RSS

Category Archives: Ministry Reflections

Models of Evangelism

crossroadsToday at our ministry staff meeting at Eastbrook Church, we talked broadly about the topic of evangelism. We watched a video from the Exponential 2014 conference by Rick Richardson on six models of evangelism seen in 20th and 21st century evangelicalism:

  1. Evangelism as proclamation – exemplified in the life and ministry of Billy Graham
  2. Evangelism as discipleship – exemplified in the life and ministry of Dawson Trotman
  3. Evangelism as acts of service, justice, compassion and peace – exemplified in the life and ministry of John Perkins
  4. Evangelism as the demonstration of God’s power- exemplified in the life and ministry of John Wimber
  5. Evangelism as church planting and church growth – exemplified in the life and ministry of Bill Hybels
  6. Evangelism as the counter-cultural life of the alternative community – exemplified in the life and ministry of Shane Claiborne

Rick suggests that these six models of evangelism are mutually complementary and necessary in the life of the church, and that they can be traced throughout the 2,000 years of the church’s existence.

We had a fascinating discussion of which models we appreciate and which are harder to appreciate for each of us. We also wrestled with the fact that these are predominantly Western models and examples.

That being said, it was a helpful picture of what we want to do.

After that, we spent time studying how Jesus engaged evangelistically in His encounters with people from list below. We noted that Jesus: Read the rest of this entry »

 
1 Comment

Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Ministry Reflections

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Eastbrook Leadership Forum – May 5, 2014

Last night we gathered for our quarterly Leadership Forum at Eastbrook Church. The Leadership Forum gives us the chance to share new ideas, learn together, and pray for the ministry of our church.

We talked through ministry wins around our vision and six priorities, then offered updates on our generosity survey and upcoming church plant. Finally, I shared a teaching on leadership development. I’ve included the brief presentation that we utilized last night for those who were not able to join us. It will at least give you some idea of what we discussed.

I would love to interact further with the thoughts contained here.

 
1 Comment

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Eastbrook, Ministry Reflections

 

Tags: , , ,

Eastbrook Leadership Forum presentation – October 28, 2013

Last night at Eastbrook Church, we gathered for our quarterly Leadership Forum. The Leadership Forum gives us the chance to share new ideas, learn together, and pray for the ministry of our church.

We looked at one of our six priorities last night that focuses on multiplying at every level: disciples, ministry leaders, and churches. I’m including the brief slide presentation that we utilized last night for those who were not able to join us. It will at least give you some idea of what we discussed.

I would love to interact further with the thoughts contained here.

 
4 Comments

Posted by on October 29, 2013 in Eastbrook, Ministry Reflections

 

Tags: , , ,

Eastbrook Leadership Forum – October 28, 2013

Leadership Forum banner 10 28 2013

Join me and others tonight for our quarterly Leadership Forum at Eastbrook Church. The Leadership Forum gives us the chance to share new ideas, learn together, and pray for the ministries of the Church. We will spend time looking at one of our top priorities at Eastbrook Church related to multiplication.

Multiplying at every level: disciples, ministry leaders & churches

  • Cultivate an outward mindset within our congregation
  • Develop a clear leadership development pathway, including internship track
  • Develop an intentional plan for continued expansion of church planting and multi-site 
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Eastbrook, Ministry Reflections

 

Tags: , , ,

Eastbrook Leadership Forum – May 20, 2013

Last night we had our quarterly Leadership Forum at Eastbrook Church. The Leadership Forum gives us the chance to share new ideas, learn together, and pray for the ministries of Eastbrook Church. Last night, we talked about some new ideas related to the upcoming ministry year, beginning August 1, 2013. I’m including the brief slide presentation that we utilized last night below. If you have any feedback on the discussion questions near the end of the presentation, feel free to post your thoughts here on the blog.

<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/merickson/leadership-forum-slides-5-20-2013&#8243; title=”Leadership forum slides 5 20 2013″ target=”_blank”>Leadership forum slides 5 20 2013</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/merickson&#8221; target=”_blank”>Matt Erickson</a></strong> </div>

 
 

Tags: ,

Remembering Dallas Willard: 1935-2013

Photography by Dieter Zander

Photography by Dieter Zander

I heard the news yesterday that Dallas Willard, a great writer on life with God and spiritual formation, passed away after battling pancreatic cancer. Willard was a professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California while also writing and speaking as a Christian on issues of cultivating life with God. He is perhaps best known for his work, The Divine Conspiracy, and his influence on many well-known evangelical Christians, such as John Ortberg (who sometimes refers to himself as “Dallas for Dummies”). You can read John Ortberg’s fine reflections on Dallas Willard’s life and legacy, “Dallas Willard, a man from another ‘Time Zone'”, here.

I first encountered Dallas Willard’s work through a professor of mine, Jim Wilhoit, who introduced me to Willard’s seminal work, The Spirit of the Disciplines. In that work, Willard opens up the concept of discipleship in a way that is much larger than many normally think. Discipleship is not just about imitating Jesus at certain moments (like WWJD) but is rather approaching all of life in the way that Jesus approached life. This is what Willard calls “the secret of the easy yoke,” referencing Matthew 11:29-30. He writes: “the secret of the easy yoke…involves living as Jesus lived in the entirety of his life – adopting his overall life-style” (5). That book is a profound – and dense! – exploration of spiritual practices that enable us to live like Jesus in “his overall lifestyle.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Tags: , , , , ,

Mike and Sally Breen on Missional Failure

mike breenOne of the workshops I attended at Exponential 2013 was led Mike and Sally Breen of 3DM looking at reasons why the missional movement will fail. A good portion of the seminar was story-telling, but their conclusions were fascinating. Here are my notes from those sessions: Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Tags: , , , ,

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,756 other followers