Growing a Ministry 4: Getting Wins

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My friend Vince Miller once commented to me that the ministry he was working on needed some “wins.” I didn’t quite get it at first. What’s a win? Through our discussions I learned that a ministry win is an event or program or curriculum that draws people in and leads to an increase in their commitment to the work. For example, …

Growing a Ministry 3: Create a Magnet

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What I mean by “create a magnet” is to make your group attractive. Give it some pull. At Macalester College in St. Paul, MN where I work, a student named Rut and myself started a discussion on Roger Olson’s The Story of Christian Theology. A wonderful book that surveys the development of theology throughout the centuries, from the early church through the Reformation …

Growing a Ministry 2: Evangelism (cont.)

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Last week I mentioned a fictional ministry context — a hundred people at my church (or yours) in their 20s and 30s — that we are trying to move forward in evangelism. After convincing Pastor to preach a three-part series on evangelism, we invite everyone to a big training weekend, and 90 folks show up. They watch a video series by a …

Growing a Ministry 1: Evangelism

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Let’s say I wish to bring positive change in evangelism to my ministry context. The context in this (fictional) case is comprised of folks in their 20s and 30s at my church, of which there are about a hundred active.   My first impulse is to ask Pastor to preach a series on the topic of evangelism. This will help get the hundred motivated …

A Prayer Life, Part 5: Prayerless

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On occasion I realize with dismay that a day or two has passed, prayerless. For me prayer is a hard habit to keep, an easy habit to break; and hard to restore when I’ve lapsed. Sometimes I fret about my relative (un)worthiness to re-enter the throne room. The Lord is probably less picky about this than me. I picture him observing my internal civil …

A Prayer Life, Part 4: More is . . .

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I have a lot going on and I’m a busy guy. At church I teach adult ed. and participate in a study group. At work I serve at many college campuses. With so many commitments and projects to attend to, just staying on top of email seems a full-time job. I have to wonder, however, if I’m on the right …

A Prayer Life, Part 3: Practice Makes . . .

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  This morning I was lying in bed trying NOT to hear God telling me to arise twenty minutes early to clean the shower stall before I leave on a four-day trip. Performing such a task would be speaking Sharon’s love lingo. It’s how she feels cared for. The voice persisted; I couldn’t get rid of it. Finally I relented. OKAAAAY Lord. I hear you. Or …

A Prayer Life, Part 2: Divine Doorways

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              As mentioned last time, I write as an amateur on the topic of prayer. These posts are simply “what I know now” (or think I know), nothing more. I like to think of my walk with God as being punctuated by a series of doorways into rooms of ministry. I’m at the gas station …

A Prayer Life Part 1: Following God Around Town

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These are my gut-honest reflections on prayer. I write from the perspective of an amateur. But perhaps that’s exactly what may help you. In prayer I appear to be doing a lot of catching up. That is, catching up to what God is doing. His work seems to take place right in front of me, hidden in plain sight. I walk onto …