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HOW TO SPEAK IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE & BE A BLESSING

 

 

In previous times speaking in the public square was a choice based on your connections and expertise – not so anymore.  Everyone is now in the public square whether you want to be or not.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – all of the ways we communicate now have changed forever.  I think it’s for the better – even though there are significant challenges with it.  You can wind up with “pop” public square or social “mob intellectual violence” but those that can think will process through all of it and be better for it.  In a real way life has become “Wiki Square.”  If you tweet, you’re in the public square.  Pastor, if your sermons are online – you’re in the public square.  You are building an intellectual and social persona and profile promoting various views often without even realizing it.  This necessitates knowing how to engage in the public square – more on this later in another blog if not book, but for now how do you speak there.  I began to realize this when I started working globally 20 years ago, the net was a reality and people were connecting with me and I realized really quick I had to learn how to communicate what I believed but in a way others could understand clearly without being offensive.  Read more

MINDSHAPERS THAT TRANSFORM YOUR MIND

Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ESV

 Transformation is a process.  It isn’t the same as “confession” where we make a statement or ask forgiveness and enact an instantaneous state.  Paul tells us to be transformed.  A butterfly is transformed.  It has to go in a cocoon and it takes time.  All of us are constantly being transformed; it’s not a static process – for good or bad.  Notice he says transformation takes place in the mind.  It takes time to see our mind transformed.  It has had certain grooves put into it by media, by others, by our experiences.  Our mind is not to be merely left to itself to develop but there must be an intentional process of training, formatting, cleaning, creating new ways of thinking.  It’s an ongoing process, it’s a daily process.  Most of us are involuntarily indoctrinated by what is taking place around us.  If we don’t line it up with God’s Word and truth we will wind up “converted” and yet “unchanged.”  Yes, I know that isn’t

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TURBO TRAINING AT NORTHWOOD

A NEW WAY OF ENGAGING THE WORLD, MULTIPLYING CHURCHES TO SEE RADICAL TRANSFORMATION

 The time is getting close for the next Turbo Training!  November 12th, 2015 at Northwood Church.

Some of you are asking, “What is a Turbo Training?” 

Turbo Training is our one-day, general overview of our Church Planting, City Engaging and Global Engagement. It is designed for pastors, denominational leaders, church planters and half timers alike who want to learn how to plant more churches and also engage locally and globally more effectively. There are 4 components to our training:

  • Kingdom: We start where Jesus started. He spoke 80 times on the kingdom and 2 times about church.
  • Disciples: Re-defining disciples from learn, go and grow to Hear and obey
  • Society: Domains are keys that unlock both the church and cities
  • Church: The importance of the three dimensions of church

“We know things have changed and the church is grappling for answers. Doing the same old things and expecting different results is and will always be insanity. We live in a time where we must think and do things differently or we die. Just tinkering with the house and remodeling it will not suffice we must go back to the foundation and build a whole new way. We believe that KDSC is the DNA of a whole new way”.

To register:  Click Here To Register  or click Resources, Events Calendar on this page.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN U.S. UNDER SERIOUS THREAT October 9-10 in United States

 

Christian, the most important thing you can do for the Gospel locally globally today is to stand up for a Muslims religious freedom in America.

My heart is sad and it’s hard for me to comprehend how far we’ve strayed from the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  That we can have mosques in 20 cities targeted for “armed” protest and there is so little outcry?  Where are the tweets and blogs from my fellow evangelical pastors?  Have we forgotten, especially those of us as Baptist that we were in the forefront fighting for religious freedom in America?  Some of our Baptist forefathers wound up in jail because we refused to minister under any authority but our own – Baptist.  It was Jefferson that came to our defense and that is how we as Baptist became some of the strongest defenders of religious freedom in the U.S. and around the world.  Read more

The Power of Working with College Students in the World

by Mitch Jolly, Pastor of Three Rivers Community Church, Rome, Georgia

Guest Blogger

College students are a powerful asset in our world. However, it’s possible to overlook the impact they can have while in their college years because of the transient nature of college life and sometimes seeming lack of focus.

Some see college students as older kids who just need to be fed and entertained until they graduate and get a real job. I don’t quite see them that way. I believe they are valuable now, and they need to be engaged in the world now.

The truth is that many college students are ambitiously looking to invest their time and energy all over the world and they are focused when engaged about what makes them passionate. The students I work with don’t want to be entertained. They want to give their lives to something that matters.

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Loving Our City

by Kevin Brown  of  The Perfecting Church, Sewell NJ

Guest Blogger

Three things have been undeniably clear since our earliest days as a worshipping community just over three and a half years ago.  This video captures how the community responds when the church becomes a verb and goes as disciples that serve their neighbors with their jobs and passions.

Church is not a noun. Church is a verb.

In far too many cases church is a noun to those who attend, those who once attended and those who have never attended.  The building and the traditions that take place in the building are what define the church.  We invite people to come and see, believing that the key to transformation in our community is getting people to come to our noun — to see our person, place or thing. But the truth of the matter is church is not a noun. It has to be a verb.  We can’t be known solely for trying to get people to come.  We have to be known primarily for going.  We concluded if we were going to plant a church it had to be one filled with people known for going.  Not simply going to a building but going to our neighbors, meeting needs and becoming part of the solution.  We must be a verb, individually and collectively.

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My Journey Into A Multi-Ethnic Church Community

By Sam Chacko, Pastor, LOFT City Church

My parents migrated to the United States when I was just three years old.  When they first arrived in Philadelphia, they were part of a church plant that was just a few years old and primarily focused on the immigrant Indian community.  I grew up in that church and saw her grow from a handful of blue-collar immigrant workers to a fairly large congregation.  I have been incredibly blessed by the passion of the Indian Christian community in which I was raised, and their faith and risk-taking challenged me as I grew up and began to pursue ministry.  When I entered seminary, my dream was to go back to the Indian community and work with the second and third generation community – a community raised and educated in the United States. They spoke English fluently (often instead of our native language) and obtained degrees from the finest of universities as well as great jobs. They love baseball, basketball and football.  Their kids are actively involved in sports leagues and school activities.  One could argue they were more American than Indian.  Read more

SPARK – HOW TO IGNITE A CULTURE OF MULTIPLICATION AS A LOCAL CHURCH

by Bob Roberts, Jr.

There are three options:  a shrub, a tree, or a forest.  A church planting church is a forest.

1.     Get the BIG PICTURE of the KINGDOM OF GOD.  We get the Gospel of salvation, but do we get the Gospel of the Kingdom?

Transformation / Reconciliation / Restoration / Comprehensive / Multiplying

2.    Learn from the GLOBAL CHURCH.  We don’t have movements – they do.  Our only hope is a global church planting movement – and if that happens, we have to join as pupils and students, not as leaders.  It requires humility, the Holy Spirit, and love of the entire body of Christ. Read more

WHAT MAKES NORTHWOOD CHURCH PLANTING UNIQUE

by Bob Roberts, Jr.

Many of the things we do at Northwood Church in training our planters involve working with others including coaching, assessing, funding, preparing a prospectus, working on a vision, missional development, value reviews, strategizing, and leadership development. But, there are some things that we do very uniquely in our training that sets us apart and enables us to work in many different contexts in training young pastors as they start churches  . . . . . and beyond.  Read more

We Call this the Kingdom of God

by Daniel Yang, Trinity Life Church
Guest Blogger

In January 2010, I came on staff at Northwood Church with no clue as to what would be the future of my ministry and family life. I left Detroit where I had a 9 year career in technology and 22 years of history. I gave it all up and came to the strange land they call Texas. You see, I’m Hmong and grew up in the inner-city streets of Detroit. (See Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.) Texas was a very scary place for me! That year I found myself way outside of my element with people that I would’ve never imagined doing life with. But it was during those years that God began opening my eyes to see that the story of my upbringing as a second generation immigrant whose family landed in the US as refugees was a strength in the Kingdom of God and not a weakness. I’ll never forget having lunch with Bob Roberts and hearing him say, “You were given an advantage to do global ministry because of who you are. But you have to stop thinking like a minority. God made you for the world.”
I don’t think either Bob or I knew how prophetic those words were at the time. Maybe Bob did, but I sure didn’t. Read more