Inverting The Initiative (UMC Stockwell Laity Sunday 2007)

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Inverting The Initiative (UMC Stockwell Laity Sunday 2007)

  1. 1. Inverting the Initiative
  2. 2. It’s not my job.
  3. 3. Imitating Initiative
  4. 4. Invalid Initiative <ul><li>“ No one could give an example of grace in their lives,” member of the South Indiana Conference Board of Ordained Ministries about ministry candidates at their final interviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Two commissioned pastors in a covenant group of nine about to be ordained had their lost their ministry calling according to a member of the group. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone in both groups were ordained. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Invigorating Initiative “ You can measure anything you want to,” Indianapolis Meridian Street UMC Lay Leader Daniel F. Evans, CEO, Clarian Health Partners. United Methodist-affiliated Clarian Health Partners uses 636 data sources to assess goals progress, which support its mission. “ Final year medical students who can’t relate to patients are not graduated,” United Methodist Layperson D. Craig Brater, Dean, Indiana University School of Medicine.
  6. 6. Inverting the Initiative Instilling Initiative
  7. 7. Instilling Initiative <ul><li>The vision is meant for its appointed time—It may take a while, but wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. </li></ul><ul><li>Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Instilling Initiative Insightful Initiative
  9. 9. Instilling Initiative Impacting Initiative <ul><li>Volunteerism is the engine that makes the organization run. </li></ul><ul><li>It is estimated that 200 volunteers contributed to the delivery Stockwell UMC ministries last year. </li></ul><ul><li>140 volunteered approximately 52 hours each and 60 volunteered approximately 26 hours each. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Instilling Initiative Impacting Initiative <ul><li>It is estimated that Stockwell Laity contribute 8,840 hours of volunteer labor each year. </li></ul><ul><li>Stockwell Laity’s impact is the same as </li></ul><ul><li>4.25 full-time equivalent staff positions. </li></ul><ul><li>The monetary value of Stockwell Laity’s volunteerism is estimated to be $155,445 each year. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Instilling Initiative Impacting Initiative <ul><li>Statewide UM Laity contributed 6,525,000 volunteer labor each year. </li></ul><ul><li>Statewide UM Laity’s impact is the same as 3137 full-time equivalent staff positions. </li></ul><ul><li>The monetary value of Indiana UM Laity’s volunteerism is estimated to be $114,709,500 each year. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Instilling Initiative Impacting Initiative <ul><li>The monetary value of Stockwell Laity’s volunteerism is estimated to be $155,445 each year. </li></ul><ul><li>This value is equal to 70% of the Stockwell UMC’s budget. </li></ul><ul><li>Without Stockwell Laity’s voluntary labor the $199,879 budget would need to be $355,324 . </li></ul>
  13. 13. Instilling Initiative Impacting Initiative <ul><li>It is estimated that 1,547,000 hours have been contributed by Stockwell Laity. </li></ul><ul><li>Expressed in contemporary monetary value, Stockwell Laity’s volunteerism has contributed $27,202,875 in its 175-year history ministry delivery in our community. </li></ul>Laity now … All Souls who came before … All Saints who inspire
  14. 14. Instilling Initiative Illustrating Initiative <ul><li>80 giving units contribute to the financial plan generating $199,879. </li></ul><ul><li>If that amount was generated by tithe, giving unit median annual income would be $24,985. </li></ul><ul><li>Tippecanoe County median household income is $38,771. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Inverting the Initiative Intentionally Interdependent Initiative
  16. 16. Intentionally Interdependent Initiative Indiana UM Potential <ul><li>Membership 225,000 (adult, confirmed members) </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Tithing Capacity of $445,000,000 </li></ul><ul><li>(Indiana’s per capita income is $21,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Resulting in an Annual Conference Budget (Tithed from 1,200 churches) $45,000,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Issues Impact of 1% would mean 2,250 voices or 15 different contacts to each Indiana Legislator </li></ul>
  17. 17. Intentionally Interdependent Initiative What do these faith communities have in common? <ul><li>Indiana Baptist Convention (American Baptist) </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Church in Indiana (Disciples of Christ) </li></ul><ul><li>Indianapolis Diocese, Episcopal Church </li></ul><ul><li>Western Yearly Meeting (Friends) </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ </li></ul><ul><li>The Indiana Area of The United Methodist Church </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana-Kentucky Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America </li></ul><ul><li>Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis </li></ul><ul><li>Office of Whitewater Valley Presbytery (Presbyterian Church USA) </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana Ministries of the Church of God </li></ul>
  18. 18. Intentionally Interdependent Initiative Approximate Indiana Adult Members <ul><li>Indiana Baptist Convention (5,500) </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Church in Indiana (15,720) </li></ul><ul><li>Episcopal Church Dioceses (46,400) </li></ul><ul><li>Western Yearly Meeting (3,500) </li></ul><ul><li>United Church of Christ (25,940) </li></ul><ul><li>The Indiana Area of The United Methodist Church (225,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (70,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Roman Catholic Archdiocese/Dioceses (1,328,140) </li></ul><ul><li>Presbyterian Church USA (64,820) </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana Ministries of the Church of God (4,940) </li></ul><ul><li>1,789,960 of approximately 3,000,000 Indiana Church Members </li></ul>
  19. 19. Intentionally Interdependent Initiative Indiana Church Member Impact <ul><li>Indiana Church Members 1,789,960 </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Approximately 51,908,000 hours per year </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Labor Impact is 24,955 FTE </li></ul><ul><li>Monetary Volunteerism Value $912,557,407 per year </li></ul>
  20. 20. Intentionally Interdependent Initiative Potential Connectional Impact <ul><li>Tithing Capacity of Indiana Church Members </li></ul><ul><li>$3,579,920,000 per year </li></ul><ul><li>Issues Impact Capacity of 1% of Indiana Church members 17,899 voices or </li></ul><ul><li>119 different contacts to each Indiana Legislator </li></ul>
  21. 21. Inverting the Initiative Imaging Initiative
  22. 22. Imaging Initiative Instructional Initiative <ul><li>Intersecting the past (our heritage) </li></ul><ul><li>Intercepting the present (our locus) </li></ul><ul><li>Interpreting the future (our vision) </li></ul>
  23. 23. Bishop Michael J. Coyner Indiana Area UMC “Making a Difference … in Indiana and around the world.” <ul><li>Coyner Quadrilateral </li></ul><ul><li>Calling is more important than career </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry is more important than meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Stewardship is more important than scarcity </li></ul><ul><li>Efficiency is more important than entrenchment </li></ul>
  24. 24. Bishop Michael J. Coyner Indiana Area UMC “Making a Difference … in Indiana and around the world.” <ul><li>Bishop Coyner asks are we willing to </li></ul><ul><li>Shepard (meet needs), </li></ul><ul><li>Supervise (have a super vision), </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen (numbers synergy)? </li></ul><ul><li>From Vincennes District Superintendent Welcoming, July 11, 2005, Washington First UMC </li></ul>
  25. 25. Bishop Michael J. Coyner Indiana Area UMC “Making a Difference … in Indiana and around the world.” <ul><li>Bishop Coyner challenges that we are called to be </li></ul><ul><li>Making Disciples (nurturing, loving, encouraging, forming people, not just having a program), </li></ul><ul><li>Taking Stands, and </li></ul><ul><li>Finding Ministry Effectiveness (e-mails, quorums, new ministry delivery systems). </li></ul>
  26. 26. Imaging Initiative faithPoints http:faithpoints.blogspot.com <ul><li>A platform </li></ul><ul><li>to facilitate learning from Worship teachings </li></ul><ul><li>to facilitate discussion about Worship teachings </li></ul><ul><li>to facilitate integration with the Bishop’s Bundle of Books </li></ul>
  27. 27. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Are we asking others </li></ul><ul><li>Are you saved ? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are we asking ourselves </li></ul><ul><li>How good is my witness ? </li></ul><ul><li>Is anyone following the God they see in me ? </li></ul>
  28. 28. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Are we preaching constantly ? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are we only using words if necessary ? </li></ul>
  29. 29. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Are we pushing a message we may not have in our hearts? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are we pulling someone into a commitment we’re ready to make to them (through discipling them)? </li></ul>
  30. 30. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Are tactics are only point of entry? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Have we strategized a discipling process? </li></ul>
  31. 31. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Are we only interested in doing events? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are we committed to the work to build a variety of discipling experiences (including follow-ups and accountabilities)? </li></ul>
  32. 32. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Are we evangelizing? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Do we need to be evangelized? </li></ul>
  33. 33. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Are we telling people about Jesus? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are people asking us about Jesus? </li></ul>
  34. 34. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Do we look like a church or do we offer </li></ul><ul><li>Easter bunnies in the spring, </li></ul><ul><li>Jack-O-Lanterns in the fall, </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas decorations up during Advent (or before) and down before Epiphany? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we taking advantages of many opportunities to be different and explain why we are? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are we sending mixed signals by conforming to a world we say Jesus is wanting to save? </li></ul>
  35. 35. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Are we leaving our guests where we meet them—with a consumer mentality catering to the cultural expectations established in the marketplace? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are we lifting up Jesus so seekers can see him—delivering experiences that we exceed guests’ expectations so they know they are different and valued (whereby affiliation is a natural progression and people say, I want to go there because . . . )? </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Waltz: First Impressions: Creating Wow Experiences in Your Church </li></ul>
  36. 36. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>As Christians do we think we have the truth captured, stuffed, and mounted on a wall? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>As followers of Jesus are we living and giving in a loving community of people who are seeking the truth on the road of a mission? </li></ul><ul><li>Brian McLaren: A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a Missional, Evangelical, Post/Protestant, Liberal/Conservative, Mystical/Poetic, Biblical, Charismatic/Contemplative, Fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist/Anglican, Methodist/Catholic, Green, Incarnational, Depressed-Yet-Hopeful, Emergent, Unfinished Christian </li></ul>
  37. 37. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Do we engage in orthodoxy </li></ul><ul><li>(right thinking about the gospel) </li></ul><ul><li>without engaging in orthopraxy </li></ul><ul><li>(right practice of the gospel)? </li></ul><ul><li>Brian McLaren: A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a Missional, Evangelical, Post/Protestant, Liberal/Conservative, Mystical/Poetic, Biblical, Charismatic/Contemplative, Fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist/Anglican, Methodist/Catholic, Green, Incarnational, Depressed-Yet-Hopeful, Emergent, Unfinished Christian </li></ul>
  38. 38. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Do we believe </li></ul><ul><li>All things work together for good ? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Do we believe </li></ul><ul><li>just the things we (think we) understand can work together for good? </li></ul>
  39. 39. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Do we see Jesus in all things? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Do we see Jesus only in things which we are a part? </li></ul>
  40. 40. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Is Jesus our only hope? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Is Jesus the only hope we need? </li></ul>
  41. 41. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Do we only minister to those like us? </li></ul><ul><li>Should homogeneity be allowed to perpetuate itself? </li></ul>
  42. 42. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Do we pray that God will be with people? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Do we thank God that he is already with them (never leaving or forsaking)? </li></ul>
  43. 43. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Is church (seen as) a social country club (i.e. community of cliques)? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Is church a place where the world says, Yes, the members have the heart of Jesus ? </li></ul>
  44. 44. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Do we want organized, state sanctioned prayer in school because we do not have thoughtful family prayer at home? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we only pray for leaders with whom we agree? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we want the Ten Commandments on the court house lawn because they are not engraved on our hearts? </li></ul><ul><li>Can fundamentalism be delivered without arrogance? </li></ul>
  45. 45. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Is life ultimately about believing </li></ul><ul><li>or being good? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Is life about a relationship with God that involves us (and others) in a journey of transformation? </li></ul><ul><li>Marcus Borg: Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith </li></ul>
  46. 46. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Are we funded with stolen money? </li></ul><ul><li>(I stole the car, but I’m going to buy the gas.) </li></ul><ul><li>(I’ll not tithe, but I’ll give an offering.) </li></ul><ul><li>Do we love Jesus enough to obey God? </li></ul>
  47. 47. Imaging Initiative Introspective Initiative <ul><li>Are you a Christian? </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Are you a follower of Jesus? </li></ul>
  48. 48. Imaging Initiative Illuminating Introspection <ul><li>What can I do better so I don’t just “check off” having done a discipling effort? </li></ul><ul><li>How can I be more effective so if my efforts don’t work I don’t “turn off” my persistence? </li></ul><ul><li>What is my “service after someone’s salvation” so I don’t drop off of that person’s formation support system. </li></ul>
  49. 49. Inverting the Initiative Integrating Initiative
  50. 50. Integrating Initiative <ul><li>Grace and shalom come from God the Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah when trust grows greater, and the love we each have for one another continues to increase. </li></ul><ul><li>2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 </li></ul>
  51. 52. We must be careful that the holy friendships we form within the church leave room for interruption by other persons and other ideas. Scripture reminds that God often comes to us as a stranger. Hebrews 13:2 instructs, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Integrating Initiative Interrupting Initiative Greg Jones and Kevin Armstrong: Resurrecting Excellence: Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry.
  52. 53. Integrating Initiative A Typical Intergenerative UM Congregation Composition <ul><li>10% over 80 (Builders) </li></ul><ul><li>20% 64-80 (Silent) </li></ul><ul><li>30% 46-63 (Boomers) </li></ul><ul><li>20% 30-45 (Survivors) </li></ul><ul><li>10% 20-30 (Survivors/Millen) </li></ul><ul><li>10% under 20 (Millennials-Z) </li></ul>
  53. 54. Integrating Initiative Generational Key Characteristics <ul><li>Builders (over 80) </li></ul><ul><li>Silent (64-80) / Autocratic </li></ul><ul><li>Boomers (46-63) – Entrepreneurial </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors (30-45) </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors/Millen (20-30) / Outsourcers </li></ul><ul><li>Millennials-Z (under 20) –TBD </li></ul>
  54. 55. Integrating Initiative Generational Predominant Values <ul><li>Builders (over 80) value Project </li></ul><ul><li>Silent (64-80) value Protecting Project </li></ul><ul><li>Boomers (46-63) value Cause </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors (30-45) value Friend </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors/Millen (20-30) value Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Millennials-Z (under 20) value TBD </li></ul>
  55. 56. Integrating Initiative Generational Relationships to Church <ul><li>Builders (over 80) Loyal no matter </li></ul><ul><li>Silent (64-80) / what </li></ul><ul><li>Boomers (46-63) – Left Church </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors (30-45) Do not </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors/Millen (20-30)– know </li></ul><ul><li>Millennials-Z (under 20) / church </li></ul>
  56. 57. Integrating Initiative Generational Differences <ul><li>Educational Level </li></ul><ul><li>World View </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding/experience of The Church and the church </li></ul><ul><li>Family Life </li></ul>
  57. 58. Integrating Initiative Are the Generational Similarities <ul><li>Significance </li></ul><ul><li>Does my life count? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I make a difference? </li></ul><ul><li>Self-actualizing </li></ul><ul><li>Right way (sense of what to embrace & avoid) </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of the Other (something beyond me) </li></ul><ul><li>Language (symbolic language, i.e. liturgy) </li></ul>
  58. 59. Clergy Laity If we believe this …
  59. 60. Churched Unchurched … do we also believe this?
  60. 61. My generation Other generations … or this?
  61. 62. Inverting the Initiative Increasing Initiative
  62. 63. Increasing Initiative <ul><li>Today is salvation day—For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost. </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 19:1-10 </li></ul><ul><li>Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us , to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. </li></ul><ul><li>Eph 3:20-21 </li></ul>
  63. 64. Increasing Initiative Illuminating Initiative <ul><li>Recovering the Lay Apostolate </li></ul><ul><li>Evangelism may be the only enterprise where the “amateurs” out perform the “professionals.” </li></ul><ul><li>George Hunter III (Asbury Theological Seminar Dean of Evangelism) How to Reach Secular People </li></ul>
  64. 65. Increasing Initiative Illuminating Initiative <ul><li>Profiles of Christians who reach secular people </li></ul><ul><li>On mission. </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop faith. </li></ul><ul><li>Have credibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Effectively communicate. </li></ul><ul><li>Possess clear objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>Believe in possibilities. </li></ul>
  65. 66. Increasing Initiative Illuminating Initiative <ul><li>Profiles of Christians who reach secular people </li></ul><ul><li>continued . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Study, analyze, research, populations and cultures they are called to reach. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify with people they are called to reach. </li></ul><ul><li>Maslow involved. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop core connection. </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in reasonable conversation. </li></ul><ul><li>Persist in pursuing apostolic vision. </li></ul>
  66. 67. Increasing Initiative Illuminating Initiative <ul><li>Secular people </li></ul><ul><li>Are essentially ignorant of basic Christianity. </li></ul><ul><li>Are seeking life before death (life orientation). </li></ul><ul><li>Are conscious of doubt more than guilt. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a negative image of the church (irrelevant). </li></ul><ul><li>Have multiple alienation. </li></ul><ul><li>Are untrusting. </li></ul><ul><li>Have low self-esteem. </li></ul><ul><li>Experience history as “out of emotions.” </li></ul><ul><li>Experience forced impersonality as “out of control.” </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot find “the door.” </li></ul>
  67. 68. Increasing Initiative Illuminating Initiative <ul><li>Themes & strategies for reaching secular people </li></ul><ul><li>Provide ministries of instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>Invite people to dedicate themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Help secular people find meaning. </li></ul><ul><li>Engage secular people in dialogue. </li></ul><ul><li>Address secular people’s doubts and questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities to meet credible Christians. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for secular people to overcome alienation. </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in ministries that affirm. </li></ul>
  68. 69. Increasing Initiative Illuminating Initiative <ul><li>Themes & Strategies continued . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Help people discover their dignity and self-worth. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer people hope in the Kingdom of God. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide support groups for people with addictions. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and reach receptive people. </li></ul><ul><li>Reach across social networks. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer culturally acceptable forms of ministry. </li></ul><ul><li>Multiply “units” of the church. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer ministries that meet needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Engage secular people on “their turf.” </li></ul>
  69. 70. Increasing Initiative Illuminating Initiative <ul><li>What effective apostolic congregations know </li></ul><ul><li>People who aren’t disciples are lost. </li></ul><ul><li>Lost people matter to God. </li></ul><ul><li>Church is primarily a mission to lost people, not primarily a gathered colony of the faithful. </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of high expectancy for their people. </li></ul><ul><li>What to change and what to preserve. </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of understanding loving and liking secular people. </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of accepting unchurched people. </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of using music that secular people understand. </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of starting new congregations. </li></ul>
  70. 71. Increasing Initiative Illuminating Initiative <ul><li>What effective apostolic congregations do </li></ul><ul><li>Research the community and the unchurched population. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Profile” their target population. </li></ul><ul><li>Define a clear mission and plan for the future. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and implement a strategy for reaching unchurched people. </li></ul><ul><li>Deploy their laity in ministry. </li></ul><ul><li>Train their people for Christian witness—be an ally. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer a “secular sensitive” Sunday worship service. </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge people to commit their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Open their heart to the presence and power of God. </li></ul><ul><li>Want other churches to join them in reaching out to secular people. </li></ul>
  71. 72. Increasing Initiative Intriguing Initiative <ul><li>Americans who believe </li></ul><ul><li>The Bible is the actual Word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word </li></ul><ul><li>1963—65% </li></ul><ul><li>2001—27% </li></ul><ul><li>Source: The Gallup Organization </li></ul><ul><li>From: Marcus Borg’s Rediscovering a Life of Faith: How We Can Be Passionate Believers Today </li></ul>
  72. 73. Increasing Initiative Intriguing Initiative <ul><li>5-mile radius=6,000 population. </li></ul><ul><li>Median Age=35.7. </li></ul><ul><li>3 churches=2,000 targets per church. </li></ul><ul><li>27% attending=540 possible attenders. </li></ul><ul><li>SUMC average attendance=175 (33% beyond the 5-mile radius). </li></ul><ul><li>365 additional attenders implied (98 of whom believe the Bible is the actual Word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word). </li></ul>
  73. 74. Inverting the Initiative <ul><li>Today is salvation day—For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost. </li></ul><ul><li>Grace and shalom come from God the Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah when trust grows greater, and the love we each have for one another continues to increase. </li></ul><ul><li>The vision is meant for its appointed time—It may take a while, but wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. </li></ul>

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