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A Brotherhood of Trust

Carol Childress —  January 22, 2015

The most ever watched televised college football game in history was the recent College Football Playoff National Championship on January 12 in which The Ohio State University defeated the University of Oregon 42-20. If you had asked the football experts at the end of October in week 10 of the season if the Buckeyes could win the national championship, few would have said yes. The team was ranked 16th in the nation. They had lost their captain, starting quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate to a shoulder injury before the season even began. The current quarterback was a redshirt freshman and he would eventually be injured in the final game of the regular season and unable to play in any post-season games. Ohio State would go on to win the Big 10 championship, the semi-final national playoff game and the national championship with its third string quarterback. How did they do it?

According to Coach Urban Meyer, his staff and the players, a major reason was “the brotherhood of trust” – the 2014 team theme and an integral part of the Ohio State football culture that Meyer has been re-shaping since his arrival three years ago. “I can honestly say I’ve never worked on anything as hard in my life to make sure the we have the exact culture that we all want at Ohio State” said Meyer in the spring of 2014.

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Over the last decade, countless books, websites, blogs and articles have attempted to define and describe a missional church, missional leadership, a missional culture and a missional mindset. One of the most often asked questions has been “How do you transition a traditional church to become a missional church?” Brad Brisco, a pastor, church planter, and teacher has answered that question in an article that outlines nine steps of transition.

The following are excerpts from his article on seven of the steps and a link to the full article.

1. Start with Spiritual Formation
God calls the church to be a sent community of people who no longer live for themselves but instead live to participate with Him in His redemptive purposes. However, people will have neither the passion nor the strength to live as a counter-cultural society for the sake of others if they are not transformed by the way of Jesus. If the church is to “go and be,” rather than “come and see,” then we must make certain that we are a Spirit-formed community that has the spiritual capacity to impact the lives of others. Such spiritual formation will involve much greater relational underpinnings and considerable engagement with a multitude of spiritual disciplines. One such discipline should involve dwelling in the word, whereby the church learns to regard Scripture not as a tool, but as the living voice of God that exists to guide people into His mission. If we believe the mission is truly God’s mission, then we must learn to discern where He is working; and further discern, in light of our gifts and resources, how He desires a church to participant in what He is doing in a local context.

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Why I Love To Go To Church

Bill Nicoson —  September 17, 2014

Like many of you, I find myself caught up in observing people, pastors, worship experiences, and churches. Every week I am intrigued by attending church and think a lot about the pastor. Did he had a good week? Was it pressure filled? Was it full of disappointments? Were there staffing issues? Personality conflicts?Pressure at home? Did he have time for study? What is his spiritual life like? Did he get beat up by the elder board or some lay leader? I am also amazed at how the worship center seems to fill up when a good one-third of the worship service is in progress.

As I sit there, I begin to pray and think about how much I appreciate the church, His bride. Pastors, if you have had a rough week or a good week, I want you to know that God uses you not only during the week but on Sundays, too. It’s more than worth it. Here are some reasons I go to church.

It provides a spiritual bearing to my family. Attending church as a family helps us mature in Christ. It reminds us that we are living for Jesus. It not only instills good morals but teaches us to realize who God is and who we are not.

It expands my capacity to love others. Sermons convict and help my soul to realize that I am here for those who are not here yet. It helps me to establish my boundaries and realize that I am here to serve others, beginning with my family and then outward.

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The Externally Focused Small Church: How to Move from Maintenance to Mission

You may never be the best church in the community but you can become the best church for the community. Here is how.

By Eric Swanson

When two pastors meet, within the first 2 minutes, inevitably one asks, “What are you running?” or “How many folks do you have on a Sunday morning?” Men like to know how they measure up against their colleagues.

But what if the conversation changed? Instead, ask, “Tell me about the impact your church is having on your community?” We begin to measure, not size of the church, but the size of the church’s footprint in the community. And the smallest church, pound for pound, is capable of having the greatest impact.

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