Day 3 at Ginghamsburg…
More people focus on faith in Jesus rather than following Jesus
Need to move from macro-focus (mega church or mall church) to micro (cafe & house churches)
Empower micro-communities committed to macro-mission
Err on grace rather than judgment
Jesus was people building, not church building
Boring is not the same thing as truth
Tell YOUR stories
God does his best work in a cemetery situation
A short series based on Gospel Lite will get the crowds, but not necessarily make disciples
All sermons and curriculum should preach, teach & heal
You’re gonna die. It’s not about you. Get your butt out there and serve.
If you’re going to push mission, you must give many opportunities for mission.
Exposing people to real poverty really changes people.
Right action moves people from donation to sacrifice
Money follows mission, not local church needs or denominational mandates
Spend LESS on mortar than money going out in mission
As soon as more money is being spent on mortar, you’re not a missional church
You can’t be all things to all people
Most people look around and see human things, a leader sees through the eyes of God
Visioning is the promising picture of God’s preferred future
Vision is a leader’s mental image that conveys where organization needs to be in future
Vision is primarily right-brained and passionate
Goal setting and strategy development are the result, they don’t precede vision
I’m 25 and almost dead. I don’t have time to play church
Vision comes from a leader, not a committee
Microscope people (see by magnifying present reality) vs. Telescope people (see the future)
1. Formulate the vision (a clear picture of our destination sustains us)
2. Articulate vision (be repetitive, write it down in many ways)
3. Activate vision (strategic action plans)
One year rule: If I have one year to live, what would I spend my energy and time on?
People aren’t looking for meetings, they are looking for meaning
The essential quality of visionary is COURAGE
I’m not the miracle
Some people see a ghost in the storm, leaders see Jesus
God can’t use us if we can’t claim our brokenness
Most people want to do Bible study, not discipleship
Picture of the Day
Happy 3 years today Aaron!!