Drew Goodmanson has posted a great list of shared values for missional church communities. He gives 10, but one that catches my attention is this one:
8. prayer as a missionary activity
Recognizing that God is the primary agent and orchestrator of mission, we view prayer as a missionary activity. We will offer prayer to unbelievers, witnessing to a living and personal relationship with our sovereign Father. We want prayer to be both a regular community discipline, and an impromptu response to needs and opportunities. We will not assume we are in control of mission, nor rob God of his glory by boasting of our achievements.
Tony Whitaker’s Web Evangelism Bulletin had this little gem in it. Check out this resources:
Create International’s website is focused on resourcing Christians around the world with a variety of evangelistic tools. With effective cross-cultural tools in multiple languages, this website tool box contains more than 800 external links to resources and informative articles. They now have a searchable database of hundreds of people groups with links to audio, video, and literature tools for evangelism and mission mobilization. Create International has just completed a new section of freely downloadable evangelistic films for more than 30 of the largest and least reached people groups! They are available in both Apple and PC compatible formats which are playable on any desktop, laptop, or portable media player.
Timmy Brister writes a summary of “Evangelism Must Haves.” Here is my favorite:
6. He must have an overwhelming love for the Saviour, who first loved him, and therefore exclaim:
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
Himself being a sinner saved by grace, he ought to proclaim the love of God more eloquently than can the angels.
A youth pastor at Strategic Junior High (Domain Expired) wrote a series called Radical Hospitality — here are some thoughts on creating a welcoming small group:
Romans 12:10 tells us that we should honor one another above ourselves.
Honoring others is a virtue that has been almost totally sucked out of our culture, but I believe the mission of hospitality requires us to restore obedience to this command. . . . . . . How can we create environments where people feel respected and honored? Think about the following issues:
- How well do people disagree with one another in a discussion?
- How balanced is conversation among the group members?
- Can people in your group approach, embrace, and work through conflict in a healthy, maturing, and Biblical way?
- Do you as the leader know the dreams, hopes, and fears of any of your group members?
- Do the members of your group know each others’ dreams, hopes, and fears?
- How can you create an environment where people recognize and celebrate the small “wins” in the lives of one another?
Have a great weekend.