ReFresh Intro May 2012

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  • This is anti-biblical. Emerging church man-made plans to take the place of the Holy Spirit. Churches die when they move away from the sound doctrine and people stop loving one another, not when they lack plans. Feed your flock and teach the good doctrine and your church will go on. Isn't it good enough for you? I guess not.
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ReFresh Intro May 2012

  1. 1. We want to see everychurch healthy andhaving a kingdomimpactWe believe you dotoo! The first essential question is... What will it take?
  2. 2. Introduction to ReFresh for our church to fulfill the mission? mission? mission? mission? Mobilizing Healthy, Reproducing Churches
  3. 3. Every Church aMobilized Church……A mobilized church is one that has ashared vision and effective strategies forimpacting its community and the world byreproducing disciples, leaders andcongregations.
  4. 4. Mission &Vision ValuesA Biblical Mission A Shared Vision Common Values
  5. 5. How does a Church become a Mobilized Church?Mobilized Church? SeminarsMobilized Church? Fads Books Books Biblical Pattern
  6. 6. The First Pattern: The Church inJerusalemThey devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to thefellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone wasfilled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were doneby the apostles. All the believers were together and had everythingin common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave toanyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meettogether in the temple courts. They broke breadin their homes and ate together with glad and Can we becomesincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the a Jerusalemfavor of all the people. And the Lord added totheir number daily those who were being saved. Church? Acts 2:42-47Acts 2:42-47Acts 2:42-47Acts 2:42-47Acts 2:42-47Acts 2:42-47Acts 2:42-47Acts 2:42-47
  7. 7. The Second Pattern: The Church inAntioch In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers:Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (whohad been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While theywere worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Setapart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have calledthem.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their handson them and sent them off. The two of them, sent on their way bythe Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and Can we becomesailed from there to Cyprus.When they arrived atSalamis, they proclaimed an Antiochthe word of God in theJewish synagogues. Church?John was with themas their helper. Acts 13:1-5Acts 13:1-5Acts 13:1-5Acts 13:1-5Acts 13:1-5Acts 13:1-5Acts 13:1-5
  8. 8. These 2 churches simply obeyed whatJesus told them... Jesus commissioned his disciples…… “All authority in heaven and on earth hasbeen given to me. Therefore go and makedisciples of all nations, baptizing them in thename of the Father and of the Son and of theHoly Spirit, and teaching them to obeyeverything I have commanded you. And surelyI am with you always, to the very end of theage.” Matthew 28:19-20
  9. 9. Jesus alsocommanded his disciples… … “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:36-39
  10. 10. These 2 churches simply followed the Commission and Commandment Jesus gave them
  11. 11. The ReFresh mobilization processcan help a church refocus andrevitalize its outreach and ministry byfollowing the patterns of the NewTestament… Why is this necessary? Because churches, like every living thing, have a life cycle!
  12. 12. CHALLENGE: Church Life Cycle Balance Maturity Maintenance Outward Focus Marked by: Evangelism/Discipleship Leadership Development Cooperation CHALLENGE: Achievement/Stability Leadership Risk/Sacrifice Faith/Innovation Church Planting Growth Outward Focus Marked Decline by: Solution & growth-oriented Creative planning High moraleCHALLENGE: Bold Faith Structure Teamwork Birth Outward Focus Marked Death by: Vision Risk Sacrifice Unity
  13. 13. Church Life Cycle Maturity Maintenance Inward Focus Marked by: CRISIS: Obligation Past Patterns/Programs Control Control Safe Faith Evangelism Optional Growth Decline CRISIS: Inward Focus Marked by: Stifling Bureaucracy Blame Rigid/Unchanging Looks to Past Membership Loss Recycle LeadershipBirth Death
  14. 14. CHALLENGE: Church Life Cycle Balance Maturity Maintenance CRISIS: CHALLENGE: Control Leadership Two critical questions: Growth Decline CRISIS: Where is your churchCHALLENGE: Blame on the life cycle? Structure What will it take to keep your church missionally healthy? Birth Death
  15. 15. Church Life Cycle Maturity Maintenance We need to Growth refocus on our Decline MISSION We need to refresh our VISIONBirth Death
  16. 16. Church Life Cycle Maturity Maintenance Growth Decline Farther down More difficultBirth Death
  17. 17. Church Life Cycle Maturity Maintenance Growth The key is for the church Decline periodically to revisit its mission and refresh the visionBirth Death
  18. 18. Church Life Cycle Maturity Maintenance Growth DeclineBirth Death
  19. 19. That’s where the ReFresh process can help!

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