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Posts Tagged "Missional"

Buy a Tent, Give Hope

Posted by on Feb 15, 2010 in Community

Shaun King is one guy I know that has proven the power of social networking to rally the Church.  Since the tragic earthquake in Haiti, Shaun and his team have played a key role in being a voice for those affected by this devastation.  Now he’s calling for help again.  We’re 13 days from the rainy season.  Most Haitians are currently sleeping on the streets.  Rebuilding homes cannot begin for another 6 months to a year.  The best shelter we can provide today is a waterproof tent.  But time is running out.  In order to get the tent shipped in time they must be purchased as soon as possible.

Click here for more details on why you want to purchase a tent, how you can purchase a tent and what you can do to get the word out.

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Ministry Oversimplified

Posted by on Aug 3, 2009 in Ministry

Is it possible?

To oversimplify ministry??

I recently had lunch with a friend.  We had a great conversation about areas of ministry within LifeChurch.  Much of what I talk about in ministry is in context to the family, because that is my audience.  Though our weekend experiences are amazing, I lean more toward what’s happening in the living room during the week.

I have lots of ideas and passion for helping families to foster a Paul/Timothy environment at home, my friend asked what my ideas were for those other categories of people (i.e. single, widowed, teens, young adults, etc).

I took a few days to digest the question but I don’t know that I see any difference between a young parent with an elementary-age child and a widowed man adjusting to single life again.  Though the life-circumstances differ, their purpose is the same.

To love God with all their heart, mind and strength.  And to love others as we do ourselves.

This is accomplished most successfully in Paul/Timothy relationships where we are discipled by one as we disciple another.  Give it a cool 21st century name but it all boils down to the same thing.  Discipleship.  One mature in his faith teaching another to grow in their maturity.

It has less to do with Bible study and more to do with living inside each others’ pockets.  Eating together, playing together, sharing struggles together.  It’s not small group.  It’s not Sunday School… or whatever your church calls it.

This is not just your church friend, your neighbor or your running buddy.  This is the person you speed dial when you need encouragement and guidance.   This person doesn’t apologize for your circumstances but sees beyond it in anticipation for how God is working.

They don’t sugar-coat… they challenge you to push through.

They don’t stroke your ego… they lovingly point out the sin you may not see.

They don’t allow you to remain idle… they challenge you to do pour into another.

As Paul challenges Timothy (2 Timothy 2:1-3),

…throw yourself into this work for Christ. Pass on what you heard from me…to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others. When the going gets rough, take it on the chin with the rest of us, the way Jesus did.

Though my mode of communication is geared toward parents with kids living under their roof… isn’t this the goal of every believer?  Isn’t this the most effective method of building believers… regardless of the stage of life?

Methods will vary based upon where you are in life.  But the purpose remains the same.

To love God with everything in you, and love others as much as you do yourself.

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Quit inviting people to church!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2009 in Ministry

We spend more time in kids ministry trying to get families to come to our events.  I have no doubt the events are great.  I’m sure you gain lots of feedback afterwards affirming how wonderful the experience.  But how long will we continue to compete with every extra-curricular activity offered to families?

Frankly, that’s tough competition.  Between the water park, sports clinics, and arts & craft festivals… families have a plate full.

What if we quit adding to it?

What if we quit competing for their time and gained their attention?  What if we quit changing their schedule and changed their perspective?  What if we quit being a source of activities but became the source of vision for their family and community?

What if families learned to…

  • View their daily activities through a God-lens
  • Look for outreach opportunities on the soccer fields
  • Use basketball practice to teach their kids about the character of Christ
  • Treat their scout troop as a potential small group and pray them into it

We don’t need to offer activities to the community with a ‘christian spin’.  We need to put Christ-followers in community activities.  Quit trying to get them to your church.  Give them a vision for their community then unleash them.

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unity

Posted by on Jun 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

Through the month of June thousands of churches are participating together in OnePrayer.

This video is a list of all the churches participating together in this series.  All over the world church participants are hearing a “God Is…” message each weekend.  I can’t even read the names b/c it scrolls so fast.  Cra-zy!

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OnePrayer Mission

Posted by on Jun 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

Josie and I participated in the OnePrayer mission on Saturday.  Had an awesome time working with my daughter.

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