This morning as I was reading through the Gospel of Mark, I couldn’t help but think about the signs & wonders that Jesus performed everywhere he went. Many of these towns were small towns or were in rural communities.
Let’s be honest, one of the challenges that we have in small towns is the fact EVERYBODY knows your business! EVERYBODY talks about what is going… good and bad both. This is a double edged sword as we do church in our small town, rural contexts. If God is moving in our churches and our people are on fire with the Holy Spirit and they are living Kingdom lives then we will be different than everybody else.
As a strategy guy, and as an Outreach Director, some of the things that the Vineyard is known for can make HUGE impacts to the point where EVERYBODY is talking about it. Things like power evangelism, servant evangelism or outreach that is meeting the specific needs of their communities will get people talking. Continue reading →
Today we finished up the Small Town Vineyard conference at Lancaster Vineyard Church in Lancaster, OH. It was a GREAT time of fellowship & community and many new friends from all over the United States… some as close as a few miles from other churches here in the Lancaster & Central/ Southeast Ohio area and some as far away as Colorado.
I want to thank Ross Nelson from Tomahawk Vineyard Church in Tomahawk, Wisconsin and Jim Egli from the Urbana- Champaign Vineyard Church in Urbana, Illinois for the great practical training and encouragement that many of us received. Also, want to thank Michael Gatlin, the National Church Planting Director for Vineyard USA it was incredibly encouraging for him to be a part of the conversation that was started this on the topic of small town church planting in the Vineyard movement. Continue reading →
Are you ready to use the Power Tools of the Harvest?
As Christians we are often good at knowing what to do when we’re gathered. We gather for worship. We gather for small groups. But what about when we’re scattered?
Jesus told His students that the harvest is RIPE but the workers are FEW. After He told His them that He scattered them out to the surrounding towns with His authority to speak powerfully and to heal powerfully. Most of us simply don’t know how to do that. That’s why this year’s Scattered conference is subtitled Power Tools for the Harvest. Our goal is to train people and demonstrate to people on how to use the Power Tools for the Harvest: words of knowledge, the prophetic, healing, and ministering the Presence of God. Continue reading →