“ Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.”
– Ecclesiastes 10:10
“ As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another ”
– Proverbs 27:17
A culture of ministry that’s balanced, potent, and aligned with God’s harmonious model of team-work evangelism found in John 17.
Through collaboration help fellow leaders resharpen their God-given vision for their ministry and deliver it in a way that’s potent.
The Bible tells us the “ Two are better than one”, and that a “ Three-strand cord isn’t easily broken”. God made us for collaboration. He said, “ It is not good for man to be alone”. In the past ministers would prepare a sermon solo, and preach for an hour or even longer. While this reaches some it has made many youths fall out of attendance like Eutychus fell out a window from Paul lengthy preaching.
Today’s generation doesn’t need more lengthy preaching, we need people who live the life, including us on the journey, and help us learn skills to live a righteous life.
During this three day weekend, we will sharpen one another through discovering God’s word together in an interactive way. We’re going to resharpen our vision, mission, communication skills, technology skills, presentation skills, and life skills so we use all the energy we have efficiently.
We’re going to create a collaborative video sermon, and learn about the many resources available to illustrate and promote the gospel. We will use objective lessons, and interactive exercise rather than lengthy lectures or sermons. Because as the wise sayings go:
“ Teach me I’ll forget, show me I may remember, involve me, and I will learn.”
and Proverbs 29:19 says
Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond.
As much as we would love to have people to hear what is preached on Sunday and become those words, the truth is that the majority of people are visual and interactive learners. God has given us new tools to enhance the ministry. We would be wise to use them, instead of dull and wear ourselves out.
Don’t be dull…let’s learn from each other and Resharpen!