Jeff Brodie sits down with Peter Roebbelen in a wide-ranging interview.
They discuss how Peter came upon multi-site church, the discipline necessary to hear the Holy Spirit, spiritual warfare, and how to process the season of dying. Did I mention it was wide-ranging?
A Mission Partner
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3 Insights from This Episode
1. Intentionally listen for God’s words
Great leaders know how to listen well, both to the people around them and to the Holy Spirit.
Listening takes discipline, practice and self-awareness. All distractions must be removed in order to stop and focus on every part of what someone is saying.
When you focus less on the things you think you should be doing and intentionally listen to what God might be trying to tell you, you’ll be more open to hearing the whispers of the Holy Spirit.
2. Leaders need a safe place to discern spiritual truth from lies
People regularly believe lies for just about everything – other people, themselves, the church, the world, God’s kingdom. A big part of pastoral care is helping people discern and work through distortions brought on by the enemy. But what do leaders do when dealing with their own struggles and misconceptions?
Self analysis is hard to do alone. A leader needs a counselor, ministry partner or close friend who can work through rejecting lies the enemy places on the heart and accepting the truths found in scripture.
3. We struggle with the idea of death because God intends for us to have eternal life
Most Christians are okay with death, but not with the actual process of dying.
Death was not God’s intended plan for us, which is why we often struggle with the thought of life coming to an end. Gaining a deeper understanding of God’s eternal plan for the spirit can bring peace to the mystery of what’s beyond death. It’s okay not to have all the answers. There are things we can affirm and things we don’t know – but we trust that it’s good because God says it’s good.
Quotes from This Episode
Does Church in Canada Have to Stay Small?
So you would love to reach more people, but how? Your church just can’t seem to sustainably grow past the 200 barrier.
You’re reaching new families every month, but it’s like pouring water into a leaking bucket: you just can’t grow past your current plateau. What gives?
Breaking 200 Without Breaking You can help you and your team break through the barrier 85% of churches never move past: the 200 attendance barrier.
So many leaders who try to break it either get stuck at 50, 100 or 200 in attendance or burned out in the process of trying.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Believe it or not, the reasons most churches never break 200 aren’t spiritual reasons, they’re practical reasons. Strategic reasons.
The course tackles eight key issues that keep churches from passing the 200 barrier and beyond. It includes:
- 8 videos designed to guide you and your leadership team through all the key growth barriers smaller churches face.
- 150 page downloadable workbook for you and your team.
- 12 licenses, so you can take your entire team through it—board, staff, key volunteers—whoever you want (that’s about $20 a person).
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So whether your church is 50, 150 or 250 in attendance, the principles will help you gain the insight you need to break the barrier more than 85% of churches can’t break.
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Next Episode: Warren Bird
Dr. Warren Bird is the Director of Research and Intellectual Capital at Leadership Network, a nonprofit that helps innovative Christian leaders increase their impact. He discusses the latest research on Canadian churches, why American and Canadian churches are so different and church growth.
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