one for most.

People do decide to change or not change partly based on how will their friends think about there choice. It helps to address this hurdle when nudging. How you go about that will depend upon the person and their circumstances. I like to reference this issue when I am speaking publicly about the need for Christ in my friend’s lives.

Four: Am I going to look foolish?

I think this fear is a predominate one in people’s lives. No one wants to look like a nut case. It is essential that we uphold the wisdom of a decision for Christ. I like to recount great leaders who have been Christians when I present the Gospel to a friend.

I like supporting deal with the foolishness of not deciding for Christ when I have someone’s ear. Churches should have an environment that makes sense for this reason. People are already afraid of looking foolish and if we confirm it to them we lose.

Five: Is it going to cost me too much?

Everyone has a threshold as to what life currency he or she is willing to spend. I like to make people aware of that fact that God was not cost adverse when He gave His only Son for us.

We shouldn’t try and make it too easy for people or we will have faulty conversions. A quick easy careful prayer just isn’t receiving Christ. I must pause and surrender fully to Him and His vision for me not my own. It cost everything to be a true follower of Christ and we should address this.

Perché Kindness? E 'naturalmente Supernatural di Steve Sjogren

Ci sono un sacco di parlare in questi giorni sulla parola “Tipo.” C'è chiacchiere tanto in questi giorni, infatti, si potrebbe anche pensare gentilezza è un attributo umano. Proprio come l'amore. Con entrambe le idee / parole, ci sono dymensions dell'idea. Con entrambi, il concetto è stato così annacquato, it is becoming difficult to nail down what is meant when people use the word in conversation.

As a word smith, I move we take the time to clarify this powerful word, AND we honor term that is of such enduring significance, it nearly belongs on the Periodic Chart of elements – on the bottom part of that chart if you are familiar with that from a chemistry class. That part of the chart deals with elements that endure for such long time frames we refer to them as having “Half Lives.” When humans touch such elements, there is no missing that one has been touched. Life will never be the same when anything with a half-life has touched our lives. Such is the power of kindness.

Kindness is everlasting. It is! A touch of kindness goes on eternally. When one has experienced an act of kindness – you have been served or you have served others – that touch, that expression will echo all hearts involved for the rest of earthly life. How is this possible? As Jesus said, “With man, this is cannot be done, but with God all things all things are possible.” Kindness is from God. Human effort cannot produce kindness. True kindness never has originated from man apart from God and it never will. Only as God’s kindness flows through available people can anyone experience true kindness.

Kindness is Naturally Supernatural

What humans often confuse with with true kindness is actually ‘Niceness.’ Niceness is great. Hurrah for niceeness! There are far worse things for one to be caught up with than niceness. Make no mistake however – human niceness is utterly different than the kindness of God.

The Apostle Paul clarifies the untangled way of kindness in this verse:

“God’s kindness leads to a radical life change…” Romans 2:4, The Message Version

“God’s kindness”

If you have lived more than a decade, you hopefully have discovered that those things that last originate from God. The temporal is apart from God’s eternal strength.

“Radical life change”

When God changes a life, that life changes for real and for the endurance. That change occurs from the inside out. This is no self-imposed attempt at self-betterment. This is no resolution. This is no ‘I’ll never again’ try harder self-help. God has mercy on us by doing what we could not accomplish in a thousand lifetimes of a grand effort.

Kindness is contageous

The kindness of God Paul refers to flows from one human to another. God is by nature kind among other aspects of his diverse character. The scriptures clarify when God changes a person’s life, a new normal way of living begins. Our bodies look the same, but spiritually we are transformed. We are converted. We are turned inside out. Entirely new ways of living and seeing occur. One of the primary overflows of that life is kindness. The kindness of God himself. (Galatians 5:22, 23)

God invites us to jump onboard!

Once we click into the kindness of God, at whatever point in our journey in life – time of following Jesus, it is as though blinders fall from our eyes. In my life, though I had followed ‘Hard after God’ I had never picked up on the many verses that illustrate the concepts shared in this article alone. I hear this story each day several times via emails and texts – “I can’t believe I never got it before now! How could I have not seen those verses? I’m onboard now. I want to move forward – I want to serve, I want to live in the power of God’s kindness!"

There is a universal light bulb beginning to blink over hundreds of leaders worldwide. The conclusion being discovered is: “We need to show our culture the reality of God. Information without first providing credibility does not work.” This credibility building sequence is the way life has worked for all people of all time of all cultures. This simple request is reasonable. Jesus operated from this perspective.

Let’s begin to live from this new normal way of life as well!

4 Lezioni Kindness Outreach vi insegna…Ma non si intende in Seminario Samuel Aldridge

Come uno studente a tempo pieno MDiv trascorro molto del mio tempo nascosto dietro il mio computer portatile e una pila di libri e articoli di giornale. Ho dibattito e difendo la teologia con altri studenti, lottare con il greco e l'ebraico, e ricevere istruzioni su argomenti di amministrazione della chiesa attraverso le tecniche di comunicazione efficace; I even have classes specifically devoted to my spiritual formation. But even with such a holistic theological education I have found there are many things that just cannot be learnt about the Christian life from the seminary classroom, or the church sanctuary. Some of these lessons are assumed, and others are overlooked, whilst with some the theory is mentioned, but the lesson never truly learnt or understood. To learn these lessons we have to go somewhere else.

For me that somewhere else has become the streets of my local town doing Kindness Outreaches. I have to admit that this was never something I started off doing with the aim of educating myself, it was all about the people I was serving, and it still is, but no matter how much I think I know, I always seem to learn something new every time I go out onto the streets to serve. So without much more ado, here are some things that Servant Evangelism has taught me…and seminary hasn’t.

1. People long to be loved

I have lost count now of the number of people that I have gone up to during Kindness Outreaches and the response has been either dumbstruck faces or tears. Smiles are certainly the most common response I have had though. One time I was out doing a Kindness Outreach with my wife, giving away popcorn to people at work. She wandered into one of the businesses and on this occasion I hung around just outside the store looking through the glass store front (I think that this was only my second time doing Kindness Outreach and I was still terrified back then). As my wife walked out of the store, having given away the popcorn, the single employee, who had been sat looking very bored and lonely in an empty shop, had a huge smile across her face. I think that we had just made her day.

This may seem like something that should be so fundamentally understood by Christians: that our love is not just needed, but also wanted. All too often, though, I think that we assume this is so fundamental to how the Christian should think that we overlook it. During my time at seminary I have been a part of several discussions that have looked at church growth, development and issues surrounding the supposed “consumer congregation,” but within these talks it seems that the idea of a church growing by actively going out and loving its local community is often overlooked, apparently we just don’t seem to think that love is what the “consumer congregation” wants. But Kindness Outreach has taught me that love is exactly what people want.

2. Community is alive and well

Once, back in October, a few of us took a truck filled with pumpkins around some of the apartment blocks in my town. We pulled up to the first block of apartments and started talking to a group of teens stood in the parking lot, they we’re eager to take some pumpkins. Then a remarkable thing happened: children started pouring out of the woodwork from all over the estate and formed quite a crowd around the truck as we handed out the pumpkins. Within a few moments the truck went from bursting full to half empty. We had managed to serve an entire complex and knocked on a total of one door. Instead the community had done the work for us, the children had been running from apartment to apartment, telling all their friends and family about the people giving away free pumpkins, and as more people found out they in turn told more people until the whole complex was aware of our presence.

I see this sort of community spirit a lot whilst I am out serving the community, perhaps most often when I am around giving out bags of food to those who need it. As I start talking to people I often ask if they know anyone else who is in need of some free food, and whilst sometimes the person shrugs their shoulders, more often than not the person steps out of the doorway and starts pointing to other houses in the street.

3. We are part of a single catholic church

When I was out serving with free bags of food the other day something happened that I did not expect. I was in a rundown trailer park and knocked on the door of one of the trailers, holding my breath that the fragile construction would not collapse as I knocked. A little old lady answered the door, her arms filled with food. She had seen what we were doing and wanted to be a part of it and so stuffed a ton more food into the bags that we were carrying. This little, old lady was not part of our church, or even our denomination, but as we explained to her what we were doing she was still excited to help out. In that moment our slightly different takes on theology were irrelevant, for the both of us our theology did not need to go any further than “We love because God first loved us.”

People from all sorts of backgrounds and denominations go out to do Servant Evangelism: Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans, Pentecostals, and many others. We have all at times debated and fought over our theologies, and being at a multi-denominational seminary I sometimes find myself focusing more upon how we differ than how we are alike. But when I am on that doorstep doing Kindness Outreach, I wouldn’t bat an eyelid if my companion for the day was from a different denomination, for at that moment we need to go no further than “We love because God first loved us.” And surely we, as the church, can at least agree on that much.

4. And finally…

Perhaps the most important lesson that I have learnt from doing Kindness Outreach, tuttavia, is one that arises out of all my outreach experiences. It arises out of the fact that people need to be loved, it arises out of the fact that community is still important, it arises out of the church being able to stand as a unified whole, and it arises from every door that I have stepped up to and God has used me to make a positive difference in somebody’s life: that there is hope for the church today. Kindness Outreach has shown me that there is a way for us to effectively shine Christ’s light to the world and, that through us Christ can impact the lives of countless people. All that needs to be done is for us to get out there and serve.