5.5 Dingen te doen wanneer Rejected Op Een Outreach door Steve Sjogren

Maakt niet uit hoe hard je ook probeert om over te komen als een "veilige" persoon aan die u reiken aan, sommigen zullen niet uw aanbod van dienst te ontvangen. Dat is een onveranderlijke realiteit. Maar wees maar niet bang. Er zijn enkele beproefde stappen die ik heb dat werk gevonden goed voor het omgaan met agressieve mensen.

1. The Forrest Gump-Andy Griffith Response.
It’s never a good idea to return fire with fire. In plaats daarvan, put on a combination smile and blank response. You might practice this response with others on your team. You might be more of a natural arguer – that’s my natural inclination but it doesn’t work well. I’ve managed to abate other’s anger thrown my way many times and in fact I’ve been able to later return to the same place with the same personnel and find them willing to allow us to serve them!

2. Keep on keeping on.
The one thing we can’t entertain is the possibility of giving up. The end of Paul’s verse above regarding giving up is the quip, “for we shall reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Keep that promise in your heart. There is a harvest before you and your team. Remind your team that we are doing something that blesses the heart of God. When we reach out we are doing the ministry of Jesus – that is amazing!

3. Realize what is happening beneath the surface with those you serve.
Sometimes the most angry, nearly violent responses come from the very people who are being the most profoundly worked on the most by the Spirit of God. Keep that fact before you. If people are lackadaisical, ho hum regarding your outreach attempts you might be register with their souls. Remind your team that they need to proceed by faith, not sight, and serve with enthusiasm regardless of the surface of response.

4. Release the hound of heaven on them.
Francis Thompson wrote a poem with this title about the pursuit of the Holy Spirit – how he pursues people with power and faithfulness. When we serve, according to Paul in Romans 2:4, “the kindness of God leads to repentance.” Something supernatural is released upon their lives. It’s not our job to make sure everyone we reach out to is efficiently followed up on. If you read the Book of Acts it is obvious that many of those exposed to the Gospel were followed up on by the Holy Spirit in sovereign ways that only God could arrange. Met andere woorden, don’t sweat it! Your extra efforts won’t change things in any case. It is the ministry of the Spirit to see to it that people come into the Kingdom, not yours. Do what you can, then relax, smile and continue to plant, water and harvest as the opportunity presents itself.

5. Tell your story!
Chances are some haven’t had a 100% successful day of outreach. Sometimes an encouraging conversation will un-empower the work of the Enemy that might otherwise scare the daylights out of people. A friendly sharing time will allow them to realize they didn’t fail but that it was probably just that the person they connected with who was having a bad day.

5.5 Eat a taco.
Stop at Taco Bell (or wherever) and connect with others on your team and download regarding your outreach experiences regarding what happened. Why a taco versus a burger at Wendy’s? You can eat like a king at Taco Bell for about $1.95!

Ga niet Underground Op Halloween door Marty Boller

Ik heb een voorstander van dienaar evangelisatie al vele jaren. Onze Wijngaard kerk in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is 13 jaar oud en we hebben altijd een hart voor het soort campagnes dat Steve Sjogren eerst onder onze aandacht gebracht in de Wijngaard familie terug in de late jaren 1980. In de loop der jaren hebben we gratis eten giveaways gedaan, markten hosted boer, gratis verspreid bloemen op Moederdag, raked wijk bladeren in de herfst, en gratis goodies weggegeven bij Kerstmis parades.

Terwijl ik dit schrijf korte verslag, onze kerk is het opvoeren voor onze zevende jaarlijkse Trunk-N-Treat Halloween event. Op 31 oktober, we onze grote parkeerplaats in een Halloween spectaculaire dat trekt honderden en honderden gezinnen van rond onze stad. We line-up van onze auto's aan het einde van onze parkeerplaats, die een grote U-vormige lus. Gedurende twee uur op Halloween nacht, van 5 PM naar 7 PM, we weggeven snoep en traktaties uit de stammen van onze auto's, geven ouders een veilige en beschermde plek om hun Trick-or-behandeling te doen. Aan het einde van de "U" krijgt elke deelnemer een gratis hotdog en drinken, en een warme groet van ons gastvrije team.

Over de jaren, Ik heb goedbedoelende christenen vragen me waarom we samen met zo'n donkere vakantie als Halloween. Ik vertel hen dat terwijl ik persoonlijk haat Halloween (en ik gok dat dat Jezus doet), Ik geloof dat Jezus wil dat wij Christus-volgelingen om daar te zijn met de massa, liefdevol 'de hel' van hen die op ons pad komen. Oh yeah, Ik weet, Ik zou mensenhandel met het kwaad, maar zoals ik het zie, Gods liefde is zo veel sterker dan de machten der duisternis.

Dus mijn aanmoediging om u dit 31 oktober? Niet ondergronds gaan op Halloween, verstopt achter uw gesloten deuren of hurkte neer in uw kerkgebouwen. Mag ik stel voor dat u en uw kerk gaan 'publiek', die verder gaat dan de typische Hallelujah avond voor "alleen christenen". Probeer iets riskant. Neem een ​​stap in de duisternis met de liefdevolle licht van God. Probeer kookplaat-knobbing met een aantal van de heidenen dit jaar, verhuur van de liefde van Christus duidelijk zijn. En terwijl de tijd te kort zou kunnen zijn voor u en uw kerk te trekken uit een volwaardige Trunk-N-Treat, proberen te doen wat onze jeugdgroep heeft gedaan in de afgelopen jaren. We noemen het een omgekeerde Trick-or-Treat. We bewapenen onze jeugdgroep en gezinnen met zakken snoep en op de avond voor Halloween, we sturen ze in wijken, kloppen op deuren en beltoon deurbellen. Toen de mensen antwoord geven op de deur, Wij bieden hen gratis snoep! Zonder twijfel onze teams komen terug met veel meldingen van verbaasde gezichten en gezegend buren! Ik ben zo blij jaar na jaar bij de ouders van onze buurt hun waardering uit voor mij dat een plaatselijke kerk zo'n grote zegen voor hen zou bieden tijdens het Halloween seizoen. Zoals ik het zie, het is een perfecte gelegenheid voor onze kerken om het licht van God in de duisternis van het seizoen brengen, ter wille van Zijn Naam.

Ghost, Goblins, and Demons?

Happy Halloween! Yeah, je hoorde me, Ik zei dat het H-woord. Zoals ik groeien in “looptijd” (degenen onder u die mij weet te stoppen grinniken) Ik kan het niet helpen, maar om terug te kijken en na te denken over mijn verschillende reacties op deze meest verbijsterende vakantie door de jaren heen. I have run the gamet between handing out tracks instead of candy to hiding deep in my house with all the lights off and the doors locked, to organizing my church’s alternative “Oogst Party” to what I now feel is the best response for all Christians:

SERVE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

I am not pulling any punches here folks. Life is too short. Recently I was approached by a brother in Christ to volunteer at the “Hell House” that his church is hosting. Blijkbaar, if I got the gist right, they intend to literally scare the HELL out of people. The plan is to have a “christian-themed” haunted house of sorts that shows the horrors of abortion, drunk driving, premarital sex as rape, and the rampant crime and drug use of urban areas. Now don’t get me me wrong these are all important issues that need to be addressed by the church, but I simply can’t wrap my head around this approach. Is this type of boom and doom delivery, Holy Spirit with a shotgun approach ever effective? I want to keep an open mind, so please do write me if you have success with such an event, but I just don’t see it working in my community. Maybe I am wrong, but it just seems to be devoid of both common sense and Godliness to purposely plan to offend and scare people into the kingdom.

The thing was, he tried to sell me on this notion by calling it “spiritual warfare” and joing the ranks of the front line to gain territory in kingdom. I am a older believer and he was making me uncomfortable with his demeanor. I can only imagine the way such an aggressive evangelistic posture would be interpretted by the unchurched–his targetted demographic.

I tried to calmly disuade him. He wasn’t having any of it. I think he walked away looking at me as a coward, afraid to wage war against the enemy. It really got me thinking about this whole notion of warfare. As believers, we have access to an incredible array of weapons to use when warring with darkness. I just happen to think we can skip the racks holding the lances, pikes, and maces.



I would rather pick from the shelves that hold the toilet brushes, harken, buckets and sponges. Nothing irks me more than being around people that see a demon lurking at every turn and want to blame whatever is going on wrong at their church on spiritual warfare. These same good-intentioned folks will then use that as some excuse to begin, as Rick Joyner often describes, “shouting down devils and throwing hatchets at the moon.” All this type of behavior generally results in is getting a severe headache from the hatchet blade landing back on your forehead. You might as well be spitting in a fan.

Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of room for intense intercession, the pulling down of strongholds, and yes, at times, full-scale deliverance. The Kingdom is a strange place. It is both physical and spiritual. You need to battle in the heavens AND here on the ground. What I want to introduce you to is something that transcends traditional spiritual warfare.

It is called it servant warfare:

Pray while you work!

The problem with most forms of what many call spiritual warfare is that it is primarily based on big tent revival models. Gone wrong it can generate more fear and mysticism than is healthy. When it becomes insular it can become downright toxic to your church. Rather than mostly spin your wheels with hocus pocus and mumbo jumbo from a folding chair in the basement of a church, do something proactive–SERVE!

Look at the model Jesus demonstrated. He was out and about serving people even as he “warred in the heavens.” It is a balanced blend of practical action and prayer that is the most effective weapon to use against our enemy. By the way, permit me one comical observation; have you ever noticed that the spiritual warfare mystics will actually esteem Satan? They give him an honor that is undeserved when they mix in the drama. They almost remind me of the characters in a Harry Potter novel with their constant “those followers of the name that can not be named” nonsense. It isn’t lost on me that they probably never even sniffed at J.K. Rowling novel, to understand what I am saying here. While they were protesting and condemning the books, I was handing out drinks, candy and bookmarks to people that stood in line at midnight at bookstores to get the newest edition.

See, the majority of what people label as spiritual warfare tends to be based in human emotion. It is nothing short of melodrama. I am sorry if I am stepping on toes here, but life is simply too short to pull punches on this topic.

If you really believe you are under some form of spiritual attack, what better way to fight back than to get the all powerful sword of the Holy Spirit in your hands: a toilet brush!

That’s right, I said it. I am not trying to be vulgar, or irreverent. I am very serious. Pray in tongues while you swirl your brush in the porcelain pits of the worst dens of iniquity in your city. Have a problem in your city with adult bookstores and strip clubs? Don’t make a public protest rally with hand-painted signs and lame cheers. In plaats daarvan, quietly go and offer to clean the restrooms of these places and do it with a smile on your face. You name the evil that may be lurking in your town, and I will find you a service outreach for the purveyors of that evil. See vile sinners need Jesus just as much as you do, and what better way is there to demonstrate the kingdom to these folks than to lay down all your nonsense and show them real life sacrificial love? This Halloween I intend to get out of my house, turn the lights on, perhaps sit at the end of my driveway with a nice comfortable fire in the mobile fireplace and have fresh steaming cider for the adults and the best candy in the neighborhood for the kids. I plan to make my home a little taste of heaven on earth on Halloween and offer an alternative to rebuke and evangelical outrage: KINDNESS! Will you join me?