Tag: Training

Signs of Respect

Signs of Respect

Signs of Respect Include How We Speak with Others. 

Unless your boss tells you to call them by their first name, call them “Mr. So and so” or “Mrs. So and so.”

Having been in the military, I would never refer to a full bird Colonel as “hey Jeff” or “sure, Dave!” No, their rank always precedes their LAST NAME: “Yes, Colonel Smith” or “Yes, Ma’am.” Bringing those signs of respect into my home, our children are not on a first name basis with their parents or other adults. They don’t answer adults with “yeah” or “ok.” They say “yes (or no) sir” or “yes (or no) ma’am.” 

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Overcome Fear in Evangelism

Overcome Fear in Evangelism

How to Overcome Fear in Evangelism

Overcome Fear in EvangelismIf I want to know how to overcome fear in evangelism, where do I start? Although there are numerous resources out there to help remedy our problem, we can also look to examples that currently exist around us.

Helpful Resources on How to Overcome Fear in Evangelism

Helpful books and websites give us confidence and encouragement toward teaching us how to overcome fear in evangelism. Since there are many forms and styles of evangelism, I am going to focus only on a few.

Share Jesus Without Fear

21 Things God Never Said: Correcting Our Misconceptions About Evangelism

Becoming a Contagious Christian

Additionally, websites are very helpful as well. Here are a few trusted fellow leaders in evangelism: Larry Moyer, Ray Comfort, and Chris Walker.

Let us overcome fear in evangelism together. Check out any of these tested and proven resources.

Additionally, here are some comments (permission granted to use) from new friends of Church Leaders Campfire on how to overcome fear in evangelism:

Robert Dallman, of ChristLife, Inc:

1. Get to know Who you should fear: Matthew 10:28 – “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

2. Become motivated to preach the Gospel by the things that motivated the Apostle Paul:
A. Love of Christ: 2 Corinthians 5:14 – “For the love of Christ constraineth us…”
B. Terror of God: 2 Corinthians 5:11 – “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…”

I believe that it is our over “familiarity” with God and our lack of biblical “fear of the Lord” that leads to fear of evangelism. We must truly love the lost (not just in word, but in deed – i.e. preaching the Gospel to them). This love will increase as we get to know Jesus better, and truly believe in hell.

If we fear the Lord… love the lost… live in the reality of where the unrepentant will spend a literal tormented eternity (hell)… His Holy Spirit will help us overcome our fear of people.

Phil Gioja, of Heartland Seeds:

“I’ve shared my faith only a few times directly in a way to evangelize someone. For me it was seeing how the gospel fit a need in the other person’s life that came up through relationship & conversation, and explaining that. But I live fairly transparently so most people who know me know I’m a believer, read my blog, hear me talk about my faith, see things on Facebook, so I know people see me as a believer. I hope my walk speaks strongly and my words back it up; I want my entire life to give God glory.”

 

 

 

 

How to Train Small Group Leaders

How to Train Small Group Leaders

How to Train Small Group Leaders, part 1

How to train small group leaders | Church Leaders CampfireIf I want to know how to train small group leaders, then I must instinctively know what kind of small group I am looking to have. Borrowing from parenting wisdom, one must know their intended goal for that particular group in order to know how to train leaders for them. If your intended goal or purpose for the group is unsettled for you, then may I suggest you do additional research. If you are a Senior Pastor looking to start a small group ministry at your church, a small groups pastor looking to improve upon the existing ministry, an associate pastor overseeing small groups, a church planter just beginning the blueprint or DNA for the church, or a Youth Pastor or Children’s Director looking to add this ministry to your list of current ministries, then this is for you.

How to train small group leaders can be as varied and complicated as choosing the right American wedding menu (Never again)! Conversely, it can be oversimplified into a one-size fits all pattern (even the Air Force doesn’t do that). Before we get into determining small group purpose, let’s look at YOU, the small group overseer / champion / area coordinator / pastor.

So, how do we train small group leaders? Part 1 of how to train small group leaders begins with you. If you are the leader responsible for making this happen in your church or community, then you will need to clothe yourself with two things:  “COL2:6n7.” and “T.A.P.”

Clothe Myself with COL2:6n7?How to train small group leaders | Clothe Yourself with Christ - Col. 2:6-7

Yes, I know… it looks like a Star Wars droid name. Knowing how to train small group leaders begins with clothing oneself with a COL2:6n7 perspective. COL2:6n7 stands for (you guessed it), Colossians 2:6-7 (ESV) “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

When you consider the idea of recruiting, training, encouraging, supporting or helping small group leaders troubleshoot, this is the perspective we need to clothe ourselves in. We need a close relationship with Jesus–one that finds our identity and encouragement in Him and one that is grateful for His continuing work on our behalf (Romans 8:34). Church leader, if you struggle in this area, then training a small group will be very difficult and fruitless without Jesus involved (John 15:5).

Clothe Myself with T.A.P.?

Knowing how to train small group leaders also begins with T.A.P. which stands for Tenacity, Attitude and Persistence. These qualities simply sum up the character needed to lead other people: gumption. Click on the link to the left and you’ll find it defined as initiative, aggressiveness, resourcefulness. In other words, whether it’s recruiting, training, troubleshooting, firing a volunteer, or whatever, T.A.P. is required whether we like it or not. Can’t find a supporting Bible verse for this? Look at the life of Jesus. Was He passive? Did He shirk responsibility? Was He a One Approach Fits All kind of guy? Nope. I dare say He had T.A.P. and wants to give that to us (even though we may be cut from the timid cloth.) Another way of saying this is, BOLDNESS. So where do I find that boldness? In my relationship with Jesus Christ.

Question: What character traits do YOU think are necessary in how to train small group leaders?

How to Get Into Ministry

How to Get Into Ministry

How to Get Into Ministry

I have spent the past nineteen years serving Jesus Christ in full-time ministry. While church planting, I served tri-vocationally. That’s right. I held three jobs. Not to mention I am married and have five children. I served as a church planter, owned a company, and joined the Air National Guard as a Chaplain. At the time of this writing, I am in my later-thirties and am staying resilient through all of the challenges and opportunities presented to me each day.

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Gates of Hell Evangelism

Gates of Hell Evangelism

Gates of Hell Evangelism

Gates of Hell EvangelismJesus talked about the Gates of Hell as something to be assaulted. Read about its misery, as described by Dante Alighieri:

“I am the way into the city of woe.
I am the way to a forsaken people.
I am the way to eternal sorrow.

Sacred justice moved my architect.
I was raised here by divine omnipotence,
Primordial love and ultimate intelligence.

Only those elements time cannot wear
Were made before me, and beyond time I stand.
Abandon all hope ye who enter here.”

Dante’s Inferno

Caesarea Philippi stood only twenty miles or so from the religious communities of Galilee. But their religious practices were light-years apart from those of the nearby Jewish towns.

In Old Testament times, the northeastern area of Israel became a center for Baal worship. In the nearby city of Dan, Israelite king Jeroboam built the high place that angered God and eventually led the Israelites to worship false gods (1 Kings 12:29-31). Eventually, fertility worship of the Baals was replaced with worship of Greek fertility gods.

Caesarea Philippi, which stood in a lush area near the Southern foot of Mount Hermon, became the religious center for worship of the Greek god, Pan. The Greeks named the city Panias in his honor.

Years later, when Romans conquered the territory, Herod Philip rebuilt the city and named it after himself. But Caesarea Philippi continued to focus on worship of Greek gods. In the cliff that stood above the city, local people built shrines and temples to Pan.

Interestingly, Jesus chose to deliver a motivational speech to his disciples at Caesarea Philippi. In that pagan setting, he encouraged his disciples to build a church that would overcome the worst evils.

Evangelism on the frontier of the Gates of Hell is just what Jesus had in mind.  If you need to overcome fear in evangelism, see my previous post.