Recently at Touch ’12, our annual women’s conference, one of our speakers remarked how the same volunteer workers who were at the previous year’s conference were still serving at this one. I was interested by her observation and enquired why she would note this aspect of our ministry. She remarked how many ministries, including her own local church that she attends, has a massive turnover of volunteer workers across the board. It got me to thinking about our approach to volunteer workers in contrast to some other ministries we’ve encountered who struggle to mobilise and maintain a volunteer workforce. Here are some of my insights: Continue Reading
Category : 5Fold Ministry
When I preached my best sermon I had the same people.
When I preached my worst sermon I had the same people.
When I had a bad guest speaker I had the same people.
When I had a great guest speaker I had the same people.
When God moved I had the same people.
Church isn’t about one Sunday.
Ministry is spelled H A R D W O R K. It’s filled with tasks that require workers to serve selflessly. Local churches thrive to the proportion that their members volunteer to serve Christ and His body. The believer that volunteers to serve in the various departments of church life has caught the heart of Christ for His church, whom He gave His life and died for. Serving is an expression of God’s love in and through us.
The more the church catches the heart of Christ to serve the local church the bigger the church becomes – in feet, head and heart. Continue Reading
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, was once told by his boss that he ‘wasn’t promotable’. We know many such stories where the impossible is made possible and the odds are defied. These people have many great qualities but the one that over-arches them all is their positive attitude; their optimism.
Failure is absorbed like a crash test dummy and they keep on keeping on. They don’t allow failure to cripple them but rather use it to forge a creativity that opens the way for them to succeed.
This is the place where permission to fail is given and promoted. Failure is not acceptable when it comes to the mundane, the usual, the expected, the average, the predictable, the habitual, the checklist, the established. Where failure is permitted it is with the step that was daring, full of risk, unique, original, inspiring.
Micah 7 Rejoice not against me, O my enemy! When I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light to me.
In Deut 17 it reads, “And when he sits on his royal throne, he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, out of what is before the Levitical priests. And he shall keep it with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn [reverently] to fear the Lord his God, by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes and doing them, that his [mind and] heart may not be lifted up above his brethren and that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left; so that he may continue long, he and his sons, in his kingdom in Israel.”
When a king ascends to the throne he is to write himself a copy of the Word to read it all the days of His life so that he will not disobey the Word. God wanted the highest office known to His people that they were not above the law; that it applied to them just as much as it applied to everyone else.
Listening to a ‘preach’ recently the thought that overwhelmed me was the minister’s approach. It was obvious that he had stepped into the pulpit that day with a belief that the recipients of his message were negative, stubbornly and willfully sinful, antagonistic to him and God and probably on borrowed time with God’s grace.
Paul said when he ministered he preached Christ in you, the hope of glory. My approach to the pulpit is positive. I preach to Christ within the hearers and that changes the negative approach because Christ within wants to do the will of God. It’s not about beating Him into submission.
Jesus does a great thing with parables as demonstrated in Mark 4. He taught everyone – the crowds, the disciples, His core friendship group – using parables. To His disciples He explained what those parables meant and then taught them in further parables.
Psychologists tell us that what we consider to be reality depends on the complex images that we form of the world. Jesus challenged the paradigms and religious symbolism through parables so that it changed the whole image of what is real and possible for us. Jesus refused to be bound to socio-cultural limitations. Ever wonder why Jesus got such huge reactions from telling simple stories? Continue Reading
Destiny has become another one of those christianese buzz words that lacks Biblical definition and consequently is a vague, mystical subject that we usher to the dark zone so as not to answer it. Yet destiny understood becomes a powerful ally. Destiny motivates us to move forward; it endues our lives with hope that God has a future for us that is better than the drudgery of crunching through the menial and mundane.
The Bible teaches us that God has a plan, purpose and pursuit for every one of us. It is written within the DNA of our hearts. As believers it is from this place that the indwelling Holy Spirit empowers us to fulfil our destiny by inviting us on a highly personalised mission with Him.
Even though we don’t understand the concept of destiny we all refuse to accept that our life has no meaning or purpose or value.
The question is, “Has my destiny been derailed because I made a mistake or some-one wronged me?” Continue Reading
You’re going to do it anyway so why not do it with enthusiasm, with excellence, with WOW! Create as many wins out of the experience as possible. Maximise the moment. Create an experience that makes as many wins as possible. You’re going to do it anyway.
Whether it’s personal, in the workplace, in your relationships or church you’re going to do it anyway.
I visited a C3 church recently in Amsterdam because they presented a Dutch/English service. And promised coffee on arrival. I sent an email on ahead to the pastors to say hi and that we were coming.
Cutting edge servanthood understands that they not ‘above’ any task. The lacklustre worker doesn’t operate at optimum health because they are afflicted with a bias that suggests they are above a task. They look for a quick fix or a short cut unable to grasp how an improvement in an attitude of humility will contribute to a church’s health and move the bottom line forward.
Today people are educated beyond their level of obedience. Patrick Lencioni, author and President of The Table Group says that knowledge alone in today’s marketplace is not sufficient to give you the cutting edge. Knowledge is so accessible that it moves, is copied, transferred and imbibed with the ease of hitting a few buttons.
To maintain your spiritual health, increase your value and add to the bottom line I offer four principles to help you: Continue Reading