April 2009

Kingdom building is not about good preaching but about faithful disciples

Building appreciation disorder hinders church revitalization in older declining congregations more than a lack of money

What will start an urban church planting movement? Being more passionate about people outside than the comfort of people inside.

Blue ocean vision is not grounded in reality of the past

Lost people matter to God. What are you going to do today to let and unbeliever know that they matter to you.

Training leaders who you can trust and release is the foundation of multi site ministry.

The best way to share the Gospel with non believers is to live among them

Command and Control style of leadership is ineffective. Shared leadership, collaboration and adaptability are emerging.

True Leadership – You can be the heart of the organization without being the center of attention

Leadership development is essential for a sustainable church multiplication movement

Leadership Jazz

Max Dupree


Max shares five criteria as a way to start thinking about faithfulness


  1. Integrity in all things preceded all else
  2. Servanthood of leadership needs to be felt, understood, believed and practiced if we’re to be faithful
  3. Accountability for others especially those on the edges of life and not yet experienced in the ways of the world
  4. Practice equity of relationships valuing each person on the team
  5. Leaders must be vulnerable and transparent to those that they lead

I am currently at the Exponential Conference and Dave Ferguson led a session on 7 Moves to Multi-Site Church.  He emphasized that starting another site was about leadership preparedness, the DNA of multiplication and the apprentice principle.  Because everyone is focused on one vision leaders are able to be faithful, and find their voice in ministry. 

The #1 take away for today:  The Big Idea by Dave Ferguson

Bell’s Appeal
Ministry to young adults
By Debra Benis

When Rob Bell walks on stage at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, the 38-year-old sports chic black glasses and black jeans with a wide, white 1970s belt. His geeky, affable presence and energized speaking style warm up the room quickly and signal a seasoned performer. After you hear Bell speak, it’s not surprising to learn that his childhood hero was David Letterman or that when he was a student at Wheaton College in the 1980s, he was lead singer in a band called “__Ton Bundle” (the blank space allowed band members to change the band’s name by adding various adjectives).There’s plenty of evidence that Bell’s been successful at engaging the culture. He’s been written up by Time magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times, which calls him “the next Billy Graham.” His 2006 book Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith created a following of diehard fans who eagerly awaited Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality and his latest book, Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile (written with Don Golden of World Relief).

His NOOMA videos have sold 1.2 million copies in 80 countries (NOOMA is a phonetic spelling of the Greek pneuma, or “spirit”). In 2007-2008 he visited 22 cities as part of “The Gods Aren’t Angry” tour. Bell has come in for criticism as well as adulation. Conservative evangelicals like blogger Eric Rung think Bell’s approach to ministry is “out of step with scripture” and that his philosophy will “erode true biblical faith.” Another Web site-one of many-notes that while Bell is packaged as Christian, “nothing could be further from the truth,” and calls Bell “a New Age evangelist.”

What is Bell doing to earn so much attention? For one thing, he can preach. As Bell warms up a congregation or audience to hear “the truth of the text,” he drops jokes based on pop music, references to favorite cheap wines or the quirks of cell phone technology, a mainstay of the 20-somethings among his listeners. In his sermons, he prepares the congregation by announcing that he’ll be teaching for 80 minutes. (Some of the visitors thought that he must be kidding. He wasn’t.)

Several times during the 80 minutes he stops in the middle of exegeting a Bible passage when he senses a lull in listener focus and shouts, “Are you tracking?” After a resolute yes from the congregation, he dives in again.


 This article provides us with a lot of insight on what is neccesary if older mainline churches are to be effective in reaching young adults. I am left asking the question, “Should we be equipping .young adult lay and clergy pastors to engage their culture more aggressively? I believe that the answer is yest but this also develops a second question.  Will the young adult sensitive ministries flourish at the expense of established older congregations dying?

Should we be afraid to plan because we fear our plans would slip? Not at all. We have to put in our best effort and plan. Then we publish that plan, track its activities, anticipate slippages, re-plan and continue tracking. We all have to go through a process of learning before getting it right and we learn best by making mistakes. It’s okay to make mistakes because mistakes pave the way to success. What’s really important is recovering from our mistakes, being in control of the project even when the goings are tough, being confident of getting past the hurdles and most of all – being accountable. Here’s how:

  • Be Proactive (not reactive) by taking initiatives and converting it into actions
  • Be Responsible by taking ownership of your actions
  • Make Decisions without fearing its outcome and trusting your gut
  •  Be Confident of your decisions and your actions

You are a leader. While it is okay for a leader to make mistakes, it is not expected of a leader to make excuses, point fingers or play the blame game. Even if it is not your fault, it does not matter. You are accountable. You are accountable for the project that you planned for. You are accountable for your actions, your team’s actions; for everyone and everything in the project, the project that you own… and when you stand up – not to blame but to own, that’s when we see a leader in you.