Wow! What a fun week we had worshipping Jesus in word, spirit and action!
We loved gathering in the mornings and nights to sing to, for and with Jesus - and then worship Jesus throughout the day on practical projects.
Dear Peter and Josie,
Are you excited?
2 Timothy 1v6: “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”
As a servant-leader following Jesus, it is my responsibility to stay “fired up” in Christ and in His vision- to make disciples of all the nations.
One of the best things I can do for the people God has given me to serve, is to continue to live a filled up Holy Spirit life, full of conviction and prayers, ideas and missions, grace and mercy.
And like anyone I can become faithless, bored, uninspired and dry.
So.. just like Timothy needed to hear.. I need to hear “stir up” the gift God has given me.
How do you allow God to stir up the gift?
* Receive Prayer ministry regularly – we meet monthly to receive and give ministry
* Worship the Lord with freedom and no watch
* Meet with a mentor and ask for help
* Music- certain songs stir you up
* Stories- read new books, autobiographies
* Maps- get a map of the area God has called you to serve
* New Ideas- maybe your ideas have run dry.. get around some people in prayer and whiteboards
* New people- maybe you need to meet new people to challenge your visiting skills again
* Talks- listening to podcasts and even better- going to a live event
* Headlands and Panoramic views- expand your vision
* Walking or hobbies
I am not asking you to be a hyped up talker.. I am asking you to be a walker who is stirred up with God and His agenda for Australia.
The people you are serving need you to be ALIVE.
Join me and others in getting stirred up with the gifts God has given you to serve others with a ‘fire in your belly.’
PS- if you want me or us to run a seminar with your team- email me – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosting ( MC Hammer)
A. What do we need to think about:
1. WHO is this all about?
- “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus” - WHO we are representing?
- think about WHO we are promoting, whose platform are we building up?
Eg: social media and me – am I trying to become great?
So let’s make this about Jesus and helping His people follow Him
2. Our hearts- WHY am I doing this?
- the best option is a servant hearted one and an interest in leading meetings well
- a bad option is the desire to be a stand up comedian or a mini preacher
- do be honest about the WHY
- if we have started out with a ‘not so great’ WHY.. welcome to the club, but admit it and move on towards a better motivation so that you can grow and have a servant attitude
3. WHAT does an MC need to know?
A clear purpose of this meeting:
- its values – what is important to this meeting? ( fun, deep, newcomers )If you don’t know- ASK your leader
- its timing- how long should the different parts have? What is the start and end time.
- its age range- WHO are we pitching at ( this affects how we host- EXCITED or chiiled )
- how this meeting fits into the overall picture of the ministry
- whose in charge? Who makes the call about HOW to finish the meeting or changing up the run sheet?- if you don’t know – ASK.
4. What SKILLS should an MC have?
- character is not a skill BUT you will need the character you want to exemplify to your group
- intuitive- able to read the group dynamic ( if its getting boring- they step in and change it )
- brave, risk-taker
- theology ( it comes through when you pray and talk )
- time keeper skills – keeping things moving- might have to cut stuff out
- self awareness – you know when you have spoken too long or short
- relational skills – you love people!
5. Working with the ‘overall’ leader
- a good working relationship with the Leader of this group
- inviting a de-brief and growing attitude to this role - ( its time to get the QUALITY up )
6. Temperature of warm community
- you set HOW warm (friendly) this meeting will be and a lot of this has to do with WHO you are ( are you a warm person? Could you become warmer? )
- are you chatting with the community before and after OR are you hard to find or sitting in the corner on your phone?
Get the community warm by warming them up- with ice breakers or food
B. Growing in discerning the lead of the Spirit
Preface: It’s all about relationship . When we say we want to be Spirit led- we are we are talking about living and leading in conversation with the Lord. So…
1. Lets talk about preparation in the Spirit
- prayer : listening and talking to God
- reading the Bible and asking for revelation – Eph 1 v 18
- conversation with our leader, teams and community- asking them what they are discerning with God and seeing if we are on the same page
- drawing up the plan for the gathering and getting into peoples hands
2. Lets talk about leading in the moment with the Spirit
- follow the plan (preparation)
- ask the Lord during the meeting- how we travelling- is this current moment working?
* remember some meetings need time to heat up so chopping back too early can be a disaster
- be pastoral – help people be on same page – don’t over explain , just be clear
- when the plan isn’t working- change it – as much in consultation as you can
- stick to time or at least allow people to leave on time
3. Lets talk about leading prayer ministry
- how have you as a group decided is the ‘normal’ way you will lead this
* eg: people come to front, people stand up where they are sitting, to the side.. etc..
- how you communicate what prayer ministry is each time is crucial to making it a value
- introduce this part of the service with confidence and be normal ( ie: don’t get all super spiro now)
- lead it confidently and encourage people as they respond
- lead the people praying and give everyone else something to do
- wrap up strong
4. Lets talk about de briefing- we are looking for the saying- it seemed right unto the Spirit and to us. “Acts 15:28
- when we say we thought God wanted to do that and our leader disagrees.. we must be open to being wrong at the time and that’s ok- we are ALL learning
- be simple about the de-brief- 3 things went well and just 1 or 2 things to grow in
C. What do we want to improve on? Some examples..
- leading a group towards God’s agenda
- being in sync with the dynamic- can the group meetings ALWAYS be on a HIGH?
- becoming more at ease, concise, warm/ friendly, punctual, prayerful, brave
- practicing prophesy and words of knowledge
- working as a team- knowing our collective journey ahead and GOING for it
You might be asking yourself 'What were those new songs we sang during soul.conference? How can I listen to those new tracks?' So.... we wanted to share with you a list of some of the newer songs we did so you could use them in your own groups. Also, we'd love to share with you two homegrown songs that you can download demo audio and chord charts.
Saturday afternoon brought a final bunch of seminars, then it was time to shake out sleeping bags, unearth lost socks from dark corners of our tents and squeeze slightly grubbied clothes into already swelling duffel bags.
If you looked in the window during Friday night’s Main Meeting you would have seen a see a sea of zebras, dinosaurs. bunnies, giraffes and homies. Yes, it was ONESIES and HOMIES night!
#fortheonsie to come homie.
Thursday afternoon soccer comp started. The Padstowdians are ahead for the moment – will they be toppled?
Thursday night we heard about the impact that we can have on people’s lives by sponsoring a child through World Vision. Suzie King taught us one of the names of God: El Olam – the everlasting God. Then we heard from Cam Bennett from Youth Alive Queensland...
Wednesday after the Main Meeting we hopped on the buses and head to Chifley College in Sydney’s western suburbs. Our friends Jon and Lisa Owen and their Urban Neighbours of Hope team live and work in the area blessing the locals through friendship, practical support and the good news of Jesus. They’d arranged for us to do landscaping and other jobs at the school, so we got stuck in and wheeled the wheelbarrows and spread the mulch and scrubbed and scraped and dug and cleaned. Some of the teachers from the school even came in on their holidays to cook us a sausage sizzle – sweet!
We arrived on Tuesday and pitched our tents, our eyes darting around sussing out the new faces that will be our temporary community for the week. We rolled out our sleeping bags, collected our passes and programs and pitched our expectations high for what God will do over the coming days. What will happen this week as we seek to live #fortheone?
This Sunday's soul.team went to Allambie Heights to serve Ruach.
Ruach is a church passionate about finding the lost and are hungry to serve Jesus. We had a great time in Worship and The Lord spoke into peoples lives about being hungry for The Lord and receiving gifts.
We can be praying for Ruach that they are encouraged and refreshed in their passion for speeding The message of Jesus and reaching the lost.
Who Loves Bondi?
"The Hope Project" Bondi Junction does!
They have a real heart for Bondi and it is great to get alongside them, encourage that vision and see how God is using this vibrant bunch!
The night was filled with enthusiasm and hunger for God and the Holy Spirit. They are such a genuine bunch of people.
We look forward to seeing you guys in Bondi again soon!
Northridge Vineyard Youth- 14/02/14
For the first soul.team for the 2014 interns the team headed to Northridge Vineyard to hang out with their youth. The team ran the games and shared what we're looking forward to in April - FOR THE ONE soul.conference.
We look forward to catching up with you at FOR THE ONE Northridge!
Regener8 is an amazingly energetic youth group we've been friends with for a while. Joel, Ally, Jael and Sally ran games before worshipping and hearing from Sally and Matt.
The churches of Belrose joined forces to worship the Lord with a combined band. It was encouraging to see the power of churches meeting together with a genuine focus on God and what he has planned.
For some people, church can simply be an add on; for many of the people in Berkley, church is a safe haven where they really need God to intervene in their lives.