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Changing Our Models Of Leading

By: Omar Reyes

 

The decades of the 80’s and beyond came to be characterized by the concept of partnership and cooperative relationship by many mission organization. The realization that time was changing and that unless we forged co-working relationship with nationals we would not be effective in this new world. They were now serious players in this global environment.

Globalization had flattened the earth and we no longer had that huge competitive advantage. Simultaneously as this occurs, the need for a new framework of working together also emerged. We could not longer continue with our training mindset in which we were educated. Our adult education models that worked before were no longer effective in this environment. We had to change from a training mindset to a facilitating and learning mindset, from an external and technique-driven to a relational empowerment mindset. I am from Belize Central America and have many American missionary friends that have said to me they have been called to that country to train the nationals, raise them up to be leaders in their own countries. They say one thing but practice another. They truly desire to have partnerships, but when you act as a manager over people, you get workers and subservient people, not partners. Here are a few steps to shift the paradigm: Read more

Three Keys in Creating and Sustaining a Leadership Culture

By: Omar Reyes

Here are a few lessons I learned about leadership culture and movements while reflecting on my six years in United States Marine Corp (USMC). They are an incredible leader-producing organization. If we are going to have church planting movements, the preparation and multiplication of leaders is the main task at hand. If we fail at this we fail at the whole. Church planting movements are carried on the shoulders of Spirit-led leadership, men and women that are full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom. Here are a few lessons I learned from the USMC that applies to church planting and movements. Read more

DFW Pastor Gathering For National Mosaix Conference March 31st at Northwood Church

By: Bob Roberts

November 2-3, 2016 the Mosaix Multi-ethnic Conference will be held at Northwood Church in Keller, Texas.  This has become the nation’s largest conference where churches and Christians gather on the issue of race, faith, and the church.  I can’t wait!!!  They are anticipating a record and historic gathering.

They had way over a thousand at the last gathering and are anticipating far more for this.  Leaders from the all over the U.S. will be converging.

March 31, Mark DeYmaz who heads up the conference will be having a very special gathering of pastors and faith leaders who want to find out what it’s all about and get on board early.  It will be held at NorthWood Church. He will be speaking and answer any questions you might have.  There will be a lunch from 11:45 AM  to 1:00 PM with a meal provided. You can RSVP for the lunch by Click Here To RSVP For March 31st LuncheonRead more

MULTI-ETHNIC & AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCH PLANTING?

By Bob Roberts

I’ve heard it said a couple of times that if it were not for the ethnic and in particular African American churches in the SBC, it would be in decline much more. There was a period when the largest churches of America would be listed showing churches of 2,000 or more or 10,000 or more – but absent from the list were the African American churches, but not anymore. From the East to the West, the North to the South, some of the biggest churches in America now are African American. In Dallas Fort Worth alone there are several led by pastors like T.D. Jakes, Tony Evans, Brian Carter, and the lists go on and on. In Atlanta I know of at least four that have over 5,000 that I know about. I can think of at least 25 pastors I know in that category. Read more

The Power of  one CONVERSATION

By: Omar Reyes

 

One of our principles of engaging this world is called “One Conversation”. The idea is that we should always talk plainly and honestly and not to carry on with double talk. Whatever we say inside the house should be the same thing we say publicly. The whole world is listening to us. Jesus warned us in Luke 12:3 that whatever you say in the darkness will be heard in the light and what you have whispered in the private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. In other words Jesus foresaw the coming of the technological age and warned against two conversations.

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A CHURCH RUNNING ON FEAR

The church in America seems to be running on fear, and that fuel will ruin its engine.  It was made to run on love.  This morning I was reading 1 Corinthians 8 and I was struck by what it said.

We are afraid of the stock market and the economy.
We are afraid of Muslims.
We are afraid of white people, black people, and police.
We are afraid of Mexicans lest they overrun us.
We are afraid of gays.
We are afraid of the world.
We are afraid . . . of seemingly anything different or anything hard.

Instead of the church being salt and light and pushing back on that, we seem to be the ones most afraid.  THIS is not what it means to follow Jesus and to be the church.  This is not a message of hope, but one of fear – one that doesn’t come from Jesus.  If the Holy Spirit spoke through Peter for him to confess Jesus was the Lord, and then Satan spoke through him to tell him he shouldn’t die on the cross . . . . Why should you or I think that we are always right, that Satan can’t speak through us as well?  Satan’s words are so easy to recognize – they instill anxiety, worry, hate, fear, xenophobia.
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4 Key Changes Needed for a Polycentric World

by Omar Reyes, Northwood Church
Guest Blogger

A simple definition of Polycentric, is to have many centers. We live in an age where everything is connected. The whole world communicates, conducts commerce and interacts on the global grid of fiber–optic micro cable and personal computers. The convergence of technology leveled the playing field and everyone now is invited to participate. The little guy or gal somewhere sitting under a coconut tree in an obscure little Island in the Pacific is able to play beside the Gucci-wearing suit banker working on Wall Street. The earth has gone flat declared Thomas Friedman. What Columbus declared round, technology flattened once again. This changed everything, the score went back to zero and we are now playing a new game. Anyone can sail from anywhere at the speed of light instead of the speed of knots. We all have the potential of Columbus, discovering new lands, finding treasures and bringing them home and selling them for a profit without leaving the shade of the coconut tree or our desk in our padded offices. We are all at the center of this vast flat expanse and it demands a new way of thinking. There are four important changes we must consider in this new game.

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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.