Archive for February 2009

Takeaways, part II

February 25, 2009

Day 2

Bob Roberts

  • 10 years ago in the US there were 300 churches of 2,000+.  Today, there are 1,400 churches of 2,000+….YET, less people attend church today than 10 years ago.
  • Preachers and churches will not change the world, disciples will.
  • Gal 2:20 When will Jesus be enough for you?
  • Is the fuel of my church MY creativity or is it GOD’S Sovereignty?
  • No such thing as safe Christianity.  No such thing as a “balanced” life.  Jesus bids us “come and die”.

Tony Morgan

  • In the south, sweet tea comes out of the faucet.
  • A clear vision:
    sets expectations and fosters community
    facilitates decision making
    attracts time and money
    defines success in ministry
    empowers your leaders
  • Great leaders will leave your ministry if you focus on the execution and not the outcome.
  • Great leaders within your ministry are asking: Am I needed here?  Will I have input?  Will they keep me in the loop?  Do they care about me, or are they just using me?  Will they let me lead?  Do I get to do something significant?
  • Where is the fruit in your church?  What is God blessing?  Then focus on that.
  • Personal invite is the #1 reason people attend on Sunday morning…yet we try platform announcements and marketing junk for other areas of ministry.  Keep the personal invite the number 1 tool used.
  • John 3:30  He must become greater; I must become less.

Ben Arment

  • Most churchplanters get the spiritual and the strategy, but forget about the Social Impact.  You need social momentum.  You need to connect (build relationships) in the community before planting.
  • Plant the church the community needs, not the church in your head.

Nelson Searcy

  • We don’t need a new vision, God has given us the Great Commission.
  • Do both “go tell” evangelism and “come see” evangelism.  Don’t swing to either extreme.

Troy Gramling

  • If you listen to everyone, you will hear no one.  Listen to people who:
    love you
    believe in you
    know more than you
  • You can use people to build a great ministry or you can use ministry to build great people. takeaways

February 24, 2009

day 1

Reggie Joiner:

  • We can’t compete with culture in production, but culture cannot compete with the church in the arena of relationships.
  • What if we gauged the health of our student ministries not by the attendance of our large groups, but by the number of students serving.
  • (An oldie but goodie.)  The church has about 40 hours a year to invest in a child, parents have 3,000.

Ed Stetzer:

  • Churchplanting is simply a tool…disciple making is the end goal.
  • The goal is not momentum…God wants your church on a pathway to spiritual maturity.
  • You can’t get your people to serve Jesus in the long term if they don’t know him in the short term.
  • Don’t be strategy rich but spiritually bankrupt.
  • Pastor, if you are always the hero to your people then Jesus can’t be.
  • Acts 17:11  Do your people welcome the message with eagerness and examine the scriptures themselves?

Caught By The Train

February 19, 2009

I think it’s healthy to have a child like perspective on certain things.  (Jesus actually spoke about this – Matt. 18:3)  Us adults can get to be know-it-alls, too busy to slow down, and often lack genuine faith in important life matters.

Today I was driving my two oldest in downtown Cartersville…and guess what…yep, SURPRISE, I got caught by the train.  (For out-of-towners, a train comes through C’ville every 30 minutes or something crazy like that.)  I blurted out, “Ah man, we just got caught by the train.”  Braden and Logan both exclaimed, “Alright!”

Two completely different perspectives, huh?  Mine involved a time schedule and frustration in traffic.  Theirs, on the other hand, involved mystery and excitement:  “Daddy, what do you think it’s carrying?  What would happen if it came off the tracks?  It’s loud, I like it!  Why is it moving so slow?  What city do you think it’s going to?”

So stop and enjoy the train this week.  (Is that possible?)  Pray for your kids while you wait.  Pray for the Redemption Campaign.  Turn around and tell them how much you love them and how proud you are of them.  Enjoy the things kids do and have faith like a child.

Investment Breakdown

February 17, 2009

A chance to invest in a city, a mission…changing kid’s lives.


Sunday Recap via my TwitPics

February 15, 2009

2525701Braden gets up at 5:55am to help out with KidVenture setup.  (I can’t slow him down!)

2525901I realized this morning that this may be why he likes coming early.  (Such a player.)

1i68y-1d83a0a6566238955055fea007ade0eb49987199Lenny & Lee (father & son) ready to greet parents and kids.

2529264These kids have figured out that hot chocolate is not just for adults.  🙂1i6v7-e8455ca6310b6b1e6b7e18f04a6ee4dd4998726dWhy we do what we do.2531670This money series has been absolutely terrific!  I’ve heard a bunch of faith stories about money from Oakleafers already.

1iafm-fb89a492c757976ae8ef72267b18d5e6499871c2Nice legs.1iag0-cdd4fd480b53a3fc82756b2359eb312d499871ddMadea thanks you for visiting Oak Leaf Church.  (From a hallway display.)

House of Rock Prayer

February 14, 2009

Driving with fam around C’ville tonight…turned in to spontaneous trip to the House of Rock.

After telling the kids about the 24 inch rat, we decided to pray for the Redemption Campaign.



Oak Leaf Article

February 13, 2009

Very cool article from a dude who visited a few weeks ago.