QT4CM Episode 19

youth ministry Jan 17, 2017

The desperate need of spiritual fathers and mothers for the next generation.

Stan Belyshev is an entrepreneur, author and a life coach. Having served as a youth pastor for more than ten years has allowed Stan to understand the hearts and potential of the younger generation. And this has set him on a path to disciple the younger generation to influence the nations! He speaks about his book "Generation Gap: Raising the Next Generation of Leaders" and calls for the elder generation to step up to disciple the future generation of Christian leaders. Click the green play button to listen: Hear Stan outline The 9 Most Influential Role Models and Mind Molders that are that are Discipling the Younger Generation! in Episode 27.

 


  Stan Belyshev is an entrepreneur, author and a life coach. Having served as a youth pastor for more than ten years has allowed Stan to understand the hearts and potential of the younger generation. Stan is a speaker and trainer...

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QT4CM Episode 18

inspirational Jan 14, 2017

It’s hard to stay in tune with the Holy Spirit amidst the busyness of Christian mission work and our natural inclination to do things our own way. In his latest novel "Arm in Arm with the Holy Spirit" author Patrick Day suggests one way to tune into the Holy Spirit to have more of God in our lives more of the time.

"How does a Christian worker stay tuned to the Holy Spirit amidst the mundane things we have to do in our ministry work; that is, those things that don’t have an overt spiritual objective?"

From time to time we will be bringing you these special episodes with "Christian Creatives", such as musicians, authors, poets, and other artists who create as a ministry. Click the green play button to listen:


  Patrick Day is a born-again Christian of 35 years, a former church elder and Sunday School teacher, president of a regional Gideon camp, engaged in prison ministry and discipling and mentoring inmates who have moved on, and an author of...

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QT4CM Episode 17

fundraising Jan 12, 2017

Anna Burns talks about the number one question you should be asking your new donors.

That question is — "What moved you to give for the first time?"

Do you know what moved your donors to donate to you? Why did they give? Did they give because they support the ministry that you're doing or because they support you personally and whether you were working at this ministry or another ministry they would continue to support you? Knowing the answer to this question is one of the most powerful insights that you can ever gain from a donor. Anna outlines three reasons why you should ask this question as soon as possible. Click the green play button to listen:

  

Anna Burns is with The Great Commission Foundation.

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QT4CM Episode 16

team building Jan 10, 2017

Organizational Coach Dr. Ken Thiessen outlines five common ways that anxiety manifests itself in congregations and Christian ministries.

It is important to understand how anxiety dominates much of the unhealthy decision making processes and broken relationships within faith-based ministries and congregations. Dr. Thiessen identifies these five unhealthy ways anxiety hampers good communication and conflict resolution within Christian ministries:

  • Triangulation — people talk about people rather than to people
  • Self-differentiation —  relationship is contingent on agreement
  • Blaming and Scapegoating — Who's the one who made this mess?
  • Multigenerational transmission process — an endless cycle of looking to replace  "the problem person"
  • Over-functioning and Under-functioning — People who take on the burdens of responsibility for everything, and those who avoid responsibility for anything.

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QT4CM Episode 15

short term missions Dec 22, 2016

Advice for Short Term Mission Trips

Two experts respond to these questions on security and longer term engagement we received from a ministry leader in Brazil:

I’d like to hear about good resources with advice about safety and security for groups coming out on short term mission trips. Oh…and another thing I’d like to hear on your podcast — what are some advice on how do we engage these short term mission tourists to become long term donors? They take a lot of our time and most we never hear from again after.

 

 


Mark Crocker is Executive Director of STMleader.com

Mark shares with us his insights on Short Term Missions, having trained tens of thousands of volunteers to head overseas and make a difference. Mark served as the chair for short term missions at the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s Global Mission round table. He now consults and trains for faith-based and secular NGOs. He heads of STMleader.com and Stopover.ca....

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QT4CM Episode 14

soul care well-being Dec 20, 2016

Dr. Lyndon Wall of Refresh Ministries points out that burn-out is often predicated by a loss of hope.

Dr. Wall prescribes six remedies to recover your hope and prevent burn-out.

First, ask yourself — What is my understanding of my call to impact the world?  See if you can write it out in a sentence. Second, ask — What is my hope level of this happening?  Rate on a scale of 1-10:  One meaning little hope, 10 fullness of confidence. Third, ask — How has your ministry experience affected your belief in yourself, other people and God?  Has there been a sliding toward negative attitudes in any of these three categories? Fourth — Consider the difference between faithfulness and impact.  Which was your calling to?  Often when we are called to a certain ministry, we add our own assumptions about how that ministry is going to change the world.  When our assumptions don’t pan out we move easily to despair. ...

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QT4CM Episode 13

fundraising Dec 15, 2016

Anna Burns has a recommendation:

Reach out to your donors in a personal way by sending them a Christmas card. This is a simple way to say, "Hey, I'm thinking of you and wanted to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas."


  

Anna Burns is with The Great Commission Foundation.

Click here for the "Ask Anna" article she referred to in this episode.

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QT4CM Episode 12

church growth Dec 13, 2016
 

 Dr. Joel Thiessen continues his synopsis on the reasons people go "post-church".

The thesis he advances is that most of the reasons for why people diminish their involvement in church attendance has virtually nothing to do with what churches do or don't do. Most of these things have to do with broad cultural changes within society.

Click the green play button to listen to Dr. Joel Thiessen: Dr. Thiessen identifies these eight reasons:

  1. Rejection of exclusivity
  2. Life transitions
  3. Teenage choice
  4. Too busy
  5. Scandals and hypocrisy
  6. Intellectual disagreement
  7. Interpersonal tension
  8. Social ties

 


 


Joel is the Director of the Flourishing Congregations Institute at Ambrose University in Calgary.

JOEL THIESSEN, PhD  Ambrose University

Associate Professor of Sociology & Director of Flourishing Congregations Institute

Dr. Joel Thiessen is a sociologist of religion who specializes in religion in Canada. His academic interests developed as an...
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QT4CM Episode 11

fundraising qt4cm Dec 08, 2016

Anna Burns answers this week's question — "It's so hard to get donors on board and then keep them interested in supporting my project. I seem to be losing supporters. How can I keep them donating?"

   


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Anna Burns is with The Great Commission Foundation.

Click here for the "Ask Anna" article she referred to in this episode.

Click here to subscribe to Anna's Fundraising Tips newsletter.

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TGCFandFriends Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TheGreatCommissionFoundation  


   The background music featured on this podcast is by Christian musician Steve Bell and his producer and recording engineer Dave Zeglinski. It's called O Love and is...

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QT4CM Episode 10

church-growth qt4cm Dec 06, 2016
 

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Dr. Joel Thiessen talks about people who claim to be Christian... but only show up in church for religious holidays and rites of  passage.

Between 40 and 50% of those who identify as Christian attend religious services mainly for religious holidays and rites of passage. They show up every Christmas. They show up every Easter. They baptize their children. They want to get married in a church, but they don't attend any other time of the year. Click the green play button to listen to Dr. Joel Thiessen: Dr. Thiessen identifies three reasons they do show up occasionally in church:

Tradition — Tradition is a powerful anchor that guides our behavior.

Family — Much like sitting around the dinner table, attending a religious service brings back the family memories.

Sacred Space — feeling closer to God in a church.


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