Archive for February 2011

Mistake #10. Over-Training.

When we lack confidence we tend to seek out programs that seem to promise easy success. These are fear responses. Success is not so easily gained. God wants to “co-labor” with us as Paul wrote. Our human tendency is to overdo the training dimension of things while we delay obedience to Christ’s call to actually…

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Mistake #9. Not enough training.

Training is essential. In the Book of Ephesians Paul wrote of the need for the “equipping of the saints” to take place in the Church of God. That is the role of the office gifts: Pastor, Teacher, Evangelist, Prophet, Apostle. As those offices of the church are in function, the Church is equipped to do…

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Mistake #8. Not enough mentoring.

The typical way leaders depend on raising up people involvement is to exhort them into service. “If you know what’s good for you you will go out with us to do outreach…” That approach might work for a short time and with a few people. If you hope to connect with more folks you are…

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Mistake #7. Too few outreach opportunities.

Sometimes we think about doing outreach only now and then. But it takes a steady commitment to reaching our community if we hope to be effective. When we have done an effective outreach that is a bit unusual I sometimes hear other churches comment, “We ought to do that next year at this time of…

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Mistake #6. Not taking enough risks.

We tend to be perfectionists as Believers. It is easy to conclude that if God wants our best effort, then we dare not step out to do anything in representing God unless we are guaranteed a win. I believe G.K. Chesterton was inspired when he penned this thought: “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.”…

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Mistake #5. Trying to control the results.

All evangelism works… if you just keep at it. This is particularly true for Servant Evangelism. God’s Spirit flows through us out to those we serve. The success of SE happens on the spot each time we have a serving encounter. In a sense, all of our serving projects are merely excuses we make so…

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Outreach Mistake #2: Not catching an adequate variety of fish

Mistake #2. Not trying to catch an adequate variety of fish. Typical human nature encourages us to reach out only to those who are like us…to those who look like us, who live in houses similar to ours, who work at places similar to where we work. God, on the other hand, is a fan…

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Top Ten Mistakes in Outreach

I’m listing a few days worth of thoughts on mistakes I’ve made in the area of outreach. I’ve made plenty! I’ve had to pare the list down to just ten for this blog. As you look it over maybe you will save yourself some energy by not repeating my misfires. #1 Mistake: Didn’t go fishing…

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