Our Stewardship Community
Quarterly News Letter April 2010 Volume I Number 2
Create effective systems for making reproducing disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Join us in the adventure of systematically harnessing communication technologies for the glory of God!
Seminary Graduates Please Pray
Every year the seminary where I work graduates more The most important way you can support any ministry is
than 300 men and women. These people are no longer with prayers. Never underestimate the power of earnest
focused on reading books and writing papers. They seek prayers. A little faith in a big God goes a long ways.
ministry opportunities. They
return to their hometown or Over the decades I have witnessed hundreds of answered
move to where they have job prayers in my life and in the life of others.
offers. Many relocate overseas
to serve in the mission field. Every Monday I send out a few brief prayer requests to e
and for the ministry. Here are the archives http://
I have been working at the community.icontact.com/p/oscsmr/newsletters/2009
seminary since 1999 so I know
many graduates all over the And here is where you can subscribe http://
world. They understand the importance of learning online osclaunch.webs.com/intercessorsneeded.htm
ministry to go along with their offline ministry. During
the coming months and years Our Stewardship Please pray especially
Community will put various lessons online for them to for the Lord Jesus Christ
improve evangelism and discipleship. to continually train me
to improve in prayer and
These graduates will be included as important members intercession for the rest
of the ministry as we collaboratively build the base and of my life. This is a
extend the outreach. Their wisdom, insights and critical spiritual
experiences will help guide the unfolding ministry. discipline that is
infinitely deep and wide.
These dear people are often isolated from other seminary
graduates. They will face complex challenges and choices Ongoing prayer requests
in the coming years. So one of our services will be to
work with them to create ways for them to meet other enroll intercessors
graduates from other seminaries and work together for work with advisers
social and spiritual goals. I have a website to start that favor with donors
New Mission This sentence points to the top priority of making
Statement disciples from the Great Commission (Matthew
28:18-20). These disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ
will reproduce themselves by making more disciples.
The brand new mission
And Our Stewardship Community offers effective
statement is as follows.
systems that are online yet relate to offline too.
Create effective systems for The mission statement will be reviewed and revised
making reproducing disciples of by the board of directors, consultants and others for
the Lord Jesus Christ. years to come. And for today this is the best I can do.
Our Stewardship Community
The name Our Stewardship The name Our Stewardship The name Our Stewardship
Community begins with the term Community contains the term Community contains the term
‘our’ on purpose. ‘stewardship’ as a key focus. ‘community’ as a critical part.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12 It seems that most Christians in the The Bible teaches that the greater
that the body of Christ is like the USA do not consider that after this body of Christ is like a large spiritual
human body. Each member has need moral life they will give an account to organism. There is unity and diversity
of the other members. the Lord Jesus Christ privately. Yet in the millions of members. And
He will justly judge and generously Jesus Christ is the Head of His body.
The Holy Spirit indwells each rewards good works done in His
member. Jesus Christ is the Lord of name by born again believers. The Internet has been used by the
each individual and the Head of the business community and the youth in
corporate body. The evaluation will be based on amazing ways. Every day millions of
stewardship of what God has people are using these tools.
One of the names of Jesus is entrusted to them. That means their
Emmanuel, God with us. We will time, talents and treasures (things and Our Stewardship Community will
trust Him to work through us. money) harness these communication
technologies to pioneer ways to foster
We will experiment with various People feel pain about their time and healthy communities both online and
innovative forms of shared money. Yet the greatest need is to offline. We are serving the next
leadership. We will borrow and adapt discover and develop talents in the generation of Christian leaders they
from the best methods available. The context of a supportive community. will adapt what we use and add other
interactions of the people will And in this Digital Age all kinds of elements needed for their setting.
organically create a new kind of new options are available for us to Together we will learn and teach
hybrid. But at the core this is ‘our’. use our talents for the glory of God. cross cultural considerations.
Valuable Resources Previews Links Collections
Hub What follows are previews of links Here are some collections of links I
that will be on the Valuable already have online.
God uses me as an instrument of His
Resources Hub described in the
grace to sow seeds. These seeds are
previous column. Prayer Hub
mostly resources in the form of links
to useful websites or catalogs. http://prayerhub.blogspot.com/
You can find the hot links to these
sites by go to the archives of this Bible Study Hub
These practical aids provide a wide
Quarterly Newsletter at the bottom of
range of options. Then the person is http://biblestudyhub.blogspot.com/
the home page for the ministry
empowered to do their own research
before investing their time, energy www.ocslaunch.org
and money. www.freewebs.com/evangelismhub/
This is my way to be a doer of the JSO Hub
word when Paul said in Ephesians www.jsohub.org
Here are some books that I highly
4:12 to equip God’s people to better recommend that you can find in
serve and build up the body of Christ. libraries and bookstores. These links Best Online Services
go to web pages with special material Here are some of the online services
I have been doing this directly and about the book. that I use. Valuable Resources Hub
indirectly for many years. I have
will include a text and video review.
various collections of links to Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
websites online now. Those Stephen Covey Comapping
collections are scattered and several www.stephencovey.com/7habits/7habits.php www.comapping.com
times a month I send an email to a
Christian leader with links to those
Six Thinking Hats Toodledo
blogs or websites that will meet the
Edward DeBono www.toodledo.com
needs that were revealed in our
conversation. Here is one link that Six_Thinking_Hats Slide Share
goes to many of those collections www.edwarddebono.com/Default.php
Power of Story
What I plan to create this summer is a
new central website that will offer Jim Loehr Webs
most of the best of these at one www.webs.com
location. It will be easy to browse
because I will include keyword tags. Audio Acrobat
This site will include many screencast Michael Gerber
videos of 3 to 5 minutes. Smart Sheet
Purpose Driven Life www.smartsheet.com
This site will be named Valuable
Resources Hub. It will be the beta Rick Warren
version of one of the five service of http://www.purposedrivenlife.com/en-US/ iContact
Our Stewardship Community. AboutUs/AboutTheBook/ www.icontact.com /
Namely it will be the initial
Networking Hub. Liquid Planner
Dream Giver www.liquidplanner.com
Please pray for God to guide my Bruce Wilkinson
thoughts, plans and actions related to
this project. 295/View961/Detail/TitleID/55/Default.aspx Meet John
Go to the new online slide show auto
When the seed capital is raised then Experiencing God biography about John S. Oliver the
the web developers will take this to Henry Blackaby founder of Our Stewardship
the next level with their advanced http://www.blackaby.org/resources/bmistore/ Community www.slideshare.net/
programing and better graphic design. pioneer-2010-04-24
Game Plan Sequence
Pray over these next steps toward launching the ministry.
1. Write a business case for the ministry. This could be 40 to 60 page document with
links to more details online. More than half of this is already written in various places
online. It needs to come together into one fluid narrative. This is the core story that will
be shared with consultants.
2. The consultants will take the business case and work with me to craft the initial
business plan and fund raising materials.
3. The business plan and fund raising materials are aimed to use the proven Benevon fund
raising model http://www.benevon.com/resources/model The goal at this phase is for me
to meet with two prospective donors a week and present to two groups per month. When I get into that habit then
sooner than later the needed forty thousand dollars of seed capital will will raised.
4. The business plan will have described how the funds will be used. And of the forty thousands dollars (40K) here is the
use 10K Consultants & Life Coaches, 10K Web Development, 10K Hardware & Software and 10K Initial Payroll.
5. The business plan and all this activity is aimed at launching the web based platform that offers five services and has
five income streams. The five services are Networking Hub, Wiki, Educational Nucleus, Think Tank, Research &
Development Lab. The five income streams are donations retail sales, affiliate commissions, memberships and
6. There are more steps after this that involve harnessing communication technologies in innovative ways for pioneering evangelism,
discipleship and benevolence. This will involve ministering online, ofﬂine and both in harmony.
7. In order for these big plans to become a reality then much prayer needs to be enrolled and focused. Also we need to learn how to
adapt the best practices of strategic planning, project management and personal productivity.
Fellow Pilgrim Coaching
Life Coaching Can be Like Structured Mentoring
Every month I meet with several seminary students and graduates. Some of these repeat
regularly. Mostly these meetings relate to my helping them think clearly about how they
can learn to minister online. I ask them many questions about their background, passions
and dreams for the future. I teach them simple summaries of the many lessons I have
learned from my hundreds of hours of online research. I might send a link to a slide show
that I offered at a Brown Bag Lecture http://www.slideshare.net/BrownBagHub/
presentations And I usually send links to online services I use and sites where they can learn more.
This is a kind of life coaching that I have been doing naturally. There are schools that teach how to do this more
effectively and earn an income. During the coming months I will be investigating this avenue. And I will be hiring life
coaches to help bring better focus, discipline and balance into my life. I need to enroll these people to bring their strengths
to help me better navigate and negotiate the challenges that are ahead. So pray for me to receive and offer coaching.