Ang Human Conveyor belt

Narito ang isang tunay simpleng isa, na madalas naming Tinatanaw. . .

Mas mahusay na makapagtrabaho, HINDI mas mahirap!

hauling foodKung ano man ang uri ng proyekto SE ikaw ay nagtatrabaho sa, malamang na kailangan mong tanggalin sa pagkakalagay at mga materyales sa pag-load. Salungat sa popular na opinyon, Nakakita ako na HINDI mo dapat gawin ang lahat ng paghahanda sa likod ng mga eksena sa ngalan ng pagiging magiliw volunteer. Tandaan, Mayroon bang magiging ilang mga bagong tao sa paglitaw sa iyong mga outreach. Ang mga ito ay talagang takot sa “witnessing” o “magbahagi ng Ebanghelyo” dahil sa tingin nila ang karamihan sa mga trabaho dito ay pakikipag-usap. Yaong ng iyo na ang mga beterano, hindi ito ay mas tungkol sa paggawa sa pakikipag-usap. Kapag kakailanganin ng mga tao mangalap para sa isang outreach, ang mga ito ay alinman sa socializing, o fretting tungkol sa lahat ng nagtataka kung ito up habilin nila gumulo. Bigyan sila ng isang bagay na gawin. Narito ang paraan upang hikayatin ang mga pag-uusap, gusali koponan, at mabisang paggamit ng mga boluntaryo (kung isinasaalang-nakatayo sila sa paligid makakuha sila nababato pagkatapos ay mawawala sa iyo ang mga ito). Sabihin nating mayroon kang 250 kahon ng kouk Zero upang ilipat mula sa outreach shed sa tatlong SUV na may yelo at Cooler naghihintay. Huwag gawin ang mga pagkakamali nakikita ninyo sa itaas, kung saan tatlong lamang matangkad at malusog batang lalaki pabigatin mga materyales, maglakad ito limampung yarda o kaya, at i-load ito.

plenty of helpSa halip gumawa ng isang tao chain. Mayroong isang sining sa naniniwala ito o hindi. Tumingin sa pangkat ng mga tao na iyong meandering sa paligid at subukan upang malaman kung gaano karaming mga kailangan mong i-span ang puwang mula sa pagtatanghal ng dula na lugar sa trak. Susunod, -ayos ng mga tao batay sa heigth at maabot. Ilagay ang mga ito sa isang tuwid na linya mula sa paglo-load ng pile upang i-target. Pagkatapos, ito ay tunay na mahalaga, Mayroon bawat iba pang mga tao pagliko at harapin ang tapat na direksyon. Magdudulot ito sa bawat tao na maging isang “ngipin ng gulong” sa iyong pantao conveyor belt. Sila ngayon ay nakaharap isang kasosyo. Maliit Ngayon kahon ng halos anumang bagay (subukan upang panatilihin ang bigat sa ilalim ng 15 lbs) ililipad mula sa isang lugar patungo sa isa pa sa pamamagitan ng simpleng “patulak” ng bagay mula sa isang tao sa susunod. Mas mabuti, dahil walang twisting, baluktot, o pag-aangat ito pumunta makinis at madaling. Ang magaling na bagay tungkol sa ganitong sistema kumportableng, ay tumutulong ito ay ginagawang madali para sa kahit anak upang makatulong out, at ang mga tao ay maaari pa ring makipag-usap sa isa't isa habang ginagawa nila dahil ang mga ito ay nakaharap sa dalawang tao bawat.

Subukan ito. . .ikaw sampal iyong ulo pagkatapos mong makita ito gumana sa unang pagkakataon at magtaka kung bakit hindi mo gawin ito nang mas maaga!

Dr. Martin Luther King Araw Outreach? sa pamamagitan ng Dr. Marunong na tao

Dr. Marunong na tao

Mahal na Dr. Marunong na tao,

Mayroon ba kayong anumang mga ideya para sa SE sa Dr. Martin Luther Hari Araw?

Pastor Eugene Jackson
–Detroit Michigan


Iyon ay isang mahusay na tanong! Karamihan sa mga paaralan ay pag-ibig na magkaroon ng mga miyembro ng iyong simbahan tumulong sa panahon ng programa at festivities sa ito napakahalaga araw. Sa katunayan, bakit hindi mag-host ng isang magulang guro pagpapahalaga hapunan sa isa sa iyong mga lokal na paaralan? Ito ay madaling gawin. Ang lahat ng ito ay nagsasangkot ay paglalaan ng normal Iglesia Linggo panlipunan o brunch sa kalsada sa susunod na meeting PTA. Maaari mong palawakin ang maliit na outreach sa isang programa sa pagbabasa pagtuturo. Pagtuturo ng pagbabasa ay talagang mas madali kaysa ito ay tila. Gustung-gusto Kids upang mabasa sa–kahit mas lumang mga bata. Bilang panalo ka sa kanila sa paglipas ng sa pamamagitan ng pagbabasa ng ilang mga kuwento, sa iyo at pagkatapos ay mapalawak nang higit iyon at ipakita ang mga ito kung paano basahin sa kanilang sariling. Ay ko sa iyo in sa isang maliit na lihim. Kapag basahin mo nang malakas sa mga bata, visualation ng kuwento ay natural. Karamihan sa mga bata na nahihirapan sa pagbabasa kulang ang kakayahang isalin ang mga character na string sa isang pahina sa viual konteksto sa kanilang utak. Iyon ay kung saan ka nanggaling sa. Oo naman mayroong ilang mga bata na may malubhang kapansanan sa pag-aaral na nangangailangan ng interbensyon ng isang sanay na professional, ngunit kung ano ang madalas na walang higit pang mga mukha ay oras na may isang pag-aalaga sapat na gulang na mga modelo sa pag-aaral para sa kanila. Iyon maliit na investment ng iyong oras at lakas ay magbabayad ng malaking dividends sa kanilang buhay. Ang ekonomiya ay ganap na hindi maayos ngayon, at mga pamilya na may mga bata ay talagang pakiramdam ang pakurot. Kaya ang mga guro at mga paaralan. Bakit hindi isaalang-alang ang ii-sponsor ng ilang mga anak o silid-aralan sa mga libro na basahin para sa napapanatiling tahimik na pagbabasa? Maaari ko bang kahit na ilagay mo sa ugnay sa isang malaking kumpanya na nagbebenta ng libro sa African American mga tema para sa mga paaralan, mga guro, at pamilya ng mga mag-aaral sa isang kamangha-manghang presyo. Kung mong ilagay ang pangalan ng aming mga editor ng, makakakuha ka ng mga dagdag na diskwento:

Townsend pindutin ang

–Dr. Marunong na tao


Pangangaral sa McDonalds sa pamamagitan ng Charlie Magsuot

McDonald's
Pangangaral? At McDonald's?

Nagkaroon na ako ng isang kakaibang panaginip ang iba pang mga gabi. Ako ay nakaupo sa isang table sa restaurant ng McDonald ni. Ang kuwarto ay napuno ng mga tao sa lahat ng edad, mula sa mga bata sa mga matatanda, may-asawa mag-asawa at mga walang kapareha, at tinedyer ng lahat ng hugis at sukat. Sa lahat ng mayroong tungkol sa 50 mga tao sa kuwarto.

The smell of fries and happy meals and the sound of boisterous conversation and squeals of playing children filled the air. I had a sense of anticipation because I knew that in a few minutes I would stand up on a chair and begin to “preach” to this crowd of people.

In my dream I was turning over and over what I was going to say to this diverse group of people that would bring them to faith. I was turning words and phrases over and over in my dream-state mind, searching for just the right combination that would have the maximum effectiveness.

On another level, I thought about how my dream-character had obtained permission to preach at McDonald’s. Somehow it had been arranged. Somehow it was authorized. I don’t know the details, but it was O.K., in a minute I would stand and speak.

I moved to the front of the room, climbed on a chair, one of those plastic kind that is attached to the table and swivels and it was as I began to open my mouth that I moved from dreaming to the twilight zone between sleep and waking. I wondered about the dream as I lay there. What did it mean? What were the words that I was about to say? What would have been the effect on the crowd?

We need to bring the message to McDonald’s

So much of the program-based church is built on the assumption that people will come to us to hear the message. We spend hours preparing and then executing our weekend “services”. We are intentional (at our best) in attempting to communicate our chosen themes to the audience that will gather. But what of the majority of people who are making their way through life without ever taking advantage of what we have to offer. Is God’s message compelling enough that it can be brought into the marketplace, into the McDonald’s?

For that matter, is some form of preaching enough, or should we also be examples of what faith can mean in life? And is that preaching, that example, truly “good news?”

I received a letter written in response to one of the articles that has appeared in Next-Wave. The letter went something like this:

“I saw the… article [in Next-Wave]… and found it disgusting. Are you people so mixed up as to think that this is somehow reverence to God? Why don`t you just drive stakes through your hands and feet? It would follow your screwed-up logic. Only morons and depraved derelicts would do such things, not real Christians. [What] is the next step…? Please pray for wisdom before it`s too late. P.S. I give this counsel out of love for your soul…..Bro. Blank.”

Brother Blank’s disgust doesn’t feel like good news to me. And he’s writing in response to an article by Christians about Christians. I wonder what message he would “preach” if given the opportunity at McDonald’s.

Paul understood

Paul, of course, understood. He knew that religion can get in the way of trusting in God. He expounds at length on this subject in the letter to the Romans, chapter 10. He describes the dangers of trying to live according to the law code, religion at its finest, as Dr. Petersen says in The Message translation: “every detail of life regulated by fine print!” Unfortunately for most of us who have been alive for a while we’ve learned that “it’s not so easy”to live right before God in our own power.

Paul says, “Say the welcoming word to God—”Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simple calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: ‘God has set everything right between him and me!’ Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, Diyos!’ gets help.”
My McDonald’s audience

I guess that is what I would have liked to preach to my dream McDonald’s audience. I would have liked them to know that you can live a life of faith, hope and love. You can draw strength and courage to face the trials of sickness, heartache, tragedy and death. God is more than willing to help if we will only ask. I would have wanted them to know that I struggle with “right-living” but that I have the confidence that God is with me in the struggle, guiding, teaching, loving and encouraging me along the way.

I would have wished that some of them would have been willing to give God a chance to help them.

Scriptural formulas don’t mean much to those who haven’t trusted God

I don’t think I could have used some sort of scriptural formula to persuade folks that trusting in God is a good idea. Ang makikita mo, people who don’t know the book, can’t be persuaded by the book. I probably would have had to rely on my own life experience, to tell them about how trusting God has helped me.

We need a different language

Somehow we need a different language to communicate God’s message to our friends, neighbors, co-workers and fellow McDonald’s patrons. People are less willing to hear dogmatic diatribes that speak from a posture of disgust and superiority. The language and attitude of “winning” ang “lost” should be abandoned. We should begin tell our stories without arrogance or pride and offer good news.

Years ago now,l I attended the Off-the-map Evangelism conference at the Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. I got to listen to Steve Sjogren, Brian McLaren, and Leonard Sweet talk about the new understandings and language needed to help our fellow travelers along on the journey of faith. Their creative ideas inspired me to think about new and different ways to bring a life-saving message to my city.

Paul asked a good question in Romans 10: “But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it?”

All of us Christ-followers are sent to someone, to tell our story, by preaching or example. Will you be sent to McDonald’s?

Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson, 1993, 1994, 1995. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

Charlie Wear is the publisher of Next-Wave. He is a lawyer living and working in Southern California with his wife Loretta and his son, Ben.

Maglingkod! panayam Sjogren

Steve SjogrenMaglingkod: “Nakikita mo ba ang anumang mga kagiliw-giliw na mga pagpapaunlad sa Iglesia sa malalaking may outreach?”

Sjogren: “Ang Iglesia Mukhang nakikita outreach bilang normal na pag-uugali ng mga araw na ito. Outreach Pastors ay nagiging mga karaniwang nagiging staffs sa simbahan.”

Maglingkod: “Nakikita mo ba ang pag-hikayat sa anumang mga trend tungkol sa outreach sa buong board?”

Sjogren: “May tiyak na mas pokus sa paksa ng outreach ngayon kaysa sa anumang punto sa aking mga taon sa Iglesia. Mga tao tila na tunay na interesado sa lumalaking sa outreach pagiging epektibo. Aking pag-asa ay na ang talakayan na ito ay magiging maraming mga gawa ng pagkamasunurin at ang pagiging malikhain ay sipa sa sa isang malaking paraan,”

Maglingkod: “Ano ang gagawin mong makita ang bilang ng mga hamon ang simbahan ay nakaharap sa ngayon upang maging palabas?”

Sjogren: “Dalawang pangunahing paksa dumating up dito–pamumuno at pananalapi. Muna, pinaka-sinusubukan upang mahanap ang isang tao na humantong outreach sa kanilang simbahan. Ang aktwal na pisikal na gawain at pagsasagawa maaaring itinalagang. Gayunman, pamumuno sa outreach Ipapakita lamang ang natapos sa bilang ng mga senior lider(s) kasangkot. Pangalawa, pananalapi ay isang isyu para sa lahat ng tao sa ekonomiya. Lang makilala na ang at mag-quit nagrereklamong. Ang tanging bagay na mas masahol pa kaysa sa isang mahirap ekonomiya ay lider na hindi mukhang upang ma-fixate sa anumang iba pang mga paksa. Inirerekomenda ko sa iyo mag-ukol ng ilang (at bukas-palad!) porsyento ng iyong badyet sa outreach. Mga halaga ng Dolyar ay hindi ibig sabihin ng mas maraming bilang dedikado, pare-pareho na pondo na nagmumula sa linggo pagkatapos ng linggo.”

Maglingkod: “Ano ang pangunahing bagay lider ng Kailangang malaman upang maayos ilunsad outreach?”

Sjogren: “Outreach ay alinman sa simulan upang ilunsad o ito ay sabik na sabik na syang umuwi at biguin ang iyong mga tao depende sa mga aksyon ng iyong mga senior lider antas–at lalo na ang pinaka-senior lider. Tulad ng sa lahat ng mga usapin ng pamumuno, outreach tagumpay ay isang team na pagsisikap ay isasama ang mga numero ng mga tao. Subalit sa kasong ito ay mahalaga na kasangkot sa iyo senior pamumuno mula sa makapag-pumunta–at para sa mahabang bumatak–upang maayos na makita ang iyong mga tao “makakuha ng mga ito.” Tulad ng ilang mga susi ngunit tao makakuha ng kasangkot at makipag-usap up ng kung ano ang kanilang ginagawa sa iyong mga tao ay gumaya.

Maglingkod: “Paano kung ang aming mga pinuno ay hindi natural na likas na matalino sa outreach? Ang aming mga lider ay higit pa ang masipag mag-aral, introverted uri.

Sjogren: “Ang iyong uri o pagkahilig ay hindi talagang mahalaga. Ako ay ginagawa ito bagay-bagay para sa maraming mga taon sa labas ng manipis na manipis pangako (sa una pa rin–ito kalaunan ay naging isang kagalakan). Dumating ako up bilang isang introvert sa inventories personalidad. Ang mark ng isang lider ay siya o siya nakikita kung ano ang kinakailangan upang gawin at pagkatapos ay gumagana lamang ito. Kalimutan natural inclinations. Gawin ang tamang bagay. Diyos ay pagpalain ang iyong mga pagsusumikap abundantly. Siya ipakita pin ang kalagayan ng iyong pagkamasunurin.”

Maglingkod: “Basahin ang anumang magandang libro kani-kanina lamang?”

Sjogren: “Ikaw ay pagpindot sa isang namamagang paksa sa akin. Basahin ko ng maraming bilang ng maaaring alam mo. May isang kakulangan ng orihinal na pag-iisip sa mga eksena Christian mga araw na ito. Kung ko bang makita ang isa pang may-akda Christian sinusubukang magluto down na isang mahusay na walang kaugnayan sa relihiyon libro sa pag-asa ng pagtugon sa simbahan madla sa tingin ko ay ako tumili. Sabihin makabalik sa pagka-orihinal na may matagumpay mga aklat na penned sa pamamagitan ng mananampalataya. Kami ay nasa dwelt sa pamamagitan ng Espiritu ng Diyos. Iyon ay nangangahulugang maaari naming kaya isang ano ba ng isang pulutong mas mahusay na trabaho sa pagka-orihinal kaysa namin na-paggawa.”

Isang Bagong Look Sa The Harvest

What's Gone Wrong With The HarvestSa 1975 James F. Isinulat ni Engel isang libro na tinatawag na:

Ano ang Nawala Maling Gamit ang Harvest?

Ito ay sinadya upang makuha ang atensyon ng mga simbahan at Tabigin ang mga ito sa isang bagong paraan ng pag-iisip. The main thrust of his writing was to convince us that evangelism should not be thought of as simply sharing the gospel. It is not effective to simply make the same broad-based message and spread it repeatedly. No matter how innovative that approach might be, it simply will not work the same way every time. Evangelism should be constantly evolving. What is the definition of insanity? Oh yeah, it is doing the same thing, the same way, and expecting a different result.

Engel introduced us to a type of classification scale to keep in mind as we observe the people we encounter. This scale is not intended to stereotype folks as much as it is to simply remind us not everyone is at the same stage of readiness to receive the gospel message:

Engel Scale Of Evangelistic Readiness

For the person who already believes there is a God and is aware of their separation from God, the good news of God’s love and forgiveness in Christ is refreshing. Gayunman, for the person who doubts the existence of God or for the folks that have such little awareness of God that those three letters are really just an adjective you throw before a more profane word (yes they are out there–I have met them) the presentation of the gospel in merely a verbal form will fall on deaf ears, or even worse, become an obstacle to receiving his love.

If we picture people on a continuum from –10 which represents atheism, to –6 which might represent an open minded agnostic, to –1 which represents a seeker and on to +1, a new believer, at +5 as a person well on their way to spiritual maturity, then effective evangelistic activities (for –10 to –1) and effective discipleship activities (for +1 to +10) will depend on where the person is along the continuum. To effectively reach out to people, we must adapt our approach to where they are in their readiness.

In other words they might only be ready for a free Coke and a smile.

Remember it can take 12 to 20 nudges before folks make their way on the road to the kingdom. Just like people are different, so are the paths they are on. The nudges have to be adapted to the people. It is quite an irony that some of the first disciples were fishermen. There is a segment of society that understands adaptation. Ever been to a bait and tackle shop. Even a road side stand has more than one type of bait, hook, net, atbp. If you want to see a real eye popping array, visit a store on Port Aransas, Walkers Cay or in Islamoroda.

People are as diverse as fish. God designed the kingdom that way. Rather than constantly train how to deliver the gospel, we need to train folks to be more in tune with the people they are connecting with. We need to train people how to observe and listen–not talk. Talk is cheap. That is why GO AND DO churches tend to thrive more than COME AND SEE churches.

Why is this?

The COME AND SEE CHURCH is entirely too committed to the investment in the place they want you to come and see. They have to be. They operated under the premise of “if we build it they will come,” and brick, mortar, glass and steel is not cheap. It is difficult to adapt once you lay down pegs. You can talk all you want about moving the tent pegs a bit further out, but the reality is the tent fabric will only stretch so far–move the pegs out too far and all you do is rip the tent. Having a good base camp is not bad, as long as you also invest in the gear you need beyond the tent for a variety of purposes. There is nothing wrong with having a great tent–just don’t expect it to also work well for cooking and starting campfires.

Meanwhile the “go and do” church is designed to adapt. You “can’t go and do” immersed fully in the community without adapting, even if the adaptation was not intended. You become relevant in a given situation because you have to just to survive.

habanero peppersWhen Jesus walked the earth, the region he was in was an agrarian based society. The gospels are filled to the brim with metaphors and similes that folks with dirt under their nails, from working the land, understood. I think there are a few layers of revelation that are lost on those of us that only harvest processed food. That is why I always have a garden. You learn a great deal when you get dirt under your nails on a regular basis. I had a bumper crop of tomatoes, jalapenos, and habaneros, so if you are in the Cincinnati area, stop by and try my homemade salsa! We can also have a chat about the harvest and adaptations you might need to make on your back forty.

Take a gander at the cover of the issue this month. This is not the “Harvest” Jesus was speaking of. We can’t make the “crops” we are called to tend as Christ followers into nifty little pegs that fit the same slots. We are designed with unique talents and communication skills because we are going to encounter people that are very different. There is no cookie cutter approach to evangelism that will work any longer.

There is nothing wrong with the harvest. It is the harvester that needs to be fixed.