I am a bivocational (BIVO) church planter, and it's the best decision I've ever made in my 30-year ministry career. Here's why.
Allen Kleine Deters
I am the church planter for the Niagara Falls, ON church plant yet to be named. I am married to an amazing woman full of compassion for the marginalized hence she is a special ed teacher of severe needs children. We have three boys (men) and one daughter-in-law. I am committed to Kingdom Theology and deeply believe in a biblical community that develops disciples for Christ. I am a small group geek and believe they are the best avenue in this endeavor. When managed with vision and mission small groups can cover most areas needed in developing as disciples of Jesus Christ and guiding people to live in missional communities.
Oh yeah, I'm also "The Reverend" formerly of the blues band, Reverend and the Blues Pushers, but now playing solo in my new parish community.
"Agape love alive and breathing, the Word and the power of Holy Spirit = reached people and changed lives"
I am an avid reader, cigar connoisseur, homebrewer, musician & singer, outdoor enthusiast and a HUGE rugby fan. I play guitar, bass and blues harp and gig whenever I can. My taste in music is quite eclectic ranging from jazz and blues to some pop, opera/classical and sacred, bluegrass, metal and world music. It all depends on my mood.
Starting a new church community is not an easy task. We can get so caught up in our methodology that we miss the mission of the church.
If we see God’s justice as inseparable from his kingdom, then we may be a little more inclined toward living mission instead of just doing mission. Mission is in our backyard.
There have been times when there are just a handful of musicians and vocalists on stage with minimal capabilities or it’s just me with my guitar and one or two others. The songs (especially the contemporary ones) scream for a full band with keys, drums and a bass, but we don’t have it available. What to do?...
I recently had a conversation with someone in our church who felt somewhat frustrated with where the church seemed to be heading. This particular member thought it a waste of time and money to send myself and another church member to Zambia on a scouting trip to assess ministry needs in an area where we support a local pastor. They saw no value ...
At the risk of not keeping your attention I won’t make this entry too long. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the state or lack-there-of of critical thinking abilities among people, especially as a pastor. People today tend to process many ideas and information without seriously thinking about anything in particular except
"Time flies when you're having fun." I guess I would say that would be my mantra too having been the guide of the Network's Small Groups section for some sixteen months or so. I don't know where the time went. And now that I'm moving on I thought I'd just do a little reflecting.
I know for myself that I lead by doing and coming alongside potential and present leaders to encourage, support and train them. It is usually the case that when there is a lack of leadership it is because there is no environment or atmosphere of leadership development happening in the church.
If you're going to include PB small groups as part of your disciple-making ministry, you will need to spend more time than most on a plan to initiate intentionality on moving people forward in their spiritual growth. People's natural tendency will be to stay comfortable and not become disciples or at least as Jesus intended them to.
For years CRHM encouraged churches to adopt the Principle-Based model/philosophy of small group ministry almost exclusively. I thought it was worth another look.
Kris, this is spot on. The six points you listed are key for sure. Why we think de-churched or people far from God should act like Christians when they come to church is beyond me. It makes no...posted on: Preaching to the Unconvinced
There's some pretty good stuff in there.posted on: 50 Ways to Take Church to the Community
Thanks for this, Rick.
It always amazes me that people think it's so difficult to simply connect with the neighbours. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that people think once you...posted on: Steps to Start Engaging Your Neighbourhood
Thanks for the article. I agree that it is important that we help our people get into a rhythm of celebration throughout the church year for the very reasons Allen Ross suggests. We live in a...posted on: Time-Regulated Worship
There are a lot of great apps to use in worship as well. I recently bought an iPad 2 for just a few simple but important uses. One is to preach from. I tried my Kindle Fire but the screen is...posted on: Tablets in Church?
Thanks Chris, I love the challenge for the church body as a community to be Christ among the world, in the neighborhood. The gospel story is OUR story encapsulating the true joy of the season. I...posted on: An Evangelizing Joy
Sorry I meant to say, "discerning the institutional church's role in all of this."
This stuff if very timely for me as well, Brian. Kudos on going for the DMin. I thought about it, but decided I wanted to enjoy my last 15 years before official retirement age -- although I hope...
I guess that is your personal preference. Our church sings a lot and loud even with a full band on stage. You seem to be suggesting that if there's a full band then it's entertainment which is...posted on: Using a Worship Backing Band System
This is a good discussion on this. It is heavy on my heart and plate. I've been trying to see if our church could even get back to the missional community aspect of the church. I long for this...