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How To Change A Board Members Perspective

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Once a month I post for Rookie Preacher here’s my latest post, “How To Change A Board Members Perspective”.

“Send each board member a note saying, “At our next meeting I need you to please bring a roll of paper towel and cleaning spray.” When everyone shows up take them to the nursery and clean the toys in the room as you have your meeting. Can you imagine them sitting around on the nursery floor, legs crossed surrounded by Lego? Great sight isn’t it?”  How To Change A Board Members Perspective

Originally posted 2016-04-06 07:00:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

21
Nov

This Statement On Discipleship Scares Me As A Pastor

 

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What is a disciple?

  • “…one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another” – (Merriam/Webster)
  • “…implies that the person not only accepts the views of the teacher, but that he is also in practice an adherent…”  (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)

Every two weeks I meet with a couple of  Pastor friends. We have been working through material from Lifeway Resources and the heart of all our conversations is our desire to see people grow as disciples.  In a world of great distractions, sporadic church attendance and less Scriptural knowledge it’s quite a challenge.  None of us are happy with our discipleship process which brings me to this statement which I read last week:

“For a Church to be deficient in discipleship is to be deficient in its fundamental reason for existence.  If an organization is careless in its core reason for existence, it doesn’t matter if the organization excels at other things.” (Transformational Discipleship)

There’s a wake up call for you!!!!

Jesus said; “What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life?” (Matthew 16:26) 

What benefit is there in having a “rockin” church but lose on discipleship?

You’ve probably heard it said that business evaluation begins with two questions:

  • What your business?
  • How’s business?

Our business is making disciples, plain and simple.

How’s business? Now that’s another question.

I see people in our congregation concerned about sharing their faith with family and friends.  I see the “one another’s” being practiced as regular part of our church life. But when it comes to having a specific plan as to how you grow as a disciple in our church we in the words of the above quote are “deficient”.

We have plans in place to begin to rectify the situation and we are not looking at a short term fix but a system overhaul that will bring unity to our efforts and provide a path forward.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Here’s to better discipleship making.

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Originally posted 2015-02-03 21:45:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

21
Nov

His Lovely Wife In The Psych Ward

 

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It was one of those times where you can’t put it down and you have to read to the end to find out what happened.  But it wasn’t a novel, it was a personal story about Mental health.

“We met at 18. We wed at 24. At 27, I checked my wife into a psych ward—for the first time. How mental illness reshapes a marriage.”

Just as we have all been touched by cancer in some way. I think most of us have been touched by mental illness also.  It’s either in our family or within your close circle of friends.  In fact in Canada, we have an initiative called “Let’s Talk” aimed at raising awareness about Mental Health Issues.

Part of the challenge with mental illness is that it is so private it’s difficult to imagine the stress, strain and pressure individuals and families suffer through.

This article by Mark Lukach give you a first hand account of dealing with mental illness up close and personal.

By the time you get to the end your understanding, compassion and desire to come alongside those struggling will have increased greatly.

Please take a few minutes and read this article.  You will be glad you did.

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Originally posted 2015-01-20 16:45:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

21
Nov

6 Links For Day 6 (February 13/16)

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Atlanta Preacher Dresses Up As Prostitute by Jeannie Law

Grammy-Award-winner-turned pastor Le’Andria Johnson admitted that she uses some unconventional methods to get people into the church.  “20 cigarettes, 20 people smoking them… they all came to church,” Johnson told The Grio. “They’re still coming to church. So it works. The method works.”

28 Tips, Tricks and Apps for Senior Pastors by Brian Jones

3 Sentence Email Rule – Except in rare circumstances, I never respond in email with more than 3 sentences. If something warrants a longer response I’ll say, “See me Sunday” or “Bring this up at staff meeting.”

5 Myths About Rosa Park by Justin Taylor

“Shortly after 5 p.m., on a cool Alabama evening 60 years ago Tuesday, a 42-year-old woman clocked out from her job as a seamstress at the Montgomery Fair Department Store. Rosa Parks walked westward along Montgomery Street to Court Square to board the Cleveland Avenue bus to make the five-mile, 15-minute trek back to her apartment at Cleveland Courts to cook supper for her husband, Raymond.”

3 Simple Ways Silence Will Make You Hear God Clearly by Marve Handah

“We all want to be right in any argument.  We all want to prove that we are more knowledgeable in various matters.  We want people to do things our way because we’re all convinced our way is the best way.  But the truth is when you insist on being correct in any argument your arrogance will harm your relationships. Sometimes, the best way to resolve an argument is to shut up and just listen.”

Why Is There So Much Violence In The Bible?

 

Why Do Some People Get So Mad At You?

Social activist Elliott Larson* said, “Anger always comes from frustrated expectations.” When I read that I couldn’t help but think of the church, or more specifically, congregational expectations towards their pastor. So often the reason why people are mad at their pastor can be traced back to frustrated expectations.

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Disclaimer – These posts do not necessarily represent what I believe but are presented to stimulate our thinking.

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Originally posted 2016-02-12 11:13:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

21
Nov

Top 5 Tips For Visiting Seniors

I love older people because they have wisdom of which I am always in need of and they tell stories which I love to hear.  So please take this tongue and cheek post in the spirit in which it’s presented.

Tip #1

As you ring the door bell or get off the elevator erase all former conversations from past visits, this will help because you will  hear the same stories again.

Tip #2

Establish common ground by learning to love puzzles and the more pieces the better.

Tip #3

In order to achieve the proper speaking volume start soft and when they stop leaning in, cupping their ears, giving nonsensical answers you have hit the proper level.

Tip #4

Do not eat a big lunch before going out for a visit.  Senior’s like it hot and the combination of the heat and less blood in your brain because of digestion is not a good situation.

Tip #5

Watch out for this subtle Senior’s trick.  From the very beginning they will time your visit. If your visit is not long enough for their liking they will begin to offer you a snack 5-7 minutes before your regular leaving time which will actually add an extra 20-25 minutes to you stay.

D you have a tip for us?  Please leave a comment and share it.

 

Originally posted 2014-05-26 06:34:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

21
Nov

Yes, She Takes After Her Father

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“”Children are natural mimics – they act like us in spite of all our attempts to teach them good manners.”

In case you have the misplaced idea that younger children are oblivious and do not pay attention here is a story for you.

Here’s the scenario, mom is driving with her 5 year old and gets cut off in traffic.

5 year old rolls down window, “You Idiot!!!!!!!!”

Mom, trying to recover from almost driving into oncoming traffic, “Where did you get that from?”

5 year old, amazed at the question, “I got it from daddy, and since he wasn’t here I figured I would do it for him because I know you wouldn’t do it.”

Remember – “Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life.” (Proverbs 22:6) – can work against you.

“Although children sometimes fail to admire their parents, they never fail to imitate them.” (Philip Graham Ryken)

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Originally posted 2014-12-16 08:32:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

21
Nov

Jesus Told Stories When He Preached And You Should Too

Jesus Told Stories When He Preached

They say that, “Variety is the spice of life” and this is especially true of  preaching.  It’s very easy to get into a routine (think rut) with our preaching and miss the impact that variety can have on our audience and also on us in our preparation.  I read a  Thom Rainer post awhile back called ” 6 Preaching Methods Jesus Used and You Should Too” and I thought I would share each element with you and add resources that will help drive each point home.

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1. Jesus Told Stories

“Jesus told countless parables (Mark 4:34). He pulled spiritual truth from everyday life. Not only did these stories make Jesus’ preaching more memorable, they also connected in much more profound way. Think about the parable of the Prodigal Son. Jesus could have proclaimed, “God loves you so much that He will welcome you back to Him no matter how far you have wandered away.”

That is definitely true. However, Jesus instead chooses to tell the story of a boy who disowned his family, partied away his inheritance, came home to beg for mercy, but was surprisingly welcomed with open arms by his father who waited daily for his return. Which is more powerful? If you want to preach like Jesus, tell stories. Lots of them. Use examples from everyday life to teach spiritual truth.”

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Rick Warren says, “Stories are made to hold our attention, stir emotion and help us remember.”

Here’s more Jesus Told Stories To Make A Point

I remember reading a G. Campbell Morgan sermon years ago and he transported me to the Sea of Galilee and I could feel the sand between my toes as I walked the shore with Jesus.  I have always appreciated preaching that “puts you there”.

Chris Brown says “Good communicators can hold their audiences attention for a long period of time.  Great communicators can have their audiences participation for a long period of time.”

10 Reasons To Lead With A Story  by from

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To get the audiences participation when preaching narrative material take them with you into the Scripture, here’s more:

 

“Not only did these stories make Jesus’ preaching more memorable, they also connected in much more profound way.” (Thom Rainer)

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Originally posted 2015-03-04 06:48:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

21
Nov

Which One of these 6 Message Types Will You Use This Sunday?

Which One Of These 6 Messages Types Will You Use This Sunday?

After you have prayed, done your research, consulted the commentaries and lived with the passage the question still remains, “How do I present this?”  What is the best approach for the specific situation you are in as a church right now?

Jesus tailored his message for his listeners and we should too.

Choice

 

Here are 6 Preaching Angles from an article I recently read  by Glen Long entitled “The Only 6 Posts Worth Writing (and How to Totally Nail Each one)

#1 – The Wake-Up Call

  • The Wake-Up Call is a tough-talking post whose purpose is to snap the reader out of behavior that’s destructive, misguided or simply isn’t in line with their claimed goals.

#2 – The Catalyst

  • The Catalyst is a post designed to push the reader over the edge – but in a positive way.

#3 – The Lifeline

  • The Lifeline is a highly practical post that gives the reader the solution to a problem they already know they have.

#4 – The Handholder

  • The Hand-Holder takes a new reader on their first baby steps toward a large and seemingly impossible goal.

#5 – The Strategy

  • The Strategy gives the reader a robust process for reaching an elusive goal. This is a post for the reader who already knows where they are and where they need to be but cannot see a clear path between the two.

#6 – The Horizon Expander

  • The Horizon-Expander aims to broaden the reader’s knowledge and open them to new ideas and opportunities.

 

How do I make this practical? 

If you are preaching an expository or textual message let the passage give you direction as to which category it might fall into.

If you are preaching a topical message consider your audience and what approach is needed for your particular context.

I came across this article while I was preparing a message called, “You Are Not To Busy To Pray”.

I decided to use the Catalyst Approach.

I read 15 Great Excuses Not to Form the Fitness Habit by Leo Babauta and loved the way he knocked down each excuse people have for not exercising.  As I put my message together I used the same type of approach with the excuses we have for not praying.

Finally, think back over the past year and take a tally of what categories your message fall into.

Are you balanced or are you a one-trick pony?

Jesus varied His approach depending on His audience and what they needed and so should we.

Here’s to better preaching.

 

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Originally posted 2014-08-18 22:39:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

21
Nov

Stranded On Highway And He Deserved It

 

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The following story happened to a friend of mine, who does not claim he was innocent in all of this:)

Husbands take note! If you are tempted to get out of your car on a highway in a fit of road rage, beware.  Your wife may just get behind the wheel and leave you stranded.

 

That’s exactly what one unsuspecting husband discovered on his way to work at 7:00 a.m. this past Tuesday.

 

It began when John, a Toronto lawyer, was enroute to a client meeting in downtown Toronto from his Lakeshore Avenue West condominium complex.  John made the mistake of cutting  his convertible in front of an eastbound moving car.  The driver in the car behind him, miffed because of John’s turn, slammed the heel of his hand on the horn and then gestured wildly at John displaying his early morning agitation at this affront.

 

As John entered the Gardiner on-ramp he deliberately slowed down to a crawl causing the driver’s anger to boil even more.  The sound of a blaring horn followed John’s painfully slow ascent up the ramp onto the Gardiner.  Once on the Gardiner, John moved into the center lane merging with traffic. The driver behind roared past John and quickly moved in front of him forcefully slamming on the brakes.  John and all the cars behind him screeched to a stop. 

 

With traffic stopped because of congestion, the driver flung open his door and stomped his way back to John.  John looked up at this well-dressed, handsome gentlemen who began to scold and shout at him telling him that he shouldn’t be driving a standard if he didn’t know how. 

Confused as to why the driver would think John didn’t know how to drive a standard, he looked at the car in front of him.  John was now transfixed at what he saw – movement in the passenger seat – someone appeared to be moving to the beat of a fast-paced song and hands were flailing away.  But wait, no….that wasn’t it.   It was someone climbing over the console into the driver’s seat.  It was the driver’s wife.  

 

She extended her arm out of the car, grabbed the door and slammed it shut.  In awe, John saw her drive off leaving her husband stranded beside him in the centre lane of the Gardiner. By now the congestion had cleared and cars in all 3 lanes were picking up speed.

John then looked up at the highly agitated gentleman and said “Excuse me sir, but you have a far greater problem on your hands.  Your wife has driven off in your car.  I can leave you here or you can get into my car and we can try to catch up with her.”

 

Sheepishly the driver skulked over to the passenger side of car and climbed in.  In a few moments, John had caught up with the driver’s wife who had now pulled over to the side of the highway.  As the unidentified driver was about to get out of the car, John turned to him and suggested that, “Tonight might be a good time to take his wife out to dinner!”

How would you use this as a sermon illustration?

  • You never know how you actions will affect another person
  • Escalating a situation will lead to more trouble
  • Don’t tick off your wife early in the morning:)

Have a suggested use?  Let me know.

Thanks to Norma for the article.

 

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Originally posted 2014-08-12 07:44:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter