As a boy, this son of preacher Tommy Barnett had a dream: a church that remained open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This church would serve the inner city’s physical and spiritual needs, bringing a message of hope to the seemingly hopeless. The Dream Center is the fulfilment of that dream. Pastor Matthew Barnett founded The Dream Center in 1993, starting an international … [Read more...]
Stories, Teaching & Information on our Second Vision Picture - Leadership Health.
2. We see a movement raising and empowering Kingdom-focused leadership
It seems that ‘balance’ is a word that is being thrown around a lot these days. We seek a balanced coverage of the news while we eat a balanced diet ensuring that we have a good work/life balance and worry about balancing the budget. What confuses me is – can we become too excessive about balance and if so, how do we balance our obsession to be balanced? Jesus in my opinion … [Read more...]
Our Directions 2012 project has highlighted that, as a movement, our current ways of doing ministry have not enabled us to keep pace with our growing population. If the Gen 1K goal to grow to 1,000 churches by 2050 is to become a reality, we can’t keep doing things the way we have always done them and expect to reach this goal. Some of the things we do work well and we … [Read more...]
In 2011, 2012 seemed so far away and too much to think about. But 2011 flew by and here we are in 2012. In ministry, the plans for 2012 started long before the year ticked over, and movements were in progress long before the fireworks sounded on New Year’s Day. For a few people, the end of 2011 meant the end of their long-time ministry because 2012 will hold new adventures, … [Read more...]
With our family of churches recently adopting the bold goal of growing to ‘1,000 healthy churches in a generation’, or the shortened version ‘Gen1K’, the inevitable question that arises is, ‘What does a Healthy Church look like? There are also other questions that flow from that original question, such as: What criteria can be used to make such a judgement on a church’s … [Read more...]
I think that strong leadership is over-rated! It seems to be the shiny object that has captivated the attention of many churches, particularly as they search for a new pastor. However the Ministry Support & Development team believes that the great need is for ‘empowering’ leaders not just ‘strong’ leaders! Whilst the two are not mutually exclusive, neither are they … [Read more...]