We live in a time of huge change. There was a time when Christianity dominated Western culture. Churches grew and thrived because, well, everybody went to church. But that’s not the world we live in anymore. What happened? The topic covers the rise and fall of Christendom culture, as well as how we can be the church in the world as it is today.
Everyone wants to be bigger and better. Bigger houses, bigger companies, bigger churches. But is that what God wants? Does God want us to do everything bigger and better? Or does God simply invite us to be faithful to him?
A lot of churches seem to exist for no other reason than to perpetuate their existence. But that sounds circular, doesn’t it? Why does the church exist? The church exists to bring healing and wholeness into the world.
What’s the Gospel? Our tendency is to tell the Gospel in two chapters: Fall and Redemption. But the Gospel is much bigger than that. The Gospel is a bigger, four-chapter story: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. To truly be who God calls us to be, we need to live our lives in light of God’s Four-Chapter Gospel.
Ministry is hard. There’s always something to be done—another sermon to preach, another meeting to lead, another person to visit, another book to read. Eventually, you’re going to run out of steam. What happens then? Either you keep going, but your heart just isn’t in it. Or total burn-out. But there are ways we can keep going without burning out—and it involves allowing Jesus to deeply form you in your inner life.
We often come up with new ministries and programs because we heard that a successful church somewhere else did something to great effect. But when we do it, it flops. Why? Maybe it’s because that’s not what God wants to do in our community. Vocational Connection Groups are a practical way to discover what God is up to around us and how God might be inviting us to participate in what God is already doing.
Choose a Format
What’s the most effective way to help you and your team?
- One Talk
- 2 or 3 Day Retreat
- Extended Coaching and Consulting
Grow in Your Leadership and Ministry
Get a clear sense of how God is leading you and your ministry into greater effectiveness.
- Start measuring success the way God measures success.
- Get a clearer understanding of the what God wants to accomplish through you.
- Begin to lead and serve from a place of deep connection with Jesus, rather than out of duty, obligation, or pressure to achieve.
- Discover what God is up to in your community and develop a plan to get involved in what God is already doing.