The Chronicles of The Best They Ever Had

Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. -Acts 2:43-47

Friday, October 07, 2005

Actually it took two posts

The order is a little off but McManus is proly the best

Bill Hybels Session 6

Handles different on a full tank of fuel.

Ephesians 2, you are dead in your trespasses and sin, but God who is rich in mercy saves us

Handle it in a biblical way

Did God give you the dream.

The rate at which I was doing the work of God, was destroying God’s work in me.
Do it better don’t fake it better.

Malcolm Gladwell Session 7

Reframe: take current infrastuctre and reframe it to fit something is new

Jesus reframed religion, a message of love rather than rules and punishment

Who is David Sarnof,
• responsible for birth of radio, with the broadcast of the 1921 Jack Dempsey boxing match.

Social Power
• most people have social circles of about the same size
• always several exceptions, people you have social circles that are 3 times the rest of the group.
• More phone calls, more emails, more communication
• As people get older they shrink to there social worlds
• Its not just about the message its about the messenger
• Social power is a network
• Isolation is dangerous
• age isolation is dangerous
• Teenagers need adults.
• connectors matter

• we rely on people in our social groups with expertise
• social power can come from a specific expertise
• Leads others through confusing new ideas.
People shut down when they feel crowded

• people always evaluate a problem steps
• leadership, economic power,
• interpreters of information, and communication
• issues to consider British knew how it worked use, the understanding of those before you.

Andy Stanley Session 8


I. Three Components of Sustained Momentum:
New, Improved, Improving
• A. New
o 1. New triggers momentum
o 2. Anything new, by definition, generates some kind of momentum

o 3. The momentum can be positive or negative
• Negative event – negative momentum = 9/11
• Negative event – positive momentum = miner falls into a well
• Positive event – positive momentum = new sports franchise
o 4. Study any organization that has enjoyed a season of momentum and you will discover at least one of three things
• Leadership
• Direction/vision
• Product/program
o 5. Implication: when evaluating an organization or program that lacks momentum ask “Do we need a new leader, a new direction, or a new product? Do we need some combination of the three?”
o 6
• Momentum is never triggered by tweaking something old. It is triggered by introducing something new.
• B.
o 1. Improved sustains momentum for the short term.
o 2. The new must be a significant improvement over the old.
o 3. When evaluating new options ask, “Is this a significant improvement over what we had before?”
o 4. You can’t sustain momentum if new isn’t significantly improved
o 5.
• New leadership must be Competent and significantly better leadership
• New vision must be a compelling vision
• New product must be quality product.
• C. Improving
o 1. Long-term momentum is sustained through Continuous improvement
o 2. Specifically:
• Long term momentum is sustained through relevance
• Your vision must be recast and re-illustrated
• Your product must be continuously upgraded
o 3. Continuous improvement requires systematic and unfiltered evaluation
II. Applying “New and Improved” to the world of ministry
• A. New
o 1. New personal
o 2. New programming
o 3. New season
o 4. New series
o 5. New look
o 6. New venues
• B. Improving
o 1. Look for way to upgrade your presentations
o 2. Visit other organizations
o 3. Attend other churches

• When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples. “Who do people say the Son of man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed you are, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matthew 16:13-18


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