Archive for July 2011

Stop sensing you are in charge of something.

You are not responsible for making something happen. You don’t know what will happen as you obey God in the realm of evangelism. It’s up to God to produce fruit. God is the one who produces fruit forever and always. Our role is to show up in faithfulness with a smile and a bit of…

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It’s not such a bad word after all

…once they experience a bit of the joy of it. I use the term “Kindness outreach” instead of “Servant Evangelism” at first to woo people into the cusp of outreach, but then I don’t worry about using the “E” word. Once they experience it they are no longer fearful. As one formerly fearful guy recently…

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The senior leader is the primary mentor…

The senior leader is the primary mentor… who guides the way in all things related to evangelism. A local church will rarely grow beyond the skill and passion level of her pastor. As that person does, so does the church, for better and for worse. Most of the time, not surprisingly, the pastor of the…

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Do the work

It’s all about doing the work, not talking about the work. Leaders aren’t leaders until they lead. Writers aren’t writers until they write. Worship leaders are so until they bring others into worship. Evangelists are only evangelists when they evangelize. Connect with the Lost. Don’t just talk. Do the work. Start today.

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Being Yourself or Being Outward

Like most people, I’m an introvert by nature. The ironic truth is, I struggle with the notion of doing an outreach every time it comes to going out to serve others. The consistent thought that goes through my mind is, “Isn’t there a book I need to read?” Or, “Don’t I need to study something…

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“Evangelism” or “Missional”

I am officially skeptical of the term “missional” at this point in the game. I have heard and read a pile of material on mission this and mission that, but have seen precious few practical results. I am fairly convinced that most of those who write under the rubric “missional” are confessing that they know…

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How To Be Creative

I recently saw the film Midnight In Paris, a powerful flick whose backstory is about finding a creative muse in spite of self-doubt. As one who writes on a daily basis I felt a kinship with the main character in the story, a frustrated writer with a stalled novel. Whether you are a writer or…

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Extending Your Half-Life In The Community

The term Half-life refers to how long something continues to have an influence on a system. For example, how long does a medication remain active in your body? A long half-life drug will influence you for weeks after you stop taking it. What is the half-life of a book on the market? On the mainstream…

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Buying Into Your Preferred Future

No matter who you are, no matter what you do, today you are moving toward your future at a rapid pace. There’s just one question you face – Is this the future you most highly prize? If you are like most, an accurate answer is probably, “Some days it’s a yes, other days I’m far…

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Talk Up The Gospel

There are a couple of caveats regarding the new openness isolation has created to conversation. A.As you approach people rely on the Holy Spirit for success. Without him we will not succeed in evangelism. We need his insights as we share, but at the same time realize we already know it’s his will that everyone…

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