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Issue 70                                            March 21, 2012   
How Can We Bear Fruit Like That?

There is no doubt about it; the way ministry was done in the New Testament and the way it is done today are two very different things. I believe if we are ever to see a viral movement of the Spirit in the West, we need to recapture the spirituality and mind-set of our first-century brethren. We must learn to ask a whole new set of counter intuitive questions and make some culturally counter intuitive conclusions.  


For example, instead of saying, "They had incredible fruit, we don't....There must be something wrong with them," we should to learn to ask Jesus how we can bear fruit like that. Instead of assuming there was something special going on then that we can't access now, maybe, just maybe, we should ask Jesus to teach us how to walk in His special power. Instead of believing that the Holy Spirit limits Himself geographically to the Third World, perhaps we should ask how our beliefs, behavior, and theology are blocking the Holy Spirit here in the West.


I suspect strongly that we have sold Jesus and ourselves short. Instead of boldly going out on the limb of faith, we've learn to "theologize," squeezing the biblical record through a Western philosophical meat grinder, so that what comes out doesn't really look anything like what went in. Instead of learning to live in radical obedience to Jesus, we've learned to have a fascination with propositional doctrinal statements, disconnected from practical action. We can organize theology into complex systematic systems, yet our kingdom expanding behavior is anemic and halfhearted at best.

Is it time for some course correction?

-Ross Rohde (from his new book Viral Jesus)
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Friday, March 30 7:00 PM - Saturday, March 31 6:00 PM

Southlands Christian School 

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Walnut, California 91789


Neil Cole (Organic Church); Ken Eastburn (The Well OC); Bob Sears (The Well OC); Bill Faris (Homegrown); Keith Giles (This Is My Body); Ross Rohde (Viral Jesus); Jeanne O'Hair (The Well);  Scott Underwood - Worship Leader

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Newforms National Gathering -  "4:11 multiplying missional teams" 

13-15 April 2012

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Faith of Leap
The Faith of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure and Courage 
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ReJesusReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church   
by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch

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Forgotten Ways Handbook
  The Forgotten Ways Handbook: ward, Outward, Inward: Passing on the Baton of Discipleship
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 This intensely practical handbook includes many helpful tools: summary sections encapsulating the ideas contained in each chapter in a popular way; suggested practices to help readers embed missional paradigms concretely; and adult learning-based techniques and examples from other churches and organizations that enable readers to process and assimilate the ideas in a group context. 

Untamed Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship
by Alan & Deb Hirsch 
Mentoring Guide Forms are a tool to be used by a leader or mentor to take notes on during a mentoring appointment with an apprentice. A key recording tool for the growth & multiplication of leaders, that is: Mentoring 2 Multiply - M2M.


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Featured Article 

To Ignite Dreams & Passions 
by Katie Driver     

Coffee Maker

A few years ago I was working with refugee populations as a support person to help them learn the English language, find employment, navigate our system of banking, schools, insurance, and all the things we take for granted in our everyday lives. For those who are new to our country, these things are overwhelming and they need some help in figuring them out.  


One of the families I worked and developed a close relationship with was from Uzbekistan, where they had lived under Soviet rule and communism for all of their lives. As Christians, they had encountered persecution and therefore they were granted refugee status to immigrate to the United States.  


I had been working with them for a few months and our English conversations had advanced to the level where we could begin to discuss their future aspirations and job possibilities. You know the type of conversation because we have it with children all the time. It goes something like this; "So, what do you want to be when you grow up?"  


Implicit in the question is the assumption that each person has a uniqueness about them and a special destiny, purpose, and passion that will be propelled by their own intrinsic motivation - as I wrote about in the previous blog post. We get familiar and common responses from children when asked this question like, "a doctor", "a fireman", "a basketball player in the NBA", "a horse trainer" (okay, that's not usual, but that one was mine...).  


So, here I am one evening with the Uzbek family all sitting around their dining room table, where I asked the question,.... 

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