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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Now that is amazing! 13423 pageviews and I have not posted in almost three years. Truth is, after much neglect, I unintentionally locked myself out of my own blog. I'm such a novice. A novice because I didn't keep practicing, didn't keep blogging. I'm sure that the 13423 page views were mostly random, disappointed hits.

I am glad I finally figured how I locked myself out. Now to practice a while.

Friday, January 4, 2013

What if every church used church planting techniques?

In a recent conversation with a pastor, he indicated that they were looking toward reinventing themselves using church planting techniques. It occurred to me, what if that were standard practice? What if all churches constantly used church planting techniques? What practices are unique to new congregations that would benefit existing churches? Churches grow from new to mature and eventually implement strategies to maintain their growth. What church planting behaviors are lost when more energy is used for maintenance?

Over the Christmas holiday I observed one of the differences between a new church and a mature church. I observed via Facebook a friend who was looking forward to his church having one service on Christmas weekend instead of the usual two. Everyone would be together for the celebration of Christmas. I get that, however I was also aware of a new church, 15 months old that was having four services instead of one, with clear instruction that these services were for the purpose of bringing friends who do not yet embrace the Christ of Christmas.

 That's a big difference! Do you see it?

 What church planting behaviors would you imagine could be implemented in an existing church?

Join the conversation! Your response is welcome.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Six Minutes • Six Persons • Six Months

Six Minutes • Six Persons • Six Months

I found this on my friend  Phil Miglioratti 's  Illinois Baptist Prayer Ministries page

Developing a Prayer Culture in Sunday School Classes

In many congregations, the place to begin implementing a prayer culture is in the Sunday School classes. While most pastors and congregational leaders implore members to come to the place of prayer (weeknight prayer meetings, for example), those leaders must balance that message by taking prayer to the places their members already attend. Implementing prayer (both one-another praying for Christians in their group and outward focused prayer for the least and the lost in their neighborhoods) immediately provides comprehensive coverage; all age-levels and both genders.

Try this ~ Six Minutes, Six People, Six Months:

* Six minutes represents a tithe of the typical 60 minutes devoted to a weekly Sunday School class
* Six people indicates the objective that more than one person leads an prayer; group participation is the goal
* Six months is lengthy enough to develop a new habit and, beyond habit, develop a culture of prayer )the common expectation that we will all participate in the corporate praying)
* Ask/Assign each class to devote a six minute block of time each Sunday to praying (at the beginning to pray for guidance or at the conclusion to pray from the study passage)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

We need a few good men

The following was composed by my co-worker, Gary Floyd.

We need a few good men! In fact, we need a lot of men and their families.
We need a few good men. Actually, we need 180 good men. We are looking to plant 45 congregations in Region 2 which involves southwest Washington and the Olympic Peninsula. It is a mostly rural area with the major cities being Bremerton, Longview, and Olympia (state capitol). Some Region 2 communities are commuter communities for Olympia, Seattle, or Tacoma. The population of 987,337 lives in 11 counties and is mostly comprised of white, Hispanic and Native American people groups. Northwest Baptist churches reach 0.3% of the population; our goal is to impact 2.0% within ten years.

We are also looking for 45 churches outside of Northwest Baptist life who will partner with us for the long haul. Our greatest need is prayer, especially for church leaders in Region 2 to hear and respond to God’s call to multiply disciples. We also need churches to pray that God will call out four men from their church who will come and invest their lives in planting a new church in Region 2.

We are looking for men (and their wives) between the ages of 28 to 45. Four men will work to develop one church plant. These men must have a sense of call to live and work in their communities. They are men who resonate with Dr. Jeff Iorg's message in Phoenix. Some would call them bi-vocational but they are not. Bi-vocational assumes that one day a person will become totally dependent upon a ministry vocation to support their family. These men will always be seen living and working in their communities – it creates instant access and credibility. We are asking these men to commit to ten years living and working in the Northwest, planting a church that will impact at least 200 people per week and make disciples who will plant other churches.

We had a team of college students working in Silverdale, WA this summer helping us gather community data and build relationships. We will have three teams next year identifying more communities. Being able to place four men in Silverdale in the next 18 to 24 months would maximize the church planting possibilities there.

This is our ministry picture for Region 2. Any insights or observations you have would be greatly appreciated. Your prayer and partnership is invited.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others

Many challenges face us as we move into the future as the network of churches we call the Northwest Baptist Convention. The staff reduction in 2012, the financial challenges we face and the necessity to change in order to effectively penetrate the lostness of our culture are among those challenges. Our partner, the North American Mission Board is sharpening its focus which has had a significant impact on the resources we receive from them and how we will use them. These realities have catalyzed the changes to our NWBC staffing. We are saddened that we will lose a team member in our region. Jon Beard brings many talents to our team and he now faces the challenge of discovering new avenues of ministry.  It is tempting to look at these challenges and changes and see only the clouds of winter. However, I have peeked into some other windows and have reason to believe that the future is bright.

I see a bright future when I look into the experience of pastors and church leaders who are pouring their lives into the lives of faithful men. (2 Tim. 2:2) The hope of the NWBC is the churches. In many of those churches, pastors are spending time with selected men, investing in them and developing leaders, who will in turn, develop others. I have sat with pastors in three separate “pastor clusters” in recent weeks and there I have discovered that many of them are meeting with groups of three, five and even ten men in their church, mentoring them and training them to become the leaders who will step up in church leadership and even step out and begin new ministries and churches that will impact our region with the gospel.  This has been one of the choruses we have repeated as our RT2 has met with leaders. “Choose five men” we have challenged, and teach them to become disciples and to lead others also.

Elisha learned from Elijah, the twelve disciples learned from Jesus, Timothy learned from Paul. The Bible and church history is filled with examples of mentoring relationships that resulted in leaders developing leaders who changed the world. The future of the NWBC is in the churches, the bride of Christ. I see a great deal of hope, a bright future as pastors step up and pour their lives into faithful men who will be able to teach others also!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Why a Church Assessment?

Why should your church have a church assessment? Why do you look both ways before you cross the street?   … to evaluate where you are, where you are headed, identify any danger, and make wise decisions going forward.  An assessment is a tool that can help us evaluate and set a course for health.
There was a season in my life when I was accruing tools of all sorts. In college I accrued landscaping tools like rakes, shovels, mowers and trimmers. I was the only tenant in our grassless apartment complex with two push mowers and a riding lawn tractor. Next I gathered and assortment of mechanical tools to keep them operating. In another season I picked up a variety of power tools like saws and drills etc. Then there was the parsonage with the wood burning stove that required a chain saw and a ¾ ton pickup truck.  As a pastor I gathered a different assortment of tools. A collection of many books was followed by communication tools like a personal computer (an Apple IIC), phones, PDA’s, and upgrade after upgrade. 
As a denominational minister I have continued to tool up, to learn skills and processes that may help me do my work more effectively.  Our regional team, along with church leaders is continually learning and employing tools that will promote church health and effective disciple making.
One such tool helps us come along side your church leadership and assess the health and condition of the church. Transformational Church identifies the strengths and challenges in a local church. We can then leverage the strengths to face the challenges before us.  It just may be the right tool for the job to launch your church into a bright and hopeful future. 

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