Talk Up Evaņģēliju Steve Sjögren

Esmu dzirdējis daudz spekulāciju par izdvest sabrukuma spontāno evaņģelizācijas sarunas, piemēram, verbalizing Evaņģēliju ar svešiniekiem. Es saprotu apsvērumus šo prognosticators, bet es nepiekrītu tiem. Tā ir taisnība, ka cilvēki ir vairāk izolētas nekā jebkad agrāk, jo tie ala arvien dziļāk savās self-made digitālo pasauli, bet tur ir arī otra puse šo digitālo monētas. Tas ir arī taisnība, ka emocionāls vakuums tiek radīts, kad cilvēki liedz sev iespēju saņemt ievērojamu cilvēku kontaktu un lielāka atklātība ir izveidots savienojumiem ar citiem - jā, pat svešiniekiem. Tā kā cilvēki ap jums venture tālāk savos digitālo trušu caurumiem tajā pašā laikā viņi aug arvien atvērti cilvēki saskaras.

Lūk, ko es domāju: cilvēki lonelier tagad, nekā tas bija tikai pirms dažiem gadiem, pirms digitālajā pasaulē, kas avansa maksājumus tā ir. Tie tagad ir atvērts, lai sarunas ar svešiniekiem, jo ​​viņi vienreiz bija. Pazīstams cikls ir izveidots. Kāds bija taisnība pirms dažiem gadu desmitiem - cilvēki, kas darbojas draudzīgs kopējo svešiniekiem un ir atvērta saruna par Evaņģēliju - ir taisnība atkal. Tas ir ne tikai laba ziņa - tas revolucionāro visiem, kas mīl Jēzu un vēlas paplašināt Dieva. Tas ir pārsteidzošs laika, lai būtu dzīvs šajā pasaulē. Tas būs ilgstoša tendence visā pasaulē. Galu galā, mobilajos telefonos ir visur - tā ir izolācija un ietekme, kas iet ar to.

Būsim gudri šajos veidos, un pāriet uz iespējām pirms mums.

Power Of Atbilstība Steve Bowen


The steadfast adherence to the same principles, vai iestatīt kursu, uzturas kursu dienā un dienu out, nedēļa un nedēļas, un gadu un gadu out.

Es esmu atgādināja par filmu Galaxy Quest. Kapteinis, kurš parasti bija nepatikšanas paziņoja, “Nekad neuztic, nekad atmest.”

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 Sjögren 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 in 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.

Vai nav Pensijā… Tas attiecas! Dr. Gary saldinātu

Katru otrdienu mums grupa geezers spēlēt golfu kopā. Mums ir daudz konkurētspējīgu jautri un mēs dalās par to, ko Dievs dara, un caur mums. Jūs redzat, geezers mūsdienu pasaulē nav, piemēram, viņi pat pirms vienas paaudzes. Faktiski, viena no manām mīļākajām grāmatām ir tiesības, “Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace” by Mary Furlong. Although the author focuses on money, her ideas are on the cutting edge of a new zeitgeist that is taking the western world by storm and those understand it are benefitting enormously.

Unfortunately, only a few Christians even seem to be aware of what is going on culturally, spiritually and relationally and yet it may be the most important spiritual movement since Luther sang, “If I had a Hammer” and went to Wittenberg Castle. For example, how many of your “Outreach Oriented” folk has heard of “The Purpose Prize”? Recently five innovative men and women had received $100,000.00 Purpose Prize Awards for their “Social Innovation” and involvement in “Encore Careers”! I am hoping to be one of the next recipients.

These people are all over 55 and have refused to retire. Instead they decided to refire to use their time, wisdom, experience and money to do something great for the world. )

Compare that with what too often happens in the churches around the USA. I once sat next to a retiring Vice President of a multinational corporation while flying to Singapore. When he discovered my missionary intentions he share that he was a Believer who was teaching Sunday school every week. He was on his way to speak at a conference about using video teleconferencing to train managers around the world. I asked what he was going to do when he retired. “Play golf,” he said.

I urged him to consider working with a Christian organization to set up conferences for people like me. I could stay home and still teach around the world. He said, “I don’t think my Pastor would allow me to do that. I haven’t been to seminary or anything. I am just a layman. I’m pretty sure he will let me continue to teach Sunday school though.” YIKES” I thought! “Teach Sunday school when the Christian world desperately needs internationally trained leaders; with money?”

Cincinnati has over twenty thousand men and women retired from P&G, GE, Kroger, etc who have financial resources, time, broad experiences, creative minds and spiritual depth. How many Pastors but are equipping them to use their gifts, talents and ideas to reach the world? One of my Seasoned Believing friends has over 200 patents but his church has no idea how to unleash his creativity. Another is founder of a $100 million dollar company that every church, ministry and mission in America could use. The only time he is approached by his ministers is to donate on another building. One man is regularly asked to train non profits about ethics but is not asked to teach in his home church.

The old church paradigm of top down organizational bureaucracies with huge buildings is finished. Most leaders are still trying to build for past generations of pew sitters. Just think, they could be offering prizes to innovative entrepreneurs who change the world Monday through Saturday. “Seasoned Believers” don’t fit into anyone’s strategic plan unless it is to support the budget or hire a retired minister to take bus tours of the Creation Museum.

The leadership magazines talk about recruiting young people who are open to new ideas. In fact many youth are stuck in their own myopic friendships. We who have been innovators all our lives are ready to lead new ventures for the Kingdom. Treat us with respect and understanding and ask us to create our own ways of reaching out to those around us. Reward us by understanding that we know what is going on and the silver in our hair can be gold to any Pastor with the guts to turn us loose.

Here is a secret about Steve Sjogren. As a Pastor he was not afraid to recruit older, wiser gray beards more experienced than he. Steve sought out strong men and women then promoted and affirmed them. As a result he looked like the hero. Be a genius. Recruit a bunch of Seasoned Believers but DO NOT hold their hands or suggest bus rides to visit a museum!

PS. Since originally writing this article in 2009, God gave some Seasoned Believers in SLS a chance to reach out to families with disabled kids. The churches have ignored them but they desperately want to learn how to have a relationship with God to help them through their struggles.

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Kas ir vārds? Randy Bohlender

Vēsture nestāsta mums, ja Rokas Shackleton bija īpaši reliģiozs cilvēks, bet, protams, viņš pravietoja, kad viņš nokristīja viņa kuģi izturības. Pat ja viņš saprot milzīgo izaicinājumu, viņš saskaras, cenšoties pirmo gājienu pāri Antartica, tik daudz noticis, ka viņš nebija iespējams, gaidīts.

Kā viņš ir zināms ...

  • Ka ledus būtu agri rudenī 1914, atstājot tos Ieslodzījuma ledus, tālu no to vārtos janvāra 1915?
  • Ka pavasara kausējumā 1915 tas neatbrīvo viņu kuģi, bet tas paliek ātri līdz oktobrim?
  • Ka tad, kad ledus bija sāk novirzīt, nevis laužot bezmaksas, viņa kuģis varētu sasmalcināt, atstājot savus vīrus pamest kuģi, tikai nostāties uz ledus skatās uz leju caur atveri, kur kuģis, ko izmanto, lai būtu?

Kā viņš ir zināms ...

  • Ka viņš un viņa vīri varētu pavadīt 497 dienas vai nu uz kuģa vai uz ledus gabals, pirms tie, kas kāju uz zemes vēlreiz?
  • Ka tad, kad viņi atrada savu ceļu uz zemi, tas būtu Elefanta, viens no visvairāk neviesmīlīgs vietām uz zemes.
  • Ka viņš būtu spiests sadalīt pusi, un daļa no viņiem būs atkal veikt to atvērtās laivām uz piecpadsmit dienu bura caur vētras, kas nogrimis 500 ton tvaikonis?
  • Ka viņa daļa partijas ietver Maknišs, galdnieks, ka viņš draudējis šaut nedisciplinētība, taču atzina, ka viņam būtu nepieciešams savas prasmes vēlāk.

Kā viņš ir zināms ...

  • Ka savu otro nosēšanās, viņi nokāpj uz salas, kas bijusi apdzīvota, bet atrast sev pretējā pusē vaļu nometnes, atdalītas ar ledāja nekad šķērso cilvēks?
  • Ka pēc kāpšanas ledāja ar nelielu vai nekādu kāpšanas iekārtas, viņiem būtu nepieciešams, lai slīdētu pa otru pusi caur biezu miglu, sēž lāpstām uz kamanās? Kad viņa vīri iebilda, Shackleton tiek kreditēts ar sakot: "Nu, mēs ļoti labi nevar iet atpakaļ ... ".

Jo galu galā, Shackleton strādāja, lai savāktu katru no viņa vīriem un atgriezās Anglijā, kam nav zaudēja dzīvību ceļā. Kā viņš varētu, iespējams, ir zināms, ka tad, kad viņš nosauca viņa kuģis Endurance?

Kā līderi, mēs nospraustu kursu mūsu iniciatīvām agrīnā ar simts ierobežotos lēmumiem, kas strādā kopā, lai izveidotu kultūru mūsu kalpošanu.

  • Vai jūs atcelt ietekmīgu jo līst lietus? Jūs atcelt to citu iemeslu dēļ.
  • Vai jūs droši pieeju svešiniekiem vai pakārt atpakaļ, gaida viņiem veikt pirmo soli? Jūs pakārt atpakaļ visu jūsu dzīvi.
  • Vai jums jārāda piemērs, zinot, tas būs grūtāk - un izdevīgāk - nekā gaidīts?

Ministrija - tik daudz, cik Shackleton Odyssey - nepieciešams retāk izturību. Tas pats attiecas uz tiem no jums, par adopcijas brauciena. Iet, jūs zināt, tur ir daudz uz to.

Jūs nevarat iepriekš iedomāties, katru cīņu, kas būs piepildījušās. Beigās brauciena, jūs iekšēji zinu, tas bija tā vērts viss, pat tad, ja tas nepieciešams, gluži jūsu izturību.

Jūs varētu arī pierast pie domas, un sauc to, kas tas ir.

Kristāla katedrāle - BTW, Kā ir Jūsu definīcija Going? Steve Sjögren

Ko nodarbības mēs varam izdarīt no sabrukuma Crystal Cathedral?

Nav svarīgi, ko jūs domājat, ka šīs draudzes, zināt, ka vienā reizē tā bija plaukstoša modelis, uz amerikāņu ainavu baznīcu. Tas bija pārsteidzošs, modernā stilā, kas bija super radošs.

Lietas lēnām mainīts tomēr. Galvenokārt katedrāle apstājās sevi definēt sabiedrībai, gan vietējā, gan valsts mērogā. Kaut kāda iemesla dēļ viņas vadītāji pieņem, ka sabiedrība zināja visu par šo vietu. Tas bija kopīga, bet slikts pieņēmums. Viņi bija aizmirsuši.

Baznīcas augi parasti darīt labu darbu, nosakot paši savas kopienas savā sākotnējā fāzē. Tas ir svarīgi, ka jaunā baznīca noskaidrot, kāpēc tās pastāv un kā tie atšķiras savā kopienā. Es neesmu pārāk norūpējies par jaunām iekārtām, bet es esmu diezgan bažas par nākamo posmu lielākā daļa spēkstaciju iet cauri. Tas ir viegli aizmirst šos sākotnējos gūto pieredzi un nonākt uz iekšu modelis koncentrējas uz naudu, iekārtas, personāls - un aizmirst to, kas ieguva mums uz šo jautājumu sākotnējās impulsu. Tad BOOM! Mēs iestrēgt ciklā irrelevancy.

Ja mums nav regulāri, skaidri definēt sevi mūsu sabiedrībā - ar spēcīgu aktu augstsirdību, mīlestība un serviss - tiem, ap mums būs ne jausmas, ka mēs pat neeksistē. Mums drīz nav bažas par mūsu iespējām, naudu vai darbinieki, jo nebūs neviena, kas nāk!

Baznīca es vadu in Oregon ir bijis Newberg vairāk nekā 100 gadiem (tikai SW of Portland). Tas ir labi zināms, lai citiem kristiešiem (18% no pilsētas) bet praktiski nomaskētas ar pārējiem cilvēkiem, kuriem Dievs tā mīl, ka viņš sūtīja Jēzu ciest un mirt.

Lietas sāk mainīties. Mums ir veikušas, lai apkalpo pilsētu dažādos veidos. Mēs gatavojamies durvīm līdz durvīm ar hamburgeriem - squeegeeing aizsargstikli pie degvielas uzpildes stacijas - tīrīšanas tualetes publiskās vietās - un, izmantojot durvis šie projekti rada, savienojumiem dalīties ar Kristu tādā līmenī, kādā iekļaujas.

Lai saņemtu atpakaļ, kur sākām - ja mēs sprādziena līdz darbu definēt sevi, kalpojot mēs drīz kļūs būtiska. Mums ir nepieciešams veikt dziļu iespaidu uz tiem, ap mums truckload veidi. Veidi, jūs kalpojat, var ievērojami atšķirties atkarībā no jūsu kopienas vajadzībām. Dievs runā ar jums, jūs lūgties slaveno Bībeles lūgšanu, "Šeit mēs esam. Sūtiet mums!"Viņš absolūti mīl atbildēt uz šo lūgšanu. Rēķināties ar to. Viņš runās ar jums. Jums nebūs aizmirst.

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