Privileged for a Purpose Why did God choose you? Why did he draw your heart to himself? Why were you placed in a family or a situation where you heard the truth of the gospel and bowed your heart in belief? Why were you privileged to hear and understand and believe and receive Christ … More Privileged for a Purpose
Think it Through I am continuing to meditate and read about how to better equip the saints of the church. The last few days have been a rich time of revisiting some of my notes from previous times when I have taught on spiritual gifts. And I have had the opportunity to revise and re-edit/update … More Continuing to Think about Spiritual Gifts
“God has already determined which Christian should best assume which ministries in the church. The role of church leadership is to help its members identify their gifts and integrate them into ministries that match their gifts.” ~Christian Schwarz The ABC’s of Natural Church Development, 11. Such a statement only makes sense if you are a … More Mobilizing Saints for Powerful Ministry
Monday Preaching Reflections I have noticed a tendency in many young preachers, church planters, youth pastors, new communicators to embrace an “I need to be funny” mentality. Listening to them, one get’s the impression that they agonize over how they need to “connect” with people at some “funny-bone” level in order to prove themselves or … More You Don’t Need to be Funny. You Need to be Passionate and Dependent.
This is a re-post from June of 2010 when the BLOG was just getting off the ground. The content is from a seminar by Larry Osborne. Click on the link below to see the whole post. It is well worth your time. “You can’t truly empower if you aren’t willing to be hurt.” “You can’t … More Equipping and Empowering Leaders
Monday Discussion (Two) Just saw the new Enterprise Car Rental advertising campaign. It’s very simple but behind it is a great lesson for the Church. A series of Enterprise reps come on camera and simply say, “I can make it right.” A few add, “I don’t have to talk to someone else,” or “I don’t need … More What Enterprise Car Rental Can Teach the Church
Tuesday is for Preaching How do our people learn how to proclaim the gospel? It is a pretty simple question but one that is not asked very often. Let’s face facts. When we offer EE classes, or evangelism training or sermonic exhortations to proclaim the gospel or recommendations for books to be read or whatever … More Equipping the Saints for this Task is Your Job Preacher