Sunday, October 18, 2009

Church Next - Quantum Changes in Christian Ministry


We need to stop living in the past and engage with the present. The fact is church attendance in the western world is declining. We cannot simply incrementally adapt our churches and expect to revolutionise the future, when people have changed, societies have changed and worldviews have changed. When we engage with the present we realise we have a shifting worldview among some generations, from modernity to postmodernity. You can speak to a Gen-Xer and hear very quickly that they struggle with a thought of Absolute Truth. You mean Jesus did die on the cross and was absolutely resurrected? Yep. Absolutely.
(Church Next; Gibbs & Coffey; p. 17-40)
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'He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers- all things have been created through him and for him' (Colossians 1:15-16)

This is a definitive verse claiming that Jesus played a significant role in creation. Jesus was not merely a quick response God created to deal with a sin-fallen world.

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The Law of the Lid - 'Leadership Ability Determines a Person's Level of Effectiveness'. An organisations success is very closely connected to the leadership ability of the senior leader. Whether it be a Corps Officer in The Salvation Army, a Principal at a local Primary School or a CEO of a finance company; the organisation will only go as far as the leader allows it to. That's why leaders must continue to grow and learn. That's why we continue to read. That's why we stretch our thinking. That's why we learn how to work better with people around us. Look to Jesus for the ultimate example on how to lead.
(The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership; Maxwell, p. 1-10)

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