An electronic newsletter written for leadership in the Church of God in Virginia. Resources, Recommendations, and Reminders...
July 2013

This issue of E-Lead is filled with “excerpts” of various resources.  An excerpt is defined as a passage or segment taken from a larger work.  The purpose of the excerpted passage is to motivate you to read or listen to the entirety of the resource presented.  

Hopefully these excerpts will be something you are interested in or you can identify with.  Interest and identification are two primary characteristics that have to be present in order for us to investigate something further. 

Hopefully upon your further investigation, the information presented will better resource and equip you as a leader.  Thank you for your partnership.  Together we are building the Kingdom of God in Virginia.

Blessings,
Bishop Corder


EVANGELIZING

Drawing the Net by O.S. Hawkins

(Excerpt from Chapter 2)

Make it plain


As we issue Christ’s appeal, one of the most severe obstacles is the assumption that our hearers understand what we are seeking to articulate and asking them to do. Many people who are recipients of our appeals have had little or no church environment for years. Yet, we often speak to them in words and phrases we assume they understand. Every week we are preaching to people who have not been inside a church since childhood. For many others it is the first time they have ever been in any evangelical church.

Picture in your mind that man or woman in church for the first time, and the pastor comes to the end of the sermon by announcing, “We will now turn to hymn number 240. Won’t you come?” Though all the “old-timers” know what he means, the very person he is trying to reach begins to ask himself several questions. Come to whom? Why? Come for what? When? Where? Many of us cast the net but never draw it in because we “assume” our hearers understand what we are asking them to do. Many of them don’t! ....


(Download the E-Book in it's entirety from O.S. Hawkins website, http://oshawkins.com/assets/Uploads/Drawing.The.Net.pdf 


EQUIPPING

Delivering Correction From Leadership Letters by Malcolm Webber

Article excerpt below:

In addition to communicating positive feedback, leaders also have to share negative things with their constituents at times. When delivering correction or “constructive criticism,” leaders should do the following:
  • Pray First
  • Correct Privately
  • Do it Personally
  • Begin Positively
  • Get to the Point
  • Speak in terms of "I" not "you"
  • Be Specific
  • Stick to the facts
  • Don't twist the knife
  • Jointly craft a solution
  • Follow up
  • Offer feedback continuously
Read these recommended tips in their entirety in the full leadership letter, found here:  http://www.leadershipletters.com/2013/04/01/delivering-correction/
 
ENCOURAGING

The Emotionally Healthy Church Planter by Pete Scazzero (Exponential Resources)

(Excerpt from Chapter 1)

The Journey Inward Begins

After some time, I finally acknowledged my desperation. “Becoming a pastor is the worst decision I’ve ever made,” I told God in prayer.

Eventually, a good pastor friend referred me to a Christian counselor. Geri and I made an appointment and went. It was now March of 1994.

I felt totally humiliated. I felt like a child walking into the principal’s office. “Counseling is for messed-up people,” I complained to God (stating something I no longer believe). “This is not for me. I’m not screwed up!” Everything inside of me wanted to run.

After our initial two-day meeting, the counselor made three observations: I was consumed with the church; Geri was depressed and lonely; and our marriage lacked intimacy.

We weren’t sure what true marital intimacy was, so I bought Geri a book on marriage. “I’ll let her figure it out,” I thought. Then I returned to working on growing the church.

I thought all my problems stemmed from the stress and complexity of living in New York City. I blamed Queens, the demands of church planting, Geri, our four small children, spiritual warfare, other leaders, a lack of prayer covering, even our car (it had been broken into seven times in three months). I was certain I had identified the root issues, but I hadn’t. The root issues were inside of me. Unfortunately I couldn’t—or wouldn’t—admit that yet.

The next two years were marked by a slow descent into an abyss. It felt like an infinite black hole was threatening to swallow me. I cried out to God for help, to change me, but I felt as if God was closing heaven to my cries rather than answering them.

Things then went from bad to worse. I continued preaching weekly and serving as the senior pastor, but my confidence to lead effectively had been thoroughly shaken by the split in the Spanish congregation.
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Read more of the book, which can be downloaded at no expense from: https://www.exponential.org/ebooks/emotionallyhealthy/


EMPOWERING

Today's young people are being bombarded like no other generation before them with the things of this world.  Many people from the older generations cannot comprehend what our younger generations are facing and dealing with on a daily basis.  How much more then do our young people need the companionship of God's Spirit?  We must understand "where they are" in order to help convey to them what they can have through this "gift" of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. How else will they receive deliverance from today's pressures? Help them see the advantages of God's Spirit being in their lives in a real applicable way.

View this clip by Billy Wilson from Empowered21.com about today's young people and how they view/perceive the Holy Spirit as their potential constant companion:

Video Link:  http://vimeo.com/28210127


MONTHLY MINISTRY RESOURCE

A Primer For Reclaiming Discipleship In The Local Church
by Dhati Lewis

American evangelicalism has been blindsided. Our cities and our world have changed.  In our missional focus to reach the city, we have realized our inability to reach the entire urban context—specifically the individuals that don’t fit into the majority culture.  Somehow it has been accepted to do ministry and create disciples, while ignoring certain portions that aren’t as accessible; they were quarantined and unseen.

Now, however, it’s impossible to ignore what is quickly taking over.  This new urban – the dense and diverse – is transforming and shaping our culture, society and neighborhoods.  As leaders, we’d be foolish to make our mission anything other than the city in its entirety – beautiful parts and complicated. There’s no more looking the other way.

That is why In Plain Sight seeks to develop a holistic strategy for discipling America’s true urban: those in plain sight.

This free resource includes:
  •     A wholistic strategy for making disciples
  •     A primer for discipleship in your group of church
  •     Insights and perspectives that will shake the status quo
  •     A how-to manual on reaching people you have previously overlooked


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