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In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16 (ESV)

As promised, I have included a Black Friday free resource for you.

Let Your Light Shine: Share It & Show It

My hope is that this resource might serve as an impactful part of your reading.  It serves as a foundation for some other work that we have coming up but it also stands out as a simple reminder of our root cause and calling as a believer.

Faith Impact Training is about inspiring hearts, minds and souls, particularly for outreach/ evangelism and service through good works.  Our mantra is making a difference today, while leaving an impact for life.  Part of our work includes the development and distribution of publications and trainings.

Stay tuned.  There is more to come.

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With modern technological advances, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations have become the norm of trainings and conferences.  It is almost a given that someone will pop in their flash drive and fire up a multi-slide presentation for the audience to sit through.  Some people even add the bells and whistles where the text scrolls up into view or fades in and out with music playing in the background or videos embedded here and there.

Power up your presentations with what really matters.  Offer some compelling and interesting content. 

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This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.
– 1 Timothy 3:1 (NKJV)

Some versions of the biblical text use the terms: bishop, overseer, elder, or leader.  The pastoral epistles address two similar offices of the Christian church: elder and deacon.  Both have similar requirements and responsibilities.
Let’s be honest.  There is no quick fix or single handbook to answer it all.  You will not find any bullet-pointed list or single-paged tip sheet that gives you every conceivable issue that falls at the feet or in the lap of the pastor.  You had better be up on things in order to withstand what comes at you as a pastor, preacher, spiritual leader, deacon, or lay leader.  You need to stay prayed up, studied up, and girded up.  You need to stay up on certain things to make it through the day.
Preparation is vital.  There is no substitute for preparation.  Ask John C. Maxwell.  He shares about his first pastoral experience and the blunders that he made due to his own naivety and inexperience.  In layman’s terms, he just wasn’t prepared for everything that came his way.  He made mistakes just like many young pastors, but he learned from each experience as he shares in many of his books like The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.
C.H. Spurgeon offers a sensational pastoral preparation in his timeless classic The Soulwinner.  Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Church also stands out as a modern masterpiece for establishing and leading a Christian church.  Like I said, there is no single source that will supply the would-be pastoral leader with the exception of the Word of God.
To prepare to pastor, here are just a few key pointers once you have prayed and stayed in constant prayer about your calling to serve in such a Christian capacity:

  • Study: Read the pastoral epistles of 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus.  These offer essentials for preparation from the perspective of Paul who mentored both Timothy and Titus.
  • Serve: Serve in a variety of capacities that fit with your spiritual gifts.  Teach the Bible, lead an outreach ministry, work on a community service project, or minister to the homeless or senior citizens.  Find your ministry and fulfill your ministry.
  • Seminary (or Theological School): Get into a steady stream of seminary classes.  Gain the knowledge and techniques, but also glean from those who are already in the trenches.  Listen to what they share.  Match that up with what you have studied and what you have seen as you serve.

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Seal Beach (La Jolla Cove) Art Poster Print - 11x17
Recently, I spent some time away at a training in the La Jolla area of San Diego.  Known for its picturesque beaches and scenery, this area makes one recall thatlife is a great adventure.  You begin to wonder how much of the adventure you have taken advantage of or simply avoided over the years.

Laminated Torrey Pines, La Jolla, California satellite poster photo view map print: 36"x24" glossyThe training refreshed me spiritually and otherwise.  Also, it renewed my vision and focus.  I even made a connection with an old friend who had been just as busy as I have lately.   We committed to getting together and making things happen for the benefit of our communities and the generation coming up after us.

All in all, I would have to say that it was truly time well spent.  I thank God for the opportunity to have been selected from among my peers to gain this training and experience as well as the responsibility to bring back what I have learned to the larger group.
Near La Jolla, California, Alligator Head Formation, ca. 1903 - Exceptional Print of a Vintage Photochrom Image from the Library of Congress Collection

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Complete Works of William Shakespeare. 154 Sonnets, 37 Plays (Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet, Macbeth...) & the narrative poems (Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece...)“To be or not to be…”

“Beware of the Ides of March…”

“Something is afoul in Denmark…”

“Et tu, Brute?…”

William Shakespeare's Hamlet (Two-Disc Special Edition)Hamlet Julius Caesar.   Shakespeare wrote all of these words. They are contained within his plays and have echoed on stage and in classrooms for years.

We can say that we don’t put much stock in what others have to say, but our own actions dispel that notion. Attend any seminar throughout the nation, listen to any speech on the radio or TV, or read any editorial in your local newspaper and you will see that many of these same people use quotes from others to drive home their point. The quotes may serve as accent points to highlight the theme and meaning of the author’s point.

HamletTest the theory. Visit quotations page on the Web to see quotes available by subject or topic. See how you may be able to use quotes and add some color to your presentations and reports. Include some background information that helps shed light on the quote’s connection to your topic or theme.

These words seem like something good to share to break the ice and open a speech:

How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.

Inactivity is death.
I find capitalism repugnant.

Be sure to study up the author of the quote. You do not want to quote someone who was totally opposed to government and bureaucracy when you go to endorse a political candidate. Inform yourself with as much information as possible related to the author and the context of your quote.

The quotes above come from: Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Fidel Castro. It does matter where you get your material from.

Famous Quotes from 100 Great People (Mobi Reference)

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I met a girl a couple of weeks ago. She gonna tell me, “If you want to get acquainted with me and my son, you’ll have to take him to Disneyland.”

I went to pick her up the next day and here she got four more kids. I said, “Who kids are them?”
She said, “Them Bebe’s Kids.”
Robin Harris
Presenters and trainers have to have a knack for knowing how to connect with other people.  You need to make a connection with people in the audience when you present. 

300+ Sizzling IcebreakersStand Up Comedy 101: The Essentials To Becoming a Successful ComedianDo it like a comedian works with the crowd at a show duirng a stand up comedy routine.  Take notice of someone’s dress.  Remark on someone’s upside down smile.  Crack a joke to break the ice.  Make a connection like a Lenny Bruce, Robin Harris, Bernie Mac or Chris Rock, even Howie Mandel.
I Ain't Scared of You: Bernie Mac On How Life Is

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I recently picked up a copy of Raving Fans.  It is the book that falls somewhere in the mix with Blanchard and Bowles other collaborations.  Part of what I discovered was that customers have wants and needs that have to be met and exceeded in order to make them fans.  You truly have to read the book and get an idea for the concept.  However, all who train others on how to deal with and work with customers and vendors should try to flip the script as they teach and train staff and volunteers on serving others. 

What do I mean? Flip the script!

Set up trainings that involve role plays and scenarios based upon actual customer complaints in your industry.  Are you running a volunteer-driven homeless shelter or youth center? Get your staff and volunteers geared up to truly help people by working through some real-life situations.  Try to work in some time where staff and volunteers are imagining things through the eyes of the customer.  Help them to gain insights into how to serve from the heart with real understanding.

What about the script?

Look at the scripted lines of responses in outdated handbooks that most nonprofits and churches have on their shelves.  Walk through your telephone script for soliciting donations for your organization.  Have your staff and volunteers hear it read aloud, and then let them see it acted out.  Next, have them read a printed copy of the script, and then use a red marker to alter the script.  Collect them back and review them together as a team.  See how far off you or your team may be when it comes to customers… I mean fans.

Flip the script

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11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. – Titus 2:11-14 (NKJV)

Good works are to be part of the Christian church’s DNAPaul stressed that to Titus, his “true son” in the ministry of sharing the Good News, as he instructed him about establishing elders and setting things in order in Crete. Paul instructs Titus, as the appointed pastor over the Cretan believers, to show himself as a pattern of good works.  The people are to learn to become zealous for good works as the Lord’s “special people” by following after the Lord’s example and the example set by their spiritual leaders in the name of the Lord.  The people have to hear about it by sound doctrine and they have to see it by demonstration.  The church becomes more engaged with good works due to what the Lord showed and shared with the world over 2,000 years ago and what the pastor shows and shares with the congregation as the spiritual leader day by day.

We are not to simply sign up and show up for opportunities to do good works.  That’s not the essence of the message from Paul to Titus.  We are to become “zealous for good works,” according to Titus 2:14, demonstrating a fervent spirit for our calling to do good works in accordance with Ephesians 2:10Paul stresses that godly people should not only “be ready for every good work,” as in Titus 3;1, but also learn to “maintain good works” in Titus 3:8, 14.  According to Titus 3:14, our good works lead to our fruitfulness as we meet urgent needs.

  • Is your ministry demonstrating a “pattern of good works?”
  • What sort of trail are you leaving behind? Good works and good fruit?
  • Are others learning to minister to others based upon the example that you are providing?
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works – Hebrews 10:24 (ESV)

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Ministry Makeover

When what you really need is more than a touch-up.

Some ministries are in need of a makeover. Our experience working with minitries of varying sizes has led us to develop a ministry makeover. A ministry makeover allows ministry leaders to start the wheels turning for directional change in changing times.

Imagine trying to launch a new program without a communications plan. (Don’t laugh! That’s how some long-standing churches have started to split.) People can’t get on board when they haven’t been invited along for the ride. Picture a ministry expecting 100% participation from their congregation when they have not considered both internal and external factors such as conflicting community events or existing church programs already on the church’s calendar. People don’t buy in when they haven’t been sold on the idea.

Yes, the Lord is by our side. Prayer does change things and the Lord does yield the increase. Yet, we are to offer our best efforts in faith, exercising every resource that the Lord has provided to us. Let our team help you with what we have to offer through our Ministry Makeover. Contact us via email and discover some simple strategies for serving the Lord more effectively and efficiently.

originally posted @ http://urbanministry.org/blogs/saved2serve/2010/07/10/ministry-makeover/

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