Razgovor se Evanđelje Steve Sjogren

Čuo sam puno nagađanja o krajnjoj propasti spontanih evangelizacijskih razgovora kao što verbalizing Evanđelje strancima. Ja razumijem primjedbe tih prognosticators, ali ne slažem se s njima. Istina je da su ljudi više izolirani nego ikad jer oni ukopavaju sve dublje i dublje u svoje self-made digitalnih svjetova, but there’s another side to this digital coin. It’s also true that an emotional vacuum is created when people cut themselves off from significant people contact and a greater openness is created for connections with others – yes, even strangers. As people around you venture further into their digital rabbit holes at the same time they grow increasingly open to people contact.

Here’s what I think: people are lonelier now than they were just a few years ago before the digital world made the advances it has. They are now open to conversations with strangers as they once were. A familiar cycle has been created. What was true a few decades ago – people acting friendly to total strangers and being open to conversation about the Gospel – is true once again. This is not just good news – it groundbreaking for all who love Jesus and are seeking to extend the Kingdom of God. This is an amazing time to be alive in this world. This will be a lasting trend worldwide. After all, cell phones are everywhere – so is the isolation and influence that goes with it.

Let’s be wise in these ways and move on the opportunities before us.

Snaga dosljednosti Steve Bowen

s·Posljednji·u·cy

The steadfast adherence to the same principles, ili postaviti tečaj, Boravak dan tečaja u dan, tjedna u tjedan i iz te godine u godinu.

Ja sam podsjetio na film Galaxy Quest. Kapetan, koji je obično u nevolji izjavio, “Nikad ne predaju, nikada ne odustati.”

For a decade a simple sign was on my desk which declared,”Never give up. It’s aways too soon to give up.”

Consistency doesn’t give up. It sets it’s course and stays true to it’s principles.

Consistency is the common thread woven into the life of those who are called to change their world for Jesus.

David Wilkerson living in NY was always there…going out into the community, talking with people, encouraging seekers, and taking risks.

Floyd McClung living in Amsterdam and Afghanistan was out day by day, having conversations with people along the Hippy Trail, breaking down barriers, building bridges and loving people into a relationship with Jesus.

Billy Graham really didn’t ever change… His message was simple, direct to the point month by month year by year. “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.”

Loren Cunningham mobilized the youth of many generations into their world encouraging young people to pray, to go, to believe, to serve, and to care.

Steve Sjogren learned the art of serving his community by going, doing and serving. He lives out his values by serving others with small acts of kindness consistently.

Mike Pilivochi and Soul Survivor in the U.K. serve, worship and share the good news, impacting thousands in Manchester, and London with Soul in the City.

How do you know when serving is beginning to impact a community?

1. People you serve begin to define your church in a positive manner.

Hint: we are all already defined by our community, both positively and negatively.

The good news, we have a major part to play in creating a positive image.

If you want to know how your community defines your church go out into your community and ask.

A sample question: When you hear the name of our church (say name of church) what comes to your mind?

A few years ago living in Florida I went out into our community. I asked. I found out we were known as the church that no longer existed. We were the church that had a nasty in-house disagreement and had split and died.

Slowly, but surely the tide turned. The church is now know as a major caring force and is respected in the community with 6 satellite locations. How did they change? They began to identify who they were and who they were call to be. They also discovered their mission and began pursue their mission and to serve others.

Oh, you’re that pretty good church that serves the community!

A couple of years ago I lost my phone. I went to my phone provider with an old phone to activate. When I went to the desk I was asked, “What business name is your phone under?” I said, “the Dayton Vineyard.” The lady standing next to me exclaimed: “Oh you’re that pretty good church that serves the community! I’ve heard about what you guys do.” I asked, “What have your heard?’ she then related examples of the positive things she and others have heard and seen us do. Humbly, but joyfully I replied, “Yep that’s us, we’re just pretty good.” I walked away encouraged. I thought, it really does work. What you sow is you reap.

How does happen? It’s simple, hard work. Sixteen years of hard work sowing, caring, praying, going, being out there in season and out of season.

We are consistent. Our consistency has given us favor and redefined ‘church’ to much of our community. Often people come to see what a pretty good church looks and feels like. Many become Christ followers as they hear our message and and observe our lifestyle.

2. You will discover you have favor with your community.

We know we need God’s favor to be upon our lives and upon what we do. So we seek to humble ourselves and ask Jesus to place His favor upon us as a church. He is the one who builds His Church. He is the only one who can bring the increase. He is the only one who opens doors and gives us favor with the people in our community. He is the one who gives us favor with mayors, school systems, park departments, and people of influence.

God’s favor is what empowered Daniel, Esther, Joseph and Jesus to impact the people within their sphere of influence. In fact the early church‘had the favor of all the people’ and Jesus ‘grew in favor with God and man.’

How do you gain favor with God and man?

You ask Jesus for His un-merited favor to increase upon you and your church.

You serve where you are, with what you have, while you can.

God honors faithfulness. As you faithfully serve others your heart will most probably lean toward loving what God loves. Having his heart for your community will also increase His favor upon your actions bringing you favor with the people you serve.

You learn to serve others with the attitude of Christ. (see Philippians Chapter 2.) The chapter defines true humility, embracing genuine love, developing a serving attitude, and serving others with a servant heart.

How do you learn to love like Jesus loves? By serving others.

In season and out of season…consistency is the key.

It’s consistently showering your community with good deeds done with the love Jesus gives. It’s living consistently with the favor and grace that God provides. It’s being out in the community in which we live, day in, day out. It’s being wise. It’s how you act toward every person who talks to you about the hope you have within you.

Paul sums it up this way…

Let us not become weary u doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV

No great secret why serving churches are energized, thriving, and growing. It’s simple: Someone is praying. Someone is serving. Someone is loving. Someone is caring. Someone is going out into the community and sharing Gods love… consistently.

Nemojte mirovinu… To se odnosi! Dr. Gary Zasladite

Svaki utorak skupina nama geezers igrati golf zajedno. Imamo puno natjecateljskog zabave i dijelimo neke o tome što Bog radi u njemu i kroz nas. Vidite, geezers u današnjem svijetu nisu kao što su bili i prošle generacije. Zapravo, jedna od mojih omiljenih knjiga je pravo, "Uključivanje Silver u zlato: Kako dobiti u New Boomer Marketplace "Marija Furlong. Iako autor usredotočuje na novac, njezine ideje su na čelu novog duha vremena koji je vodeći zapadni svijet oluja i oni razumiju da su koristi enormno.

Nažalost, Samo nekoliko kršćani i čini da budu svjesni onoga što se događa na kulturnom, duhovno i relacijski a ipak može biti najvažniji duhovni pokret jer Luther pjevala, "Ako bih imao čekić" i otišao u Wittenbergu Castle. Na primjer, Koliko vaše "Outreach orijentirana" folk nije čuo za "Svrha nagrade"? Nedavno je dobio pet inovativnih muškaraca i žena $100,000.00 Svrha nagrade Nagrade za svoje "socijalne inovacije" i sudjelovanje u "Encore karijere"! Ja sam u nadi da će biti jedan od sljedećih primatelja.

Ti ljudi su sve više 55 te su odbili otići u mirovinu. Umjesto toga su odlučili odnosi tO koristiti svoje vrijeme, mudrost, iskustvo i novac za napraviti nešto veliko za svijet.

http://www.encore.org/prize?utm_source=cv&utm_medium=email&utm_content=textlink&utm_campaign=endoct )

Usporedite to s onim što prečesto događa u crkvama diljem SAD-a. Jednom sam sjedio pokraj nenametljiva potpredsjednik multinacionalne korporacije, dok leti u Singapuru. Kad je otkrio svoje misijske namjere da podijelite da je vjernik koji je predavao nedjeljnoj školi svaki tjedan. Bio je na putu da govori na konferenciji o korištenju videotelekonferencijske obuku menadžera diljem svijeta. Pitao sam je što će učiniti kad je u mirovini. "Igrati golf,", Rekao je on.

I pozvao ga da razmotri rad s kršćanskom organizacijom postaviti konferencija za ljude poput mene. Mogao sam ostati kod kuće i dalje učiti u svijetu. On je rekao, "Ne mislim da je moj župnik će dopustiti mene za to. Nisam bio u sjemeništu ili ništa. Ja sam samo laik. Prilično sam siguran da će me pustiti da i dalje učiti nedjeljnoj školi ipak. "Šteta" Mislio sam! "Nauči nedjeljnoj školi kada kršćanski svijet očajnički treba međunarodno osposobljene voditelje; s novcem?"

Cincinnati ima više od dvadeset tisuća muškaraca i žena u mirovini od P&G, GIVE, Kroger, itd, koji imaju financijskih sredstava, vrijeme, široka iskustva, kreativci i duhovna dubina. Koliko Pastiri, ali su ih opremanje koristiti svoje darove, talenata i ideja doći na svijet? Jedan od mojih prijatelja ima iskusan vjerujući više 200 patenti, ali njegova crkva nema pojma kako se osloboditi svoju kreativnost. Druga je osnivač $100 milijuna dolara tvrtka koja svaka crkva, Misija Ministarstva iu Americi može koristiti. Jedini put kad se približila svojim ministrima je donirati na drugu zgradu. Jedan čovjek se redovito pitao trenirati non profit o etici, ali se ne traži da uče u svojoj kućnoj crkvi.

Stara crkva paradigma top dolje organizacijskih birokracija s ogromnim zgradama je završio. Većina lideri još uvijek pokušavaju izgraditi na prošlim generacijama klupi sjede. Samo mislim, mogu nuditi nagrade za inovativne poduzetnike koji mijenjaju svijet od ponedjeljka do subote. "Iskusan Vjernici" ne uklapaju u svačije strateškog plana, osim ako je podržati proračun ili najam umirovljenog ministra da se autobusne ture u Muzeju za izradu.

Vodstvo časopisi govoriti o zapošljavanju mladih ljudi koji su otvoreni za nove ideje. U stvari mnogi mladi su zapeli u svojim kratkovidnim prijateljstva. Mi koji smo bili inovatori svi naši životi su spremni dovesti nove pothvate za Kraljevstvo. Počastite nas s poštovanjem i razumijevanjem i pitati nas za stvaranje vlastite načine dopire do onih oko nas. Nagradite nas od shvaćanja da smo znali što se događa i srebro u kosi može biti zlato bilo pastira s crijevima da nas pretvore slobodi.

Ovdje je tajna o Steve Sjogren. Kao župnik nije se bojao za zapošljavanje starijih, mudriji sive brade iskusniji od njega. Steve tražili jake muškarce i žene tada promovirali ih i potvrdio. Kao rezultat toga on je izgledao kao junak. Budite genij. Zaposliti hrpa iskusnih vjernika, ali ne držite ruke ili predložiti bus vozi posjetiti muzej!

PS. Budući da je izvorno pisanja ovog članka u 2009, Bog je dao neke iskusan vjernici u SLS priliku doprijeti do obitelji s djecom s invaliditetom. Crkve su ih ignorirali, ali oni očajnički žele naučiti kako da imaju odnos s Bogom kako bi im pomogli svojim borbama.

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Ono što je u ime? Randy Bohlender

Povijest nam ne govori li Earnest Shackleton bio osobito religiozan čovjek, ali sigurno je da prorokuje kada je krstio njegovog broda Endurance. Iako je razumio neodoljiv izazov je suočiti u pokušaju prvi marš preko Antartica, toliko toga se dogodilo da on nikako ne bi mogao predvidjeti.

How would he have known…

  • That the ice would be early in the fall of 1914, leaving them trapped in the ice, far from their goal by January of 1915?
  • That the spring melt of 1915 would not free their ship, but that it would remain fast until October?
  • That once the ice did begin to shift, rather than breaking free, his ship would be crushed, leaving his men to abandon the craft, only to stand on the ice staring down through the hole where the ship used to be?

How would he have known…

  • That he and his men would spend 497 days either on the ship or on ice floes before they set foot on land once again?
  • That once they found their way to land, it would be Elephant Island, one of the most inhospitable places on earth.
  • That he would be forced to split the party, and a portion of them would have to once again take to their open boats for a fifteen day sail through a storm that sunk a 500 ton steamer?
  • That his portion of the party would include McNish, a carpenter that he threatened to shoot for insubordination, but recognized that he would need his skills later.

How would he have known…

  • That on their second landing, they would put ashore on an island that was inhabited, but find themselves on the opposite side of the whaling camp, separated by a glacier never before crossed by man?
  • That after climbing the glacier with little or no climbing equipment, they would need to slide down the other side through thick fog, sitting in shovels for sleds? When his men objected, Shackleton is credited with saying “Well, we very well can’t go back…”.

In the end, Shackleton worked to collect each of his men and returned to England having not lost a life in the journey. How could he possibly have known that when he named his ship The Endurance?

As leaders, we chart the course for our initiatives early with a hundred finite decisions that work together to establish the culture for our ministry.

  • Do you cancel an outreach because it rains? You’ll cancel it for other reasons.
  • Do you boldly approach strangers or hang back, waiting for them to make the first move? You’ll hang back your entire life.
  • Do you lead by example, knowing it’s going to be harder – and more rewarding – than you expected?

Ministry – as much as Shackleton’s odyssey – requires an uncommon endurance. The same goes for those of you on the adoption journey. Going in, you know there’s a lot to it.

You can’t pre-imagine every struggle that will materialize. At the end of the journey, you innately know it was worth it all, even if it required every bit of your endurance.

You might as well get used to the idea and call it what it is.

Kristalna katedrala - BTW, Kako je tvoja definicija Going? Steve Sjogren

Koje pouke možemo izvući iz propasti Kristalnoj katedrali?

Bez obzira što mislite o toj zajednici, znam da je u jednom trenutku bilo je uspješan modela na američkom krajoliku crkve. To je nevjerojatna, Mjesto trend-postavljanje koji je super kreativni.

Stvari se polako mijenjati, međutim. Uglavnom katedrala prestali se definiraju za javnost, na lokalnoj i nacionalnoj razini. Iz nekog razloga njezini čelnici pretpostavlja da javnost zna sve o ovom mjestu. To je uobičajena, ali loša pretpostavka. Oni su zaboravljeni.

Crkva biljke obično napraviti dobar posao od sebe definira da se njihove zajednice u početnoj fazi. To je imperativ da nova crkva pojasniti zašto oni postoje i kako su različiti u svojoj zajednici. Nisam previše zabrinut za nova postrojenja, ali ja sam vrlo zabrinut sljedećoj fazi većina biljaka proći. To je lako zaboraviti one početne lekcije naučene i pasti u obrascu unutra usmjeren na novac, postrojenja, osoblje - i zaboraviti ono što nas je do tog trenutka inicijalne zamah. Zatim BOOM! Mi zaglaviti u ciklusu irrelevancy.

Ako to ne učinimo redovito, Jasno se definira da se naše zajednice - preko snažnih djela darežljivosti, ljubav i usluga - one oko nas neće imati pojma da uopće postoje. Uskoro ćemo imati nikakvih briga o našim objektima, Novac i osoblja, jer neće biti nikoga dolaze!

Crkva vodim u Oregonu je u Newberg za više 100 godine (Samo SW Portland). Dobro je poznato da kršćanima (18% grada) ali gotovo skriven od ostatka ljudi kojima je Bog tako ljubi da je poslao Isusa da pate i umiru.

Stvari se počinju mijenjati. Poduzeli smo služenju grad na razne načine. Mi ćemo vrata do vrata s hamburgera - špahtlom vjetrobrane na benzinskim postajama - čišćenje zahoda na javnim mjestima - i pomoću vrata su ti projekti stvoriti veze dijeliti Krista na bilo kojoj razini napadaja.

Da se vratim na početak - ako mi se prasak se posao sami definiraju služeći ćemo uskoro postati relevantni. Moramo napraviti dubok dojam na ljude oko nas u kamion načina. Načina na koje služe se uvelike razlikuju prema potrebama vaše zajednice. Bog će govoriti da ste vi molite poznatu biblijsku molitvu, "Ovdje smo. Pošalji nam!"On apsolutno voli odgovoriti da molitvu. Računati na njega. On će razgovarati s vama. Nećete biti zaboravljeni.

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