“All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning.”
OSWALD CHAMBERS

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“‘I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came,
sin revived’ (Romans 7:9). So it is with the work-righteous and the
proud unbelievers. Because they do not know the Law of God, which
is directed against them, it is impossible for them to know their sin.
Therefore also they are not amenable to instruction. If they would
know the Law, they would also know their sin; and sin to which
they are now dead would become alive in them.”
MARTIN LUTHER

Foundational Characteristics Of Missional Leaders

By Gary Rohrmayer

One of my favorite leadership books is “Be, Know, Do: Leadership the Army Way” by Frances Hesselbein and General Eric K. Shinski (USA Ret.) This book takes a close look at the official Army Leadership Manual and applies its principles to the corporate and civic leadership realms. Here is the Army’s definition of leadership, “Leadership is influencing people, by providing purpose, direction, and motivation while operating to accomplish the mission and improving the organization”. (pg 5) This definition has three words that stand out to me: influencing, operating and improving. Influencing: motivating and loving others in the mission for the mission. Operating: creating plans, developing systems and managing their execution so that the mission is achieved. Improving: adding value to those around you and to the organization for the betterment of the mission.

So what does a missional leader look like in a local church? Here are eight qualities of those leaders who are seeking to align themselves and their churches with God‘s mission.

1. They are passionate followers of Christ.

Their leadership flows out of their relationship with Jesus and his missional call on their lives. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”. (John 15:5 NIV) Cultivating spiritual intimacy is essential for leaders to live a vibrant missional lifestyle. For the leader to hear and obey God they must first love God.

As a new believer I read a lengthy biography of George Mueller written by A.T. Peirson. George Mueller lived during the 19th century. He was a rebellious young man who came to faith in Christ at the age of 20 and shook up the world with his humble faith and his passionate devotion for God. Four things that motivated me out of that biography were:  Read more of this post

Creating Thirst In Your Spiritual Conversations

By Gary Rohrmayer

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In my opinion most of the evangelistic training that is available is geared towards non-receptive people and is apologetically driven. Don’t get me wrong, I believe we should all be trained and be able to give a reason for what we believe. But I am convinced there needs to be more training on how to identify those who have a higher degree of receptivity to the gospel message.

Here are some “quick hits” on how to create thirst in your spiritual conversations:

1. Look for God’s work in the lives of people Read more of this post

Modern Methodologies and Evangelism

One thing that I have learned from years of experience and through the study of  Biblical patterns laid out for us by both Jesus and the Apostles is

that a clear gospel presentation must
precede true saving faith.

The methods and programs developed by evangelists in order to
communicate God’s Word have certainly changed throughout the centuries but our immutable God’s desire  to save lost people has and will remain the same. Read more of this post