We are at the dawn of a new age which we can no longer ignore. That new age is both exciting and scary at the same time. Church leaders can no longer do “Church the same old way.” We must talk differently, react differently and share differently in order to be relevant in this new age. While we must share differently, the message is still the same, “Jesus Christ, fully God and fully human, came into the world to save sinners like me.” So the Great Commission is still our mandate, but the way we fulfill that mandate has to be different.
Many outside the church believe that church has no relevance in their lives. How can we as the church not only show relevance, but introduce those outside the church to the saving grace of Jesus? Some outside the church might know Jesus already, but if they are outside of the church, then they are missing out on a big part of being followers of Jesus, and that is corporate worship and community.
This blog has been created as a resource for small churches. Small churches still have a huge impact on our communities and STILL can offer something that the large scale churches cannot provide, and that is the “community” that often gets neglected in large scale churches. In order to form that community, we have to provide excellence for those who are part of our community.
This blog will not be a source of new information, but rather it is designed to be a resource of many things in one place. It is my prayer that this will be a place where church leaders can go to centrally find “one new thing” that they can implement quickly and easily which will empower them to be the church that God calls them to be.
Today I begin with an empowering tool taught by Andy Stanley. This was taught at the Catalyst Convention. If you have not attended Catalyst it might be one of the best events you can attend to grow church leaders. I listen to Stanley’s sermons in order to help me learn.
During his teaching at catalyst he told us to quote authors. In other words, do not say, “The Bible Says,” but rather say “Paul says.”
Why? Scripture holds no authority for those who do not attend church. However, it becomes more powerful when you say, “Paul, a person who hated Christians, who actually persecuted Christians says…..” Or you might say, “James, the brother of Jesus…….this man we never heard of before the death of Jesus, but after the resurrection he became one of the leaders of the church, James says….” I have been using this tool ever since I heard the teaching, and find it very empowering in my ministry.
What one thing have you done that has impacted your ministry?