"Institutional decline is like a disease: harder to detect but easier to cure in the early stages; easier to detect but harder to cure later."Jim Collins
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
"The church cannot understand itself alone. It can only truly comprehend its mission and its meaning, its roles and its function in relation to others"Jurgen Moltmann
"The Church is the Church only when it exists for others."Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"What the church does internally with no intention of impacting the world outside itself is not mission. But when a local congregation understands that it is, by its nature, a constellation of mission activites, and it intentionally lives its life as a missionary body, then it begins to emerge toward becoming the authentic Church of Jesus Christ."Charles Van Engen
Saturday, November 28, 2009
"the classic skills of pastoral leadership in which most pastors were trained were not wrong, but the level of discontinuous change (in this postmodern era) renders many of them insufficient and often unhelpful at this point. It is as if we are prepared to play baseball and suddenly discover that everyone else is playing basketball. The game has changed and the rules are different." (p.11)
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
"Look at the perish today. Made up, usually, of a small inner core of believers who assume the necessary posts of leadership with gratitude and devotion (albeit frequently naive), and surrounded by a cloud of uninvolved and mildly approving witnesses,..."Wesley Baker
Monday, October 26, 2009
"David Watson serves as the Vice President of Global Church Planting with CityTeam Ministries, San Jose, CA. His primary responsibility is to catalyze Church Planting Movements in difficult to reach cities and countries around the world. The primary methodology used is the training of local leaders in evangelism, discipleship, disciple making, church planting, leadership, church planting strategies and church planting movements. God has used the leaders David trained to start over 40,000 churches in the past 15 years, and more than 2 million people have been baptized as a result of God’s moving in the areas where trained local workers have devoted themselves to God’s work."
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
"An exposition, no matter how true to the text, will die away ineffectively in a vacuum, if there is no possibility of a responsive echo from those who hear it."Karl Barth
"Simply to live by the scriptures as you understand them. Simple, but revolutionary."A.W. Tozer
Monday, October 12, 2009
In the book The Shaping of Things to Come, Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost explains the organic rhythm of the biblical church in the book of Acts and observes that...
"The missional-incarnational church...sees itself as part of an ongoing process, not an end itself"Frost & Hirsch
Friday, October 2, 2009
"The best strategic plan is to plan to act strategically when the need arises. Adapt to what comes, don't hold to a plan formed in absentia."Neil Cole
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Over the past few years, I have found that a great passion of mine is understanding how the church works. In my desire to communicate the beauty of God's love to the world, I have always found myself deeply immersed into Ecclesiology (the study of churches and its structure). I love it! It just gives me so much joy and satisfaction to figure out ways in which the community of God can influence and transform culture in a loving, fruitful, and self-perpetuating way. This blog exists for the purpose of exposing different thoughts, strategies and methods I have found helpful for my ministry in hopes that it may push us all to think more deeply about why we do what we do. So join in the conversation (funny how that word somehow made its way into everyday Christian lingo), and contribute your comments.
I'll start off this blog with a great quote I read a few years back that has helped defined why the church exists...
"..church doesn't exist for the benefit of its members. It exists to equip its members for the benefit of the world."
Brian D. McLaren
A New Kind of Christian p.155