Welcome to another great week of reading for you in Church Leader’s Insights. Enjoy!
If you look at many studies about evangelism, you’ll discover that fear is a primary factor that keeps Christians from telling the Good News. Those fears might involve a fear of rejection, a fear of not knowing answers, a fear of others watching our lives more closely if we speak of Christ, or other possibilities. In addition to fear, here are some other reasons – perhaps surprising ones – that believers don’t evangelize:
1. No one has ever told them it’s their responsibility. If new believers simply look around, they’re likely to see a bunch of other believers relying on pastors to evangelize; so, they assume that’s the right approach.
2. They don’t know many non-believers anyway. The longer we’re in church (and, the higher we climb a church’s leadership ladder), the less likely it is that we’re even connected with the lost world.
3. They’re not really believers. They’ve gone through the motions of following Christ, but without genuinely turning from sin to trust Christ. Non-believers don’t evangelize.
4. They’re undiscipled pluralists. Deep down, they believe there are multiple ways to God – and no one has intentionally, clearly shown them otherwise from the Scriptures.
5. They see no need theologically. They misapply biblical teachings of God’s sovereignty to say that there’s no reason to evangelize in the first place.
6. The church quenched their zeal. They may have been excited to tell others when they first met Christ, but that fire has been long gone. Other unexcited believers helped put it out.
How do you protect your church members from getting burnt out?
In Episode 191 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, we’ll talk about some ways to avoid burnout for your church members. Here’s Allie with today’s question:
How do you ensure that church members do not get burn out in the multisite pioneering process?
In this episode, you’ll discover:
- How compelling visions can prevent burnout.
- The importance of conviction, culture, and constructs.
Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):
- “Part of ensuring that your members don’t get burnt out is by doing your homework and getting things ready.”–@danielsangi
- “Have a compelling vision and keep it in front of your members.”–@toddadkins
- “So often we sacrifice great ministry on the altar if good ministry.” –@toddadkins
- “Every time you start things, you need to learn how to stop things–that is where your strategy will have its birthplace.”–@danielsangi
- “Getting rid of yesterday is the decision that most long-range plans in business never tackle–which may be the main reason for their futility.”–Peter Drucker
What’s the one thing every man wants but is afraid to admit he needs? Guess what? It’s not women, money or sex. Most men aren’t afraid to admit they need those things. The answer is: Every man desires to have an honest and authentic relationship and brotherhood with other men. In other words, we all want a foxhole friend, an “I-got-your-back-brother,” or a “ride-or-die-dude” we can depend on in our greatest hour of need – a “go-to-guy,” who will respect us even when we’re at our worst or weakest.
However, many of us lack the relational maturity required to be in a healthy and authentic relationship with other men. If we want to determine whether or not we are mature men, all we need to do is revisit a painful wound in our past and examine ourselves in the light of four questions. Personally, my wound was the sexual abuse I suffered as a child for three years. So here are the four ways to measure your maturity.
1. Are you able to talk about IT (the wound)?
For more than 18 years, I didn’t talk about my abuse, and that secret eventually destroyed my 16-year marriage. It’s one of my biggest regrets. The truth was, I was HIDING from IT, because of shame, guilt, and fear.
2. When you talk about IT, do you get emotional?
When I was finally able to talk about my abuse with others, I noticed that my voice would change, sometimes tears would fall, and it would make me angry. But emotionally communicating about it is a good thing, because it means you’re no longer hiding from it; you’re just still HURTING from IT.
3. Are you able to help others through IT?
There was a point when the heavy emotions subsided, and I was able to turn my attention outwardly, helping others, instead of inwardly, focusing on my own pain. I had finally reached a place where I was HEALING from IT.
If you were on Facebook in the last few days, you heard from Jayden K. Smith.
Actually, you didn’t hear from Jayden, you heard a lot about Jayden.
For those not on Facebook, here’s what happened.
Someone started a rumor that if you accepted a friend request from Jayden K. Smith your Facebook account would be hacked. The message encouraged everyone to copy and paste this warning to all your friends. A lot of people forwarded the warning, flooding people’s Facebook inboxes.
Despite all the warnings, no one got a friend request from Jayden K. Smith because the entire thing was a hoax.
Not a big deal. No one got hurt and no accounts were hacked. But, wow, did a lot of people fall for it!
So, let’s learn something from it.
Here are 8 principles that this internet hoax can remind us about life and leadership.
1. If you have time to pass it along, you have time to confirm it
With internet access, it’s as easy to confirm or deny something as it is to pass it along.
It literally took me no more time to click over to Google, enter the name Jayden K. Smith and see that it was a hoax than it would have taken me to select, copy, and paste the false message to all my Facebook contacts.
Confirm before you share.
2. If you find yourself saying “I never do this, but…” stop doing it!
Several of the messages I received started with the words “I never do this, but…”