The Week Ahead and in review.
Could it be that we should put a sign on the doors of our churches: Danger Inside!? Then the worship folder might have a heading that says, “This is a warning. In this service, you may actually encounter the holy God who has awesome power, and an intense interest in a relationship with you. You may be totally changed here. You may have to leave your worries and anxieties here. (Then what will occupy your time?) You may be emboldened to live a courageous, victorious life, fearful of nothing, able for anything.
You may also find the most loyal of friends who wear you out with their concern and love, who seem to want to have a steadfast relationship with you to the point where you may say ‘Enough already!’
Finally, in this place, you may receive so much joy you simply won’t know what to do with it except to share it with others wherever you go. What a dangerous bore you may become! This is indeed a hazardous place and we have warned you.” -author unknown
It is my prayer that this week as you read this blog you have that same sense of danger inside. God’s word may touch you in some surprising and powerful ways. And isn’t that the way God’s Word should operate? It should change us. The word should transform us, our minds, our lives our attitudes. God’s word should make us more like Jesus a bit more every day.
Monday: TED Talk: Courage is Contagious
When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community. His documentary “Whose Streets?” tells the story of the protests from the perspective of the activists who showed up to challenge those who use power to spread fear and hate.
Tuesday: What Generation Z Wants in a Church?
“Gen Z was born between 1999 and 2015, making the oldest of them 18 this year. Most of them are in their teens and childhood years. Gen Z is the second largest generation alive today. In the U.S. there are 69 million of them, compared to 66 million Millennials, 55 million Gen Xers and 76 million Boomers. The parents of Gen Z are Gen X and Millennials. They are most ethnically diverse generation alive today, and they have, for better and worse, grown up with technology at their fingertips. The smartphone was invented before most of them were even born.” – Barna Research Group
Wednesday: Three Barriers to Move your Ministry from Addition to Multiplication
Every congregation wants to see growth. However, there are some simple yet powerful barriers holding you back. In this post, we will examine three: 1. fear, 2. scarcity of resources, and a 3. flawed understanding of the role of church planting.
Thursday: Four Ways to Expand your Ministry Capacity
You are the leadership lid on your congregation’s capacity. How do you expand and better leverage your God-given abilities?
The Week in Review on The Light Breaks Through.
Many have wondered why Revheadpin? I am a bowler at my core. To be successful at it you have to consistently hit the headpin. The blog underwent a major redesign this week check it out and give me your feedback.
Monday: TED Talk: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Manipulate our Emotions.
The combined market capitalization of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google is now equivalent to the GDP of India. How did these four companies come to infiltrate our lives so completely? In a spectacular rant, Scott Galloway shares insights and eye-opening stats about their dominance and motivation — and what happens when a society prizes shareholder value over everything else. Followed by a Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson.
Tuesday: Three Essential Qualities Every Leader Must Have
The role of the leader is not to do it all but instead to equip others to share in the ministry. Every leader goes through three growth moments in leading his ministry. In this post, we will examine each.
Wednesday: How the Resurrection Impacts our Grief
God does not intend for us to weep continuously.
“If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.”- Jesus
Thursday: In Rural Ministry Relationships Are Critical.
With that distance and lack of proximity, relationships take on a new level of significance. To effectively minister in this setting, you need to shift your attitude and mindset. It can be very tempting since people are not always around to interact even check in with you that think there is not a real ministry to do in these smaller communities.
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