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  • Jesus said, “Go..” How many believe this is the Mission statement of the Church? How many believe that it is the Mission statement of your church? You see, Jesus was sent on a Mission; God is still on that Mission, and He has called us to be on that Mission.
  • Now let’s look at statistics that define the Maintenance Culture Church 1. You know what church transfer is, don’t you? Yeah, church hoppers, cruisamanics; steeple chasers; flakes. 98% of all growth in the American Church is church transfer. Every Sunday in every church we minister in, we discover that is true. 2. Every pastor is busy, and every core worker is over worked. However, in all of our business, we are fulfilling the Mission that Jesus gave us by only 2%. 3. What I mean by barren people is-- they are good Christians, go to church, read their bible, pray. Yet, they have not personally been involved in someone’s salvation in years, if ever. 4. We are not effective in keeping people in our churches. 5. 80% of American churches are non-growing. Economists would call the church a “Non-Growth Industry”. You don’t invest in a non-growth industry. The church is like the steel companies 20 years ago. We are on the back side of the power curve and people are laughing. As pastors we are the CEOs of a non-growth industry. what are we going to do about it? If we don’t do something we are going to become like the steel industry. Does your church have the Maintenance Culture symptoms? The Acts church was a mission driven church: “The word of the Lord spread and the number of disciples multiplied greatly.” The Acts Church multiplied disciples, they did not maintain members. Does your church have the Maintenance Culture statistics?
  • Mission Driven Church

    1. 1. “ Maintenance or Mission” John 10:16 THE MISSION DRIVEN CHURCH
    2. 3. John 10:16 <ul><li>(16a) The Providence of “Others” </li></ul><ul><li>(16b) The Pursuing of “Others” </li></ul><ul><li>(16c) The Proclaiming to “Others” </li></ul><ul><li>(16d) The Potential of “Others” </li></ul>OUTLINE
    3. 4. THE “OTHERS” OF OUR CHURCH MINISTRY <ul><li>Uttermost “Others”….. over there </li></ul><ul><li>Samaria “Others”……. out there </li></ul><ul><li>Judea “Others”………. around here </li></ul><ul><li>Jerusalem “Others”…. in here </li></ul><ul><li>* Guests That Jesus “Brings In”! </li></ul><ul><li>* Do They Hear His Voice “In Here”? </li></ul>
    4. 5. The Mission Statement Of The Church Jesus said , “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 This Great Commission of Christ is The Mission Statement for Every Local Church! We must ask ourselves, “If the Mission of the Church is to be fulfilled, what do we do?”…..
    5. 6. CHANGE FOR THE SAKE OF CHANGE IS WRONG ! !!! CHANGE !!! CHANGE FOR THE SAKE OF IMPROVEMENT IS RIGHT ! If we keep doin’ what we’re doin’ we’ll keep gettin’ what we’re gettin’!
    6. 7. HOW WILL YOU RESPOND? Which Disciple Are you Like? <ul><li>Change-Leader (like Peter) … F aith to see the need for Change and Lead Others Thru It! </li></ul><ul><li>Change-Agent (like Andrew) … Faith to go along with Change and Help Others Follow! </li></ul><ul><li>Change-Resistor (like Thomas) … Fear of Change and the Spreading of Doubt to Others! </li></ul><ul><li>Change-Rejector (like Judas) … Fear of any Change and Willing to Betray to Avoid It! </li></ul>
    7. 9. STATISTICS OF THE MAINTENANCE CULTURE <ul><li>98% of all growth in the American church is from church transfer, not conversion. </li></ul><ul><li>2% fulfillment of Jesus’ Mission Statement. </li></ul><ul><li>95% of all Christians are not making disciples. </li></ul><ul><li>80% of churches retain 5% or less of their visitors, who are “white” unto harvest. </li></ul><ul><li>80% of churches are not growing in number. </li></ul>
    8. 11. Maintenance Driven Church Standards <ul><li>Worship Service Attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday School Attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Success of Programs & Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Beauty of the Building & Grounds </li></ul><ul><li>Giving To The General Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Giving To The Missions Fund </li></ul>We Must Get Back To “Harvest” Principles And Abandon “Hold-Down-The-Fort” Principles
    9. 12. Mission Driven Church Standards <ul><li>Worshiping / Serving In Spirit & Truth </li></ul><ul><li>Growing in Grace & Knowledge of Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Success of Evangelism / Disciple-Making </li></ul><ul><li>Using Building & Grounds to Glorify God </li></ul><ul><li>Giving Your All to the Local Church </li></ul><ul><li>Giving Your All to the Mission Field </li></ul>Harvest” Principles = Growth “Hold-Down-The-Fort” Principles = Defeat
    10. 14. COMPARISON <ul><li>Maintenance Values Mission Values </li></ul><ul><li>Nice People Spiritual People </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance Availability </li></ul><ul><li>Parishioners Disciple-Makers </li></ul><ul><li>Works-Led Spirit-Led </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Focused Others-Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings Gatherings </li></ul><ul><li>Weak Leaders Strong Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Settling For Less Expecting More </li></ul><ul><li>Visitors Who Visit Guests Who Stay </li></ul>
    11. 15. The Overall Affect of a “Ministry to Guests” <ul><li>A Ministry To Guests… Can Affect… </li></ul><ul><li>THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH! </li></ul><ul><li>THE MORALE OF THE CHURCH! </li></ul><ul><li>THE MINISTRIES OF THE CHURCH! </li></ul><ul><li>THE MOMENTUM OF THE CHURCH! </li></ul><ul><li>THE MONEY MATTERS OF THE CHURCH! </li></ul>
    12. 16. YOU CAN BE PART OF THE PROCESS…….OF GOD’S PLAN FOR A PERSON <ul><li>1. A Decision for Christ is Made! </li></ul>2. A Disciple of Christ is Made! 3. A Disciple-Maker for Christ is Made!
    13. 17. Prioritizing prayer It All Starts With Prayer <ul><li>Pray About “Others”… * Tell God You Know They’re Out There! </li></ul><ul><li>Pray For “Others”… * Ask God To Bring Them In Here! </li></ul><ul><li>Pray With “Others”… * Serve God By Caring For Them! </li></ul>
    14. 18. The approach <ul><li>THE PURPOSE: To Make Disciples </li></ul><ul><li>THE PEOPLE: Church Guests </li></ul><ul><li>THE PLAN: </li></ul><ul><li>*Looking For Needy People …. Meeting At The Door </li></ul><ul><li>*Loving The Needy People …. Meeting The People </li></ul><ul><li>*Leading The Needy People … Meeting The Need </li></ul><ul><li>GOD SENDS GUESTS TO OUR CHURCH SO WE CAN MEET THEIR NEEDS AND MAKE DISCIPLES </li></ul>
    15. 19. MINISTERING TO OUR JERUSALEM “OTHERS” <ul><li>Polite Greeting … Courtesy </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Interest … Connection </li></ul><ul><li>Prayerful Concern … Compassion </li></ul>BODY SOUL SPIRIT *Polite – “This person is being nice to me!” *Personal – “This person is interested in me!” *Prayerful – “This person is concerned about me!”
    16. 20. THE WELCOME MINISTRY attitude & approach <ul><li>The Attitude …..“Every church guest is a potential disciple!” </li></ul><ul><li>The Approach ….. </li></ul><ul><li>* Courtesy Questions </li></ul><ul><li>* Connection Comments </li></ul><ul><li>* Compassionate Communication </li></ul>
    17. 21. THE WELCOME MINISTRY Courtesy Questions <ul><li>* The Greeting Question </li></ul><ul><li>* The Guidance Question </li></ul><ul><li>* The Gracious Question </li></ul><ul><li>“ Hello, my name is _______, what’s yours?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Can I help you find…..your SS class?” </li></ul><ul><li>… ..the Sanctuary?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ How are you feeling today?” </li></ul>
    18. 22. THE WELCOME MINISTRY Connection Comments <ul><li>* The Providential Comment </li></ul><ul><li>* The Partnership Comment </li></ul><ul><li>* The Paperwork Comment </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m glad the Lord brought you here today!” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m here to help you if you have any needs!” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’d appreciate it you could fill out this Guest Card and feel free to write down a prayer request!” </li></ul>
    19. 23. THE WELCOME MINISTRY Compassionate Communication <ul><li>* The Polite Communication </li></ul><ul><li>* The Personal Communication </li></ul><ul><li>* The Prayerful Communication </li></ul><ul><li>“ Nice to meet you…hope you were blessed today!” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m glad you came…we’re here to care for you!” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I noticed the prayer request on your Guest Card; can I have a short prayer with you about it?” </li></ul>
    20. 24. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? <ul><li>Repentance ……. from a Maintenance Driven Church Mind-set ! </li></ul><ul><li>Rededication …... to a Mission Driven Church Model ! </li></ul><ul><li>Restoration …….. of a Mission Driven Church Ministry ! </li></ul><ul><li>Revival …………. with Mission Driven Church Manifestations ! </li></ul>

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