Gospel Centricity, Local Church, Ministry Development

REACHgathering: Notes from the CSO Intern

At the REACHgathering this year, there were 14 tracks (topic led workshops), and that’s not including the Main Sessions we had! Definitely was difficult to choose which ones to attend!tg0YwXI- I did go to a few different tracks and participated in some fantastic workshops that challenged me in many ways. The following is a compilation of notes from each session (excluding the Main ones) I attended. Gospel Centered Track: What Difference Should Being Truly Gospel-Centered Make -Quoted Paul D. Tripp: “Our weaknesses are not in the way of productive ministry, but our delusions of independent strength are.” -What is the Gospel? It’s a STORY. There are the “4 Chapters of the Gospel” which are: Creation, Fall, Redemption, Consummation. This is a “Gosepl from the air.” -On the other hand, there are the “7 Windows of the Gospel” which include: Fall/Sin, Judgement, Cross, Resurrection, Faith, Eternity/Heaven. This is a “Gospel on the ground.” -There is a critical move that must take place when we’re communicating the Gospel: LAW -> GRACE. Crucial to communicate this, because you want it simple, like It is. First communicating the Preciousness of the Gospel, then Sharing it. Personal Development Track: Building Trust and Relationships at Home, Work, and Play -Summarized the Bible and our entire life into one word: Relationship -Spoke on TRUST, and how that is built relationally on our words, and our actions and how they line up. -Two pillars make Trust possible: Integrity & Love -examples of how someone may be loving, but may not live with integrity so trusting that person is next to impossible. Or vice-versa. Biblical example: Matt. 14:24-31 Jesus is telling Peter, “I won’t let you down.” So how do we build T.R.U.S.T? -Time, time, & time. You have to spend time together. -Respond with excellence: Not becoming defensive, follow through with what you promise, and be timely with your responses. -Understand & exceed expectations: Always going to have expectations, and not always will they be met. So there’s a gap between expectations and reality. We can choose what goes into that gap: Anger or Love? -Serve willingly & creatively: Adopt Philippians 2:3 -Truth teller: No lies, someone who’s been caught lying will destroy whatever trust was built. Leadership Track: How to Make Strategic Planning Simple and Practical -What is Strategic Planning: Plan, Guide, stay focused, good direction, [keeps the] end in mind, gives you Peace. It’s a continuous and systematic process of envisioning desired future; making decisions about future outcomes; how outcomes are to be accomplished; how execution will happen. -1. Planning without execution is a dream. 2. Execution without planning is a free-for-all. -Why do it? We have a tendency to want to DO and not sit back and plan first. But we wouldn’t plan a trip without a map..so that’s why it’s so important! Look at the Bible and what it says about planning: Luke 14:28 and Prov. 21:5 are great examples. What would it look like for the Gospel to influence our strategic plan? Rom. 1:16 & Matt. 28:16-20 (At the end of the discussion, the leader ran us quickly through a great diagram designing a plan, and how to execute that plan, called Strategic-Economic-Execution Fit (“S-E-E Fit”), Strategic Planning Framework) Leadership Track: Getting More Done by Being Clear RASCI Chart: Create this for your team so that tasks get accomplished and people have a role -Responsible – someone is helping something be completed -Accountable – 1 person is held accountable for results -Supporting – someone helping completion of 1 or more tasks -Consulted – someone brought into meetings for advice -Informed – someone who is kept up to date with project status Decide at what level the RASCI chart is going to be developed and followed. How strict? How in depth should it be for our team/for this task at hand? -The chart definitely gives a good picture of who’s the over-committed staff -And It shows the issue of responsibility and accountability Some key terms and concepts: -The Key Result Areas (KRA) – Essentially it removes the “job description” for a team member/employee -A “Personal Dashboard” is also important: it’s a document used in regular meetings and how are the goals or the growing is happening -Crucial to understand how “Good/bad” jobs interact/coincide and it’s split up between people. Not just me doing it all! Gospel Centered Track: Injection vs. Integration -Sports can be used as a bridge (to reach the unreached) and a laboratory (to transform people). John 17:17! Easy to inject instead of integrate. Injecting: Interrupting the sports or just slapping on some Bible message at the end of a game/practice. Integrating: i doing sports and then during them relate it to a life application and at the same time bring in some Biblical Truth/verse that fits! SPORTS: When needing to teach a skill, ask these questions: What are the components of this skill that need to be learned? What are the underlying principles (physically and mentally) that are required to complete this skill? LIFE: Pick one of these components or principles, and ask this question: Where do your players have to exercise this sports principle in their daily lives? TRUTH: Pick one of these life situations, and ask: What biblical passages speak about this principle or life situation? Gospel Centered Track: Roundtable discussion On the last day in each of the tracks, there was a roundtable discussion. For this one, it started with prayer and the question of, “What are you still unsure about, or what do you want to discuss more?” Mine was the feeling of information overload. REACH had been a time of serious learning but I wasn’t sure how to start applying it all. Where do I start? -Some said to focus on what gives me peace and contentment. Others said if I am intentional in teaching others this good info. and am ready to communicate it, then more of it will stick. -Also good to recognize that all information is not the same – there are different categories of what I’ve heard. Ask the question: “Is that a simple concept I can easily remember and apply, or a complex one that requires a whole different mindset that’d be great if I could change.” -So reteach it, get ahold of someone that will care to listen to you. -Focus on 1 or 2 big lessons that really make an impact on me. Remember those and work on applying those. That’s it for now! Feel like you missed out? Well..don’t! Here’s to REACHgathering 2017, and you can register now!