Sunday, August 13, 2006

By the people, for the people, with the people

Maryellen says, it's not that it matters where we do ministry, we do not need a ministry center, ministry just needs to be at the center of our heart.
This weekend I had the honor of ministering with some Navajo friends. Guitar, Harmonica, Voices singing the songs of the land to the glory of the Creator. Songs written from a native heart that loves Jesus. I was invited to play percussion with them at the local Christian television station.


Blogger Maryellen said...

We were invited to a political rally for one of the candidates for Navajo Nation president this weekend. Education and Economics are the two biggest issues. Praying for the peace and welfare of this land...Pastor Art.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Maryellen said...

Pastor Art will be starting a new blog soon...this one is going the way of so many...fading into hyperspace oblivion...not that anyone will notice...

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Steven said...

I have worked with many church startups across the country. The advice I am giving is based on many years experience.

1. You have good hearts and intentions. You are willing to take risks for the kingdom of God. That's better than most people will do. I think thier is a better way for you to be successful and reach your goals.

1. 95% of church startups fail. The #1 reason is debt. Being or going into debt is a bad way to start any thing. It violates basic financial principles. It also is contrary to scriptures way of handling money. Debt puts a person in bondage and creates decisions based on desperation.

2. You don't need titles, buildings or lots of money to make a difference. Use the spiritual and natural giftings you already have. There are free resources available to do a lot of the work for you. You will find you can do more with a fork than with a building.

3.The time and the cost of maintaining a building with maintanance, liabilty insurance, raising funds, training, staff, taxes.... will eat up most of your time. This pressure alone shifts most ministries to make decisions from changing lives to staying afloat.

4. You already have a congregation where you live. The average neighborhood has at least 200 people in them. Start there. You'll find out real quick if you have what it takes to start a church. The church is not where you go, but who you are.

5. Learn everything you can about leadership. John Maxwell has a great book called the 21...laws of leadership.

Let us know how we can help you.


11:18 AM  

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