Monday, May 16, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
Today, we stop and remember the one who was taken, blessed (not broken), and given for us. It is a day to morn, grieve and remember Jesus. Last night I participated in a Seder. The imagery and flavors were a powerful reminder of the Messiah. The Passover meal pointed us to Jesus. The Lamb who was taken, blessed and given for us. The Bread was taken, blessed and given to us. The Cup was raised (4 times) to remember the one who was taken, blessed and given to us.
I HAVE COME THAT YOU MAY HAVE LIFE....
Jesus came so that you and I could have life and have it more abundantly. Today, as we observe Good Friday we mourn the taking of Jesus life. We grieve that our Lord and Savior, chosen and appointed by the Father, was given as an offering on our behalf - my behalf. He gave Himself freely so that I could have life - so we could have life - and be restored and reconciled to God.
This Good Friday we mourn and grieve. But we also remember Jesus. We remember His life. Take a moment and remember - celebrating the life of Jesus as it was presented to us in the four Gospel. What are you celebrating as you stop, pause, and reflect this beautiful life which was put on display for us?
Monday, December 7, 2015
Tim Catchim wrote the following article addressing each of the 5 Cs and building the right team. Enjoy!
Building a Church Planting Team
Monday, November 30, 2015
"Watch over YOUR heart....." The fatal flaw of Leadership care is NOT tending to your concentric circles; it is NOT tending to YOU. Burnout is the leading cause of many in the clergy leaving the ministry. Leadership care should first be rooted in a theological rationale of Self-care. And, this theological hope comes in a SABBATH Rhythm - Rest & Steward. This is the order of creation. Jesus, however, gives us the proper alignment of our Sabbathing. Jesus is our Sabbath. Jesus is your REST! He invites you into his rest. He invites you into a DAY of rest. We join our Creator in redeeming creation. Rest reminds me HE ultimately CARES. I can trust Him to care for the relationships in this concentric circle. I can rest trusting HE loves me - not for my doing but for what He had done. His GRACE gift is sufficient for me and how I see me. His grace is also sufficient to lead me to care for others.
Jesus also invites you to steward the Gospel story in creation with Father, Son, and Spirit 6 days of the week. He invites you to GOSPEL yourself, to steward your relationship with HIM as servant/friend. Then, steward these relationships. Gospel these concentric circles of relationship. Sacrificially serve them as Christ served you. Care for them, but remind yourself God the Father, Son, Spirit cares for them much more than you. Rest in this. Steward this responsibility in the shadow of Jesus is my SABBATH. You and I must tend our soul. We must tend our relationships. Ministry is about relationships. First, REST! Then, steward ALL these relationships!
So, Love God; Love your neighbor; Love your neighbor as you love YOURSELF. Healthy Leadership Care roots itself in this theological axiom!
WATCH your heart. Invite others to watch with you.
Grace and Peace!
Monday, November 23, 2015
Mike Breen says this,
As we seek to live as Families on Mission, the way we invest our time, energy, and money directly affects how effective and fruitful we become. It’s a big discipleship issue, and Oikonomics looks at how Jesus did this with his Family on Mission and how we can imitate him in it.Check out this resource if you would like to know more:
Monday, November 16, 2015
Read the article here and share your thoughts: https://www.facebook.com/Portland-Church-Planting-142457722465706/?fref=nf
Friday, October 9, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
*this is a republished post from http://randyadams.org/
Dear Northwest Ministry Leader,
Northwest missions began when four Native Americans travelled to St. Louis and requested from the Superintendent of Indian Affairs that missionaries be sent to their people. The year was 1831 and the man with whom they met was William Clark of the famed “Lewis and Clark Expedition.” Methodist missionary Jason Lee was the first to arrive, coming in 1834. He was followed by Presbyterian missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, and Henry Spalding, who arrived in 1836. Baptist layman, David Lennox, travelling the Oregon Trail, arrived in 1843, and started the West Union Baptist Church in 1844. It was the first Baptist church in the West. Located near Hillsboro, OR, it remains to the present day.
From this beginning, believers have continued to establish churches and do evangelistic work in the Northwest. Still, our beautiful land remains one of the great mission fields in North America. Only four percent attend church on a given Sunday, and the great majority of our neighbors profess no faith in Jesus Christ.
To meet the missionary need of the Northwest, Northwest Baptists (NWBC) are doing more than any other group to do four things. First, we train more pastors and leaders than any other grouping of churches. Already, more than 200 pastors and 800 lay leaders having participated in some form of training in 2015.
Second, we start more churches, with 27 church planters beginning their work in the Northwest in the past 12 months (through June). Approximately 130 of our 466 churches worship in one of 30 languages other than English.
Third, no group in the Northwest does Disaster Relief like we are doing through our 660 plus volunteers. On this very day 60 of our DR volunteers are deployed, providing thousands of meals daily to those who’ve lost their homes in the wildfires, and providing chaplaincy to firefighters and others.
Fourth, evangelism training and resources are provided to every church which requests them. Next spring we will conduct one-day “listening evangelism” workshops in multiple locations throughout the Northwest, funded in part by the Northwest Impact Offering.
In addition to your mission giving through the Cooperative Program, a major source of funding for Northwest Missions is the annual Northwest Impact Offering (Sylvia Wilson Offering). This year’s offering will provide funds for each of the four areas mentioned above. Materials (prayer guides, posters, bulletin inserts, envelopes) to promote the offering have been sent to each of our churches. You can also access them through a link on the Northwest Baptist Convention website,www.nwbaptist.org.
One new promotional feature this year is videos which focus on the four areas mentioned above. Links to the videos are on our website, but I’m providing them here so you can take a quick look at them. They are kept very brief so that you can show them to your church on a Sunday morning:
1. Church planting: https://vimeo.com/137394331
2. Leadership: https://vimeo.com/137408075
3. Evangelism: https://vimeo.com/137407924
4. Disaster Relief: https://vimeo.com/137403838
Please consider giving your church an opportunity to support Northwest missions through Northwest Impact. Together, we can have a larger gospel footprint and impact our communities more forcefully in the year to come. Remember, you are not alone.
Following Christ Together,
Northwest Baptist Convention
Friday, August 21, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Wednesday, August 5, 2015