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
Last year an unbeliever was invited to one of our Greenhouse microchurches. He agreed to come, even though he didn’t really know what to expect. On the ride home afterwards, he asked a beautiful question to the microchurch member that was driving him home: “So is this what heaven is supposed to be like?” Read more
Have you ever wished you said something just a little differently, or not at all? Or perhaps it wasn’t even what you said, but rather the tone in which you said it? Perhaps you’ve had a sore throat and lost your voice, or a cyst in your throat and therefore had to limit your conversation. What if our ability to speak was limited as much as our time is limited? What if you were allowed only 1,000 words a day? What would you say? Would you consider your words more carefully? 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
True Christian ministry will always center on grace flooding the heart so that lives are changed and problems are actively solved. One of the best ways to help people is NOT solving their problems for them, but pointing them in the right direction of God’s grace and truth. The individual we are trying to help may or may not have caused the problem, but if they relate to it the wrong way, they will most certainly make it worse. Life has a way of bringing out what’s really in us, and that is where the grace of God comes in.
In part two of this series, we want to look at solution-based counseling. Read more
The key to a great discussion does not always have to do with the actual discussion. It is usually on point because of the environment that the leader creates that makes it memorable and good. Here are a few tips on how to set the tone and make what can be a very bland and mundane Bible conversation into a vibrant discussion: Read more
Ever wonder how to facilitate a great discussion at your microchurch? There are definitely strategies for keeping the teaching and discussion engaging, effective, and fruitful. Here are a few tips to help you and your microchurch maximize the discussion time that you have each week! Read more