Archive for January, 2010


Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.- Margaret Mead

Community is about connectivity.  Can we connect with those around us? Whether it be cultural or otherwise, what drives us to come together and rally around one another for the benefit of all? Regardless of our size, we collective create power when we connect.  In building those connections, we also need to build up our communications.  We need various channels of communication with one another to get the word out and to get the work done.  With these working together, we will be able to support and strengthen the community.  Educate and equip the people to be empowered.


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Some things to really consider…

If we know right from wrong and keep doing wrong, when do we get it right?

We tend to blame politicians, big business and entertainment for our problems. Here’s a solution: vote only for people you believe in, buy only what you need, and stop listening to and watching what they produce. If one generation of Americans did so, I wonder if the rest of America could sustain any of the three.

How civilized have we become? Are we more civilized than others when we waste food and fuel on leisure while others in the earth have none for their livelihood? Is it civilization or conceit that causes us to think that wearing what we wore yesterday is beneath us and living with our parents, grandparents and brothers and sisters is too close for comfort? I wonder.
I wonder what social commentary Franz Fanon, Mahatma Gandhi or Henry David Thoreau would right about our modernized and globalized society. Would they congratulate us for humanitarian efforts? Or, would they wag an accusatory finger in our faces at our inhumane practices of selfishness and greed? I simply wonder.

I’m reading some interesting books about Christianity and church, but I have really found Crazy Love by Francis Chan to lift my hopes. Say what you want about “radical Christians,” but Chan and others like Stephen Baldwin and DC Talk are paving the way for a new generation of Christians to serve Christ in a way that reflects experiencing Christ beyond the pews.

If we want people to accept Christ, we need to stop trying to drag them to church and start sharing Christ by the way we live. People need to see Christ in us before they even hear a word about Him from us.

…just some things to consider.

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Leaders need to demonstrate before they delegate.  Jesus demonstrated for his disciples prior to delegating them to do the same.  The followers of Jesus had a model for ministry presented to them.  They didn’t have to rely on experimentation.  The example was already set before them through Jesus.  If Christian leaders will search the Gospels, they will find this as one of the keys of Christian leadership.  Delegation should follow demonstration.  Set the example for your people by providing a model for them to follow.

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Shepherding  is about stewardship.  Most sheep may not recognize it, but most shepherds should recognize it as so.  The shepherd as it relates to a pastor is one placed in charge of the Lord’s flock.  The shepherd has been entrusted by God to care for the flock.  God sets the standard by which the shepherd tends to the flock.  Shepherds lead the flock as God’s representatives.  Shepherds are accountable to God for what they do with and for the flock.  If the flock is unfed, it is the shepherd who must answer to God.  If the flock has not been led to waterways and grassy pastures, the shepherd is responsible to God for an answer.  God has an expectation of His shepherds.  God sets the example for His shepherds, for Jesus said that He is the Good Shepherd.  Shepherds need to hear from God and adhere to what God says for the benefit of the flock.

Read Psalm 23; John 10:1-30; 1 Peter 5:1-4

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Try God

I have real problem with people who know that they hve a problem, but they won’t do anything about it.  They’re quick to blame circumstances and situations.  They point their finger at Mom and Dad for what they did and Mama and Pops for the things that they didn’t share with us like love and hugs.  They don’t know if it’s society or culture who is to blame, but they are certain that someone is at fault.  It is their purpose in life is to sip sad soup and pout pessimistic pourings of ptifulness.  I used to wonder if there was a psalm or hymn that simply told believers to keep it positive or keep it out of the sanctuary.  No, that would be someone like Kirk or Marvin Sapp.  These people need to just try God.  Try as  much as you can stand and as much as they can understand these da

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As for church membership, the statisticians of the religious bodies often depend for their figures on the unchecked estimates of local pastors. As for church attendance, so confidently said to be increasing, no real statistics exist at all. Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,807867,00.html#ixzz0df51wDgu
What is staggering is that this Time article addresses the stats and figures of churches that may be inflated to some degree in order to establish a “movement” among houses of worship in America. We call it the “mega-church movement,” but growth by numbers alone doesn’t mean that our people are growing. My opinion is that some larger congregations make good hiding places for those who simply follow the crowd. Jesus had the mutlitudes following Him as He headed towards Jerusalem. Yet, He taught and trained twelve and in some instances as many as seventy whom He sent out to conduct the work. I guess the 80-20 rule still applied in biblical times. What we learn is that churches need to captialize on the opportunity to provide and promote quality rather than simply seeking to imitate “mega-church”movers and shakers with quantity.
Quality leads to sustaining quantity. If there is no quality, the quantity will eventually depart. Then, church leaders will either have to gather more to replace the departed or rethink their approach to how they manage and lead their flock. I believe quality is the key. Provide quality by offering the truth and the whole truth. Teach and train people based upon biblical principles and empower them to reach out to others. Based upon their quality experience, these individuals wil become your spokespeople for your worship services, small groups and Sunday school. If you lack quality, do not expect the large numbers to hang around long. They’ll be gone when the next big thing hits town.

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But you speak things which become sound doctrine. – Titus 2:1 (MKJV)

Sound doctrine is to be shared with the people.  For clarification, doctrine can simply considered the teachings, principles or tenets of our faith.  It is Christian doctrine, then it must adhere to Christian principles.  Anything outside of that would be considered unsound doctrine.  Sound doctrine is achieved by having harmony between both the principles and the practices of our faith promoted by the preaching and teaching of these to our people.  Paul shares with Titus that it is his pastoral responsibility to not let his words be viewed in any casual manner.  He is careful to warn this pastor to speak those things that lead to sound doctrine. Let all of us who preach and teach God’s Word be warned about what we say and careful to maintain sound doctrine.

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