Monthly Archives: March 2009

The Cost of Doing Ministry

A few weeks ago we did a post called “Change Yourself, Not the Church.” Lot’s of great feedback. One area we got a lot of heat and responses was in the section focusing on the Cost of Doing Ministry.

We wanted to repost and focus in on some ways we can make the most out of our money for ministry.

Are we giving enough to those who can not eat?

Are we serving those in real needs?

Is every dollar we are putting into our buildings worth it when people are starving?

How can we make better stewardship of the tithe we are giving to God?

Just a few questions to ponder.

The cost of doing ministry

Today we have to look at the cost of doing ministry. We honestly have to look at the amount of money that is put into new churches across the nation, when men, women, and children are starving worldwide. We admire Francis Chan, and his decision to move from a new building project to an amphitheater and then give the money budgeted for the new building to missions. Why can’t we build community centers or use community centers to Worship God? Why segment and spend millions of dollars to build a church that will turn more people away than attract?

Again here is a great question we asked a few months ago, if you took away the lights, media, and all the bells and whistles, would people still follow the so called God you are preaching. Are you expressing Jesus in a way that it does not matter what material things you have. Just a thought.

We as churches have given into technology and the cost of it so much it is like we are given into just another worldly thing. (Romans 12:2, Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.) Yes we use social networking technology to reach people, but we neglect to determine real relationships that have real values. Skye Jethani looks at this in his book the Divine Commodity, on how people use Social Networking sites and other platforms to mediate nearly all of their personal interactions. Rather than encouraging healthy relationships we give in too much to the psedudo-relationships through shallow identifies. Think about this; Are we giving into the world, or the things Christ has commanded for us?

We are part of one of the most innovative churches in the country, but it seems that God wants us to be so much more than culturally relevant. I mean it is great that we are connecting so much with technology and building internet campuses, and applications for the iphone, but real relationships are so much more. People are hurting and a new application for their phone is not helping.

Seriously we have seen more people brag about how cool it is to have the bible on their iphone more than read it. We use the bible/church, as such a consumer product, we have put a deep relationship with Christ beyond it all. There is no technology in the world that can authentically make you fall to your knees before a God that wants so much for you.

How can we reduce the cost of doing ministry, and invest it more wisely to make a difference.

Share your thoughts.

Team IML

Innvoative Ministry Leader Coming June 2009

It is official we will be launching Innovative Ministry Leader in June of 2009!

Many of you have been asking exactly what we will be doing, and it is simple. Innovative Ministry Leader will be a complete web-based training center for today’s leaders. This site will be specifically for Pastors, Worship Leaders, Technicians, Musicians, Volunteers or anyone on a church staff.

The platform will be completely web-based, and offer many keynote speakers that you have seen at popular conferences across the country. It will focus in five areas or Leadership, Worship, Marketing, Culture and Technology. Each month we will release teachings in each of the five areas. After the broadcasts we will have best practice sessions using chat applications built into our platform, where you can connect with other leaders around the world.

Innovative Ministry Leader will be delivered on a membership platform where you can subscribe month to month, or for 6 or 12 months. Plans will start as low as $34.99 a month which you can share with your entire ministry team.

We have some exciting Partnerships we will be announcing over the next few weeks. We will also be offering some amazing incentives you will not want to miss for signing up early. We will be announcing those over the next few weeks.

We will also be announcing our initial speakers in a few weeks on the blog. Be sure to stay tuned by subscribing for our RSS Feed or Email Feed located in the top right corner.

For a complete detail of Innovative Ministry Leader visit www.innovativeministryleader.com and click on “What is IML.” Also be sure to sign up for our email list where you will be offered early incentives for joining Innovative Ministry Leader.

Also you can join our Facebook group by clicking here.

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Join the IML Facebook Group

Join the Innovative Ministry Leader facebook group. We will be offering early incentives through the facebook group starting in May.

You can join by clicking here.

Innovative Ministry Leader will be officially launching in June this year. Our platform will be a Complete Web-based training center for today’s leader. Get ready, we are already beginning to line-up the worlds most influential speakers to share information and insight for your teams.

We will be releasing more information over the next few weeks.

Team IML

Good Question from the Catablog

Jesse Phillips over at Catalyst asked a great question.

100 small house churches, or 1 church of 1,000 people?

$1Million spent on helping the needy in your community, or $1Million building/running a headquarters to reach your community?

…and why?

Visit http://www.catalystspace.com/catablog/full/whats_better/ and comment your thoughts.

Team IML

Blog Tour with Dave Browning

We had the chance to ask Dave Browning a quick question about being a Deliberately Simple Church. This is based on the book Deliberate Simplicity which we strongly recommend you pick up a copy. (SEE REVIEW BELOW)

We asked Dave if he could give us a typical week schedule of his role of the lead Pastor of Christ the King Community Church.

Monday – personal day for prayer and fasting
Tuesday – morning staff meeting, afternoon meetings, evening recovery group
Wednesday – morning mens group, afternoon counseling
Thursday – morning Sunday program prep, afternoon Network Resources meeting
Friday – writing/off
Saturday – off
Sunday – morning teach 3x, evening small group

Feel free to comment on things that you do similar and different in your schedules for the week.

Team IML

Deliberate Simplicity by Dave Browning

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Here is an exciting new book from Zondervan’s Leadership Network Innovation Series called Deliberate Simplicity, How the Church Does More by Doing Less.

Dave Browning the Pastor of Christ the King Community Church International shares how they have become one of the most innovative churches in America, by simply doing less. They are currently are in 12 states and seven countries. Rather than creating another mega church model, Dave Browning focuses on empowering leaders to lead small church based groups in homes. They do not create many programs or events, but stay focused on loving God and people.

One thing that we admire about Dave Browning and the model of the Deliberately Simple Church, is that they do not spend tons of money on buildings and other material objects. When they have Worship gatherings they typically will use public places and facilities that can easily be rented for a lot less than the cost of owning a building. This also allows opportunities for unchurched people to feel more comfortable while attending.

By spending less on buildings, programs, and other material objects, the Deliberately Simple Church can spend more of it resources, on Missions, and building leaders. Something Dave Browning repeats over and over again, is “We are here to learn how to love God and people well.” (Matt. 22: 37-40) Dave will share a simple equations throughout this book, that will give you insight and information on how to simplify your strategy to reaching more people for Christ.

Innovative Ministry Leader strongly endorses this book, for any church that is looking to do more by doing less. We admire how many people the Deliberately Simple Church has been able to reach by committing to relationships rather than anything else. This is a great book for entire ministry teams of Pastors, Worship Leaders and Volunteers.

You can purchase this Deliberate Simplicity directly from Amazon by clicking here.

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Check out a video from Dave Browning here.

Deliberate Simplicity is part of Zondervan’s Leadership Network Innovation Series

Klampert.com

We wanted to point many of you to www.klampert.com. Joel Klampert is a Worship Leader all the way up in Rhode Island. He has a great site that cover many areas from Worship, Pop Culture, and more. We really love his new feature called the Joint, which is a review section for artists. Check it out!

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