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EP 252 – Knowing and Loving Your Church, Community and Family with Ryan Durham

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EP 252 - Knowing and Loving Your Church, Community and Family with Ryan Durham

Welcome back to the boot camp, everyone! Today we have an extraordinary episode featuring Pastor Ryan Durham, the 2023 Replanter of the Year.

Ryan shares his story of moving to Loop City, a small farming and ranching community in central Nebraska, where the local church was on the brink of closure after being without a pastor for years. Initially committing to serve once a month, Ryan and his wife, Brandy, fell in love with the congregation, leading them to a full-time ministry.

Before moving to Loop City, Ryan and Brandy were part of the Calvary Family of Churches, where they received training for replanting under leaders like Mark Hallock. This rigorous preparation shaped Ryan’s passion for replanting and pastoral ministry.-

Ryan and Brandy’s philosophy of knowing, leading, feeding, and protecting their congregation led them to immerse themselves deeply in the Loop City community. Ryan even took on a job with the city to build stronger ties.

Stay tuned for more insightful discussions, and until next time, keep serving diligently and faithfully!

Episode Timestamps:
00:00 – Welcome Back to the Boot Camp
00:08 – Introducing Pastor Ryan Durham
00:36 – The Journey to Loop City
02:26 – Joining the Calvary Family of Churches
03:40 – Challenges and Unexpected Turns
07:42 – Big Wins in Ministry
12:42 – Loving and Knowing Your Community
14:44 – Lessons Learned and Advice
22:02 – Prayer and Closing Thoughts

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Well Bootcampers, summer is right around the corner and that means a lot of things. Shorts, BBQ, swimming and the summer slump in weekly attendance.  Fear not loyal Bootcamp listener, the summer provides some great opportunities to connect with your community in creative ways while mobilizing your church to be more missional.  The guys break down some of the ways from this original blog post on another site, you can find here.

  1. Pray for your neighbors by name (Of course, you’ll have to learn their names to do this).
  2. Take a morning or evening walk everyday at the same time. Pray. Wave and say hello if the opportunity allows. If you have a dog or kids take them with you.
  3. Invite neighbors or co-workers over for a cook-out or “porch-party.” Having people in your home can be intimidating. Move the party outside and enjoy.
  4. Have kids and have neighbors with kids? Water balloons and squirt guns go a long way.
  5. Neighbors who are shut-in, elderly, or alone may enjoy a visit from time to time. Just ask?
  6. Find neighbors interested in a block party or school kick-off and plan ahead for the fall.
  7. Live music in your city/neighborhood-gather and go.
  8. Popsicles in the Park. Bring popsicles for your little ones and extras to share.
  9. Look for opportunities to help. Notice the grass getting long or a trash bin still on the road or knocked over? Take the initiative and help out. People will realize you don’t just care about yourself.
  10. Listen. This missional principle is essential. Listen to your neighbors and co-workers. Listening shows you care, allows you to respond in a way that is thoughtful, and makes the world bigger and more beautiful.

Do you have some missional ideas or things your church as done to reach people during the summer?  We’d love to hear about it, drop us a line, voicemail or comment and remember to subscribe and share your feedback on your favorite Podcasting Platform.


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Episode #35 – Outreach during COVID

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Episode #35 - Outreach during COVID

The present pandemic has changed the rules of engagement for everyone – especially the church and outreach. The guys break down some of their thoughts on outreach in the time of Covid 19.

Q: What does outreach look like in the time of social distancing?

We have to acknowledge that there are new rules of personal engagement. Going digital is an easy way to connect with people who have questions and concerns. Encourage, support and coach your members to start an online prayer gathering or bible study for their friends or family.

Taking regular walks in the neighborhood and interacting with people at a safe distance – focusing on how you might pray for or encourage them specifically.

Offering a drive-up prayer table at your local church.

Reaching out to neighbors through door hangers which offer practical and prayer support as well as inviting them to listen to services online.

Practical ministry through safe giveaways: supplies, clothes, food.

Offering your church facilities as a place of refuge, service.

  • Sports practice: soccer fields, baseball, softball, basketball etc.
  • Your parking lot: kids learning to ride their bikes, social distance circle up meetings

Developing a greater social media footprint of engagement: Jimbo has been doing Coffee meetings every morning at 7am on Facebook.  (He has now shifted to 1x a week on Monday morning)

One thing to keep in mind is that people are not looking for “polished” and “professional”, they are looking for things that are authentic.

Think outside the box, use what you have and pray for God to lead your church to connect with people.

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