“Change and YOUR Church” Round Table – June 16, 2015 – Torrance, CA

You are invited to attend the Round Table event described below. Our goal is to bring together leaders of area churches and ministries to share ministry trends and developments and to discuss current issues, challenges in ministry or ministry questions.

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Bear fruit that won’t spoil!

Churches are loaded with “do-gooders.”  That is a good thing!  Actually, it’s part of a good thing.  John 15:16, “You didn’t choose me, remember, I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, the fruit that won’t spoil.”

Churches everywhere are busy: feeding the hungry, clothing those who are cold, building houses for the homeless.  These are important Christian things to do.  Many Muslims also do these things.  Many humanists do these things.  These are also Christian activities, but they are not unique to Christians.

The biggest challenge to feeding the hungry is that they will be hungry again tomorrow.  Those you provide clothing will discover that their clothes wear out.  Those who live in your houses eventually die.

So smart churches empower people who are hungry to learn how to garden.  Those who need clothes, to make clothes or earn money to buy them.  Many Muslims and humanists figured this out too.  That’s a good thing.  But what about the guy you build the house for, who dies.  Then what?

Jesus spells out the uniqueness of the Christian mission that begins with loving others, moves to loving God, and trusting in Jesus, and includes eternal life.

Jesus says, “…I chose you and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil.”  When you die, you spoil.  When you know Jesus as your personal savior, your body spoils but you live.  That is the uniqueness of Christianity.

Consequently, our mission is not less.  It is not different, but it is more.  It is to show love and provide, tell the good news of Jesus and make disciples, feed, empower, and through relationship with Jesus, God gives the gift of eternal life.  That never spoils.  It’s not one or the other.  It is a comprehensive strategy with eternal dimensions.  So why do so many leave out the part that uniquely makes Christian missions, well, Christians?

Kent Hunter, founder of Church Doctor Ministries, is known as the Church Doctor. His most recent e-books are The Future Is Now and The J-Dog Journey, available at no cost. Contact him at (800) 626-8515, by emailTwitter, Facebook, or visit www.churchdoctor.org.

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“Change and YOUR Church” Round Table – June 2, 2015 – Maumee, OH

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Frozen Christianity: How Resistance to Change is Killing Your Church – May/June 2015 Church Doctor Report

CDR-May-junel2015Resistance to appropriate change is one of several serious roadblocks to the effectiveness of Christians and churches to reach unbelievers.  Clarity is important: the content must never change. The style must continually change.  Effective mission is indigenous: the target audience defines the vehicles you use to share God’s unchanging Word.  When church leaders water down the message, the church is equally ineffective.

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Become a missionary — right where you are!

damascus_roadOver the last year or so the ministry has been developing a new teaching resource to help Christians become missionaries to their social networks of friends, family, and other people they know. We have been talking, about, sharing, and even recommending this coming resource in our consultation reports.

Recently two of our team members worked with a church in Ohio and in every single interview each person shared how concerned they were about a close family member, friend, or someone else close to them in their network they knew was unchurched or had drifted from the church and drifted from Jesus.

It is happening more and more. And more and more people are coming to the realization they don’t know what to do about this. This resource can help. It provides the much needed mission training that every single person can understand and put to use. You don’t have to go, “over there” to be a missionary. Christians can do this right where they are!

The new resource is an 18 DVD training series called The Damascus Road: Where Christians Become Missionaries. It teaches everyday Christians:

  • How to represent Jesus to those who do not know Him.
  • Mission strategies for every Christian, everywhere.
  • Ways to reach your best outreach potential.

We are offering this resource at a low introductory price, $499, until September 2015 when the resource and all support materials will be available at the full price of $1279.

Those taking advantage of the special introductory rate will receive 18 months of coaching and be able to join the online learning community for The Damascus Road launching in September 2015. Additional, exclusive support resources will be sent to you each month for 18 months to help you process what you are learning.

Learn more, watch video samples and order by visiting www.damascusroadtraining.com.

Attend The Damascus Road DVD Release Launch Party on Wednesday, May 27, 7-9pm in Kendalville, Indiana. Learn more here!

 

 

By: Dhinal Chheda

Know a Missionary? You Might Be Surprised!

Do you know someone who is a missionary? Actually, you do – if you are a Christian. The missionary you know may be closer than you think. Look into a mirror.

The word “missionary” comes from the word “mission” which comes from the Greek word in the New Testament for “send” or “sent.” A “missionary” is one who is sent by Jesus Christ to bring the good news of God’s love to everyone they meet, every day.

Why don’t Christians think of themselves as missionaries? Why do we have the idea that a missionary is someone who goes far away, to some distant and strange place? Where did that come from?

Many of the original European settlers to the new world were Christians. At some point in history, Americans began to think this is a “Christian” nation. We put “In God We Trust” on the money, put our hand on the Bible to “swear to tell the truth” in court, and church buildings dotted the landscape.

With the worldview of a “Christian nation,” we drifted into the idea that the mission field is “over there.” Christians raise money to support missionaries in far-away places. That became “missions.”

When that occurred, Bible colleges, and seminaries stopped training pastors in mission strategies. Pastors were well trained in the maintenance of churches. Most pastors can’t equip Christians in mission strategies because they have never learned them.

Those who are called to the “mission field” (the one far away) are sent to special mission schools after graduation from Bible college or seminary. This began the downturn of the Christian movement in the U.S. Christianity has been losing ground ever since. In the 1960s, Billy Graham became well known. He started schools of evangelism. Evangelism programs became popular and Bible colleges and seminaries began offering one or two courses in evangelism or church growth. Most evangelism programs worked best for reclaiming lapsed Christians. However, they didn’t reach the growing masses of those who were non-Christians.

My first placement in ministry was to a declining inner-city church in Detroit. Most of those living around the church were not practicing Christians. We vigorously used evangelism programs, with limited success. In frustration, I took mission classes. I learned mission strategy, brought it back to my church and we began to grow.

I have worked with pastors in over 70 denominations. Most pastors are not getting training in missions. I often wonder how much more their churches would impact their communities if these pastors had training in mission strategy.

Since 1970, the U.S.A. has become the third largest mission field in the world. There are only two other countries with more people who would say, “I am not a Christian”: China and India.

The secularization of America continues. However, there is hope on the horizon. When things are at their worst, Christians are at their best. God has the attention of many Christians. Mission teaching for everyday Christians will become available to every church. I predict a turnaround for Christianity over the next ten years. As you consider your social network, to whom has Jesus sent you, as a missionary? We welcome your comments below.

Kent Hunter, founder of Church Doctor Ministries, is known as the Church Doctor. His most recent e-books are The Future Is Now and The J-Dog Journey, available at no cost. Contact him at (800) 626-8515, by emailTwitter, Facebook, or visit www.churchdoctor.org.

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