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If doing God's work depended on appearance or even ability, most if not all of our heroes of the faith would never have become known. Sometimes our greatest point of weakness can at the same time become the opportunity for God to do his greatest work. Remember Susan Boyle, the frumpy looking Scottish woman, gray-haired, and soft-spoken that came out on a world stage to scoffs and murmuring skeptics? She then proceeded to lift hearts, incite tears, and received an almost immediate standing ovation. It sounds like God used Sherren similarly, to transcend outward appearance. Who knows how many she inspired to reach for Jesus in spite of their perceived limitations.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2011 on Should fat people lead worship? at Inner Revolution
"Don't give up. The finish line is never as far away as it seems." Wesley Korir, 2 time winner LA marathon from Louisville It's been exciting to watch you run this race. There will be many more to come. Finish strong my friend. You're a winner.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2010 on Finishing Strong at Daryl Hunter - Church IT Guy
Well said Kevin. The Twitter journey for me started when my daughter suggested that I would like it better than FB as a support tool for blogging. While "learning the language" and building community, I met so many who were using Social Media for gospel purposes. That led to connections with the folks at Global Media Outreach and to becoming an online missionary with the ministry. In just the first six weeks, had the high privilege of responding to 100 new and recommitting believers in 32 countries, 11 of which are hostile to organized religion. As one that could always "do more" in sharing the gospel, didn't see this coming. And it started with Social Media. By the way, had lunch with Five Guys & A Burger and scoops of homemade peanut butter ice cream for dessert.
Oh, churches are looking for help. If a church has any of the following systems, technologies, etc., they have looked or are looking for help: ChMS, accounting, audio/visuals, website, content management system, hardware/software/network, podcasts, streaming, e-marketing, e-commerce, marketing/branding, etc. The help may come from staff, volunteers, vendors, consultants or friends of the family, but pastors and even most staff in growing churches of all sizes are not doing these things. Every growing church reaches the point where common sense tells leadership that they need people, processes and technologies to keep doing the work God has called them to do. Without these assets, quality deteriorates and confidence sags. Or worse, stagnation or a falling back occurs. So, they will get help. The challenge again is defining excellence and knowing how to fill the positions with the right people. (Previous comment) Getting to churches at this point of need (the first time, when they're making a change, or experiencing a problem) is the challenge for those on the outside that feel called to help. Essentially we're talking about a business/ministry proposition. What is the best way to provide a holistic set of business, communication and technology services to the local church? Geoff Surratt, Pastor of Ministries at Seacoast Church (Charleston, SC) has some interesting ideas that I'm looking at. http://geoffsurratt.typepad.com/inner_revolution/2010/03/free-indeed.html http://geoffsurratt.typepad.com/inner_revolution/2010/03/wicker-basket-economy.html http://geoffsurratt.typepad.com/inner_revolution/ http://geoffsurratt.typepad.com/inner_revolution/borrowapastor.html
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2010 on The ChMS Market at Tony Dye
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The church statistics are consistent with what I've heard anecdotally from church leaders as well. Tony, you and Matt have hit on a topic that it seems church leaders do not discuss openly. The problems associated with selecting and implementing a ChMS is symptomatic of a larger problem. This is just my opinion. In virtually every church, except for perhaps 1% of all churches regardless of size, there are pastors and board members that have not made it a priority to define church business excellence. At best, there may be a few such members on the board. At worst, a majority aren't knowledgeable about the criteria used to characterize business excellence, i.e. leadership, policies, processes, technologies, strategies, people, etc. Without a clear understanding of the criteria, leadership has no way to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses or identify opportunities for improvement. The consequences of this problem are many. Pastors and board members that don't really understand business excellence voting to purchase a ChMS is one of them. To be a church that God is building requires excellence in everything, from worship to business operations. I think it would be interesting to study churches of all sizes that understand the mandate to give God their best in this area. Looking particularly at when they put it into practice and it's correlation to growth, changed lives, impact, increased giving, etc.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2010 on The ChMS Market at Tony Dye
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