- Most people want to do Bible study, not discipleship
- Christians think cloning is immoral, yet we spend all our energy cloning successful churches – be who God made you to be
- A pastor is not a position; it’s a function in the church, not more or less important
- For the leader of the movement, preaching becomes the #1 priority of the week
- Great leaders move people through clear communication
- People who accomplish great things are moved by the heart
Dynamics of Missional Preaching
- Prophetic – creates tension & growth happens in tension
- Personal – how God comes to me
- Contemporary – must do biblical AND cultural exegesis
- Evangelistic – how is Jesus the center of the Word I bring today?
- Motivational – motivates to sacrificial action
- Call to Commitment – what am I supposed to do with this?
Why do we preach? To connect people to God in their lives
- I don’t know if you believe in God, but God believes in you
- Do ministry with the people -> the people do ministry with you -> the people do ministry
- Two myths about money in the church: they talk too much about money and people don’t want to give
- Sometimes instead of serving people, we’re serving a budget or institution
- Jesus never used people to finance an institution, he wanted to liberate people from any type of bondage they’re in
- Most churches don’t know how to tie money talk into people’s felt needs
- Ginghamsburg’s attendance increases during their month-long money series (becomes 3rd highest attended month)
- It’s not that people don’t want to give; they don’t want to give to something that doesn’t matter
- We’re created to give; we’re never more like God than when we’re giving
- We don’t know how to give because of the burden of debt
- Goal is to turn consumers into creators
- It’s not about making more, it’s about what you choose to do with what you have
- God does miracles with what people already have in their hands
- People live not out of a healthy fear of God, but by the daily headlines
- Why does a loving God allow children to starve? God doesn’t. We do. We’re the only hands and feet God has.
- Live more simply, so that others may simply live.
- Giving is a matter of heart health
- Big churches get big by changing the no-no’s of ministry