No one wants to follow a leader who is going nowhere.
Leaders need to have vision, passion, and conviction. Unction from the Holy Spirit. A resolve to move forward regardless the cost. Those are the leaders worth following. So the question on the table is: what’s your vision for your microchurch? Do you dream about it coming to pass? Would you take a bullet for that dream? Would you follow yourself if you were a member of your microchurch and not the leader? Read more
Paul was a genius church planter and disciple maker. Why? Because he always had vision for the people around him. He wasn’t just filling ministry positions in the churches he planted; he was helping people walk in their God given purpose and helping people to “live lives worthy of the calling they received” as he penned in Ephesians 4:2. Great microchurch leaders have that same type of vision, and this month we are going to talk through how to create this type of visionary culture in your microchurch, starting with your apprentice! Read more
By Renee Handtke
Have you had a nightmare that woke you up and you knew something evil was present? Ever been been gripped by a paralyzing fear? Has there been times where your mind was suddenly bombarded with thoughts like, “you are going to . . . get in a car accident . . . . be attacked . . . become sick . . . lose your job . . . have no money. . . or. . . overwhelmed by a bad relationship?” When this happens, what in the world is going on? This simply doesn’t make logical sense! It’s absurd!
But, is it? Read more
All of us have a desire to see the Gospel of grace transform the lives of everyone who attends our microchurch. In fact, at the end of the day, it’s Christ’s love that compels us to do what we do and we gladly and intentionally invest time in preparation and prayer for the men and women who come to our microchurch. For those of you who may be co-leading, are you desiring the same for your co-leader or has investing time together become more of a “business relationship” in preparation for microchurch? We are going to take a look at some tips and some things to consider when it comes to co-leading in order to maximize the benefits of this co-leadership relationship. And for those who are not currently co-leading, please don’t tune out because the Kingdom of God is not for the soloist. Hopefully in some way you are sharing the platform, as we always want to be empowering and raising apprentices to not only lead with us, but surpass us! Read more
Microchurches – Grassroots Mission Bases
Microchurches are a major aspect of our church. In fact, microchurches are fully functioning churches. When a microchurch of believers are coming together under the banner of worship, mission, and community, the church is expressed. Microchurches are essential to empowering God’s people in mission. They are not meant to create new comfort zones for people. Rather, they possess the potential for emboldening believers to go beyond their comfort zones and to do things they never imagined themselves doing. Read more
One of the most important elements of microchurch leadership is unfortunately one that gets overlooked the most often. Microchurch leaders are sometimes so busy putting out urgent fires that they lose sight of the importance of raising up and releasing apprentices. But we need to maintain the forward thinking, 2nd Timothy 2:2 vision of raising up and releasing disciple makers and microchurch leaders!! Read more
Multiplication. Some people love it, others absolutely fear it, and many haven’t even entertained the idea. As a microchurch leader, it is your privilege and responsibility to disciple your group into not only viewing multiplication in a positive light, but to lead them in multiplying your group and experiencing the joy and sense of accomplishment it brings! Read more
We affirm the Bible. Its authority to rule and govern our lives must be apparent. This needs to be taught in our microchurches so that people understand and experience the Word in ways that draw them into the story of God. We want to help others dissect the scriptures in a way that leads to healthy and changed lives! So how do we do this? This month, we are going to focus on a few ways: Read more
It is heartbreaking to hear time and time again about how men and women in leadership allow the enemy to get the best of them. Sometimes this can lead to distrust, broken relationships, and even cause an entire church community to disband. I’ve heard people describe certain pastors by saying, “I was surprisingly amazed to discover that he actually is the same man behind the pulpit as he is behind closed doors and with his family.” Shouldn’t this be the norm?
Though our hope and trust rests on the finished work of Jesus Christ alone, many people look to leaders in the faith as they follow Christ. And unfortunately because of the lack of integrity among some church leaders, many people turn away from the faith and want nothing to do with the hypocrisy of their leaders.
As leaders we constantly want to be living above reproach so that what we say and do line up (even when no one is looking). So what does that look like? Where do you draw the line when it comes to compromising or upholding your integrity, convictions, and the glory of God?
This month, we are tackling the issue of integrity and why this is one of the most critical things for a leader to not only grasp conceptually, but live out daily both as a leader and especially when you are an “off duty” disciple maker. Read more