Sign Language Training For Churches

“It is estimated that approximately 95 percent of Deaf people do not attend any church. CITI exists to equip church members, professional church workers and American Sign Language interpreters through specialized instruction to assist and serve the Christian Church in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who are Deaf, both informally and in worship settings.”
http://goandmake.ca/church-interpreter-training-institute-equips-people-to-sign-for-deaf-people-for-worship-services/

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But We’re Already “Missional”


Holy Trinity Leicester already had “missional communities” – but they weren’t sharing their faith… not too “missional”.

You can tell from the picture Holy Trinity is a city center congregation with a stately building. Some find it hard to believe they could ever change. But they had already taken major steps in changing their church culture.

So what could they do with the “unmissional missional communities”?

Here the pastor describes the practical transition of this “legacy church” as they enter into the process of learning how to make disciples. 

Another minister from Essex relates how two churches there are likewise being transformed using simple tools for making disciples.

Of the many podcasts at movements.net this is one of the most practical for pastors of existing churches!

3 CHURCH TECH TAKEAWAYS FROM THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW

This website is a great resource for churches and technical issues related to “mobile ministry”.

The last point about “extending” what we do in the physical space of the church is important. Many churches have live video streaming of services, but what about more intimate discipleship groups?

Where do low tech pastors and church leaders get started?

Could each Small Group or Sunday School class (or division if they use the same curriculum) have a Facebook Page or WordPress page where the material for the coming week is previewed or recapped?

TheOikos.org has a Monday – Thursday service of daily group prayer at a local coffee house which they broadcast on Zoom. Some of their members attend in person and others join in as long as they’re able. Is that a likely model?

Check it out and let me know what you think…

http://churchtechtoday.com/2017/01/23/3-church-tech-takeaways-from-consumer-electronics-show/#comment-72952

C.F.W. Walther: Each Christian is a Missionary … Every Church a “Mission House”!

C.F.W. Walther: Each Christian is a Missionary … Every Church a “Mission House”!

Living in a post-church culture calls for the mobilization of all Christians. Quoting the prophet Joel, Peter says in Acts 2:18, “Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those [last] days, and they will prophesy.” In order to impact a growing secular society with the Gospel, God’s people need to embrace C.F.W. Walther’s vision of “every Christian a missionary” and be trained and equipped to live as missionaries. Walther writes,

“Not only, however, is this [to see another person recognize Jesus as his/her Lord and Saviour] a Christian’s desire, but it is also his sacred duty. No one should say, ‘I am not a pastor, a teacher, or a preacher. Let them teach, instruct, comfort, and lead souls to Christ. I wish to remain in my own vocation.’ No, Christian, you are baptized, and through Holy Baptism you have already been anointed and called to be a priest of God. Through Holy Baptism each Christian has been consecrated, ordained and installed into the ministry to teach, admonish and comfort his neighbour. Through Holy Baptism each Christian has received not only the authority, power and right, but also the high and holy obligation to do his part that others may be brought to Christ. …

http://goandmake.ca/c-f-w-walther-each-christian-is-a-missionary-%e2%80%a6-every-church-a-%e2%80%9cmission-house%e2%80%9d/

YouTube and Evangelism By Proxy

Here’s an interesting piece on the ethics of posting evangelism encounters on YouTube. Worth considering … does this objectify people we claim to love and wish to win for Christ?

The Sin Boldly Blog

sp11There is something of a trend in Christian circles to record evangelism encounters and post them on YouTube for the world to see. On the whole, I am sure this is a good for God’s Kingdom. Christians see other Christians boldly proclaiming the Gospel and can be encouraged to do the same. They can learn good arguments to make and become familiar with relevant passages of scripture when engaging the same crowd (Mormons, pro-choice folks at abortion clinics, etc.) Or we can learn about a ministry and see firsthand what it is doing and decide whether or not we should lend it support through social media shares or even financial resources.

Whereas such a practice was done in relative isolation, now, with Go Pro cameras and YouTube, tens of thousands of people can watch Christians engage non-Christians in public squares and challenge them to give up their false beliefs. I…

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