As you plan kids events – think big picture! This is an opportunity for the whole church to reach out! Check out Stacy Lowe as she shares some tips on making kids’ events life changing and multigenerational.
In the 2014 Annual Meeting, Louisiana Baptists were challenged to Engage. Experience powerful teaching, inspiring music and lots of great information about the work of our churches and the big dreams God is planting in the hearts of pastors and leaders all over the state. Don’t miss Dr. Iorg’s Bible studies on the Holy Spirit.
What are you doing to disciple adults in your church? Often, the answer is, “We don’t have Sunday night Discipleship Training anymore, so we’re not really doing anything right now.” Pastors, staff and lay leaders in Louisiana Baptist churches are looking for solutions to discipling the adults in their churches.
“The immune systems of most churches are weak. Because we have lowered our view of God and set aside His standards, we have allowed sinful attitudes and practices to prevail. We have treated God’s Word as if it were a collection of suggestions. This weak immune system allows sickness and disease to proceed unchecked. The culture of our churches will become much healthier when we simply begin to hold one another to God’s clear standards.”
Brad Waggoner, The Shape of Faith to Come: Spiritual Formation and the Future of Discipleship, B&H Publishing, 2008, p38.
Three Groups Everyone Needs to Be In
What are the extinguishers that will keep these groups from being successful?
Program-driven: planned series of meetings where the goal is to take the largest number of people through a complete workbook or course; consideration for individual growth is secondary.
Large groups: the reasoning is that the larger the group, the greater and quicker the impact; accountability and personal/private matters are off limits; building trust is difficult.
Information-focused: as biblical information is dispensed, it is hoped learners will understand and make the necessary changes in their lives so that growth will take place.
Rigid schedule: discipleship can only take place at a specific time and place, not taking into account people’s family and work schedules.
Low accountability: when participants are not expected or under obligation to complete assignments and/or attend meetings, many drop out.
Non-reproducible: the class or group is an end in itself; participants do not intend to lead their own group and disciple others.
Reproducing disciples who will reproduce disciples is Christ’s plan for world evangelization.
—Avery Willis, MasterLife II, 249.
What are the essentials to make the 3/4 groups work?
Process-driven: from the beginning, the group has specific goals and actions to accomplish those goals (spiritual maturity).
Very small groups: personal concerns and individual needs can be addressed; holding participants accountable for assignments, group time sharing, and attending meetings is easier.
Relationship-focused: the application of biblical principles to the individuals’ lives will be the basis for transformation.
Flexible schedule: the meeting times for the group or class will be determined by the leader and participants, taking into consideration their schedules.
High accountability: from the beginning there is an expectation that group members will attend meetings, complete assignments, participate during group meetings and disciple others.
Reproducible: participants will be enlisted with the understanding that they will enlist others and disciple them so the process will continue to reproduce disciples.
“Less than one out of every five born again adults (19%) has a biblical worldview, which is unchanged in the past 15 years; just half of all self-identified Christians firmly believe that the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles (not the facts, just the principles) that it teaches; barely one-quarter of adults (27%) are confident that Satan exists; an overwhelming majority of self-identified Christians (81%) contend that spiritual maturity is achieved by following the rules in the Bible; nine out of ten senior pastors of Protestant churches asserted that spiritual immaturity is one of the most serious problems facing the Church.”
“Barna Studies the Research, Offers a Year-in-Review Perspective.” George Barna research, 2009, webpage; www.barna.org/faith-spirituality. Assessed 12 July 2012.
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In a survey recently taken by NAMB of effective evangelistic churches, four commonalities were found.
Praying – they prayed for the lost, sought God for wisdom in planning and covered every event with prayer
Equipping – they trained people to share their faith and equipped them for various events
Sowing – they made sure that their geographical area was saturated with the Gospel
Harvesting – they used well prepared harvest events in order to reach the lost
These principles are proven, biblical and transferable in any church of any size or location.
In the booklet and videos on this page, these principles are restated in the form of five commitments leading to specific actions. If an individual or church will apply these principles, by God’s power and grace people can be reached.
It is our prayer that we will…
Be Intentional about reaching the lost
Intercede for lost friends and family
Invest in building relations with the lost
Invite the lost to our Bible studies, worship services and evangelistic events
Impart the Word of God through sharing our faith personally
“How do I use these videos?”
- Pastors can challenge the church through a five- to six-week sermon series. The videos and booklet featured here are available for download. Printed booklets can also be ordered from Fine Print in Alexandria, LA by calling 318.442.0185.
- Individuals can download the videos and booklet to use personally whether a church uses it corporately or not.
- Small groups can use the booklet over five sessions to challenge viewers to make the necessary commitments to reach the lost.
- Leaders in the church can gather and be led by a pastor or another leader to challenge them to reach the lost.
- Pastors can use the booklet for themselves to renew their own commitment to personal evangelism.
To download the resources below, right-click on the link below, choose “save as” and save it to your computer.
- I Will BE INTENTIONAL video: SD 10mb / HD 39mb
- I Will INTERCEDE video: SD 10mb / HD 37mb
- I Will INVEST video: SD 10mb / HD 34mb
- I Will INVITE video: SD 10mb / HD 34mb
- I Will IMPART video: SD 7mb / HD 26mb
Healthy churches multiply.
Start Something New! Learn how to start NEW groups, enlist and train NEW leaders and start NEW ministries or groups in your community.
This brief 30-minute video is filled with great principles and simple ideas on how to start new groups, enlist and train new leaders and start new groups and/or ministries in your community.
Here you will find age-group resources and promotional materials to help involve your Sunday School leaders in starting something new.
- Letter to Pastors
- FABC Sunday School Conference 2013 Poster
- Be a Catalyst, Start a New Group, PDF version
- Be a Catalyst: Start New Groups eBook
- The Value of a Vibrant Sunday School eBook
Be a Catalyst: Start New Groups is a step by step guide in understanding and effectively beginning new groups in your church or community. For a new group to begin, there must be a catalyst that discovers the need, targets a specific group of people and engages key people in the enlistment, development and execution of a new group. Are you a New Groups Catalyst? If so, this book is for you. Learn more at Amazon.com.
January Bible Study is an annual bible study from Lifeway Christian Resources. The previews are held in various locations throughout Louisiana to equip pastors and staff to lead this study in their churches and ministries. The previews are held in the fall and the studies are recommended to be led in the local churches in January.
This ministry is provided by gifts from Louisiana Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program (CP). May God bless you as you lead His people through this enriching study of Colossians.
Opportunity Louisiana was the theme for the 2013 Louisiana Baptist Convention, November 11-12 in Alexandria. Special emphases included the Final Report from the President’s 2020 Commission on Monday evening and the election of the new LBC President, Dr. Steve Horn from First, Lafayette, on Tuesday morning.
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