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rethinking evangelism golden ruleBy Arron Chambers

Some things in life are more complicated than they need to be.

Like turning on the television. Remember when you could turn on the TV by just urning a single knob? Now, you need a degree from MIT to navigate the remote control. Or like ordering coffee–an infinite number of coffee options, but most of those options change with each coffee shop. I love white chocolate-flavored coffee in a medium-sized cup or mug, which at my favorite coffee shop, is a 16-ounce (not medium) white chocolate mocha. But when I go to Dunkin’ Donuts, the closest thing I can find to that same drink is called a medium (not 16-ounce) Dunkaccino, which is always difficult for me to order because I have to pay for it with my man card.

Or becoming a Christian. Remember when becoming a Christian was as simple as hearing and responding to the gospel? Now, too many Christians and churches have made it so complicated to find Jesus. Put yourself in the Toms, Skechers, Vans, Doc Martens, or Birkenstocks of a lost person with me for a moment and realize what they have to be willing to walk through to actually hear the gospel. Continue Reading…

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Narrow-Minded Evangelism: ReThinking Evangelism…& The Golden Rule

Discipling Skeptics and SeekersThe Golden Rule is one of the best-known and most quoted scriptures in the Bible. But, what if we have it all wrong? What if The Golden Rule was never meant to be a simple and safe mantra—recited to children to get them to see the importance of sharing their toys with one another? What if we’ve looked at that verse too narrowly and missed Christ’s point altogether? What if The Golden Rule is really a profoundly dangerous mission statement—to be embraced by Christ followers and lead people away from the broad way that leads to death and back onto the narrow way that leads to life? In this FREE resource, and using The Golden Rule as a mission statement, pastor and author Arron Chambers shares the keys you and your church can use to help more lost people find the narrow way that leads to life. Download the eBook. Continue Reading…

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church plant launchby Doug Foltz

Recently a church planter told me, “I got so much done today, but then I looked at how much I had left and felt like I was eating the proverbial elephant.” Toward the end of the conversation, I asked how many people were on his launch team. “The same as last month,” he said. “I need to get some people around me.”

As you probably already know, there are hundreds of tasks to complete when planting a church. I have seen church planters start churches with many of the “tasks” incomplete. I’ve seen churches start with limited budgets, no staff, borrow and beg for equipment, and have even heard of a church that started in a park because they had no facility. Many of these churches overcame these obstacles and became a healthy congregation.

However, I’ve never seen a church start without people. A church planter’s worst nightmare is that opening Sunday arrives, and the only people in the congregation are his spouse, kids and mom.

Over the next four weeks in this series of blog posts, I’m focusing on priority No. 1 for every church planter regardless of the form of church you’re planting or the context in which you’re planting –building a launch team. Every church planter needs a team of people committed to helping start the church. Below are some vital launch team lessons I’ve learned firsthand and from talking to other planters. Continue Reading…

social media teamIf you’re planning on attending Exponential ’13 in person or via the free webcast and enjoy tweeting, we have an excellent opportunity to help you put your skills to good use. Exponential is seeking a team of volunteers to help us provide social media coverage (Twitter, Facebook, Storify, etc.) for the upcoming Exponential East conference April 28 through May 1. Whether you’re onsite in Orlando or watching the Exponential webcast, we need men and women to capture key, compelling messages in pre-conference intensives, main sessions, workshops, casual conversations, etc. Continue Reading…

church plant idea easter checklist

As you look toward April 20, spend a few minutes with your launch team or staff going over this logistics checklist we’ve compiled from various sources to make sure you’re prepared and ready for Easter weekend. Preparation goes a long way in making sure your guests have a good experience with your church. 

Easter Weekend Checklist

1. Ask your prayer team or (encourage people to sign up for shifts) to pray for Easter weekend.

2. Determine contingency plans in case of overflow. How many guests do you expect? Will they all fit in your gathering area? Or does your normal Sunday crowd already fill most of your space? If your services are already 80 percent full, consider adding an extra service. Continue Reading…

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The idea of missional church has gained tremendous traction over the last decade. But the most common missteps and misnomers among well-intentioned, rightly motived leaders happen when the word missional is used merely as a fresh term for outreach and evangelism. The difference is this: Missional doesn’t visit the neighborhood. It moves into the neighborhood. To be missional is not simply to evangelize; it is to do the hard work of an evangelist— getting to know those who need to hear the message, learning the language and the cultural setting. Missional churches are not necessarily churches that do lots of outreach events. Those programs and activities may emerge, and they should. But what makes a missional church is that it’s made up of people who are on mission in their individual lives—their neighborhoods, workplaces and social places—and in their communal activity as a faith collective. Continue Reading…

In response to last week’s post on the top 40 books for understanding missional theology and praxis I have received several requests for a shorter list. As with the earlier list, these are only my suggestions, but if I could recommend only ten books to have someone read to get the best synopsis of the missional conversation, and know how to live out missionality as a Jesus follower and a faith community, I would start with these ten books for a missional library:

Foolishness to the Greeks by Lesslie Newbigin

Newbigin was a missionary in India for nearly 40 years and upon his return to England analysed modern Western culture from the perspective of a missionary outsider. He applied the same discernment involved in contextualizing the gospel in another culture to the issues involved in contextualizing the gospel in Western culture. It is an extraordinary book on contemporary missiology. Continue Reading…

 

I’m not trying to be cute or clever with the title or with this post. The thought occurred to me recently.

If I were God — would I hire me?

Now granted, I’m not God. You can say a loud amen to that. And, God is not like me. Bigger amen expected.

Everyone God calls is unqualified apart from His grace. And, God calls unlikely people to do extraordinary work.

But, just for my own thought and evaluation process, my thoughts pondered this question recently.

If I were God — like if for a minute I got to make a choice concerning my employment for God — what would I choose?

Would I choose me?

Do I often complain more than I try to find solutions? Continue Reading…