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.
As a kid I grew up in a great Christian home. My dad served as a part-time music director and my mom taught High School girls Sunday School. I was always at church. I loved it. I have great memories of church revivals and listening to my Dad sing in many southern gospel groups. I have so many memories of church revivals. Gospel singing, covered dish meals and multiple offerings taken until enough money was raised. I, along with my family, spent many nights at numerous revivals. Read more
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
Talk about a case study in the work of renovation, Joshua following Moses is a good study. Every renovating pastor serves in the shadow of a former pastor. Unless you are a church planter, you will not be the first guy on the scene. We, like Joshua, follow the work of someone before us. From Joshua we learn timeless principles that can help us all kick-start a new work in an existing church. From the words of God to Joshua, we learn how to navigate the process of turning people around and focusing them back on their mission. Read more