2) FRONTLINE QUESTIONS FOR STUDYING SCRIPTURE
Frontline Questions for Sermon Preparation / Studying Scripture
a. What does the text reveal about Jesus / God / the Gospel?
b. How does this shape our understanding of what it means to be a disciple?
c. Reading this in the light of where we have been today/this week
i. What do I notice?
ii. How am I challenged?
iii. How does it shape me?
d. Thinking together about this passage makes me want to pray that….
e. In the light of the passage, do we need to take any specific actions?
See how one church made a 1 degree shift
6) THIS TIME TOMORROW (TTT)
The heros that we celebrate reveal the values of our culture, TTT is a way to establish new heros (ordinary partitioners) and how God is using them where he has placed them during the week. Whether used in small groups or during Sunday services, this is a method to highlight that God uses the 'ordinary'.
1) What will you be doing this time tomorrow?
2) What opportunities or challenges will you face?
3) How can we pray for you?
- Emphasizes that all of life matters to God and to the congregation
- Encourages people to recognizes the importance of their 'ordinary places'
- Acknowledges, affirms and honors the person being interviewed
- Encourages people to pray for each other
- Signals that our time together is connect to our scattered time
- Creates new conversations around issues that take us most of our time
- Can mark the beginning of dismantling the sacred-secular divide
3) CHURCH ISN'T SOMETHING WE DO, IT'S WHO WE ARE
The core vocation of the church is to make disciples. As church leaders, gathered church activities take most of our time and it is easy to think that everyone else feels the same. But for most people, they spend the majority of their time on their frontlines; the strategic locations where God has placed them to have an impact for the Kingdom. They are the church went they are gathered on Sundays or in small groups and they are the church when they are scattered.
The challenge for church leader so to re-envision God's people to live authentic Christian lives in the places where they already find themselves and to ensure that our time together equips us for when we are apart. Because the scattered church is only effective if when when we are apart, we own the frontlines we have been given and we don't turn gray.
5) FRONTLINE VISITS - HOW DO WE SPEND OUR TIME?
Typically, the pastor of a church spends the bulk of the time in a given week meeting with two groups of people. Those hurting people who request a meeting and the leaders of the church to plan and prepare for the church’s ministries. However, the vast majority of the people in the church are not in these groups.
As church leaders, we have the opportunity to engage the people who don’t ask for a visit and don’t have a need to plan something. The single goal is to understand the types of lives people live with the types of challenges and questions they face. What temptations do they have? What kind of people are spending time with? What do they need from the sermon or their small groups to live fruitfully for the Kingdom?
4) LIFE ON THE 110
Frontlines: The places we are in, with people who do not know Christ and where we accept the responsibility to live as mission agents of the kingdom of God.. The typical Christian has 110 hours per week where they are awake and not in church related activities (Sunday gatherings, small group, outreach, etc). As church leaders, how can we change our perspective of ministry? How do we change our practices to see ministry as something done by the body in their 100 hours, rather than by church paid workers?
168 Total Hours in a week
-48 Hours spent sleeping
-10 Hours in church-related activities
110 Waking hours remaining
1) DIAGNOSTIC: WHOLE LIFE DISCIPLESHIP SURVEY
Churches can sometimes find challenging to know how to evaluate how they are doing when it comes to fulfilling their calling to make disciples. There are traditional ways, such as attendance, finances, or staff, but these simple metrics do not provide a complete picture.
The whole-life discipleship survey you will find at the below link is intended to you’re your church a better understanding of how well they are equipping their congregations to live as followers of Christ in every aspect of their lives. The responses will be anonymous, and when collected with responses from other members of your church, it will provide a picture of where a particular church is at when it comes to equipping whole-life disciples.
7) HOW DO WE SUPPORT/ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER?
A Pastoral Care posture asks:
How are you feeling?
Why is this happening?
Where is God?
When will this end?
Who can support you to get through this?
Can we get you back to ‘normality’?
A Pastoral Equipping posture asks:
How are you feeling?
How can we respond to what is happening?
What is God doing?
What do you need so that you don’t miss this opportunity to grow?
Who can support you so that this is a fruitful time?
Can we help you to integrate this into your ongoing life?