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

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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.

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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.

Team IML

Check out a video from Dave Browning here.

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

In Technology We Trust?

First thing before we discuss this topic is we must clarify that we are huge advocates of the uses of technology. We are writing this post as our own personal convictions.

We get numerous posts and emails stating all the time that we have to continue to adapt to mobile and technological changes for the upcoming generation. For most of that is true, but we are coming to realize how much we are conforming to technology verses conforming our hearts to Jesus.

The bible says in John 17:14-19

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world , just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Yes we alway summarize this verse as live in the world and not of the world, and for the most part that is true. 

But when are we sharing the real truth of Jesus?

So many churches today are hiring huge teams to build internet campuses, mobile applications and more, but we are losing the real aspect of relationships with our people. Yes we live in a culture that is becoming more and more reliable to technology, and having all these applications are great. Most of the time, churches that create mobile applications, are only being utilized by other Christians and Pastors around the world. But take a second to look at the real world we live in.

Look at some of these numbers. 

Nearly 1 billion people in the world live on less than one American Dollar a day

Another 2.5 billion people in the world live on less than two America dollars a day.

1.6 billion people in the world have no electricity

Nearly one billion people in the world cannot read or sign their name.

Every seven seconds, somewhere in the world a child under age five dies of hunger, while Americans throw away 14 percent of the food we purchase.

Where are their Blackberry’s? Computer’s? or any mobile devices?

We are spending thousands of dollars on technology in our church to conform to technological culture while people are falling of the earth by the second. And to top it off we are acting as ring masters to a circus of our own Christians.

We are called to be disciples of Christ. We feel in the American Church today, we are far from this. We rely on so many aspects of technology to reach out to people, we have lost touch of what it is like to have a real relationship with someone. (Inviting someone to our homes, giving freely to someone on the streets, etc)

Technology is becoming our lazy antidote  to manage relationships with people in a world that makes it acceptable. It is so easy to hide your real feelings behind a mobile device, verses standing face to face of someone that really loves and cares about you. The more we allow people to hide, the more easy it is for them to fall into darkness. In case you don’t know the web and mobile world is filled with more darkness than light. 

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. There is no other way. We need to stop making Technology our God and start putting Jesus first.  It has to stop being “Jesus plus this and Jesus plus that.”

Jesus clearly said “love one another as I have loved you.” “Love” is universal. More powerful than any form of technology on the market. It can save the poor, the starving, the rich, and so many more. Try it. People are hurting in this world and they need Jesus more than anything to save them. 

Here are some questions that leave us pondering.

With the money we spend trying to make church applications and other advances, how could we use that to reach out to the billions that have no electricity, no money, or no food?

How can we use technology, but prioritize real relationships first?

Team IML

“Mad Church Disease”-Overcoming The Burnout Epidemic

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“Mad Church Disease”-Overcoming The Burnout Epidemic

Innovative Ministry Leader just finished reading an advance copy of Anne Jackson’s new book “Mad Church Disease.” What an amazing resource for every Pastor, Worship Leader, Ministry Leader, Business Professional, etc. This is a book that focuses on organizing your life, to have a healthy balance with work, family, and personal time. 

Popular Communicator/Blogger, Anne Jackson (www.flowerdust.net) shares her personal story of how burnout has effected her personal life throughout the years. Anne focuses on the emotional, physical, relational and spiritual effects of the burnout epidemic.

Mad Church Disease does a complete job at identifying burnout, the risks, and how to recover. The book takes a serious look at the health factors and how serious this silent disease can be for you or your organization. The book concludes with the focus of how to process the pain of being hurt in the past, which almost everyone can relate to at some point in their life. Beyond reading Mad Church Disease, this is a great resource to have concurrent in your life and to share with your entire team. 

What we really admire about this book, is that Anne shares honesty and real stories of her past, that you will be able to relate with. At the end of each Chapter, there is a section called the “Exam Room,” which will allow you to self assess your own life. You will also find at the end of each Chapter a “Second Opinion” section that will express the views of some world class leaders such as Bill Hybels, Craig Groeschel, Perry Noble, and more. 

Innovative Ministry Leader strongly endorses this book and you will be able to pick up a copy in February of 2009. We will be doing some more focuses on Mad Church Disease  before the book is released so stay tuned.  You can also pre-order from Amazon by clicking here.

In the mean time you can check out three of Anne’s sites www.annejacksonwrotethis.com www.flowerdust.net and www.MadChurchDisease.com for more information.

Team IML

Mad Church Disease is published by Zondervan

Mad Church Disease is endorsed by Dr. Wayne Cordeiro, Craig Groeschel, Tim Stevens, Mark Batterson, Nancy Beech, Nancy Ortberg, Shauna Niequist, Matthew Paul Turner, and more

Follow Up…A 5 Year Old Gets It

Is it that hard to actually follow up to somebody when they contact you. This seems to be a simple business concept that Ministry Leaders and Business Professionals miss every day. 

I was discussing this topic the other day at dinner with my wife, when I asked, what is the typical thing to do when someone e-mails you. Our five year old daughter blurted out, “write them back and put it in the mail!” (not completely understanding the full concept of email yet, but cute.)

A five year old gets it!!!!

Why is it so hard for individuals to grasp this concept? 

E-mailing has made it easier than ever to give a quick response, why not utilize it. Too busy, then write a quick note saying you will get back at your earliest opportunity. It takes seconds. 

We have talked about retention in relationships, and it starts from the top up. I don’t care who you are, Pastor, CEO, Worship Leader, you can follow up with a quick response by e-mail. For crying out loud, you have every mobile tool to do so. 

I have seen the lack of follow up alone in the Christian Music Industry, and we wonder why they are having a tough time keeping their lights on. Same things with Pastors, I don’t care how big your church is, you ministry is about people and relationships with them. Christ was all about relationships and that is why his ministry carries on today. I do not care what your status quo is, or how busy you are. We have worked with some of the largest professional and Pastors in the country and they always follow through.  

Think about it…..

Team IML

Mega Church, Mega Business, Mega Fraud?

What??? Did we just write that? Okay calm down, we are not bashing Mega Churches or large Churches, in fact most of our team are part of some of the largest Churches in the country. 

The point of this post is to dialog some discussion on what is really happening behind closed doors at some of the largest churches in the World. 

As we know the Christian Industry is a multimillion dollar business. From books, sermon notes, and music, there are many products for sale. But what we wanted to focus on is what happens when you bring that business focus into the walls of the church? 

Does selling your material to other churches really benefit the kingdom of God?

What about when someone works on staff for the Church and uses his or her private business to operate the functionality of the church?  Double Dipping?

Even free content, many don’t know but free content is not really free at all. We do live in a world where products and delivery are not really free. Content has to be delivered and the church has to pay for it, but the real question is who owns the delivery networks where data is transfered? 

A lot of times the answers to theses questions do not lie on the surface. I think it is important to seek the truth of how your church operates. Things always look good on the surface but I think what is important is the hidden leadership we don’t always see. 

The point of this is, what would happen if we took the Mega Church Business, and made it a Mega Giving Business? Would children get feed, would lives get saved?

We’ll leave this question open for discussion.

Team IML

Rick Warren on Cover of Time Magazine

Check out the latest issue of Time Magazine. It features Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren. We consider Rick Warren one of the most Innovative Pastors in the World. His global impact is growing each year.

Time describes Rick Warren as the closest person to a Modern Day Billy Graham. 

Here is a link to the site. Rick Warren Time Article 

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