Time is short

30 09 2008

Don’t you hate it when it feels like all your deadlines converge?

My exam is a mere 3 weeks away, but before I go on study leave I need to finish a big report at work which includes building a GLM on claim payments that we haven’t investigated before.

Ideally, the next few weeks would be spent winding down work and winding up study. Instead I think I have some late nights ahead of me.

Not going to worry about work this weekend though… Long weekend! Yay!

We’re heading up to Forster, hopefully for some warm weather/beach action (plus some study). Your plans?

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Romans 8:18-27

28 09 2008

I am preaching on this passage in about 6 weeks. I ♥ Wordle!





Word of the Week

25 09 2008

Prolix.

Courtesy of Bruiser at bible study last night.

In reference to the writings of Don Carson.

Meant in a positive sense…





Unproductive

24 09 2008

I have had a terribly unproductive study day today.

I’ve only been able to complete a fraction of a past paper!

I couldn’t even come up with a decent blog post!

I’m a little distracted because it is Adri’s birthday tomorrow. Happy Birthday Adri!





Sleep

20 09 2008

Why is it, that you can be absolutely exhausted all day, aching to rest your weary body…

…and then at bedtime you can’t get to sleep?

I’m uncomfortably warm.

Soon, summer will roll around and I will face the prospect of lying awake all night sweating whilst a mosquito does fly-bys of my eardrum.

On the plus side, tomorrows weather looks very “beachy”.





Church Planting Entrepreneurs

18 09 2008

As mentioned in my previous post, the MTS Challenge Conference had a session run by Phillip Jensen on “Church Planting Entrepreneurs”. Church planting is a bit of a hot topic since Driscoll has been in town, and Reimer asked me to give a little bit more info.

Below are my summarised notes:

First point – a church planter leads a church – therefore he must be a man and be a biblical leader.

Questions:

  1. What is church? A gathering of God’s people to hear the word of God
  2. Why church planting? We need more churches and new churches if we are going to fit in all the people we plan to evangelise. New, small churches are the best way forward. We need big churches, but we need MORE churches.
  3. What is an entrepreneur? A risk-taker who starts up and runs a new business. Start with yourself, read a bible with a few others, start a bible study, grow to a small church service. Starting with 50 people from another congregation is NOT entrepreneurial church planting. It is stealing other churches members.
  4. Where do I get the money from? You work! Make tents! If you are starting small, you don’t need to be full-time at first. Build-up.
  5. How do I know if I am an entrepreneur? Do you take initiative? Do you start things? Are you willing to have a go? Are you afraid to fail? Flexible? Risk taker? Are you wealing to sacrifice and scavenge to make it work? If you spend all your time asking, “how do I do this?” or “we don’t have enough resources for this” then chances are you’re not an entrepreneur.
  6. Am I allowed to plant a church? Entrepreneurs don’t ask this question! Just do it!
  7. A point – Entrepreneurial Church Planters need to be Heightened Evangelistic Tentmakers. We have enough churches for the people who are already Christian! We need to get out in the pagan mission field.
  8. Denominated or Independent? Denominated – there are benefits that outweigh the costs. For instance, when you are gone, how do you find the next minister? Who owns any property the church acquires, continuation, etc. Which denomination? Doesn’t matter! Phillip can introduce you to all the relevant people!
  9. Are you going to pastor this congregation, or are you going to be a church planter? It’s one or the other. Will you move on in 5 years and start again. An effective church planter could plant a dozen churches in their lifetime.

Start now! Be a missionary in your local area. Tell people the gospel! Do it with MTS and you can make sure you do it properly. Go see Phillip and he will get you started!

What do you think?





MTS Challenge Conference

17 09 2008

Last weekend, I attended the MTS Challenge Conference at Stanwell Tops.

It was a great weekend. Pretty intense with some great bible teaching and plenty of good fellowship.

I ordered the talks ($35!?!?!) but they haven’t arrived yet, so I will give you my highlights/key points from my notes:

  • Ben Pfahlert – I only heard one of his, but I took away the 3 C’s of envangelism – Conviction, Competency and Courage. Courage involves being willing to be uncomfortable.
  • Phillip Jensen – he preaches clearly and powerfully. There is something about old people that gives them credibility! He spoke from Psalms and Ecclesiastes on the reality of death and the justice of God and gave a seminar on Entrepreneurial Church Planting.
  • My elective was “tent-making” (ie. self-funded ministry). There was some dispute as to what tent-making actually is and what are good reasons for working and doing ministry at the same time. After all, Paul only did this temporarily. Phillip Jensen made mention to it in his church-planting piece. I’m still unsure…
  • Strand groups were… disappointing.
  • We were scheduled to have an interview with a minister who could discuss with us our thoughts on ministry. I got Mike E – someone with whom I’ve had the same conversation many times!

Overall, a good weekend. It wasn’t all about MTS. It took into account the Driscoll-factor. There was solid bible-teaching. God was glorified. And how good was the weather on Saturday??!?