Friday, September 21, 2007


This week I will be traveling to Panama to meet with one of our new overseas leaders. I'll have just a few days with him, so I want to make the time count. If you had only a short amount of time to convey important information to a key leader, what would you talk about? What ideas do you perceive to be critical to what God is doing through CTK? Here's the list I came up with so far:

1. People are the ministers. The pastors are to equip the people for the work of the ministry.

2. Small groups are the basic building block. Groups provide friendship, growth, encouragement and outreach.

3. Keep the arrows pointed out. The goal is not to get people to come to us, but to get us to go to them.

4. Learn to say "Yes, sure, you bet." Our goal is to cooperate with God in what He is doing.

5. Think "more" instead of "bigger." By decentralizing the ministry we can reach an unlimited number of people.

6. Relationships are the basic currency. The church is a people, not a building.

7. Our task is to Identify, Deploy, Train, and Support leaders. Deploy first, then train.

8. Keep it simple. Focus the ministry around the priorities of Worship, Small Groups, Outreach.

9. There's hope for the future, forgiveness for the past. We have a redemptive God.

10. Good enough is good enough. Do the simplest thing that could possibly work.

Would you add anything to this list?

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