- A multitude of churches have plateaued, are dying or are already dead.
- Antiquated forms and methods that no longer work are still in use today [some are from the 90's that are not in today's vocab- my addition]
- Worship wars are raging.
- There is a lack of deep spirituality among church members.
- There is an absence of intentional and relevant outreach....
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
- Christianity is revolutionary in nature. The basis of this faith movement is to motivate people to willingly and joyfully accept and practice things that are unnatural in light of the prevailing influences and systems in our world,
- ... the end of the goal of a movement is to bring people closer to the very being of God by radically transforming the beliefs, values, and lifestyle of the individual,
- Such a movement, which is spiritual in essence, cannot be sustained without the blessing of God and the power of the Holy Spirit pg. 61
- A Team builder,
- Provides Vision,
- Grows Spiritually,
- An Encourager,
- Strategic Thinker,
- Takes Risks,
- A person,
- involved in a process
- of influencing and developing a group of people,
- in order to accomplish a purpose
- by means of supernatural power pg. 37 "Comeback Churches"
- A very clear word from the Father, endorsed by those "over us in the Lord" as well as those "alongside us",
- A deepened daily prayer life unlike any one has ever had before,
- A disciplined study of theology so that one never gets sidetracked by other ingredients nor place too much importance on perspectives, prophecies...
- Preach the gospel! The tendency is to make the pulpit a combat zone. Jesus is our advocate! The pulpit is sacred to the pure proclamation of the scripture, not for self defense,
- Is the hill that we will die on, one that is truly of eternal consequences?
- Have a team in place of those empowered by God to give sound counsel in all the facets that this change will bring,
- Be very careful in the extent to which we involve our spouses. They are our friends, lovers and partners. We must show huge wisdom in this partnership during this change,
- Be patient-it is through faith and patience we inherit the promises,
- Set up many "Community Conversations" to empower the congregation through openness, transparency and letting them be part of the journey,
- The pastoral team needs to be on their toes to discern the wiles of the enemy to sift some, show much love, grace and patience-but when folks have decided to leave, let them go,
- It will take raw guts! Please do not be easily swayed by the nuances of those who are unhappy or disgruntled. It is a time for true, strong, humble Jesus Lover leaders,
- Set yourself in for the long haul-this is not a part-time lover moment. The church must know you are there for the journey, that this change is essential for the future impact of the church,
- If there is a replant in a new city, enter the city with gratitude for those who have gone before, engage those who are there now, making sure that you are not using the city to prostitute your pleasures,
- Take some time to exegete the new context and culture,
- Read, read, read... it requires so much humility to learn from others,
- Define the vision, preach a large picture that folks want to be part of, letting everyone see that their story fits into the bigger story,
- Plant / childlike phase-full of zeal, energy and those with a pioneering spirit,
- Developmental phase-loses some of the entrepreneurial innocence and starts to get set in her ways-discernible traditions, predictable series of programs, and policies, confronts the perplexities of facilities and infrastructure,
- Mature phase-when a mature church accepts change, it tends to be incremental rather than revolutionary... those who reign as the 'pillars' and systems that were developed to allow the ministry, but simultaneously serve to limit, if not to prevent, innovation and rapid responses to opportunities,
- Plateau phase- the dominant motivation that undergirded the initiation of the ministry has dissipated-often gradual decline... not fully aware that they have begun the slow slide into ministry oblivion-the zealous people who initially carried the church-those represented the ministry heart and passion-lose their aggressiveness for Christ and his purposes or depart for new churches... pg 20 -22
- Demographic changes-every year nearly one fifth of the nations population moves;
- Inadequate leadership-churches to turnaround require strong visionary leadership;
- Poor management-ineffective organization and operational management;
- Old blood-relies exclusively on the "old guard";
- Building campaigns-the roadside is littered with the debris of churches that have entered into major building campaigns;
- The ingrown family-inward rather than outward focus;
- Resistance to change-lack vision, leadership and a commitment to remaining relevant to their ministry context;
- Spiritual health-lack of passion for ministry. pg 33 - 38
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
11 For u I would have you know, brothers, that v the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel.  12 w For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it x through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
From “Colossians Remixed” by Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat
A Few of the Characteristics of Postmodernity
- There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes or says that he believes, that truth is relative pg 17 [from Allan Bloom pg 25]
- Postmodern allergic reaction to absolutism pg 17
- Precariousness, helplessness, dislocation, dispossession, nihilism and cultural disquiet-that is the way to read the times pg 19
- The first thing that we need to say about post-modern culture is that it is a culture of betrayal. This is at the very heart of our cultural crisis and is the emotional source for a widespread hermeneutic of suspicion… betrayal can breed either rage or numbness… Pg 22
- Smashing Pumpkins: “we are all dead yeah we’re all dead / inside the future of a shattered past” Virgin Records 1995
- … not the stories of emancipation and progress after all but the stories of enslavement, oppression and violence pg 23
- A deeply passionate, yet honest, raw and real love for Jesus,
- Lovers of the scriptures with a continuous quest for knowing with educational humility,
- A sane and deep hunger for an authentic God encounter element to the faith journey-more than simply knowledge,
- A very sensitive application of our Jesus truth with great understanding to the journey of others yet with no compromise,
- Our faith cannot revert to a pounding call to a higher morality; true 'grace in all its forms'-the gospel-pure and simple,
- Gutsy, compelling community is to reflect the legitimacy of the leadership,
- The leader must validate the journey of others... everyone's story counts,
- Team is a big battle cry of a generation that is intrinsically anti-church celebrity,
- The emerging leader is clearly seen as one who feels deeply about the plight of the poor, disenfranchised... their faith cannot only be expressed around meetings,
- This kind of leadership is to be patient to establish credibility as there is not an automatic respect for authority especially not positional titles. Followership will have to be earned,
- Can the preparation of these leaders be more Jesus style, around dining room tables and less around classroom desks?
- Leadership of the future will need to blow a clear trumpet of vision and purpose. Numbness and boredom has produced a very passive generation-Leaders are going to need to be key finders to open the door of faith and hope to a limping generation...