- dave writes about it here
- perry has two great posts on what it would be like if twitter was a communication tool during biblical times - he does a post on an old testament character (david) and a couple of new testament characters - interesting!
- michael gives four reasons that he discovered after about a week of using the service - i'm not there yet - i don't know that i could come up with four...what about you - anyone else twittering?
- the best post, and the one that pushed me into finally deciding to use the service (i reserved my name early on, but didn't use it - i tend to do that with most new websites/services) - anyway, michael gives 12 reasons to start twittering - really good reasons and compelling arguments. one of his comments says that he'd love to put a 140 character limit on some meetings - i'm all for that one :)
- finally, michael put together a "beginnner's guide to twitter" - if you're wondering, check it out - again, easy to follow, great content, take the plunge! this is the one post that will help you more than any other.
you can follow me at:
more details on this one week experiment when life slows down - i think that's in august:)
join the fun...come on twitter...do!
dave's notes follow...
5 years ago Rick started praying for 50 young emerging pastors that he believed were going to make the big difference in the kingdom in years to come. Since then, almost half of them have either flamed out or burned out. So, how do we last in ministry?
1. ENJOY THE GRACE OF GOD.
- Driven-ness comes from a lack of understanding or experiencing God's grace. Some people have preached the grace of God their whole lives and never experienced it or felt it. You need to enjoy Gods' grace.
- Never confuse prominence with significance. You may never have a church of 1,000 people or you may never be on the cover of Christianity Today - but don't confuse your significance with prominence.
- If you don't settle this issue...you will not last!
- Ministry is received, it is not achieved. God gives it to us as a gift. We are valuable and God loves us. God likes you! He really likes you!
- I used to go into my kids room and just watch them sleep. I loved them no matter how good or bad they were. I loved them because they are my kids! I helped create them.
2. BE AUTHENTIC.
- Obvious imperfections in the pastor can be a very good thing. It tells people that they can be used by God. People will think, "if God can use Rick, God can use me."
- When you live with authenticity it gets better every year; when you don't it gets worse every year.
- You can fake love for a few years...but not for long.
3. REMEMBER IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU.
- When you start to think it's about you - you get either bitter or prideful.
- The average pastor leaves the church because of seven critics. That's too bad. On the other hand if the pastor stays, the critics leave.
- II Corinthians 4:5 - "we are your servants."
- Lots of guys start out as servants and become stars.
- Paul says, "I do it for Jesus sake" II Corinthians 4:5 (NIV)
- People always want the success without the suffering.
- Stop comparing yourself to others.
- If you are going to have a Christ-like ministry, you will be criticized. The religious leaders were the one's that criticized him. Why? For being associated with "bad people". Jesus was called "the friend of a sinner."
- You can be a friend of someone without buying into all that they believe.
- If you have no friends who are unbelievers or disreputable - you are not Christ-like.
- Ignore your critics and remember who you are trying to impress.
4. ACCEPT YOUR HUMAN LIMITATIONS
- You are not a superstar...you are human.
- know your limits and know your warning signs.
- Phases of how I dealt with my weaknesses:
- 1st - I denied my weaknesses
- 2nd - I hid my weaknesses.
- 3rd - I accepted my weaknesses.
- Now - I glory in my weaknesses.
- When God makes a mushroom it takes 6 hours; when God wants to grow an oak tree it takes him 60 years. And it will take time for God to build a church.
- While God is growing a church he is also growing you!
5. DO EVERYTHING OUT OF LOVE.
- Where do you start? How about with your wife. Love your wife. "Guys, listen to your wife...she is the Holy Spirit."
- The people are not there for your benefit; you are there for their benefit.
- It takes unselfish church to grow. The church that doesn't want to grow is saying to the rest of the world, "Go to Hell!"
- Every church caters to somebody - who are you catering to?
6. MAKE TIME FOR DAILY RENEWAL
- Formula for renewal: divert daily, withdraw weekly, abandon annually.
- If you work with your mind - use your hands to de-stress.
- Daily renewal - take a day off every week. What is your sabbath. If you are not taking a day off every week you are breaking one of the 10 commandments.
- II Corinthians 4:16 - "we are being renewed day by day".
- Got to have two things for renewal:
- Plan - what is your plan for personal renewal?
- Partner - who is it that will hold you accountable?
- Don't wait for someone to build a group who will partner with you. Do it yourself.
- Ecclesiastes 4:12
7. LIVE IN LIGHT OF ETERNITY
- "Fatigue makes a coward of us all" - Vince Lombardi
- 3 motivation
- internal motivation
- external motivation
- eternal motivation
- Only he who sees the invisible can achieve the impossible.
- "You don't determine a man's greatness by his count or by his wealth - you determine his greatness by what it takes to discourage him."
- Great people are just ordinary people who won't give up.
DON'T GIVE UP. DON'T GIVE UP. DON'T GIVE UP.
|"Make Us... Unshakable"|
|"Make Us... Relevant"|
|"Make Us... Irresistible"|
|"Make Us... Authentic"|
|"Make Us... Selfless"|
|"Make Us... New"|
|"Make Us... Dead"|
|"Make Us... Wake Up"|
|"Make Us... Evangelistic"|
|"Make Us... Passionate / Powerful"|
|"Make Us... Holy"|
|"Make Us... Effective"|
|"Make Us... Courageous"|
|"Make Us... Fearless"|
|"Make Us... Authentic"|
|"Make Us... Extremely Generous"|
|"Make Us... Extremely Generous"|
|"Make Us... Global"|
|l||"Make Us... Effective"|
|"Make Us... Magnetic"|
|"Make Us... One Man"|
|"Make Us... Followers"|
|"Make Us... One"|
|"Make Us... Dreamers"|
|"Make Us... Perfect, Complete, And Lacking Of Nothing"|
|"Make Us... Intercessors"|
|"Make Us... Different"|
|"Make Us... Free From Shame"|
|"Make Us... Passionate Lovers"|
|"Make Us... Dangerous"|
|"Make Us... the Church"|
|"Make Us... Free"|
|"Make Us... Uncomfortable"|
|"Make Us... Bold"|
|"Make Us... Peculiar Again"|
|"Make Us... Obedient"|
|"Make Us... Engaged"|
|"Make Us... Whole"|
|"Make Us... Obedient"|
|"Make Us... Servants"|
|"Make Us... The Conqueror"|
|"Make Us... Diverse"|
|"Make Us... Shine"|
|"Make Us... Thirsty"|
|"Make Us... Integrated"|
|"Make Us... Wise"|
|"Make Us... Irrationally Loving"|
|"Make Us... Never Forget Why You Came"|
|"Make Us... Different"|
it was the theme song of countless high school graduating classes...ok, so the lyrical content is not great...but there's one line in that song..."together...forever"
how idealistic! to think that we could possibly "never say goodbye" - unfortunately, life is full of goodbyes!
i've tried to replace the "goodbye" with "see you later" (inspired by the last episode of M*A*S*H) - but that doesn't work!
sometimes we have to say "goodbye"
as i've reflected these past few days and weeks, i've realized that there are really very few friends that i haven't said goodbye to - here are a few:
- amy (and now scott that they are married) - met her shortly after patrice and i were married, then we all 3 worked together...here's the cool thing...no matter where we've lived, amy's come to visit us at least once - thanks amy (and now scott that they are married) - you guys are great
- rachel - met at a mexican restaurant - no surprise huh? - she helped us start a church, then followed us to two other church plants to help them out - it's been a long journey, but i'm glad we've never said goodbye
- jeff - my college roommate...after you live with someone for two years, you really know a person! i love jeff like a brother because he's just the real deal - so glad we've never said goodbye - we don't see each other but just every few years, but we stay in touch through email and phone calls - he's the one guy that i've always been able to vent to and he's helped keep me grounded and focused on God's call
- todd (stricknine) - helped him in a church plant, then we lost contact for a while, then i went to work for him as an employee, then the church we attended hired me and he went to work for me as a volunteer - now, he's the one guy that i know i can call on anytime to pray for me (and i do!)
so, how does this:
apply to you?
think about it...weigh in...
1.) our God is The Creator
2.) we are created
3.) in His image
4.) the creative ability that He has...is available for us
5.) we should create!
having said that, i was talking with a pastor the other day who's in the revitalization process in a church...he had done an email blast campaign with outstanding success (blasted out 200,000 emails to a zip specific area, had 12,000 people "open" the email, and has had over 1200 "hits" on his website in the last 7-10 days)...this is what i said to him when talking about the effectiveness of this (i.e. if it generates actual people in the chairs)...
then we create habit"
...don't miss the importance of this...
1.) we have to give people a 'reason' to WANT to come to our church - that's called interest - there are things you can do to create interest! aren't there? what would the opposite be? "oh, i don't want people interested in coming to our church!" - ridiculous statement isn't it? of course!
2.) then we work on the 'habit' of them coming to church - that's why we do sermon series (at least that's my hope!) - if you're NOT doing sermon series...start! AND, give them a reason to come back the next week...tease them, give them a "lead in" - "tip them" to something that you'll be covering next week...in other words, HELP them make up their mind BEFORE they leave that they ARE coming BACK - perhaps you're saying to yourself, "that's a mind-game, that's shallow, that's not spiritual" - what would the opposite be? "oh, we don't really care if you come back next week!" - ridiculous statement isn't it? of course!
what are your thoughts on the "role" of innovation in ministry?
does it have a place?
does it have limits?
how, who, what, when, where, and why determines those limits (if there are any)
do you think our God is innovative?
do you think Jesus was innovative?
what do you think innovation is exactly?
just curious about the thoughts of my readers - i have mine pretty settled, and i have most of my talk complete (in my head at least...)
- i've added some and deleted some blogs that i'm tracking on my blogroll - check 'em out.
- watching the ACM awards...some good, some bad
- speaking of country music, the song by trace adkins, although sappy, still reminds me that its important to embrace and squeeze every moment out of life - "you're gonna miss this"
- did something today i've never done...more later
- so proud of my kids, they've finished up another year of school with great grades, great crct scores, great attitude and great personality - i love my kids!
- extremely proud of my wife - she served as the second grade lead teacher this year - it was a trying year because of health issues, but she's an overcomer - i'm proud of her! i think God used this year to stretch her and move her to new levels of leadership. she also ended the year with a great group of kids and a ton of parental support
- speaking of her kids, i spent friday serving up sno cones - dragon colors baby - red and blue...next year we'll move to green i guess
- my sister did something she's never done before...more later...
- got a ton to do the next couple of weeks - wow, please pray for me - so much to do!
- have you had the baked apple dumplings at cracker barrel? quick, run out and get you some...probably the best desert ever!
- my brother did something he's never done before...
- i got to see all of my nieces and nephews on the same day - love it!
- we, my brother, my sister and i commandeered...hijacked...took over the service at my dad's church. my dad turned 60 last monday, and on may 31, he'll celebrate 25 years in ministry - to honor him, we've been plotting, scheming and acting secretly behind his back to pull this off. the choir knew, the congregation knew, he didn't. should've seen his reaction when my brother and sister went in to relieve the pianist and worship leader of their duties, then he turned and saw me - we hugged on the platform - then i told him he wasn't preaching, i was! sorry God, i'm sure you gave him a great word...it was priceless, something i'll never forget! i preached a word from luke 15 - you know the story...the parable of the honorable father (used to be the parable of the prodigal son - i renamed it today) - i talked about the legacy that our father has built into our lives, the character and honor he possesses as a person and how that is passed from generation to generation - it was the most "different" sermon i've ever preached. when it was all said and done, my brother's family (4 of them), my sister (5 of them) and my family (4) joined our dad on stage...btw, about 4 weeks or so ago he told our mom that what he wanted for his birthday was to have all of his kids on the platform with him...homerun!
- ...to follow up on debbie's comment, yes, you have to have the ice cream on the baked apple dumplings!
chris davis, sophomore center from jefferson, ga, talks about playing futbol (soccer) with the locals - he said it was a skinny man's game...couldn't agree more! (so that's why i'm not playing as well as i once did)
- i use the word revival parenthetically - here's why: what i seem to be observing from reports that are available is that it's mostly Christians going to these meetings. historically, revival has to do with life-transformation leading to community-transformation. at this point i know there are some salvations occurring (life-transformation indeed), but i know of churches (specifically, church plants!) that are reaching far more and they are not being labeled as the "______ revival" - so, to me, its a renewal, not a revival
- as with every great move of God, there will be flesh involved - you may not like me for saying this, but i'll say it - every thing we do has some element of 'flesh' in it - don't like the room temp? too bad, you're listening to the 'flesh.' don't like the lighting? too bad, that's the flesh - point being, we can't escape this. having said that, the services that i've watched on tv (and yes, i'm sure it's different 'in person') seem to contain a great deal of 'flesh' - such as, people being 'slain' in the spirit, and after falling reaching up to straighten their skirt or shirt out, or people being pushed over - now, understand, i'm all for seeing God's power do a powerful work in people and i took at least 3 or 4 trips to the brownsville revivial years ago. as well, i've been used by God to see this happen to people - know what? i BARELY had to touch them for God's power to consume them. but that's just me...i totally want to be sure that it's God when i feel like that may happen so i purposely barely touch them or lay hands on them. please understand, there will always be elements of the flesh i believe and i don't judge the outcome nor the fruit of the revival on these things - i do however, want to know that people aren't attracted to a 'show' or an 'event' - if you know me, you know that i totally think the PROCESS is so much more than the event - put another way, it's in the journey that we grow to be able to embrace the "end."
I support any holy outbreak of revival fervor. But let’s be careful to guard ourselves from pride and error.
|“When we put bizarre behavior on the platform we imply that it is normative. Thus more strange fire is allowed to spread.”|
J. Lee Grady is editor of Charisma.
- dave ferguson (on my blogroll) tells the story of donnie williams and lifepointe church (great name, btw!) - they added a second site and went from 445 to 979 in attendance - their second site has outgrown the first site - awesome! he attributes the success to: prayer!; getting organized; finding leaders that were dormant in their first site - check them all out
- dave also tells the story of troy (whom i met in orlando a couple weeks ago) and their church launch - love the strategy they put into motion - lots of serving...in fact all the leaders were challenged to host a block party in their hood to connect with people; they also did 18 service projects
- tony gives us 7 leadership filters - great stuff - here are my favorites: "am i making this decision for the good of the church, or just my area?" and "is this just a temporary solution?"
- mark talks about aesthetics - every, every, every pastor and leader needs to read this post! my favorite paragraph is Listen, that may sound extravagant. But what if we put half that effort in welcoming people into our worship environments? What I'm trying to say is this: aesthetics are important. If you don't believe me, then why are a dozen chapters in Exodus devoted to the aesthetics of the tabernacle. God is in the details. He details everything from the color of the curtains to the recipe for the incense!
- michael (prez. of thomas nelson and frequent reader of rickwomack.com...right!) has listed several important lessons he's learned through blogging. it has inspired me to write my own equivalent post in the not-so-distant future. for now, one of the important lessons i've learned is this: blogging forces me to carefully consider the reader first...while i'm sure to miss the typos, it's the tone that i most concern myself with! btw, michael's blog is a great look into the life of a corporate ceo who follows Christ - i'm currently making a choice on a couple of books that he's read just because he read them first and recommended them...that's called influence (and i appreciate it)
- also from michael, he nailed 12 good reasons to begin twittering...i haven't yet - still pondering the usefulness and time demand of it - anyone else twittering out there? the whole phenomenon is amazing how it has so quickly gained traction.
- here's a challenging post on "extractionalism" - i referenced a quote a few days ago from it - you need to read the entire post - here's my favorite quote: "The problem is that extracting believers from relationships within the culture has a negative impact on both believers and unbelievers. Christians fail to have any spiritual impact or participation in extending the kingdom. Non-Christians go to hell. Neither of these things is good—especially the part about going to hell."
- larry from elevation writes a post that every volunteer church leader and pastor must read - it deals with the crux of the matter when it comes to volunteers!
- would you participate if you could help plant 500 churches? would you care? the one prayer campaign has focused the one time offering from the hundreds of churches on planting churches in cambodia, china, india and sudan - i'll ask again, r........u........n? ("are you in?)
· Strategy answers the question, “How do we get there?”
· Granite & Sand – Granite=core, no change; Sand=change, dust it off, redesign...some things need to be written in granite so that they can NOT easily be changed (i.e., people matter to God, therefore they matter to us...prayer comes first...ministry to the entire family is a priority); some things need to be written in sand so that they can easily be changed (prayer time is at 6am on mondays...or, or early morning service offers traditional worship, etc)
· Strategy changes….can’t pastor/lead a church at 50 like you do at 150...bumber sticker alert..."change happens" - or something like that :)
· Henry Ford said if he gave people what they wanted it would have been a faster horse
· Strategy is NOT sacred – vision is what you lead with, not strategy - when you lead with strategy over vision, it's called programming...
· Strategy is moving because the church is moving…it’s a moving target....
· Strategy turns vision into reality
so, comment away, better, worse, ok, - if you know me, you know most everything is a process, so you won't hurt my feelings...comment away
oh yea, if there are typos on here - don't get too upset about it! i do my best, but often times i don't re-read my posts, i just post on the fly and watch for misspelled words (sometimes!)...
· Answers the question, “How are we positioned to move forward?”
· Structure will change…it needs to change ahead of growth
· Structure for CAPACITY – because capacity trumps capability – ex. 2 Kings 4
· Of extreme importance is realizing that communication also changes with structure – almost all church disputes, feuds, fusses and fights occur over miscommunication, no communication, unclear communication or mis-perceived communication
· Internal structure and external structure must adapt
· Internal – communication, decision making, roles and responsibilities – relational issues
- External - governmental, budgeting, procedures - procedural issues
the second vital issue is staffing (paid and unpaid)
· Answers the question, “Who are the ‘go-to’ people?”
· Get the right people, in the right place…start with people – Jim Collins, Good to Great, says, “First who, then what?”
· Find a leader, make room for them – leaders are always on the lookout (Furtick)
· Commitment to the vision trumps commitment to the position – too many people are in love with their position and could care less about the vision – return to the vision – it’s primary!
· If you’re a leader, work yourself out of a job – replace yourself – when possible, hire from within – why? Because they were with you before you paid them! They own the vision and understand the DNA.
· 3 keys to keeping Staff: 1.) clear and compelling vision (that comes from S.P – people need VISION and they need HOPE.); 2.) dynamic leadership skills of the S.P.; 3.) caring attitude of S.P. – RELATIONSHIP!!!!!
one assumption that needs to be made is that the vision is clear, compelling and catalytic in nature
· Answers the question, “What matters most?”
· A set of beliefs that illustrate how you do life…or in this case, church! Values are not “add-ons” they are “built-ins” (add-on="would you like anti-virus software with your new pc?"...built-in="the operating system is windows, it's built in!")
· Values are exhibited by the pattern of your life and your church (and your life! on a personal level)
· Values are what drives you - they define you
· Values become your filter for EVERYTHING you do
· Being FAIR is not a priority…rather, be true to your values - this means you'll have to say no, and not worry about it being "fair"
· You’re values can and will change…in the process and trenches of ministry – not because of a vote or committee – they change because your DNA becomes better understood…
· You’re values must be shared by key leaders and decision makers
made it home from the boro (statesboro, ga) - great trip, great conference, great time!
some highlights from this weekend:
- todd and i had a great time kickin it together all the way down the road to the boro - lots of time to talk whilst traveling the roads lined with pine trees - btw, those that say we're overpopulating the earth, RIDE WITH ME sometime - i'll show you plenty of back road country that is not even close to being overpopulated!
- had krystals on the way down - wanna guess the nickname for krystal burgers? it's funny that todd called it ?????? - but even funnier that when we got there nick called them by the same name
- todd was up first and brought the passion for first impression - as if! did you think he wouldn't? anyway, great job of stirring people up to begin to think like a guest, evaluate ministry and function and start getting it right
- first night nick talked about cultural evangelism - great content and delivery - btw, in all my research, i'm pretty sure it wasn't timmy, it was jason that fell in the well (episode #87).
- seriously, nick and todd set the bar high and really did a great job of delivering the content!
- on another note, travis and his crew had the church looking great! they really went out of the way to demonstrate excellence in every stinkin think they did - great job gang and thanks for making us feel so welcomed (and the gift basket in the hotel room was an awesome touch - really made me and my family feel appreciated and filled the "snacky void" that we had at times)
- after service friday night, Estamos envueltos hasta el viernes por la noche con una celebración de nuestra herencia familiar
- saturday my wife and kids along with todd's family all rolled in - so great to have them there with us!
- i spent some time saturday just before lunch talking about 8 ways to evaluate ministry - i'll be sharing those throughout this week - check back every day for a new post
- my second talk on saturday was on transferring vision - communicating vision to your church and giving them some 'handles' to get a grip on vision - i'll share some of those in the future...
- sunday i sneaked over to fumc in stateboro to listen to my sister lead worship and my brother-in-lay lay down the word in the 9:01 service, then it was over to alwc to be with them for the sunday service - todd was there early to provide some on-sight coaching with his first impressions people - great give and take discussion about some "why" issues...
- travis brought a great message, the worship was really good, and the people were "with him" the entire time - i'll say what i said on friday night, this church is going to be a difference-maker in statesboro and a flagship church in the georgia conference - i believe in the pastor and his wife, i believe in his leaders and i believe in his vision - God...make it happen - amen!
- i'll say what needs to be said
- how it needs to be said
- with anointing
i think it's going to be a great weekend for a couple of reasons: 1.) i'm excited because i believe ALWC has great potential to be a flagship church in georgia for the iphc; 2.) i'm excited to see todd operate in the gifting he's anointed for - i love seeing the potential and purpose in others being released (something i'll touch on this weekend!).
anyway, i'll try to post some summary notes and thoughts when it's all said and done, in the meantime, go back to praying - mucho thanks!