12 Coisas Sua Igreja precisa saber ... por Steve Sjogren

... Por vezes é 12 meses de idade


1. Don’t take yourselves too seriously
You are important to God. Não é o suficiente para saber que, sem a necessidade de provar o tempo todo? Caminhe em humildade. Obedecer. Mantenha-se em sintonia com o Espírito.

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. Of course, 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(com) 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.”

A Catedral de Cristal - BTW, Como é a sua definição Indo? por Steve Sjogren

Que lições podemos tirar o desaparecimento da Catedral de Cristal?

Não importa o que você acha dessa congregação, saber que ao mesmo tempo era um modelo de prosperidade na paisagem americana de igrejas. Foi um incrível, tendência de definição de lugar que foi super criativa.

As coisas mudaram lentamente no entanto. Mostly the Cathedral stopped defining itself to the public, both locally and nationally. For whatever reason her leaders assumed that the public knew all about this place. That was a common but poor assumption. They were forgotten.

Church plants usually do a good job of defining themselves to their community in their initial phase. It’s imperative that a new church clarify why they exist and how they are distinct in their community. I’m not too worried about new plants, but I am quite concerned about the next phase most plants go through. It’s easy to forget those initial lessons learned and fall into a pattern of an inward focused on money, facilities, staff – and forget what got us to that point of initial momentum. Then BOOM! Nós ficar preso em um ciclo de irrelevância.

Se não o fizermos regularmente, nos definir claramente a nossa comunidade - através de fortes atos de generosidade, amor e serviço - aqueles que nos rodeiam não terá idéia de que nós sequer existe. Em breve, não se preocupa com nossas instalações, dinheiro ou equipe, pois não haverá uma vinda!

A igreja que eu levo em Oregon tem sido em Newberg por mais de 100 anos (apenas SW de Portland). É bem conhecida a outros cristãos (18% da cidade) mas praticamente camuflado para o resto das pessoas para as quais Deus ama tanto que enviou Jesus para sofrer e morrer.

As coisas estão começando a mudar. Tomámos a servir a cidade em uma variedade de maneiras. Estamos indo de porta em porta com hambúrgueres - squeegeeing pára-brisas em postos de gasolina - banheiros de limpeza em locais públicos - e usando as portas esses projetos criam como conexões para compartilhar Cristo em qualquer nível fits.

Para voltar ao ponto de partida - se fizermos um estrondo acima do trabalho de definição de nós mesmos, servindo, em breve, tornar-se relevante. Precisamos fazer uma profunda impressão sobre aqueles que nos rodeiam em um caminhão de maneiras. As maneiras que você serve pode variar muito de acordo com as necessidades da sua comunidade. Deus vai falar com você é você orar a famosa oração bíblica, "Aqui estamos nós. Envie-nos!"Ele adora responder a essa oração. Conte com isso. Ele vai falar com você. Você não vai ser esquecido.

Photo by Sarah Mount