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Raising Spiritual Passion         from the book: “Ezekiel’s Bones: Rekindling Your Congregation’s Spiritual Passion”      ...
Spiritual Passion is the fuel that    keeps a congregation active and excited about the faith it has to share  with the wo...
WITHOUT SPIRITUAL PASSION,   A CHURCH DOESN’T FLY                             3
SPIRITUAL PASSION IS ABOUT RELEVANCE NOT DOCTRINE Prayer must be related to results Scripture needs to be related to daily...
Spiritual              Passion       Time     THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE AVERAGECONGREGATION CAN BE CHARTED AS THE RISE    AND ...
THREE PLACES WHERE A CHURCH CAN STOP BEING NORMAL                                        2               1                ...
THE 7 MARKS OF LOW SPIRITUAL PASSION ARE:       1. The lack of expectation regarding Prayer             & its ability to c...
THE 7 MARKS OF LOW SPIRITUAL PASSION ARE:5. An inability to show any Joy     when talking about faith6. A disconnect betwe...
…these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up  and our hope is gone…         (Ezekiel 37:1...
Natural Church Development says,“Work on your minimum factor first”                                     10
CHURCHES ARE SELF-REGULATING SYSTEMS             11
THREE RULES        OF ALL SYSTEMS1. The system is designed for the   results you are receiving2. The longer you participat...
THE SYSTEM IS DESIGNED FOR THE  RESULTS YOU ARE RECEIVING:          +                 +                  =      +         ...
THE LONGER YOU TRAVEL IN THECURRENT DIRECTION, THE MORE      NORMAL IT FEELS                    Choose your               ...
Pastor                        Youth                   UMW Trustees                                Sunday School           ...
SPIRITUAL PASSION IS ABOUT RELEVANCE NOT DOCTRINE Scripture needs to be related to daily life Prayer must be related to re...
SPIRITUAL PASSION’S FOUR       LIFT POINTSPrayer withExpectationScripture withRelevanceWitness with JoyWorship withPassion...
PRAYER WITH EXPECTATION                          18
SCRIPTUREAll Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for  teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in  righteousness, s...
WITNESS WITH JOYNothing goeswithout saying                   20
THE FIELD IS OPEN1/3   of Americans will change their religious affiliation at least once in their lifetime                ...
WITNESS &         COMMUNICATIONHow does your church communicatewith?1) OUTSIDERS2) VISITORS3) LIMITED COMMITMENT          ...
PASSIONATE     WORSHIPWhen the emotionaltone of eachact of worshiphelps convey themeaning of whatis being said.“Rejoice wi...
WORSHIP WITH     PASSIONThe minister gave out his  text and droned along  monotonously through  an argument that was so  p...
PLOT: EVERY SCENE OF A NOVEL HAS BOTH       CONTENT AND INTENSITY                                        25
EVERY ACT OF WORSHIP HAS BOTH   CONTENT AND INTENSITYFor Spiritual Passion, getting these to line up is more important tha...
DIVIDE INTO STUDY GROUPS:                 Youth        Choir                Trustees    Pastor                   Sunday Sc...
GETTING OFF THE BEATEN PATHWILL REQUIRE SPIRITUAL PASSION                              rh eart                         w y...
Books byBill Kemp            29
Books byBill Kemp            30
PLAYING HAND IN HEARTSIdentity = church that cares for othersAction = making a difference in Oakmont & the worldEvaluation...
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Spiritual passion 2013

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  • This is the talk I presented at Oakmont UMC 3-3-2013 on lifting spiritual passion in their church. It follows my book, Ezekiel's Bones available at www.notperfectyet.com (also see www.billkemp.info )
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Spiritual passion 2013

  1. 1. Raising Spiritual Passion from the book: “Ezekiel’s Bones: Rekindling Your Congregation’s Spiritual Passion” by Bill Kemp 1
  2. 2. Spiritual Passion is the fuel that keeps a congregation active and excited about the faith it has to share with the world. Just as the body is fueled by a nutritious diet, congregational life is fueled by a healthy, passionate, spirituality. 2
  3. 3. WITHOUT SPIRITUAL PASSION, A CHURCH DOESN’T FLY 3
  4. 4. SPIRITUAL PASSION IS ABOUT RELEVANCE NOT DOCTRINE Prayer must be related to results Scripture needs to be related to daily life Witness must be focused on building real relationships with the unchurched Worship must be focused on our relationship with God 4
  5. 5. Spiritual Passion Time THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE AVERAGECONGREGATION CAN BE CHARTED AS THE RISE AND FALL OF SPIRITUAL PASSION. 5
  6. 6. THREE PLACES WHERE A CHURCH CAN STOP BEING NORMAL 2 1 Spiritual 3 passion1. Young congregations can continue to be passionate witnesses for Christ2. Stable congregations can choose the present over the past3. Declining congregations can choose to be born again 6
  7. 7. THE 7 MARKS OF LOW SPIRITUAL PASSION ARE: 1. The lack of expectation regarding Prayer & its ability to change things 2. A loss of interest in studying the Bible, coupled with a sense that it doesn’t apply to daily life 3. A reluctance to Witness or share faith (or church) with others 4. A lifeless feel to Worship, even though the worship performance may be of excellent quality 7
  8. 8. THE 7 MARKS OF LOW SPIRITUAL PASSION ARE:5. An inability to show any Joy when talking about faith6. A disconnect between the work of the church’s committees and the Faith that the church professes7. A loss of hope for the Future coupled with a R U stuck? reluctance to try new things 8
  9. 9. …these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone… (Ezekiel 37:1-13a) 9
  10. 10. Natural Church Development says,“Work on your minimum factor first” 10
  11. 11. CHURCHES ARE SELF-REGULATING SYSTEMS 11
  12. 12. THREE RULES OF ALL SYSTEMS1. The system is designed for the results you are receiving2. The longer you participate in the system the more normal it feels3. To implement lasting change you must use a distributed strategy 12
  13. 13. THE SYSTEM IS DESIGNED FOR THE RESULTS YOU ARE RECEIVING: + + = + 13
  14. 14. THE LONGER YOU TRAVEL IN THECURRENT DIRECTION, THE MORE NORMAL IT FEELS Choose your rut carefully; you may be in it a long time 14
  15. 15. Pastor Youth UMW Trustees Sunday School Secretary ChoirTO IMPLEMENT LASTING CHANGE YOU MUST USE A DISTRIBUTED STRATEGY 15
  16. 16. SPIRITUAL PASSION IS ABOUT RELEVANCE NOT DOCTRINE Scripture needs to be related to daily life Prayer must be related to results Witness must be focused on building real relationships with the unchurched Worship must be focused on our relationship with God 16
  17. 17. SPIRITUAL PASSION’S FOUR LIFT POINTSPrayer withExpectationScripture withRelevanceWitness with JoyWorship withPassion 17
  18. 18. PRAYER WITH EXPECTATION 18
  19. 19. SCRIPTUREAll Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the [people] of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. - II Timothy 3:16-17 WITH RELEVANCE 19
  20. 20. WITNESS WITH JOYNothing goeswithout saying 20
  21. 21. THE FIELD IS OPEN1/3 of Americans will change their religious affiliation at least once in their lifetime 21
  22. 22. WITNESS & COMMUNICATIONHow does your church communicatewith?1) OUTSIDERS2) VISITORS3) LIMITED COMMITMENT 22
  23. 23. PASSIONATE WORSHIPWhen the emotionaltone of eachact of worshiphelps convey themeaning of whatis being said.“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15) 23
  24. 24. WORSHIP WITH PASSIONThe minister gave out his text and droned along monotonously through an argument that was so prosy that many a head by and by began to nod —and yet it was an argument that dealt in limitless fire and brimstone and thinned the predestined elect down to a company so small as to be hardly —Mark Twain, worth the saving. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 24
  25. 25. PLOT: EVERY SCENE OF A NOVEL HAS BOTH CONTENT AND INTENSITY 25
  26. 26. EVERY ACT OF WORSHIP HAS BOTH CONTENT AND INTENSITYFor Spiritual Passion, getting these to line up is more important than performance quality or worship order 26
  27. 27. DIVIDE INTO STUDY GROUPS: Youth Choir Trustees Pastor Sunday School UMW Secretary1) HOW CAN WE INCREASE PRAYER EXPECTATION?2) HOW CAN WE RELATE THE BIBLE TO LIFE & CHURCH WORK?3) HOW CAN WE INCREASE JOYFUL WITNESS ANDCOMMUNICATION?4) HOW CAN WE DRIVE WORSHIP WITH PASSION? 27
  28. 28. GETTING OFF THE BEATEN PATHWILL REQUIRE SPIRITUAL PASSION rh eart w you o follo sw ay t Thi 28
  29. 29. Books byBill Kemp 29
  30. 30. Books byBill Kemp 30
  31. 31. PLAYING HAND IN HEARTSIdentity = church that cares for othersAction = making a difference in Oakmont & the worldEvaluation = how well have we served others? 31

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