OSC Quarterly News Letter for 2010 Q1


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OSC Quarterly News Letter for 2010 Q1

  1. 1. Our Stewardship Community Quarterly News Letter January 2010 Volume I Number 1 Mission statement Collaboratively equip biblical Christians for this Digital Age. Invitation Join us in the adventure of systematically harnessing communication technologies for the glory of God! Current Conditions Please Pray We live in a fast paced society. There are increasing How can we work together to get ready for the challenges demands on our time, money and energy. Various forces of the coming years? How will we take constructive steps try to pull and push us all week long. of action? How can we best love one another and serve God? How can we blend online and offline ministry? Many people do not get around to doing what is most important How can we deal with the current chaos while passing to them. That is because they along to the next generation a healthy faith in Jesus are urgently juggling the short Christ? term pressures while the long term priorities are often Recognize that a ‘mission station in cyberspace’ is the neglected. most cost effective way to meet the pressing needs. Today’s parents, teachers and pastors are already Our Stewardship Community is an ongoing experiment stretched to the maximum. Children are pressured to for harnessing the grow up fast. Teens face temptations that their parents communication and grandparents never knew. technologies that the business world uses Many are seeking spiritual answers but not typically from daily. Their purpose is to traditional churches. All kinds of alternative lifestyles and increase profits. Our unorthodox religions are accepted. The popular culture is purposes are to increase in moral free fall. discipleship, evangelism and benevolence for the People need assistance to navigate these turbulent times. glory of God. So how can we help them? How can biblical Christians offer the light, love and truth that is needed? Ongoing prayer requests Just think of how your life was ten years ago when the enroll intercessors Internet was new. And then imagine what how it will be work with advisers in the next ten years. So clearly this is the time to get favor with donors involved. You can make a big difference. Join us! www.osclaunch.org
  2. 2. Seven Purposes 3. Effectively communicate the truth in love Each of these seven 4. Consistently improve stewardship of time, talents purposes is important. And and treasures (things and money) they relate to each other. 5. Gracefully raising up, training, equipping, Then together they make supporting and multiplying lay leaders for mighty synergies. 6. Collaboratively facilitating functional community development 1. Systematically bringing together people, resources 7. Gratefully glorifying God by bearing much and opportunities spiritual fruit 2. Intentionally better connecting the body of Christ Biblical Mandates I Love Seminarians Teach Teachers God has communicated clearly to God has strategically placed me at the Paul wrote to Timothy offering Christians in the Bible. Among the Help Desk of the student computer simple yet profound instructions. He thousands of Bible verses, consider lab of a seminary since 1999. I have said to teach teachers who will teach the following biblical mandates. They come to know and love hundreds of others (2 Timothy 2:2). And that are important to those committed to men and women that are the next leverages time as a good steward. following Jesus Christ.. Our generation of Christian leaders. Stewardship Community is Also Paul wrote that the best way to designed to offer instructions and They have told me of their hopes and build up the body of Christ is to equip support for facilitating practical dreams. I have heard of their people so they will do the work of applications of these key verses. challenges and struggles. their ministry. (Ephesians 4:12) Greatest Commandments The Holy Spirit has used my spiritual All born again believers are the body Love God with all your heart, mind gifts of encouragement and of Christ. The Bible says each and strength. (Matthew 22:36-38) exhortation to inspire them. God has Christian has been given spiritual Love your neighbor as yourself put into my hands hundreds of books gifts by the Holy Spirit for our (Matthew 22:39-40) donated by publishers to give them. I common good and we are have shared with them many links to interconnected like the human body. Great Commission useful online resources. (1 Corinthians 12) Go make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19) I have designed systems for assisting As World Wide Web expands it is them to minister online. Here are getting easier and cheaper to use. The Acts Mandate some sites for them and others to challenge is to raise up those who You will be my (Jesus’) witnesses in learn online ministry. will lead in this exciting new frontier. Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and unto www.learningonlineministry.org/ They can apply the previous verses in the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8) www.brownbaghub.org creative ways online and offline. www.osclaunch.org
  3. 3. Our Five Services Strong Start Capital Five Income Streams Networking Hub Campaign Here is the simple list of the five Thousands of links are offered that go income streams. Pray for God to use Forty thousand dollars (40K) is the to websites. From there people find each one powerfully. May He weave initial fund raising goal. This online videos, online articles, books, them together into a mighty and provides the innovative ministry a DVDs, experts and organizations. effective system. strong start by building a web based These sites have been screened. Many platform. The 40K is evenly divided 1. Donations have been rated and reviewed by among four categories of Consultants 2. Retail sales users. They can be easily searched & Coaches, Web Development, and browsed. I already have hundreds 3. Affiliate commissions Hardware & Software and Initial of valuable bookmarks ready to plug 4. Memberships Payroll. in when this system is ready. 5. Advertisements Consultants and Coaches Wiki Experts in various fields help to craft Online interactive encyclopedia the initial blueprint. Their expertise Launch Team edited by screened volunteers offers Enroll Ministry Launch Team of includes strategic planning, project simple summaries of complex intercessors, advisers and donors. The management, fund raising, information with links for finding intercessors use the Monday email curriculum design, online marketing more details. This is a user friendly requests www.osclaunch.webs.com/ and volunteer management. This will way of navigating the ever increasing subscribe.htm The advisers offer result in the initial version of the mountains of information online. comments, suggestions and questions business plan that will go online. Then volunteer advisors will to help improve the blueprint. The Educational Nucleus donors give generously to get the ball contribute. Imagine a giant online Sunday school rolling www.osclaunch.webs.com/ class plus much more. This has an donate.htm These can receive updates Web Development abundance of lessons as audio, video here www.ministrylaunchteam.ning.com/ The consultants will pass along and text. Emphasis is on guidelines to the web developers. 1) understanding and applying Christianity This includes how to weave together Milestones the five services and five income Here is an overview of future plans. 2) consistently improving streams. These are in the context of stewardship of time, talents and the long term strategic milestones. Milestone 1 treasures (things and money) 3) growing a passive business Prepared Audio Visual Aids for Hardware & Software income online (like a digital tent Fund Raising Presentations Consultants and web developers will making trade) recommend suitable hardware and software. See the Wish List for initial Milestone 2 Think Tank Gained Fund Raising Habits items. Christians from all over the globe (Met face-to-face with two individuals a come together in new ways. We adapt Initial Payroll week and present to two groups a month) online collaboration services and The initial employees include John S. share best practices. We prayerfully Oliver as executive director and an Milestone 3 consider, develop and propose administrative assistant that works on Completed Seed Capital Campaign possible solution to all kinds of an as needed basis. This person is for Forty Thousand Dollars - 40K problems. contacted by phone and email. This new kind of worker is called a virtual Research & Development Lab Milestone 4 assistant. There will be contract Using the wisdom, insights and Built the Web Based Platform workers for researching, writing and contacts from the other four services editing. we discover and develop all kinds of Milestone 5 products and services that are needed. Enrolled Initial Teachers and Some probable products include PDF Meet John Learners workbooks, podcasts, DVDs, Go to this site to learn more about interactive websites, mobile phone John S. Oliver, the founder of Our There are more milestones that are described applications and innovative uses of Stewardship Community on the website www.osclaunch.org whatever new communication tools www.osclaunch.webs.com/meetjohn.htm the marketplace generates. www.osclaunch.org
  4. 4. Becoming a Genuine Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ Biblical discipleship involves all of the following. a) comes from many biblical imperatives b) requires the inner-working of the Holy Spirit c) fails when attempted in the energy of the flesh d) grows with good habits of prayer, Bible intake, Christian fellowship, worship and Christian service e) glorifies God with love-led good deeds f) hinges on the effective stewardship of a person’s time, talents, and treasures (things and money) g) involves understanding the essential doctrines of biblical Christianity -- Inspiration of Scripture, Virgin Birth, Deity of Christ, Trinity, Blood Atonement, Bodily Resurrection, Sinfulness of Humans, Second Coming h) benefits the Body of Christ as spiritual gifts are discovered and actively developed i) develops a working knowledge of biblical grace, faith, hope, love, and mercy j) revolves around denying self, taking up one’s cross daily and following Jesus k) attracts subtle and overt assaults from the world, the flesh and the devil l) moves away from the seven deadly sins of pride, lust, anger, envy, greed, laziness and gluttony m) moves toward the virtues of integrity, kindness, abstinence, patience, purity, charity and modesty n) leads to directly and indirectly communicating the truth in love to unbelievers o) culminates in eternal rewards that mere mortals cannot even imagine Future Legacy Beginning with the End in Mind Here is how I hope the ministry is remembered many years from now. ... By the grace of God and to the glory of God, Our Stewardship Community was mightily used by God. Thankfully individuals and groups we served were characterized by these seven factors: 1) understood and embraced the fact that they will give a personal account to the Lord Jesus Christ 2) carefully examined and consistently improved the ways they were using their time, talents and treasures (things and money) 3) prayerfully made wise choices 4) kept their commitments to God and people 5) became visual and verbal examples of Christ-like character 6) formed caring communities that together experienced and expressed genuine church 7) served as effective ambassadors for Christ to a watching world www.osclaunch.org