Burnout and Christendom
Compared to all this, a proposal to find the (20%) unchurched in the 50219 zip code seems trivial (I LIKE the Trivium!). Giving a hundred to each church, we take 300...and having them be traded if one of the cards we give the Methodists looks like, if the Methodists think so, it would be better to have a Baptist follow through,,,well, it seems do-able.
Here's one of the best plans I've seen: http://garynorth.com/revival.pdf
This is pretty neat too--80,000 churches in 15 years: http://chuckhartmanhistoryconductor.blogspot.com/2012/10/22-key-points-toward-planting-80000.html Of course, Pastor Cho's million-member church in South Korea (24,000 small groups) can't be done, nor is David Field's 'Evangelical Defeatism is UnBiblical' worthy: http://davidpfield.com/other/RutherfordCCS.pdf
Here's why there's no revival?
'These ministries must be run by laymen. This is the key to sustainable
revival. A revival puts enormous pressure on pastors. They cannot handle it alone.
They must be supported by trained, dedicated, self-sacrificing laymen. '
Or is it this too?
'...pastors who know the history of revivals know
what a traditional revival brings.
More attendees (temporary)
Unruly children of visitors
An extra morning worship service -- maybe two
Extra mid-week services
Free-riders (few tithers)
Greater teaching responsibilities
Extra spiritual counselling (unpaid)
New-member attrition after one year
A burned-over district for 30 years'
'Our' particular problem is a compounding of 'we have the church we want for our children,' plus the tension between being pure and correct and in charge, and becoming more coordinative of laymen with responsibility--and managing. It's the E-Myth thing: Working IN your 'business'--'Occupy until I come,' or working ON your business. It's a vision thing, as shown by the lack of response here to the Vishal Mangalwadi's plans in
to turn each church into an online university during the week. Nigeria
But, take a look at this, please. We could begin with an expansion of our prayers each week for a church in the area by including a prayer for their specific ministry, the one they do best. This would also help prepare Pella Christendom to help people locally, in disruption.
But what do I know? I've given up on this here, and will try to get something going 'back home,' and in the Internet Archives. Search 'Druthers'?
I gave Kit, my high school buddy and college roommate, a copy of a chapter of
's book, 'Beyond Belief,' and it was
about the Revolutions of the West. He
said, 'Revolutions of the West'? I
replied, 'Yep, and I've got the next two.' We take each persons Talent, Trauma,
or Troubling, and through the same sequence, we develop that, such that each
sings a solo in The Symphony of History, and is trained to be a conductor, and
the Conductor does write the Symphony of this time. This follows the 'Revolutions of the
West' stages. The Symphony
of (Comprehensive) History (Interactive). More to come. I have a 283 page 'fill in the blank'
model, but it needs tweaking. Gardner
Here's one of the best plans I've seen, again. http://garynorth.com/revival.pdf
To repeat: Compared to all this, a proposal to find the (20%) unchurched in the 50219 zip code seems trivial (I LIKE the Trivium!). Giving a hundred to each church, we take 300...and having them be traded if one of the cards we give the Methodists looks like, if the Methodists think so, it would be better to have a Baptist follow through,,,well, it seems do-able.
Burnout and Christendom
Love in King Jesus,
PS: 'Don't have time'? Speech makes time and times, imago Dei. That is, God spoke, and evening and morning were Day One, etc. And we speak times when we declare that a state of war exists, an/or sign peace treaties, make vows, etc.