Mark Biteler [03/29/2015 11:19 AM] The last thing the Church needs is someone who promotes their expertise about church growth, yet writes without any consideration of the Holy Spirit and the importance of following His leadership. This is precisely the type of so-called “consulting wisdom” that needs to be eradicated from the Church. It is this lack of spiritual understanding that has brought the Church to the place where it is – a place where the Holy Spirit is profoundly absent from the “atmosphere”, resulting in a severely limited or absent demonstration of spiritual power. Communication skills without the anointing and the demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit does not make an effective minister. Attempting to create a “friendly atmosphere” without honoring and welcoming the Holy Spirit and depending upon Him is nothing if it is not worldly. http://www.joshuarevivalproject.org/Mark-s-Blog.html?entry=jesus-strategic-planning
John Kissinger [03/29/2015 1:05 PM] http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/249941-5-reasons-church-organization-stops-growing.html
John Kissinger [03/29/2015 1:06 PM] Spirit-leadership resonates with what’s said in the article. The dilemma is that many who serve as the primary communicators in their church aren’t Spirit-gifted teachers. Solution: Make sure that the point communicator has the spiritual gift of teaching, and is actively working at developing that gift by listening to other gifted communicators. http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/249941-5-reasons-church-organization-stops-growing.html
Mark Biteler [03/29/2015 2:45 PM] Again, this is the type of presumptive ministry that the Church and its leaders must avoid at all cost. The article alludes to the fact that Churches should “risk” and “dream again”, but never do you hear, “Ask the Holy Spirit what He is doing so you can partner with Him in His ministry!” No! We hear the humanist point of view again and again that at the bottom-line suggests you can do ministry on your own! Spirit-leadership? No, it is the world’s style of leadership. It is man living in his own mind. Where is the revelation? Who needs another man’s thoughts. Church leaders need to hear, “Thus says the Lord!” How far we have drifted from the truth of supernatural Christian ministry and dare I say, true Christian leadership.
John Kissinger [03/29/2015 8:44 PM]
Scholarship strengthens that part of us that rationalizes away spirituality.