Social Media and Your Soul

How do you keep your soul private in a social media obsessed world? Back in the 80s there was a sandwich that McDonald’s developed called the McD.L.T. Many of you won’t recognize this sandwich but it was the thing. It actually stuck around for 6 years until McDonald’s caved into the social pressure that deemed…

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Comparing Yourself with Others

Two jumps in a week Bet you think that’s pretty clever Don’t you, boy? Flying along in your motorcycle Watching as the ground beneath you drops You kill yourself for recognition Kill yourself to never, ever stop You broke another mirror You’re turning into something you are not. – Radiohead, “High and Dry” The 90s…

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WHY THE WORLD NEEDS YOU TO HAVE A MISSION STATEMENT

Launching with the right focus is essential if your plant is going to avoid defaulting into just another big church after you’ve grown. If you’re using the New Testament apostolic model, then the solution is hard-wired into your church already. You’re not wired to grow big, but to reproduce. As soon as the tender shoots…

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WHY YOU NEED A MISSION STATEMENT

Now that you know that you’re called, what are you called to do? What are your mission directives from HQ? What is it you and your church are here to accomplish? Businesses borrowed the term “mission statement” from the church, because any biblical church is always on mission. A mission statement will help you ensure…

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MISSIONAL COGS

COGS stands for Communities of grace. These are the best places to use your gifts. The gifts were given to the church, but like an old tie or wool knit sweater from grandma, they stay in the bottom of the drawer. Have you ever wondered why the position of elder has gifts wired into it…

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DEMOGRAPHICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART

Finding out what’s going on in the neighborhood is dangerous. Mainly because you’re going to get sucked into the need. When Jesus was moved with compassion for the heaving masses following him late one evening, the disciples were ready to turn them away, and Jesus pictured them being like sheep released into the darkness. Helpless…

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TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Google is your friend. Did you know that you can profile census information? You can profile single mothers, foreign language speakers, Poverty level. Mission Insights is a valuable resource that many big denominations use. This practice is known as “mapping”. Mapping is the practice of identifying the people you are going to reach the city.…

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TARGETING YOUR DROP ZONE

The first question you need to ask is where am I going to jump? How does one pick a location? In the New Testament, Paul and Barnabas “went home”. They targeted their own people. Paul targeted his fellow citizens of Turkey, and Barnabas the inhabitants of his native Cypress. On Paul’s second missionary journey, Paul…

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