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GROW 2016 (Children’s Ministry App) Takeaways

Important building block to being a great Children’s Ministry….

1. The RIGHT CULTURE.
-We are not a baby sitting ministry.
-We minister the Word of God to little people.
-Elevate children’s ministry in the eyes of the church.

2. Needs to MIRROR the Call and Vision of your church.
-Everyone has to run the same play.

3. Discipleship is done through Facilitating the Parent not Replacing them.

TOOLS>>>
-Rooms that are safe and age appropriate.
-Fun, preach the Word, safe
-Safe, Safe, Safe
-Build trust with the parents
-Safety- uniform police officer designated to kids
-Safety- toys in appropriate rooms

Excellence is NOT expensive but IS intentional.
-UNO cards with a passionate leader is better than any expensive game console.

People are the most important asset you have.

People don’t know what you know, they only know what they see.

Only 3% of offenders are caught by background checks. The reason you do it so you can protect the church.

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GROW 2016 (Small Groups) Takeaways

SMALL GROUPS

WHAT WE DO?>>>
We create small group environments where people can experience community, settle their yesterdays and take next steps.
WHY WE DO IT?>>>
1. BECAUSE IT IS THE BIBLICAL MODEL.
Acts 2, 3

2. BECAUSE PEOPLE NEED TO BE KNOWN.
People only stay for two reasons>>>
-Need to be needed
-Need to be known
-(Ecc. 4)

3. PEOPLE NEED HEALING.
-People need deliverance.
-Salvation is a moment but deliverance is a process.
-James 5:16
-Create safe environments where people can be healed.

There are four aspects to a persons life>>>
-Arena- I know and you know.
-Mask- I know but you don’t know.
-Blindspot- You know but I don’t know.
-Potential- I don’t know and God don’t know… God knows.

4. PEOPLE NEED TO GROW.
-Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpens iron.”

LIFE CHANGE HAPPENS IN RELATIONSHIPS.

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HOW WE DO IT?>>>

1. MUST HAVE TOTAL COMMITTMENT.
-Pastor leads a group.
-Staff leads groups.
-The church is a church of groups.
-NO COMPETING MINISTRIES. All ministries are GROUPS.
-Mention it in every message in every Sunday.

2. LET GROUPS BE FREE-MARKET.
-They can gather under anything.
-The idea of the group is the HOOK but the reason they gather is so they can take the next steps.
-Everyone in your church is already in groups. They just don’t meet and consider it a small group.
-Tell them to keep doing what they are doing and turn it into ministry.

3. CREATE ANCHORS/HUBS.
-Way to keep them organized so the major areas are maintined.

ANCHORS>>>
-Men
-Women
-Students
-Marriage
-Finances
-Outreach/SERVE
-Freedom
-Prayer

Think of it like a mall. You have these smaller stores but they are anchored around the big stores like JC Penny and Sears. The stores that surround them are similar.

4. USE EVENTS TO PROMOTE GROUPS.
-There are many things you do that do not push your vision.
-Events are important because they become catalysts for things that are important.

5. MEET WEEKLY.
-A group is not a meeting. A group meets weekly.
-Your family is not dinner. Your family has dinner.

Every group is asked to do every week>>>
ECOURAGE- pastor people.
SCRIPTURE- always share a verse.
PRAYER- always pray for people. Pray for them by name every day.
NEXT STEPS- always help people move to the next step with God. Identify everyone in your group and help them take one step.

6. MEET IN THREE ANNUAL SEMESTERS.
-Spring- 13 weeks, Summer- 6 weeks, Fall -13 weeks
-Semesters let people join at the beginning.
-THE NUMBER ONE DETERENT FOR PEOPLE JOINING A SMALL GROUP IS THAT IT HAS ALREADY BEGUN.
-Most groups continue but the new semesters give people a chance to feel like it’s new.

-Semesters let you take advantage of natural START and STOP times.
-Don’t do groups in down months like May and December.

7. COVER THE GROUPS WITH PASTORS AND COACHES.

8. CONTINUALLY TRAIN NEW LEADERS.
-Number one job of staff is to equip saints to do ministry.
-Everyone on staff is measured by how they are growing teams.
-Whatever gets measured and rewarded gets done.

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GROW 2016 (Know God) Weekend Services Takeaways

Everyone needs to know the vision of the church
-Needs to be the same thing.
-That way we all know the same play.

KNOW GOD. FIND FREEDOM. DISCOVER PURPOSE. MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

SYSTEMS- Delivers your vision.
-System isn’t the vision. A system delivers the vision.
-A system does not ensure your success.
-Define a vision that’s measurable. Then find a system to deliver it.

Every time people leave your church there’s one of two responses (“Man, it’s over already?” Or “Man, I’m glad that’s over”)

WHAT WE DO?>>>

We create worship experiences that both unchurched people and believers love to attend.

The goal isn’t to do everything we know how to do.
The goal is for people to come back.

WHY WE DO IT?>>>
1. Because it is the Biblical model.
-Church is not for you. Church is for the lost.
-Church is a place for inspiration, motivation, and training so we can go into the world and reach the lost.
-Turn your church into a place where lost people get saved.
–Don’t stop working on it until people are getting saved.

2. Because we are called to continue the ministry of Jesus.
-John 17:18-20
-Acts 20:24 (The most important thing is to complete the mission)

3. Because Heaven and Hell are REAL.
-Don’t let christians stop you from reaching the lost.
-Luke 15- Three different stories Jesus tried to communicate how important it was to find the lost.
-God is distracted by those who are lost.
-Put an emphasis on the lost.

God’s not excited about your church service as much as you are. He’s excited about lost people getting saved.
HOW WE DO IT?>>> WEEKEND SERVICES

1.Focus on a life-giving culture.
-Culture trumps everything.
-Don’t worry about the score board. Focus on creating a life-giving culture. Healthy things grow.

Personality of Jesus>>>

>>> Services should be AUTHENTIC.
-Be real.

>>> Services should be RELEVANT.
-Not like the world. Not secular music.
-Talk about things that pass the “who cares?” test.
-Everything you do… ask if they can use it on Monday.

>>> Services should be ENJOYABLE.
-Kids jumped in Jesus’ lap. He was fun.
-Church should be full of FOOD and FUN.
-It is the joy of the Lord that gives people strength.
-Generosity is MASSIVE.

>>> Services should be ACCEPTING.
-We’re not saying you approve of what they do but you accept them.

>>> Services should be POWERFUL.
-Don’t be afraid to pray for people.
-Don’t forget that signs and wonders accompany the believers.

2. CREATE SERVICES THAT PEOPLE TALK ABOUT.

KNOW WHY the unchurched are unchurched.
Top four reasons>>>
-boring
-just want my money
-too long
-afraid for my kids

IMPRESS THEM within the first 10 minutes.
-Parking team
-Greeting team
-Children’s check-in (make it look more professional)

-Put your energy and resources into GREAT PRAISE AND WORSHIP.
-CHILDREN’S MINITSRY SHOULD be well staffed, safe, clean and fun.
-DELIVER EVANGELISTIC MESSAGES that are interesting, clear, relevant, entertaining, and Biblical.
-PRAYER teams should cover the services behind everything.

-IN EVERYTHING, focus on EXCELLENCE.
Excellence creates comfort.

-DO FEWER THINGS EXTREMEMLY WELL.

-FOCUS ON TRANSITIONS.
-Both in services and in preaching.

3. YOU HAVE TO TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO DO PERSONAL EVANGELISM?
-Accept the personal responsibility.
-God’s plan to reach the people around you is you. (Relational networks)
-Teach people how to give a personal invitation. (Need to have two lost people come every year.)

If every Christian led one person to Christ every year the entire world would be reached in 20 years.

4. WE TEACH PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR THE LOST.
-pray that the father would draw them to Jesus (John 6:44)
-bind the spirit that blinds their eyes (2 Cor. 4:4)
-Loose the spirit of adoption (sonship) (Romans 8:15)
-Pray that believers will cross their paths and enter into positive relationships (Matt. 9:38)
-Loose the spirit of wisdom and revelation on them so they can see Christ. (Eph.1:17)

5. KEEP THE FOCUS ON THE OUTSIDER.
-Work hard on this.
-There is a gravitational pull toward selfishness.

HOW>>> By creating series specifically designed for unchurched people.
HOW>>> By communicating your missions outside the church.

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GROW 2016 Main Session One Takeaways

Acts 16:5– So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.

 

1. IT IS GOD’S WILL FOR MY CHURCH TO GROW.

– God never intended you to stay where you are.

-When you get healthy, growth will happen.

-The reason why it’s important is because Heaven is Hell is real.

2. MY GROWTH POTENTIAL IS DIFFERENT THAN YOURS.

we all have a different assignment from God.

3. ALL OF US CAN GET BETTER.

If you get better, it’ll get bigger.

You can’t just aim at anything.
You have to aim at the right thing.

The journey>>>
Lost people saved.
Saved people pastored.
Pastored people trained.
Trained people are mobilized.
Four places this is revealed in God’s Word.
1. exodus6:6-7
2. Mark 16:15-20
3. Colossians 1:28-29
4. Ephesians 1:16-18 (Message translation is awesome)

Making the path so clear.
They got it clear.
Four things on everything.
1. Know God
How do we deliver that: system: Weekend Services. (Delivers the “know God” vision)
Key- narrow the focus (know God)

2. Find Freedom
System: small groups
James 5:16
Key: all ministry and events with groups.

3. Discover Purpose
Romans 12:6
Each of us have different gifts.
Everything you need to accomplish your goal is already in your church.
System: Growth Track
Key: think steps not events.

4. Make a Difference
1 Peter 4:10 NLT
System: Dream Team
No one can fulfill their purpose alone.
Key: gift- oriented ministry

THINK STEPS NOT EVENTS

What is a system- something that delivers the vision.

Success is when people are moving on the Spiritual journey that God has for them.

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10 Reasons Why I Love Our Annual “At The Movies” Series?

1. Breaks up the normal schedule.

No matter how much you love church, it can get predictable. Most people actually don’t think that’s a bad thing. I love being able to know what to expect, especially when I’m thinking of inviting friends. The problem is when you get so use to church that you quite expecting God to speak to you. Doing an “out of the box” series like this gives us the opportunity to refresh our perspective.

2. Presents the Gospel in a fresh way.

People are use to seeing a preaching ascend to the stage preach the Gospel. That’s what churches do. They don’t expect churches to show movies.

3. Forever makes these movies markers for the Gospel.

Elf, The Polar Express, Avatar, The Hunger Games, The Help, and The Guardian are just some of the movies we’ve used in the past to tell the story of the Gospel. After using these movies I’ve been told my many people that every time they watch these movies, they think of how we used it to tell about Jesus. I love that. The next time you watch “Elf” at Christmas time you’ll think of Jesus. #winning

4. Speaks to unbelievers.

Hollywood sometimes spend in excess of $200 million on movie projects. We get the benefit of that amazing budget to tell God’s story. I’m continually amazed at how God uses modern day parables to show people who He is.

5. Surprises believers.

Over the years we’ve had several well meaning Christians criticize this evangelistic method. We’ve learned now to simply say, “Just come on and bring a friend. You’ll see.” What they find is people who they’ve been praying for years to see saved, give their lives to Christ every time. Many of these former doubters will come up to me later and say, “I totally get it now.”

6. Shakes off that religious spirit.

It’s hard to watch “Elf” or “The Help” in church and still have a religious criticalness.

7. Who doesn’t like movies?

I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like to watch movies. Everyone’s tastes are different but everyone like movies. They’re just fun.

8. Who doesn’t like popcorn?

I mean, really. You get free popcorn and a drink for three straight weeks at church. You can’t loose.

9. Our “At The Movies” series makes inviting people to church a little easier.

Ever wonder why it’s easy to invite people to a special presentation? Because it’s a special presentation. If you invite someone to church, they will possibly put you off. If you invite them to something special that only happens once a year, the law of scarcity comes into effect. The added bonus is we might watch their favorite movie.

10. Our “At The Movies” series helps us live out one of our church’s chief values: “We will do anything short of sin to reach people with the life-giving message of the Gospel”.

We believe the message of the Gospel is so important that we will risk offending Christians to reach the lost. Our goal is not to intentionally offend others but to win people. When you read about Jesus, it appears the only people He offended were stuffy Christians who couldn’t see past their own noses. That’s not us. We only have a limited time on this Earth. We want to reach as many people as possible.

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