Monthly Archives: May 2014

Innovative thinkers and Christian ministry?

In the spectrum of all the people who call themselves Christian and serve in church, the ones I get most excited to meet and work with are those who naturally think strategically and have an entrepreneurial bent.
I don’t know why that is the case but I guess that’s the way I’m wired too. But one thing I notice is that these Christian entrepreneurs are often on the outside of each church they are members. Whether their ideas are consistently seemingly challenging the leadership or their minds (and prayers) seem to rotate around their business, I have noticed that churches push these people away from the core or they voluntarily move themselves to the fringe of the church.
I wonder if we need to have a better view of the church in order to be more accommodating to one another. For we are all part of the body of Christ and we all have a different role to play for the glory of Jesus.
For this reason at my church has created a network to gather these people together. The primary idea for the group is to:

…bring business owners, entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers together to develop skills, support, and pray for each other.

Being a business owner can be a very lonely vocation. But if you are a Christian, we don’t believe that you need to be one alone or be out of Christian fellowship, if you are!
Moreover, as a church minister I really think that churches need to regularly seek advice from and be willing to source innovation from Christians such as these. I keep saying to the network, “Imagine if you left it to me and the other ministers to come up with new ideas or better strategies for ministry?”

Innovative and strategic thinkers only occupy 2-5% of society, and so the chances are that this post doesn’t really rate with you. However, if any of this appeals to you, we need to talk. We have a network meeting on the first Monday night of each month. You are most welcome to join ….. Just contact me @itsEricCheung for more details.

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Understanding Belief Blockers

Belief blockers are issues or ideas that stop people from considering the Christian gospel and changing their worldview in acceptance of it – ie become and stay a Christian.
As a ministry staff team we have been doing some thinking about this in our most recent professional in-service. Now the most recent study of Belief Blockers in Australian society can be found in the Australian Communities Report. It is worth buying a copy! Or you could always download the summary at Report Summary

When it comes to understanding Belief Blockers, it is worth keeping the following formula in mind:

Size of Belief Blocker = Intellectual objection + Outrage

To understand both components:
the intellectual objection is a rational, often fact based component to belief block, and outrage is an irrational, often emotional component.

Christians and churches, in general, tend to attack belief blocks from the intellectual objection angle and have left the outrage alone. However, we are finding that outrage will often be the main component to the Belief Block. For example, church abuse is a significant (# 1) belief blocker primarily because it has both an intellectual objection and a significant moral and emotional outrage component. In fact, the emotional response to the thought “what if this abuse happened to me or to someone I love?” may well be a far stronger source of blockage than the intellectual objection emotions alone.