We’re back at the Bootcamp and ready for the next episode. Joining us again is, Dr. Casey Williams, this time we’re talking about how to develop a missionary mindset in your church. This is no small task, listen in as Casey explains how to move your congregation toward mission.
Start with Theology – what does God say about the church and mission? Be careful to ensure that the most basic and simple and biblical doctrines and definitions are shaping your understanding.
Next Consider Context – where has God placed your church in the community? What do the demographics right around your church reveal? How do you begin to know your neighbors and reach them?
Finally, Focus on Methodology – based on the previous two steps, prayerfully consider with your leaders what are the most likely steps you should take in seeking to reach your community.
Check out this helpful chart that Casey shared with us.
There are some really solid gems here in this EP, listen to it all, consult the show notes and consider sitting down with your leaders and beginning a process of seeking God as you fulfill the mandate to reach your community for Christ.
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EP 129 - HEALTHY CHURCH PARTNERSHIPS - with special guest Dr. Casey Williams
Joining the Bootcamp bros on this EP is Jimbo’s longtime friend, Casey Williams. He is the lead pastor of North Trenholm Baptist Church in Columbia SC. Listen in as they talk about how church partnerships develop as an outgrowth of church health.
Healthy Church Partnerships
Begin when a church becomes healthy itself
Flow from a sincere desire to help other churches become vital
Are possible when deep relationships form between pastors and sister churches
Require a “the kingdom first” mentality
When a city is filled with more healthy churches, there are more opportunities for neighboring, serving, proclaiming the gospel than if a single church simply grows larger.
Listen in as Casey describes the vision God has given their church to help develop healthy, gospel centered, mission focused and autonomous churches to reach their neighborhoods.
Recommended Resource: Partnership Profile Tool via the Resound Network of the Missouri Baptist Convention – thanks to Brandon Moore Director of Resound. Check it out as a helpful guide for your church as it considers partnership.
EP 128 - CHARACTERISTICS OF A GODLY LEADER - INTEGRITY
We’ve been talking about the characteristics of a Godly Leader here at the bootcamp-by way of review here’s the list:
In today’s EP the guys talk about the importance of Integrity. Let’s get right down to a definition: Integrity does not just mean telling the truth. Integrity also refers to the strength and reliability of a structure.
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EP 127 - CHARACTERISTICS OF A GODLY LEADER - RESPECT
The boys are back at it here at the Bootcamp! Today we’re talking about RESPECT and how important that is to leading effectively as a godly leader in a Replant or Revitalization. Jump in, give a listen and drop us a line or comment with your thoughts, experience or question.
Recap: Five key factors of character are
Humility – (covered)
Goodwill – (covered)
Empathy – (covered)
Respect – TODAY
Five imperatives of respect
Help others win
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In this EP the guys talk with a boots on the ground pastor, Tim Williams of Gladewater TX. Pastor Tim is new to the field, remodeling the Parsonage, celebrating their new 10month old and doing the hard work of revitalizing a local church.
Tim asks the guys this question: How can I effectively and empathetically lead a 150 year old church, with long time members, toward change in a healthy and respectful way, that will help us reach younger families and not alienate the older members?
The guys engage in some good convo and break down the emotional cycle of change that faces church members and the Pastor as they embark on a change journey.
Emotional Cycle of Change:
Uninformed Optimism is an exciting stage, but it doesn’t last long. (Israelites following Moses out of Egypt)
Informed Pessimism ”is characterized by a shift to a negative emotional state. At this point, the benefits don’t seem as real, important, or immediate, and the costs of the change are apparent. You start to question if the change is really worth the effort and begin to look for reasons to abandon the effort.” (Israelites at the first sign of trouble)
The Valley of Despair “This is when most people give up. All of the pain of change is felt and the benefits seem far away or less important—and there is a fast, easy way to end the discomfort: going back to the way you used to do things. After all, you rationalize that it wasn’t so bad before.” (Take us back to Egypt)
Informed Optimism – Finally back in optimism. Don’t stop! (Crossing the Jordan – first Passover in promised land)
Success and Fulfillment – You are finally experiencing the benefits on the other side of change. (Defeating Jericho)
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EP 125 - CHARACTERISTICS OF A GODLY LEADER: EMPATHY
The Bootcamp Bros are back talking about another characteristic of a godly leader, empathy. Perhaps this is one of the most misunderstood characteristics so some good definition work is in order. Check out this EP and the notes below to dig a little deeper into this very important quality and spend some time examining God’s word, your life and work.
According to Oxford dictionary Empathy is defined as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.”
“According to Carl Rogers, empathy is ‘to perceive the internal frame of reference of another person with accuracy and with the emotional components and meanings that pertain thereto as if one were the person, but without losing the as-if condition.’In other words, to show empathy toward another individual or group means to imagine what it would be like to be that person or group. One should do so in moderation, without losing the sense of one’s own self in another.”
Scot Mcknight makes the following distinction between Compassion and Empathy:“Compassion is the broader word: it refers to both an understanding of another’s pain and the desire to somehow mitigate that pain. Empathy refers to the ability to relate to another person’s pain vicariously, as if one has experienced that pain themselves.”
Examples of empathy in Scripture:
Romans 12:15 – Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn
Splanchnizomai is often used to describe Jesus being moved with emotion and pity for someone in pain in which Jesus responds with understanding and action.
Here are some references in Mark and Luke, and I italicize the translations of splanchnizomai:
Mark 1:41Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!”
Mark 6:34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
Mark 8:2I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat.
Mark 9:22 It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us.
Luke 7:13 When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.”
Luke 10:33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.
Luke 15:20 So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.
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EP 124 - CHARACTERISTICS OF A GODLY LEADER : GOODWILL
Good news! The full Bootcamp crew us back in action. Jimbo got over his “Rona” while moving to a new residence-he’s the man for sure. Aside from celebrating health and great football games the bootcamp bros jump right back into their series on the characteristics of a godly leader. This week they discuss the characteristic of goodwill.
Goodwill – a “friendly disposition; benevolence; kindness” or “cheerful acquiescence or consent.”
Here’s another definition of goodwill from a business source; “an intangible, salable asset arising from the reputation of a business and its relations with its customers, distinct from the value of its stock and other tangible assets.”
What does goodwill look like in the life of a leader? Consider these five points.
Have a generous spirit
Maintain emotional regulation
Provide specific encouragement to others
You are quick to forgive
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This EP comes at you from the ATL as the Bootcamp bros were with their colleagues from the North American Mission Board. Joining us for this EP are Andy Addis, Pastor @ Crosspoint Church, Hutchinson KS, Kyle Bueermann, Replant Team member, NAB Podcaster, guitar player and coordinator of the Replant HUB-a resource for specifically for the Rural Church.
The HUB is an online place which distributes digital content to churches in need of sermons and worship.
We’re really really pumped to hear about this great resource coming in March for churches in need.
Why the HUB? There a significant number of churches in the rural areas who are stuck, have a difficult time finding a pastor, need worship resources and struggle to get them. The content of the HUB is totally free and provided by Content Producing Churches who willingly give what they have away.
Who is the HUB for?
Rural churches needing worship and sermon content
Pastors in need of a break or looking to add content to their teaching times (Sunday/Wednesday Night)
The Church who is without a pastor
Churches who find themselves isolated or at a great distance from resources
AMS/DOM leaders who serve churches in need
What about worship? Yes! The HUB offers worship content from a variety of artist, one of which is Nathan Drake from Reawaken Hymns.
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Stay tuned to hear more about the HUB and all the great resources coming from the Replant Team of the North American Mission Board.
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EP 121 - CHARACTERISTICS OF A GODLY LEADER : HUMILITY
They bootcamp boys are back talking about the importance of being a godly leader. You’ve probably heard the refrain-everything rises and falls on Leadership-we agree but it’s not always the kind of leadership one might think. We take time to talk about the characteristics of a godly leader which we believe are primary in helping a church, which needs to be Replanted or Revitalized, move forward.
5 Characteristics of Godly Leadership
Remember – the change a church needs is first spiritual before it is strategic or structural.
What are the specific characteristics of a humble godly leader?
Well after going around the horn with some Football commentary the guys get down to talking about how to start and maintain strength as you lead and serve as a Replanter in a local church. Be encouraged, laugh a little and be equipped to make 2022 a great one.
You can go back and listen to some of the “most listened” to EPs from last year.
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