12 Lietas Jūsu Baznīca jāzina ... Steve Šegrena

... Ar laiku tas ir 12 mēnešus vecs

 

1. Don’t take yourselves too seriously
You are important to God. Vai tas nav pietiekami, lai zinātu, ka bez vajadzības pierādīt to visu laiku? Staigāt pazemībā. Paklausīt. Iet kopsolī ar Garu.

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. Protams, 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.”

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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