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TrueLife Creativity Teams

Our TrueLife (TL) creativity team has been in the process of looking at what our DNA should be as Creativity Teams?  Through the process we have come up with “play ground rules” a manifesto of what will guide all of our creativity teams in the future.  The concepts that I love is that we give people within these teams a voice to share and to contribute to the bigger plan that God is doing in the midst of TL.  This opens the door to allow the church to function within their giftings and interact and reach the city through those giftings.  Where some church cultures suppress new ideas and innovation, TL creativity teams draw out new thinking (through those within the community) as it helps to build bridges to the culture, cultural creatives and through the process it develops community through our journey together.

I guess what motivates me secondly is God has a pathway within our community to shape and form us.  For ages churches  have been copies of other churches, people have thought; if I can only do what that “Big Church” is doing I will build a name for myself, but the reality is that we build a name within our communities by acting and functioning together as a community.  A place where people’s voice can be heard and a place to serve and share the gospel in a practical manner to the city that God has called each of us.

I guess I am sharing all of this just because I am excited to be in a place where I fit, I belong, and God can fulfill something special through our creativity teams.  I know we aren’t the perfect church, but as God directs… lives will be changed!

Lastly, I want to thank Mark for being obedient to allow this concept of creativity teams to be part of our community.  It is a joy to serve with you!

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The Original March Madness

March Madness

TrueLife has been going through a message series that we have just finished, “The Original March Madness!”  It was a great series.  As I was thinking through the series,  I was thinking what were some key thoughts that have been communicated.

#1  TLC Core Value:  “You can belong before you believe.”  You can be part of community and experience the love of Christ through the Church before you commit your life to Christ.  What I love about this core value is that Jimmy Long has said in his book Generating Hope that there will be two conversations for the postmodern.  A conversion of community and then a conversion to God.  Our core value opens the door to reaching the postmodern generation.

#2  “Chasing the miracle moment instead of experiencing the miraclous life.?  We meet a lot of people chasing after a miracle moment instead of expecting God to work through our lives everyday.  The miraculous life is being a source of encouragement to those who are in dispair, it is praying and believing that God is with us and working out the details in our life that are beyond our control.  The miraclous life is allowing Christ to be part of our life everyday.

#3 God has called us to share our life with others and to not to live life alone.  I really believe that we cannot make it the long haul with our journey to follow Christ without joining with the community of believers and being involved in each others life.  I need you just as much as you need me.  I think it is key to point out that being involved with other believers means that we share what God is doing in our lives and also extending to others support and exceptance.

I know in the series other things stand out like: being pentecostal – which means to be in community, be inclusive and live missional lives, but my real question goes out to other TrueLifers:

– What stands out in your mind as we went through The Original March Madness?

– Second, Do you have any stories of what has happened in your life through the series?

My Office

During one of my last creativity blogs I mentioned that I was redesigning my office to help set the stage for our creativity meetings.  So here are some pictures that I have taken to help you see how we put together story boards for our ministry (Or any area that you are trying to brain storm.) to help your team visualize where you are going as a ministry team. It is also a great way to keep everyone on your team on target.

over all room

white board

We have a white board for brainstorming sessions.

Anu Story Board

This story board is used to see the annual direction of our ministry. 

ind story board

The purpose of this board is to target individual ministries and brainstorm the effectiveness of the ministries, goal setting and even future ministry dreams. 

Marketing Through “TEXT” messaging

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I stumbled upon a great marketing strategy as I was driving past an apartment complex.  “Texting for more info.”  I starting thinking through how signs can be more then just promotions, they can be interactive!  Image driving by a church sign and it says TEXT this number for more info.  People would be able to retrieve personalized information to their phone with no attachments or felt pressure to be part of the church or event.  This is a great use of technology within today’s culture to help people connect with each other.   

If you think of any great marketing strategies let me know! 

E-mail on Your Cell Phone

For those who can’t afford the smart phones here is a great way to get e-mail sent to your phone.  Check it out:  teleflip

Church Marketer – Tychicus

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I am really intrigued by the staff that Paul had around him to help him serve the many churches that he ministered to.  One of the guys that Paul speaks about is a faithful church marketer.  Now he isn’t going around making billboards or t-shirts, but he is promoting Paul’s ministry by going around to churches sharing what God is doing in Paul’s ministry.  He would of probably been a guy Church Marketing Sucks would have highlighted on there papyrus blog.  The marketer that I am talking about is Tychicus.  He is mentioned five times throughout scripture, but let’s focus on a couple of those scripture to take a window peek at his life. 

Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. Colossians 4:7-8

Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing.  I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.  Ephesians  6:21-22

Acts 20:4  2 Timothy 4:12    Titus 3:12

Tychius was not only a marketer, but he was an encourager, a great communicator, administrater and someone that Paul could trust and depend on.  This marketer had multiple jobs within his area of ministry like many of us do today. 

When I see who Paul had surrounding him in his ministry, it makes me ask myself, who do I have on my ministry team?  Most of us have a couple great leaders that are working with us, but for others it is time to begin building your ministry team. We limit ourselves and our ability to do things with excellence when we choose to do things by ourselves.  We all need administrators – those who can organize, marketers, encourager’s, and those who have great communication skills to help us get the message out about what God is doing within our ministry.  This doesn’t happen overnight, we must first begin by identifying who we already have on our team, all we need to do is find the ministry area that fits them, and help empower and equip them to be affective.  When we do this our ministry will begin to reach people we could have never reached alone. 

Demas

no Turning Back

One of the hardest parts of ministry for me is investing into a person’s life for a season and a couple years down the road they make a choice not to follow Christ.  They begin connecting with wrong relationships that lead them astray or they just choose that the pleasures of this world is more valuable then following Christ.  So today let’s look at Demas who was one of Paul’s followers who abandoned him after ministering with him for 2 years. 

 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. Colossians 4:14

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.   Philemon 1:23-24

Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica.  2 Timothy 4:9

Many of us have heard Bible stories of the rich young ruler who had to chose to follow Christ and he didn’t, but I found a guy named Demas who was a co-labourer with Paul.  Demas went through many difficult situations with Paul, we know this because Paul held Demas in high regards, and was even imprisoned with Paul for the sake of the Gospel.  What is so hard to comprehend is when a person has been exposed to the miraculous, has sat under personal teachings of Paul and even stood up for his faith; he chose to deny Christ and follow after his own fleshly desires.  I’m sure Paul was sadden as he shared the news of his once companion in the good fight of faith and now has been deserted. 

The thing we must always remember is that Demas didn’t deny Paul, he denied Christ and made a personal choice to follow the world.  We in our ministries must not take the choices of those serving with us personal, it is spiritual.  The enemy would like nothing better than to make those who are serving in our ministries to stumble and follow after their fleshly desire, we must never stop believing in prayer that God would keep our people strong and do our best to equip each one of them. 

Skype

Skyping

I was listening to a youtube video blog yesterday and I heard someone use a word I was unfamiliar with in a sentence.  He said, “Then we came back to the hotel blogging and skyping, it was a pretty average day.”  The only definition that I have found was on the Urban Dictionary and it states:  Using skype to communicate via voice, text message, file transfer and link exchange simultaneously.

Basically it is multitasking while communicating to someone.  I haven’t realized it, but I have been skyping for a while.  I download songs, blog or answer e-mail and sometimes even talk on the phone, while drinking coffee, at the same time that I am trying to accomplish multiple task.

Ministry Measurement

It has been said, “What gets measured, gets done.”  So that leads us to ask, what needs to be measured in our ministry?  What intentional steps do we need to take to be affective in our ministries?

First we must identify what needs to be measured as we cultivate a healthy church body?  Here are some areas that I believe that must be measured.  (There are many more areas that need to be thought through, but this is all based on your ministry core values.)

  1. Relevant Relationships
  2. Clear communication
  3. Teachings that equip believers to live out their faith
  4. Learning environment
  5. Ability to connect guest with the church body
  6. Mobilizing believers to reach out to the community
  7. Nurturing environment that offers support and care

Put together practical action steps that you can measure how well the identified areas are doing.  (Here are two examples)  (How can ministries within your body apply this measuring system within the ministry to keep the area affective?)

 Relevant relationships

          Are leaders throughout the church taking steps to engage in relationships?  If yes, how and to what existent do the relationship transcend outside of the church body?

          Do members within your church take initiative to meet new people and help guest connect with others within your church body?  If yes, how far do the relationships extend throughout the body?

          Are relationships under every ministry extremely strong, good, needs improvement, or needs a makeover?   (Measure this by communication that is done outside of the church service, and commodity among your leadership team.)

          Are relationships within your church body open to new relationships?  (Measure this by how well new relationships are being cultivated within your church body?)

 Clear communication

          Are listeners able to clearly communicate the main idea of what is being communicated?

          Are listeners initiating discussion with individuals from within and outside the church body? 

          Are listeners searching for ways to apply content of what is being communicated to their individual life and or to their family’s life?  (If yes, what ways are they appling what is being discussed?)

We also need to think through how regularly do you measure the identified areas?  Is it weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually, etc. 

Before any of the above can be done, you must know your organization core values, have a clear vision of what needs to take place and how do you develop the desired culture within your church body.  

i-phone Unlocked

I just saw online this video interview with George Horz who has unlocked the iphone to be used with T-Mobile. Though, the iphone isn’t being sold to be used with any other provder at this time – other than AT&T, it is very plausable that in the near future we may see the iphone being used with many other providers.  That will be the day that many will rejoice and buy that sexy phone.

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