Here is a small sample of training you can offer this fall as you train leaders for a new season of serving.
(You can customize this to any area of your church)
Let’s equate our time of training to that of cellular service with our smartphones.
Benefits of smartphones and Cellular service:
1 – Communication
2 – Information
3 – Entertainment
4 – Connectivity
Drawbacks with smartphones and cellular service:
1 – Communication: Sometimes texts, posts or feeds don’t convey the
2 – Apps that don’t work
3 – Distractions as a result from entertainment
4 – Loss of Connection: dropped calls, poor coverage.
Elements of Stronger Service:
The lastest books from Barna and Kinnaman, Churchless and You Lost Me, are must reads. I cannot put them down. The information is spot on and for our church very affirming. For the last two years I have been leading the church I serve in the area of revitalization. I have trained hundreds of pastors in this area. For me, it’s a three year commitment of revitalization. We just completed year one and we will begin year two January 1 of 2015.
The annual theme for the first year was, Step Up, Step In, Step Out. Stronger is the theme for year two. We announced this past October the theme and added what we wanted to emphasize. The emphasis for 2015 is that we want our church to; Think Biblically, Behave Biblically and Contextualize Biblical Teaching in Their Lives. Upon reading Barna and Kinnaman we were elated and affirmed. These books confirm what we suspected. Now, at this point we are just excited – we are still trying put solutions to perplexing situations. We don’t have the answers – but at least we have a direction.
The Church has a future. This we are guaranteed of in the Scriptures. The future, however, does appear like we are not doing that good of a job sharing our faith, reaching the lost and impacting culture. Over the past twenty years have led four turn around situations. Each one of them in a different time zone with their unique culture. This list of 11 things are common denominators found at each location. No matter the size, denomination, beliefs, or time zone you can practice these 11 things right now and begin to see a change. Read more