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Developing a Biblical Mission, Part 4 (Strategic Christian Leadership #67)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 67. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Bible verse for this episode is Proverbs 29:2 which says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

Our quote for this episode is from Roy T. Bennett. She said, “Great leaders create more leaders, not followers.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website podcastpulpit.com.

Our topic today is part 9 of “Chapter 4: Developing a Biblical Mission: What We Are Supposed to be Doing” from “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs. He continues as follows:

A MISSION IS A STATEMENT

The fourth element of the definition says that a mission is a statement. The church must articulate and communicate its mission edict to the congregation. This takes the form of a statement, both verbal and written. Christ expressed the Great Commission in a verbal statement, and Matthew recorded it as a written statement. Mission developers would be wise to express their thoughts not only verbally but also in writing. This forces them to think and express themselves clearly. If they cannot write it, then they probably do not yet have a clear, articulate mission. Also, the mission will not have the authority to be a leadership statement until you can write it down.

A MISSION IS WHAT THE MINISTRY IS SUPPOSED TO BE DOING

The final element of the definition focuses on the functional question, What are we supposed to be doing? As we just discovered, more than two thousand years ago, Christ predetermined the church’s mission: “Make disciples.” This is his mission mandate. This is what the church is supposed to be doing. This is God’s will for your church, which raises the question, Can your church be in God’s will if it is not obeying the mandate? Research indicates that far too many North American churches have drifted away from or missed entirely Christ’s Great Commission mandate.

Good questions for a candidating pastor to ask of a church are,

What is this church’s mission?

What is it supposed to be doing?

I use these and three similar questions as diagnostic questions when I consult with churches on their mission. Pastors would serve their churches well if they too asked these questions. Here are the four questions to use:

What is this church supposed to be doing?

What is this church doing?

Why are you not doing what you are supposed to be doing?

What will it take for you to change and do what you are supposed to be doing?

The first question causes leaders to think biblically. They must ask what the Scriptures teach about the church’s mission mandate. The second question assumes that the ministry has missed Christ’s directive (a reasonably safe assumption). If you are not making disciples, then what are you doing? Some churches function as Christian retirement centers; others are evangelistic ministries; and others are mini-seminaries. The third question is very convicting. The room will get silent on this one. The last question is the most difficult and important because the answer reflects the church’s willingness to obey Christ and ultimately exert an influence in the community.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.

The Textbook on Persuasion, Part 5 (Strategic Christian Leadership #66)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 66. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Bible verse for this episode is 2 Timothy 2:24 which says, “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient,”

Our quote for this episode is from Margaret Thatcher. She said, “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website podcastpulpit.com.

Our topic today is part 5 of “The Textbook on Persuasion” from “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. He continues as follows:

Jay’s final statement is the modern equivalent of Aristotle’s insistence that character is almost the controlling factor in effective communication.

I found this principle working on me when I was involved in a historical documentary for Australian television a few years ago. I had the opportunity to interview about a dozen international experts on ancient Judaism, the life of Christ, the Dead Sea Scrolls, first-century Rome, archaeology and so on. It was a dream come true. At one point the producer described me as “a kid in a candy shop”! All of the scholars were at the top of their respective fields—full professors in leading universities—but some carried themselves more like low-level researchers than renowned authorities. Two stood out.

Martin Hengel was professor (later, professor emeritus) of New Testament and early Judaism at Germany’s prestigious University of Tübingen from 1972 until his death in July 2009. The author of dozens of important monographs and literally hundreds of technical articles, Professor Hengel was the scholar’s scholar, as comfortable in the classical sources of Greece and Rome as he was in the many and varied writings of Jewish and Christian antiquity. Few experts can expect to write something others will describe as “landmark”, but Hengel was a one-man landscape producing standard works in various areas of history.

I had the privilege of conducting what was perhaps Hengel’s last full-scale television interview. When the film crew and I met him in his flat overlooking the Neckar River in central Tübingen, I was struck by several things. First, his enormous private library was described by his academic colleague Peter Stuhlmacher, whom we interviewed later that day, as “perhaps the finest private collection in Europe.” Actually, his “flat” was two spacious, interconnected three-bedroom apartments, one for him and the warmly hospitable Frau Hengel and one for books—at least four large rooms filled to overflowing with scholarly tomes written in German, English, French and Italian, as well as all of the relevant primary sources in Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Coptic, Greek and Latin. During the interview I couldn’t help gazing around the room and noticing the countless slips of paper peering out of so many of the items on the shelves. These books had been analysed and absorbed, not just consulted and displayed. I left his home feeling slightly fraudulent as a scholar.

Most of all, I was also deeply impressed by Hengel’s humility. He really seemed as interested in each of us—a junior historian, cameraman, sound guy, director, producer—as we were in him. As we enjoyed coffee and Brezel following the formalities, Herr and Frau Hengel peppered us with questions about our work, our families, life in Australia and the various other scholars we knew. It is a special kind of person who has so much to give and yet prefers to find out about others. I have since learned from other scholars around the world that the Hengels were known in Tübingen for their Friday evening discussions in the home with groups of eager students. These would often run until midnight. Hospitality, friendship and scholarship always went together in Hengel’s life. Meeting Martin Hengel had a peculiar effect on me, but before I describe it let me offer my second example.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.

Multility: Keep it Cellular, Part 4 (Strategic Christian Leadership #65)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 65. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Bible verse for this episode is Colossians 3:23-25 which says, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”

Our quote for this episode is from Robert Louis Stevenson. He said, “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website podcastpulpit.com.

Our topic today is part 4 of “Chapter 4: Multility: Keep it Cellular” from “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning. He continues as follows:

Multility contends that more is better than bigger. Multility is growth by cell division, the replicating model of organic systems. Organic systems are implicitly self-sustaining and reproducible. They multiply through germination, reproduction, and mitosis. Can the church grow that way?

I was first intrigued with multility as a child. A new fast-food restaurant came to my hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. There were big yellow arches out front. They had a clown named Ronald. But what startled me most was the sign. Right from the start, they had a reader board that said, “40 million served.” I remember thinking, “Wow, how did they do that?” My parents filled me in: “Son, they are a chain, which means that they have restaurants in lots of different places. That’s how they did that.” I thought that was a cool idea. Evidently, McDonald’s was faced with a choice when they reached capacity: either build a bigger restaurant to serve more people or build more restaurants to serve more people. They went the more restaurant route. The rest, as they say, is history (they are now approaching 100 billion served).

Of course, banks, grocery stores, hospitals, and universities have also taken a multisite strategy, with good effect. In his book Discontinuity and Hope, church consultant Lyle Schaller describes the possibilities for a church to expand into multiple locations. He contrasts a longtime resident showing an old friend around town in 1965 and 2002.

1965: “That’s the First National Bank at the corner of Main and Washington, and directly across from it is First Church, where we have been members since we moved here thirty years ago. The college is four blocks to the east up on the hill, our hospital is about a half mile to the west, and our doctor has his office in that building over there.”

2002: “That’s the First National Bank, but I haven’t been there for years. We do all our banking at a branch supermarket where we buy groceries. We’re members of First Church, but we go to their east-side campus, which is within walking distance of our house. We have one congregation, one staff, one budget, and one treasury, but three meeting places — a small one on the north side of town, the big one out where we live, and the old building downtown here. The old college up on the hill is now a university. This is their main campus, but they also offer classes at three other locations. We’re members of an HMO that has doctors in five locations, but my primary-care physician is in a branch about a mile from where we live. Her office is next to a branch of the main hospital, so I’ve never been in the main hospital except to visit a couple of friends. Our older daughter is enrolled in a theological school out in California, but she is able to take all her classes on the east-side campus of First Church. That enables her to live with us and saves her a lot of money. We also look after her two children while she’s in class or in the library.”

Of all the entities that could benefit from multiple locations, I believe the church should be first in line.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.

Developing a Biblical Mission, Part 8 (Strategic Christian Leadership #64)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 64. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Bible verse for this episode is Proverbs 4:5-7 which says, “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

Our quote for this episode is from Joe DiMaggio. He said, “A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website podcastpulpit.com.

Our topic today is part 8 of “Chapter 4: Developing a Biblical Mission: What We Are Supposed to be Doing” from “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs. He continues as follows:

The statement of a mission should be brief. One person I know says that it should be no more than seventy-five words. Others allow for it to be longer. The mission statements in the Bible are short—no longer than a sentence. For example, Moses’s mission was to lead God’s people, Israel, out of bondage in Egypt. David’s mission was to shepherd Israel and become their ruler. Nehemiah’s mission was to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. From a hermeneutical perspective, we must remember that mission statements in the Bible are generally descriptive, not prescriptive. Neither Moses’s, Nehemiah’s, nor David’s mission is our mission. So in most cases Scripture does not mandate our mission, with the exception of the Great Commission.

The one-sentence mission statements in Scripture, though descriptive and not mandatory, are good models for us. Actually most of them are just one word in the original languages. For example, the command “make disciples” in Matthew 28:19 is one word in the Greek. The leadership of a ministry should be able to catch the church’s mission statement in a single, concise sentence. Drucker says that the statement should be able to fit on a T-shirt. The leadership at Pantego Bible Church in Arlington, Texas, argue that the mission should be able to pass the “T-shirt test.” I would state that it must be short enough to fit on a business card and pass the business card test. The reason is simple. If the mission is not short, people will not remember it.

The third part of the definition means that a mission for a church must be based on the Scriptures. God determines the church’s mission. Our triune God is by nature a missionary God. He has sent the Son, the Son has sent the Holy Spirit, and the Son has sent us. The mission first and foremost is God’s mission, and we are to join him in mission. The question is, What does God say the church’s mission is? The answer is the Great Commission. But what is the Great Commission? I provide that answer in the chart below that brings together all the biblical passages on the Great Commission. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus instructs his disciples, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” The Great Commission proactively involves the church in making and maturing disciples at home and abroad. This was the church’s mission in the first century and continues to be its mission in the twenty-first century. Making disciples involves the church in proactively pursuing lost people, evangelizing them, and helping these new Christians to mature, to become like Christ. The church is to accomplish this both at home and abroad. Finally, the church’s mission is incarnational more than invitational. It involves the church going out into and ministering to the community, not waiting for the community to come to it.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.

The Textbook on Persuasion, Part 4 (Strategic Christian Leadership #63)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 63. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Bible verse for this episode is John 10:11 which says, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”

Our quote for this episode is from Rosa Parks. She said, “Knowing what must be done does away with fear.””

In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website podcastpulpit.com.

Our topic today is part 4 of “The Textbook on Persuasion” from “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. He continues as follows:

I was interested to note the title of the first chapter in the classic book Harvard Business Review on Effective Communication. It is called “Listening to People”, written by Ralph Nichols of the University of Minnesota and former president of the National Society for the Study of Communication.

The chapter opens this way: “Business is tied together by its systems of communication. This communication … depends more on the spoken word than it does on the written word; and the effectiveness of the spoken word hinges not so much on how people talk as on how they listen.” A similar theme continues in the second chapter, “How to Run a Meeting”. There Antony Jay, former BBC executive, offers this sage advice about the effective chairperson:

It is the chairman’s self-indulgence that is the greatest single barrier to the success of a meeting. His first duty, then, is to be aware of the temptation and of the dangers of yielding to it. The clearest of the danger signals is hearing himself talking a lot during a discussion … If the chairman is to make sure that the meeting achieves valuable objectives, he will be more effective seeing himself as the servant of the group rather than as its master … His true source of authority with the members is the strength of his perceived commitment to their combined objective.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.

PODCAST: Multility: Keep it Cellular, Part 3 (Strategic Christian Leadership #62 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 62. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Bible verse for this episode is Proverbs 25:28 which says, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”

Our quote for this episode is from Max Lucado. He said, “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website podcastpulpit.com.

Our topic today is part 3 of “Chapter 4: Multility: Keep it Cellular” from “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning. He continues as follows:

In 1999, through a series of God-directed events, I was able to implement a Deliberately Simple approach to church development with the founding of Christ the King Community Church of Skagit Valley, Washington. I told the core group that gathered then, “We’re not going to ask everyone to come to us. We’re going to ask us to go to them.” They all nodded their heads in agreement, but I doubt they knew what I was talking about. I didn’t even know what I was talking about. I just knew I wanted to find out what was down the road we hadn’t taken in Bellingham. I had a dream of a church that would multiply from one to two to three sites, and maybe beyond. I said, “We want to reach an unlimited number of people in an unlimited number of places.” In a few years, to my surprise and delight, this church expanded into other counties, states, and countries and changed its name to Christ the King Community Church, International.

A Hewlett-Packard television commercial pictures a man in a single scull, rowing smoothly through pristine water. All of a sudden his face lights up. The next scene shows him at a pay phone on the dock, saying excitedly, “Bill, what if …” And then his voice trails off. The commercial ends with a voice-over and a logo, aligning the advertised company with creative thinking and innovation. The commercial is memorable because I resonate with the question, what if? Those two words fire up my imagination. They stimulate my passion.

• What if a church became more outward focused than inward focused?

• What if, when a church outgrew its location, it started up in an additional location instead of building a bigger building?

• What if a church grew in an unlimited way — by multiplication instead of addition?

• What if a church took the resources it had been allocating toward buildings and put them into leader development?

• What if a church could aspire to become a movement instead of a ministry?

As I have reflected on these questions, a vision for the church has crystallized in my mind. (To say that I caught a vision for the church would be incorrect. It would be better to say that a vision for the church caught me.) It is a vision of a church growing exponentially, by multiplying believers, leaders, groups, services, and sites. It is a church characterized by multility.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.

PODCAST: Developing a Biblical Mission, Part 7 (Strategic Christian Leadership #61 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 61. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Bible verse for this episode is Proverbs 3:1-3 which says, “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:”

Our quote for this episode is from Tom Landry. He said, “Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website podcastpulpit.com.

Our topic today is part 7 of “Chapter 4: Developing a Biblical Mission: What We Are Supposed to be Doing” from “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs. He continues as follows:

Every ministry must know its purpose as well as its mission. The purpose is part of the ministry’s congregational heart and soul. It is why the ministry exists, but it is not the mission. Let’s go on to see what the mission is.

I define a mission as a broad, brief, biblical statement of what the ministry is supposed to be doing (“Make disciples!”). This definition has five key elements.

The first element of the definition expresses the expansiveness of a mission. A good mission must be broad, comprehensive, and overarching. It is the primary goal, mandate, or charge that is over all other goals or mandates of the ministry. They are subsumed under the mission. It is the predominate thrust that directs all that the church does, the umbrella that is over all the ministry’s activities. And, most important, every ministry in the church must advance in some way the mission. The question we must constantly ask of our ministries is, How and what do they contribute to the church’s mission? And the same applies to someone who wants to start a ministry in the church. At this point I would challenge you to do a quick inventory of your ministries, asking what each contributes to realizing the church’s mission, if there is any overlap, and if the people involved in these ministries know and understand the question.

It is possible for a mission to be too expansive, so broad that it doesn’t say anything. An example is a mission statement that says that the church will glorify God. Glorifying God is the church’s purpose, not its mission, and the concept, without explanation, does not communicate what the church will actually do. The average parishioner as well as many pastors do not know what it means to glorify God.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.

Keep it Cellular, Part 2 (Strategic Christian Leadership #59)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 59. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Bible verse for this episode is 1 Peter 5:1-3 which says, “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.”

Our quote for this episode is from Michael Jordan. He said, “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website podcastpulpit.com.

Our topic today is part 2 of “Chapter 4: Multility: Keep it Cellular” from “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning. He continues as follows:

Overnight we went from convening people by hundreds at a time in several services to convening them by thousands at a time in a couple of services. On a certain level, people were excited to realize that we had “arrived.” But on another level, there was a hollow feeling of being a crowd instead of a community. The difference between a community and a crowd is connection. If you get a bunch of people in the same room who have no connection to each other, you have a crowd. If you get a bunch of people in the same room who are connected to each other, you have a community. It is through community that we have our needs met and are able to meet the needs of others. It is through community that the church can be the church.

Prior to the consolidation, our small group assimilation system consisted of people looking across the room, identifying someone as new in the environment, walking over to them, and asking, “Are you in a small group yet? Would you like to come to ours?” It was as simple, direct, and powerful as that. Once we began convening in a huge auditorium, nearly all this grassroots behavior ceased. Instead, the pastoral team would meet on Tuesday with a list of individuals who wanted to be in a small group. We would read through the names, asking, “Does anyone know the Smiths? How about the Joneses?”

After shaking our heads, we would set about trying to hook up people we didn’t know with people they didn’t know who didn’t know them. It was a laborious, inefficient, ineffective system. After we moved into the large building, our once-robust double-digit growth rate slowed to low single digits. One factor limiting growth: space limitations. Ironic, huh?

I had dreamed of pastoring a megachurch for years, but when it finally happened, it didn’t feel like progress to me. The unique way in which I got to see it happen (meeting in smaller groups one week, in a large group the next) created a vivid “before and after” picture of the trade-offs that come with increased scale. The experience inspired me to explore ways to propagate clusters instead of moving de facto toward the “bigger is better” paradigm.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.

Developing a Biblical Mission, Part 6 (Strategic Christian Leadership)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 58. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Bible verse for this episode is 2 Timothy 2:2 which says, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”

Our quote for this episode is from Theodore Roosevelt. He said, “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website podcastpulpit.com.

Our topic today is part 6 of “Chapter 4: Developing a Biblical Mission: What We Are Supposed to be Doing” from “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs. He continues as follows:

However, the church’s purpose, to glorify God, is both internal—for the church—and external—it includes the community. How does it include the community? The church’s purpose helps it to position itself in the minds of those who live in the community and reach out to it. They should know not only that the church is located in the community but also why it is there. The answer for the church is to glorify God, that is, to live and minister in such a way that his excellent reputation is upheld before that unbelieving world. The answer for the community is that the church is there to make a difference—a positive difference that contributes to the community.

At the essence of positioning your church in the community is communicating well a positive, God-honoring image. When your image is good, this glorifies God and his reputation is good, since you represent him to the community. When your image is bad, his is bad—you misrepresent him to the community.

How do you develop your community image and glorify God? Actually, if you are an established church, you already have a reputation in your community. What is that image? Is it good or bad? A great example of a positive image in the community was the Jerusalem church. Luke notes in Acts 2:47 that the church enjoyed “the favor of all the people.” And again in Acts 5:13 the Jerusalem believers were “highly regarded by the people.” Does your church’s image glorify God, or is there a need for some damage control?

Next, you should ask what you want your image to be. This involves your outreach and ministry into the community. What are you as a church doing to minister to the community? Some churches allow the community to use their facilities free or at a reduced cost, depending on the organization. Others minister to the police, firemen, and other public servants. And still others volunteer time in the public schools, hospitals, and public and charitable organizations.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.

The Textbook on Persuasion, Part 3 (Strategic Christian Leadership #57 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 57. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Bible verse for this episode is Deuteronomy 1:15 which says, “So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website podcastpulpit.com.

Our topic today is part 3 of “The Textbook on Persuasion” from “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. He continues as follows:

There is a place for an entire book on the relevance of Aristotle’s theory of rhetoric. For now I simply want to underline a dimension of persuasion that is obvious once you hear it but too often overlooked by leaders seeking to influence those in their care: The perceived character of the persuader is central to his powers of persuasion. This is ethos in Aristotle’s system. As the quotation above highlights, we tend to accept arguments made by those we personally trust, the “good-hearted”. A half-plausible argument will sound implausible from someone we don’t like or respect, and yet the same argument will seem fully plausible from someone we deeply respect. Taking a shot at the frivolous rhetoricians of his day who thought persuasion was all about style and panache (pathos), Aristotle went so far as to declare that the character of a speaker is the defining feature of persuasion:

It is not the case, as some of the technical writers propose in their treatment of the art [of persuasion], that good-heartedness on the part of the speaker makes no contribution to persuasiveness; rather, character [ethos] is almost, so to speak, the controlling factor in persuasion.

Interestingly, Aristotle makes a distinction in his treatment of ethos between the speaker’s real character and his mere reputation or authority. One could be an ancient Greek senator or a modern business guru and it would not count nearly as much to an audience or corporation as the perceived integrity and authenticity of that leader. Mere reputation cannot match true character.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.