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Day 4

Ginghamsburg Weekly Staff Chapel & Lunch
  • Most people want to do Bible study, not discipleship
  • Christians think cloning is immoral, yet we spend all our energy cloning successful churches - be who God made you to be
  • A pastor is not a position; it’s a function in the church, not more or less important


  • For the leader of the movement, preaching becomes the #1 priority of the week
  • Great leaders move people through clear communication
  • People who accomplish great things are moved by the heart

Dynamics of Missional Preaching

  • Biblical
  • Prophetic - creates tension & growth happens in tension
  • Personal - how God comes to me
  • Self-revealing
  • Contemporary - must do biblical AND cultural exegesis
  • Evangelistic - how is Jesus the center of the Word I bring today?
  • Motivational - motivates to sacrificial action
  • Call to Commitment - what am I supposed to do with this?

Why do we preach? To connect people to God in their lives

  • I don't know if you believe in God, but God believes in you
  • Do ministry with the people -> the people do ministry with you -> the people do ministry

Money Matters

  • Two myths about money in the church: they talk too much about money and people don't want to give
  • Sometimes instead of serving people, we're serving a budget or institution
  • Jesus never used people to finance an institution, he wanted to liberate people from any type of bondage they're in
  • Most churches don't know how to tie money talk into people's felt needs
  • Ginghamsburg's attendance increases during their month-long money series (becomes 3rd highest attended month)
  • It's not that people don't want to give; they don't want to give to something that doesn't matter
  • We're created to give; we're never more like God than when we're giving
  • We don't know how to give because of the burden of debt
  • Goal is to turn consumers into creators
  • It's not about making more, it's about what you choose to do with what you have
  • God does miracles with what people already have in their hands
  • People live not out of a healthy fear of God, but by the daily headlines
  • Why does a loving God allow children to starve? God doesn't. We do. We're the only hands and feet God has.
  • Live more simply, so that others may simply live.
  • Giving is a matter of heart health
  • Big churches get big by changing the no-no's of ministry


Shawn said…
Jenny- Thanks for blogging on your class. Couldn't take the class myself but your definately giving food for thought. Thanks! Shawn

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