NEO Team Update 7-2-20
A Prayer of Lament for Racial Division in the Church
By Mark Vroegop, lead pastor of College Park Church in Indianapolis, Indiana
I think most believers agree that biblical unity is something to pray for and work toward. You probably know that reconciliation between a diverse group of people is a beautiful dream. But is the church marked by a compelling ethnic unity today? Do you know how to make progress toward racial reconciliation?
Unfortunately, the kind… Read More
ABC’s of Church Change
As you think about your local church’s annual goals (due August 15), let me share a few insights from Karl Vaters in Small Church Essentials from the chapter, “Starting, Changing or Stopping a Ministry”. Vaters speaks of the ABC’s of Church Change (Always Be Changing Something). “Messing around with the foundation doesn’t bring change; it causes collapse. Everything except our biblical essentials must be subject to change. Just as churches that change the essentials will collapse, a church that isn’t willing to change on nonessentials will die” (p. 147)
Vaters says we should always be working on specific action plans to make our church better tomorrow than it is today, “because you never stay the same. If you’re not moving ahead, you’re falling behind.” (p. 150) The mission of the church is too important for any congregation to settle for business as usual. Vaters says the church he pastors is always working on at least two improvement projects: one in their facility and one in their ministries.
Vaters suggests four simple questions to get you started on implementing a change orientation in your church:
- What are your three or four least effective areas of ministry right now?
- Which need should we tackle first?
- How can we divide this project into doable pieces?
- How will we know when we’ve accomplished our goal?
Small Church Essentials helps us think about steps we can take to create a culture of change.
Making 2020 the Year of the Bible in NEO
187 countries have designated 2020 as the Year of the Bible. As we repent for settling for crumbs, how will we make 2020 the Year of the Bible in NEO? Churches can continue using tools like “Community Bible Experience” to get people reading big sections of scripture; they can provide daily Bible readings that follow up the weekly worship experience; we can rally our kids and youth for involvement in Bible Quizzing; and we can teach our members how to read and study the Word of God. What will you do personally and participate in corporately?
I would like to add a personal challenge. When I was in college, I went to work as a summer intern at a church in Trenton, New Jersey. After arriving, I found out that a man had offered to give the church $100 for everyone that memorized, word for word, a group of about 55 passages. I decided that is something I would do in my 8 or so weeks while there. I did so, and experienced like Dawson Trotman, the truth of the Holy Spirit reminding me of these scriptures, which I had planted in my mind, at the appropriate time.
So I would like to pay it forward. I still have the list of scriptures I used back in 1976. Marla has typed them up on sheets (CLICK HERE) where they can be cut out and carried around to memorize them. For every person who memorizes these scriptures (you can pick a different translation if you prefer) this year, I will give $200 (inflation 😊) to the local church’s children’s ministry, youth ministry or outreach ministry. The award will be given next Assembly. But the reward will last a lifetime as the Holy Spirit uses these scriptures, planted in our minds, to correct, encourage and train in righteousness.
Growth Opportunities in July!
And they are all free!
July 9, 1:30–2:30pm – Zoom Discussion of Craig Groeschel’s July 2 Leadership Podcast. Join Zoom Meeting
July 14, 1:30–2:30pm – Pastor’s Zoom with Brianna Case with Sky Diamond Adjusting. Have you wondered if your insurance policy is adequate to cover risks your church faces every year? Brianna Case has worked with several of our churches and seen ways our policies leave the churches vulnerable when calamity strikes. Bri will share some suggestions for coverages churches need and answer questions you have. Have a copy of your policy in front of you for this session. Feel free to invite a lay leader who works with insurance decisions to join you.
July 14, 16, 23 and 28, Noon – Discipleship Place Webinar on Relational Evangelism with Mark Bane. Click here to learn more and to register.
July 21, Noon – Discipleship Place Planning Webinar with Leadership Coach, Dianne Tolliver. Explore a variety of simple tools and approaches to “Close the Gaps Between Vision and Execution.” From strategic planning to overcoming procrastination to asking the right questions. CLICK HERE to register.
July 28, 6:30–7:30pm – Pastors’ Zoom for Sharing and Prayer. Join Zoom Meeting
July 31 and August 1 – Promise Keepers Virtual Event
Promise Keepers launches first-ever Global Virtual Gathering
Promise Keepers is calling men back to courageous and bold servant-leadership by sparking a movement that will mobilize millions of men to follow Christ into today’s broken world as changemakers for their families, churches and communities.
On July 31 and August 1, men all across the globe will gather via livestream in their homes, with their men’s groups, and at simulcast locations hosted by churches to experience the Promise Keepers 2020 Global Digital Experience.
This 2-day event will feature everything that men have come to know and expect from a Promise Keepers event – an authentic, Christ-centered experience with amazing keynote speakers, worship artists, and special guests – all selected to offer a timely message of hope, unity, and transformation directly to the heart of men. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to be refreshed, inspired, and re-ignite your passion for God!