When the Holy Spirit corrects you in private, repent in private.
If you do not repent in private, you will one day be corrected in public.
One of the devil’s crafty tactics is not bringing about consequences, but withholding them. He withholds his opportunity to pounce so that it is eventually much worse (Ecc 8:11). He knows you will keep sinning. He’s setting you up. Don’t let it happen!
God put mentors in th Bible for us in the form of the biblical characters. Every problem you will ever face, someone in the Bible experienced it before you (Heb 11:4).
2. Learn to suffer.
“Suffering will change you, but not necessarily for the better. You have to choose that.” (1 Peter 4:19)
3. Learn to leadyourselftoChrist.
When you get tired, sick and discouraged, you must learn to lead yourself back to the cross where you started.
If you made all of your life decisions when you’re sick, tired, and mad, what kind of life do you think you’d have? A bad one.
Notes & Quotes
“One of the truest tests of a servant is how we respond when we’re treated like one.”
For some of you, God called you to ministry, but not senior pastoring.
Some of us are confusing the work of God in transforming us and the work of Satan in troubling us.
God most often takes us by the hand and leads us through the challenging times, rather than picking us up and allowing us to miss them. Even so, He never lets go of our hand!
The best vegetables grow from sifted soil. The same is true in your life.
God grows the best stuff in sifted soil.
You don’t train for the start of the race. You train for the moment that you most want to quit so that you will decide to push forward to the finish. The same is true in ministry. You have trained through books, messages, and conferences so that you will continue on when you are most discouraged and closest to quitting.
Church planters are known for fighting for the Gospel. We need to fight for our families!
We must fight for date night and family night.
Sometimes we must fight against religious/churchy people.
2. Have a last 10% family
We typically only share 90% of how we think or feel. We keep back the last 10%.
Be honest with each other.
3. There is only one enemy in your family.
The enemy is not: your spouse, your family, or your church.
The enemy is the evil one (John 10:10)
4. The family trully is a partnership.
Date nights are your responsibility.
Family days are your responsibility.
Family items (meals, allowances, prepping for the day, etc)
You are partners in marriage and ministry.
The stronger your partnership is at home, the stronger your ministry expression will be.
Notes & Quotes
The reason that our church is a textbook “simple church” is not just because we think it’s the best model for building a church but because we believe that it’s the best model for protecting our marriages and families.
Many of you are not tempted by moral failures, but you are tempted to put ministry over your marriage.
Contagious Church: Turning mere attendees into zealous advocates.
Speaker: Larry Osborne
Topic: Contagious Church
Date: April 25, 2012
3 Things Every Pastor Needs to Know about
1. You need to know that no one wants to be used.
We use them because we see them as pawns for our vision.
You need to see the world from your lay people’s perspective.
If you don’t understand the real world, you will set up unrealistic expectations.
2. Assimilation is not retention.
Don’t measure assimilation. Measure retention.
3. Attendees become advocates when they experience three things: (1) satisfaction, (2) confidence, and (3) trust.
An attendee shows up every week. An advocate brings people with them…without being asked.
Turning Advicates into Zealous Advocates
1. SATISFACTION - Are people satisfied with both the product and the process?
If people are satisfied with the product but mildly uncomfortable with the process, they will keep coming back, but they won’t bring anyone with them.
Don’t be fooled by those who simply keep coming back because they’re not advocates, they’re just attendees.
How often do our people says, “Our church is great, but you need to know…” Usually, that phrase leads to a negative comment.
At what point in our service, do people feel (1) confused, (2) out of control, or (3) stupid?
Be careful of insider language: locations, abbreviations, etc. Every place you have it is a chance for confusion. If anything has a subtitle, the subtitle should be the title.
You need to occasionally take an audit in order to review what you have accidentally done.
Use plain language with your audience when teaching,
Always talk like there is a room full of new people. It communicates to people that their unchurched friends will be able to manage.
2. CONFIDENCE – Are people confident that the experience will always be the same?
One “throw away Sunday” will ruin the “come and see” experience. People won’t invite people if they’re scared it might be a bad week to invite someone.
You don’t have to hit a home run, you just need consistency. Home run guys, lead the league in strikeouts. The same is true in church world.
Consistency is more important than quality.
People want to know if you’re real. Excellence is a thing of the past.
3. TRUST – Do people trust the character and integrity of leadership?
Trust takes a long time to build, but only seconds to lose (in the big stuff and the small stuff). Moral failures and misleading announcements.
When you say people will like it, they should like it. When you say it is good, it should be good. When you say the Bible says, they need to be able to trust you.
Notes & Quotes
In th Christian world, we often use the same words, but a different dictionary.
At North Coast Church, we don’t do any marketing or advertising.
At North Coast Church, we’ve never done a special outreach or service.
At North Coast Church, we are service and small groups (sermon-based).
At North Coast Church, I’ve never asked people to bring their friends. If you have to ask people to bring their friends, you’re not doing something right. If you do the right things, people will tell people by world-of-mouth, without request.
Check out the video below. It’s pretty stinking impressive. In high school, I played quarterback for my Christian high school’s flag football team (we weren’t a big enough school to have tackle). And, as a former quarterback, I can tell you that these passes were no easy feat. Sure, maybe they took multiple shots for some of the passes, but still it’s incredibly challenging to hit a football goal post three times in a row from 50 yards (single shot, no cut-aways).
So anyway, since the posting of the video last year, it’s reached nearly two million views, ans it’s earned this college quarterback, Alex Tanney, a shot in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills. He’s been invited to their minicamp.
It just goes to show you the power of viral marketing. Viral videos and word-of-mouth advertising are hugely effective. If your business, organization, or church is doing something remarkable, people will tell their friends. And then, growth will happen naturally.
Let’s be remarkable and give people a reason to tell their friends and family about the amazing things that God is doing through us.
I stumbled upon this very interesting photo this past week in a Flipboard article. I had never thought about the lasting impact that a demolished building has upon it’s neighboring buildings. Take a look at the photos below.
The truth is that this same sort of thing is true in the lives of people as well. In life, we stand side-by-side with our friends, family, and co-workers, and here’s the deal, when one of our “neighbors” has a life that’s demolished, by whatever means, we too are impacted. We are not immune to the collateral damage. As the saying goes, “No man is an island.” Our lives are intertwined with the lives of those around us, and when one of us hurts, we hurt too.
Let’s take this a visual reminder to do all we can to prevent life-demolition and to help our friends pick up the pieces if it does happen.
FRIDAY FINDS 05.04.12
Editor Real Talk, a Ryan Gosling–like meme featuring econospeak, a young design company out of New Zealand, and more in this installment of Friday Finds.
German photographer Marcus Bock’s Found Architecture documents the imprint of demolished buildings on their still-standing neighbors. The differing rooflines make a strong visual impact, almost more so than if the disappeared building were still standing. Such are the effects of nostalgia, I suppose.
My wife and I recently attended the High School Banquet for Liberty Christian School in Sanford, FL. At the event, two caricature artists from Digital Caricatures Live were there. Digital drawing is a new innovation in the caricature industry, and there are only about 10 artists in the country doing this. So, having them at the banquet was a real treat. The drawings are top quality, plus they’re digital so several copies can easily be printed. Gone are the days when only one of the people picture (usually the girl) get to take the drawing home. Now, multiple people can receive the drawings, and they can also be posted easily online. Pretty cool, right?
To see the other drawings from the banquet click here.
So, here it is. Our first caricature drawing. Fun stuff!
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