Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Missionary Training Ministry - Day 2

It was another great day of sessions and preaching. Here are a few quotes and highlights from the day...

How To Grow A Loving Church - Allen Hagood

  • The Associated Press came out with a study a few years ago that concluded the #1 characteristic of growing churches was love.
  • We need to be genuine.
  • Love has to be sincere.
  • Love does not wear a mask.
  • We've got to be real.
  • If we're going to grow a loving church we've got to take the mask off.
  • We get so used to wearing a mask we forget we have it on.
  • We need to care about other people.
  • When a group of people sincerely love each other lost people are attracted to that.
  • In Romans 12:10 "brotherly love" is the ability to live close together with mutual respect.
  • We should see each other (Hebrews 10:24).
  • We need to be contagious in our enthusiasm.
  • Enthusiasm means, "In God."
  • We should be on fire for the Lord.
How To Plant An Indigenous Church - Lynn Raburn
  • Christ commanded His churches to send missionaries from their midst into all the world.
  • The Biblical example of a church is one that is independent, autonomous, and indigenous.
  • Indigenous means native or belonging to host culture.
  • Our goal should be to plant a church that will be scriptural, culturally appropriate, independent, and reproductive.
  • We need to christianize not americanize.
  • Buildings should be culturally appropriate.
  • If you have "blood" and "sweat" equity in a building you will appreciate it.
  • Schedule of services should be culturally appropriate.
  • Worship should be culturally appropriate.
  • Personal lives must be lived for Christ.
  • We should not be guilty of "cultural imperialism." Don't thrust our culture on churches in other nations.
  • National pastors will know the language, identify with people, and be more likely to train a successor.
  • Teach people to give and tithe.
  • Teach people the result of giving.
  • Teach people to rely on God.
  • An indigenous church validates the independence of the local church.
Missionary Pre-Flight - Lynn & Brenda Raburn
  • Leave well by saying good-bye to people and places.
  • Arrive well by having someone pick you up at the airport.
  • God is to loving to be unkind and to wise to make a mistake.
  • Don't make a life changing decision while going through culture shock.
  • At 3 months and 1 year the grief process will spike while on the foreign mission field.
  • Serving God is so much more than stuff.
  • Be teachable.
  • Be flexible.
  • "Lord what did I do to deserve this" can be stated in a negative way on arrival and a positive way a few years later.
Significance - Robert Frances
  • God delights in diversity.
  • We have a passion to be significant.
  • I don't want to be alive. I want to live.
  • Don't you want to make a difference?
  • We want to go around the world to impact.
  • Henry David Thoreau said, "When it's time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived."
  • I don't want to leave this world without making an impact.
  • Some great bible characters that made an impact were Abraham, David, Luke, John and Paul yet one of the most significant was least important - Mary (Luke 1:26)
  • I'm concerned we don't know God hasn't called us to make a splash and be a celebrity.
  • Do what calls us to do . Sometimes at the forefront where everyone notices and sometimes behind the scenes where no one cares.
  • We've made the cause of Christ about meeting my individual needs instead of playing our roles.
  • There is no big ministry and no little ministry. It is simply playing the role God has for me.
  • No one praised Mary in her lifetime one little bit.
  • We have to be willing to obey in the midst of obstacles.
  • I don't think anyone who is being used significantly ever feels like they know what they are doing.
  • Our sufficiency is in Christ.
  • If you are not afraid please leave the ministry. You are about to hurt a lot of people.
  • 2 dangers in the ministry I'm learning are: 1) I listen to the praise of men to much. 2) I listen to the criticism of men to much.
  • If we want to be used of God we have to be ready for him to color outside the lines.
  • You have your life designed for the easy. God has your life designed for his glory.
  • God can change everything tomorrow.
  • God can move in ways you never dreamed.
  • God can make you say, "Wow, how'd you do that!"


lody_dody said...

Hello from California! I stumbled upon your blog and I just wanted to let you know that it is VERY encouraging. I feel like my heart has been called to missions and I am praying that I will be sent to the Philippines and Thailand starting this summer. Your posts regarding missions have been so insightful as well as convicting. Thank you and I pray that we would all continue to press on for God's glory and not our own.