Resurgence Roundup, 3/14/14
Fri Mar 14, 2014
5 Steps to Teaching Your Congregation a New Song
Thu Mar 13, 2014
by Dustin Kensrue
5 Parenting Opportunities When Our Kids Sin
Thu Mar 13, 2014
by Andrew Weiseth
How to Schedule a Women’s Midweek Study
Wed Mar 12, 2014
by Hilary Tompkins
Resurgence Leadership #007: Matt Chandler & Crawford Loritts Q&A with Pastor Mark Driscoll
Tue Mar 11, 2014
Vintage Jesus Winners
Here are the final 3 proposals that won the Vintage Jesus DVD giveaway. I hope you take this as an encouragement that you can get involved and tell people about Jesus.
When I was in Iraq, we would watch the "Vintage Jesus" series as our Sunday services. It was awesome to see guys watch Pastor Mark interview folks at Hemp Fest to introduce the sermon. When you are around guys who watch porn the way you may watch 24 or Lost, the need to see who Jesus is cannot be any clearer. The ranks of the military are filled with men who need a clear picture of who Christ is. This video curriculum would be used by guys currently serving in Iraq leading small groups. Guys are rising up to serve as deacons in their units, and this curriculum would equip them to present Jesus Christ as a King calling us as men to rise up and follow Him into battle, and not just wear a tie on Sundays and be “nice” guys.
I've been a leader in Young Life and in the church for almost 15 years now. I work for Young Life and have the opportunity to shape the discipleship at almost 15 schools we are involved with. The chapters of the DVD fit perfectly with our outreach message (roughly chapters 1-7) and then some of our content for our new believers (8-12). I have a two key small groups I lead. One is a group of freshman in college. We meet every week for about three hours to study the word and leadership. My proposal is to pilot a 12 week series in the Fall with them and train them how to use it, and then for them to turn and use it over Spring in 4 local high school discipleship programs we have. The DVD format will make it easy for them to lead and my guess is the DVDs will not bore our kids (one of our mottos is it is a sin to bore a kid with the gospel).
I'm part of a small inner-city church in NYC, planted beside one of the hardest housing projects in the city. We have a very low income demographic (many on public assistance), a very run-down building, and can only afford one paid staff member (our pastor). We have zero money available from the church budget for buying resources, so our small groups usually borrow resources from other churches or the leaders buy the materials and people chip in to help cover costs, or we rely on ministries that make some resources available for free. One of the biggest dangers in our community is the infiltration of the prosperity "gospel" among the demographic we serve, even though our pastor preaches truth. It's vital for our small groups to be digging in to good theology, and they respond particularly well to DVD's. We would be so grateful to receive this resource from you! P.S. See you at the DG conference in September!!
We've been given a bunch of books and other swag that we're going to be giving away in the next few weeks. If you have any ideas for contests—hit me up on facebook.