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Your ministry is perfectly designed to generate the results you are currently experiencing. If you are quite satisfied with these results, you do not need these workshops. If you are not satisfied, then it’s time for change. 

 

These workshops will not tell you how to implement new programs. Most of them, however, will provide participants with a new lens through which to evaluate what you are currently doing in your ministry or the ministry you are contemplating.


 

1) MINISTRY 1.0

Times have changed. Shifts in our North American culture have nudged the world out of reach of the gospel message. We are primarily consumers, self-absorbed spectators with a ever-growing distorted view of right and wrong, without meaning or purpose. It’s time to discover how to meet the world where it has moved with God’s truth through serving others to meet both felt needs and real needs. This is Ministry 1.0.

  

2) RE-PERSONALIZING YOUR MINISTRY

Which word comes to your mind first when you hear the term ministry? Task or relationship? This workshop guides participants toward a true understanding of healthy incarnational ministry within the context of serving in low-trust environments. Learn how to develop strategies needed to transition forms from traditionalistic to relevant. (The following four workshops represent an expansion of this workshop.)

 

3) MINISTRY LIFE CURVE

God and the Bible never change, but life and our world are always changing. The ways in which your ministry, church, or organization reaches a level of both strong relationship and productivity will seldom be the way in which you maintain strong relationship and productivity. The Ministry Life Curve is a useful tool to help determine the best time to revisit issues of vision and involvement.

 

 

4) UPSIDE DOWN

The similarities between the way our world system views leadership and the way many evangelical churches do leadership is stunning! Jesus labeled the two ways of managing power as lording over versus serving among. This workshop is all about the implications of these two paradigms as they relate to your ministry.

 

 

5) FUNCTION AND FORM

Accessing drinking water is a basic essential function of life. There have been numerous forms of gathering drinking water through the generations. Water jug by the river shoreline. Drilled well with hand pump. Pump located in the middle of the kitchen sink. An electric-powered pump forcing water through pipes leading to sinks and bathtubs strategically placed in rooms around your house. Nothing ever changed with the water but the forms were certainly changing and improving. This workshop applies function and form to the world of ministry.

 

6) GOD’S MINISTRY MODEL

There are three parts to communication: the message,

the messenger, and the receiver. Much of our educational training systems equip us to be messenger-oriented or message-oriented in our ministry communication style. The weight of Scripture reveals God being very focused on  the receiver. This workshop answers the question: How can I fully implement God’s model of communication in my ministry?

 

 

7) CLOSE BY YOUR DOOR

People of all ages are longing to find spiritual truth and are open to hearing about it. How are we recognizing these opportunities when they present themselves? How can we maximize our opportunities? Would you believe we sometimes paralyze our efforts by imagining barriers to sharing the Gospel that don't even exist, and we sometimes put up barriers we are completely unaware of. This workshop will encourage us all to think outside the box in our passion to fulfill the Great Commission. (The following four workshops represent an expansion of this workshop.)
 

 

8) SHOW AND TELL

There are only two things that are eternal in our world today: the Word and people. And they must be brought together. But not all people are prepared for a verbal witness; many around us lack even a basic understanding of what is morally right or wrong. There’s wisdom in determining how to effectively reach out to the unprepared around us.

 

 

9) BUILDING BRIDGES

Why is it so easy for new Christ-followers to withdraw from their lost friends and become aloof instead of remaining alongside? Perhaps it helps to identify the difference between conforming relationships and redemptive relationships. This workshop equips participants in how to build a bridge and then cross it with the good news of the life Jesus offers.

 

 

 

10) ADAPTABILITY

Effective witnessing in the twenty-first century increasingly depends on our ability to become, the aptitude to understand and relate to social and cultural differences. Few things turn people off faster or alienate them more easily than “God-talk.” What did it mean for Paul to live like a Jew while among Jews, and then change and live like someone without the law when he was among the Gentiles? We can actually learn to adapt our conversation to reach those around us.

 

 


11) WINNING THROUGH CARING

The four Gospels record Jesus having 132 contacts with people.  Ten of these were in the temple or synagogues. The other 122 were with people right where they lived. You can be equipped to arouse curiosity about the gospel, to be an effective “seed planter,” and learn how to share the gospel with confidence!

 

 

12) TEACHING AND PREACHING TO CHANGE LIVES

Teaching and preaching that impacts is not head to head but heart to heart. It’s not truth declared that changes lives; it’s truth incarnated, truth engaged with, truth embraced that transforms lives from the inside out. Overloading the circuits with knowledge has never changed anyone. This workshop, based on the principle that learning is change, offers a model for teachers and preachers to impact people they serve.

 

 

13) SHARPENING YOUR FACILITATING SKILLS

Only five percent of what we communicate through lecture will be remembered. Twenty percent of what we communicate audio-visually is retained. Fifty percent (or more) of what is discussed in a small group can be recalled. No one learns or retains information the same way as someone else. There is wisdom in having a number of ways to instruct, demonstrate, and discuss the truths we wish to communicate. Whether you are trying to teach or lead out in team planning, you can sharpen your facilitating skills with adult learning!

 

14) FACEBOOK AND YOUR MINISTRY

A revolution is happening.  Our world is shrinking one profile at a time.  This high tech global movement is changing the way we interact with one another. A fresh look at Facebook can offer us profound insight of our deepest needs and give us a grid to designing relevant ministry, especially among millennials. This workshop discusses the down side of technology as well as its many benefits.