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Consumerism in the Church

Consumerism in the American Church?

Last week we had the privilege to video with Skye Jethani, the author of the Divine Commodity. In his book he talks about how we as the American Church have moved to an enterprise system in Christianity.

We have been wrestling with this a lot at IML, of how we look at Church as nothing more as a bunch of programs, activities, etc. It by far outweighs, giving, missions, and serving the lost.

What are some of your thoughts on this topic, and maybe we can dig deeper into some ideas over the next few weeks?

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View Complete IML Lineup, so far….

We are excited to let you all know some of the featured speakers for Innovative Ministry Leader this year. This is just the beginning, where each week we will be adding more and more speakers for the upcoming months.

Here is the current lineup for the first few months. We are still scheduling exact dates for some speakers, but all of these listed will broadcast before the end of the year.

Leadership

Mark Batterson,  Jud Wilhite, Dino Rizzo, Troy Gramling, Anne Jackson, Glenn Packiam, Skye Jethani, Dave Ferguson, Kevin Harney, Matt Chandler, Steven Furtick, Ron Edmondson, Matt Keller, Tony Morgan, and Geoff Surratt

Worship

Jeff Deyo, Jonathan Lee, Carl Cartee, Ross Parsley, and many more on the near horizon. We will also have Sheri Gould, providing professional vocal training each month.

Culture

Tommy Kyllonen aka Urban D, Efrem Smith, JR Mahon, John Acuff, Matthew Paul Turner and Carlos Whittaker

Technology

Various Teachers from Yamaha, Shure, Martin Lighting, Media Shout and other cutting edge technology leaders. We will also have some great leaders from churches and ministries share insight on technology and how it relates to your ministry.

Marketing

Greg Stielstra will starting off on a series of Marketing Messages for the church based upon his book Pyromarketing. We will also have some other guest speakers this year that will share insight of how to effectively marketing and reach new people for Christ.

When you register you will have access to all of these videos each month. There is no licensing, so your entire church can view and access. Memberships start at $34.99 a month.

Also if you are one of the first 150 to sign up, for either a six month or 12 month commitment, you will receive all 8 of the Leadership Network Innovation Series books from Zondervan. That includes titles form Mark Driscoll, Geoff Surratt, Dave Gibbons, Dino Rizzo, and others.

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Be sure to check it out, and share the word. The book deal is going fast so be sure to sign up today!

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Innovative Ministry Leader Special Incentive

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The first 150 Registered users at Innovative Ministry Leader, will RECEIVE ALL 8 of the Leadership Network Innovation Series Books from Zondervan.

Hear from speakers such as Anne Jackson, Dino Rizzo, Mark Batterson, Skye Jethani, Ross Parsley, Jeff Deyo, Troy Gramling, Dave Ferguson, Kevin Harney, Glenn Packiam, Urban D, AND many many more.

We will be updating lineup each week for the rest of the year.

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Check out Anne Jackson’s Post Special Announcement

Anne Jackson has a special announcement about Innovative Ministry Leader. Be sure to check it out at www.flowerdust.net

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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.

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Check out a video from Dave Browning here.

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

The Divine Commodity

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The Divine Commodity by Skye Jethani

In light of some of our recent postings, The Divine Commodity written by Skye Jethani, has been a great resource for our team. If you are a huge reader, this book needs to move to the top of your list. Unlike most books, Skye Jethani does not provide 10 ways or 12 steps to anything. Skye takes a deep  look at where we currently are as the Church, and how we have institutionalized something that was once so relational. 

Consumerism is something that is heavily going on in our churches today. It has begun to create a distortion to our element of faith in Jesus. Skye uses the art and testimonies of artist Vincent van Gogh, throughout the book as examples of how even hundreds of years ago, christ-followers were dealing with the same struggles of when it comes to the church. One of the greatest examples of this is from the famous painting Starry Night, where the church is the only building with no lights. 

Skye uses a quote from Richard Halverson, former Chaplain of the United States Senate. “In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centered on the living Christ. Then the Church moved to Greece, where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where it became an institution. Next, it moved to Europe where it became a culture. And, finally it moved to America, where it became an enterprise.” Wow! How true is that statement when we look at the evolution of the church.  

Throughout the book there will be many concepts and thoughts on how we are using the Church as an entertainment platform to attract people. It looks at how churches have placed a emphasis on controlling staged environments to be their true meaning for advancing Christ’s mission. Consumer Christianity is turning shepherds into showmen.

The book will also point out some interesting research of how American Christianity has largely failed since the middle of the twentieth century because Jesus’ modern day disciples are not acting like Jesus. Although we are seeing many large mega-churches grow across the country, Christianity is only consolidating, not expanding. 

Innovative Ministry Leader strongly endorses this book, whether your a Pastor, Worship Leader, or just a pew sitter. We admire that Skye Jethani is bringing an important issue that us leaders need to be aware about. He is not providing solutions or ways to improve, but bringing the insight so we as leaders can take action. This is a great resource that will get your mind expanding and hopefully thoughts of how we can build more authentic relationships for Christ in our communities.

You can purchase the Divine Commodity direct from Amazon by clicking here.

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The Divine Commodity is published by Zondervan

You can also visit Skye Jethani’s personal website by clicking here.

What is ahead

We have been working around the clock on many exciting things for this year. We would like to give you a preview for what is ahead over the next few months.

1. First off we have been reading and getting ready to review some amazing books. Just a few of the titles are, The Divine Commodity, 10 Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing, Tribes, Reality Check, and many more. We will be posting insight and links soon for all of these and more.

2. We are releasing a new series on the blog that is extremely important to us called, “Change Yourself, Not the Church.” You will most certainly want to share insight on this topic.

3. We would love to know what topics and discussions you would be interested in. We want to make this blog more of a community environment.

4. We are about a month away from launching the Innovative Ministry Leader site. However we don’t want to give to much information away, but know this, the site will be a great portal for information and insight for today’s Pastors, Worship Leaders, Technicians, and any other leaders on your team. You will not find anything else like it.

Subscribe for our email feed up in the top right corner and we will keep you updated with what is ahead. We will also offer first access to blog subscribers to the new site.  

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