Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Super Cluster

a Biblical thought...
That's why it is said, "Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right." But it's not just Abraham; it's also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God. (Romans 4:24-25)

a Book thought...
If you educate people and then treat them as morons or just a human resource, the best ones will leave. Education without personalisation treats training as a cost rather than an investment. (p192 FBF)
a Dave thought...
Yesterday I joined the Super Cluster for the day, this is the group of about 80 Corps Officers that Kelvin Merrett facilitates. As the focus is on building healthy churches, the topics for the day ranged from Assimilation to Leading Continual Change. The main presenter for the day was a Tim Brown, one of the many success stories that Paul Borden has mentored over the years.
Tim Brown is the pastor at First Baptist Church of Clovis in California, a church that has grown from 67 to 900 in the last 10 years. Tim is a great communicator and let us know some truths such as:
  • That we can attract a crowd without changing lives.
  • The real leader of the church is the most influential person at the church, who is often not the Senior Pastor or Corps Officer.
  • Many of us are discipled and biblically educated far beyond our obedience.

As this group continues to meet, learn, and discuss I pray that it will result in healthier corps which truly start to reform the communities God has placed them in.

Just a thought.


jsi said...

You display some very profound advice from your Super Cluster especially "Most of us are discipled and biblically educated far beyond our obedience."
There is no school or diploma available for sacred obedience but we are lacking when we fumble obedience. It is an evident in our behavior when sacred obedience is missing. It is impossible to exercise submission without the divine leading of God - and we are weak leaders when we have pastey submission and fractured obedience.
Your Super Cluster idea sounds exciting - has it been beneficial for your officers and leaders?

Anonymous said...

The Paul Borden model is being used in South Carolina in my denomination with devastating results.

Our leaders have been marginalized, assets are being sold, churches are being closed, and there is a great sense of confusion everywhere.

That’s all I can tell you about my personal experience with Paul Borden.

For perspective, I am a senior pastor in my denomination, and have successfully pastored in SC for 20 years.

Comment by Steve

Anonymous said...

It has cost our territory alot on money $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Anonymous said...

"Many of us are discipled and biblically educated far beyond our obedience." What is he really trying to say from an American Baptist context about an Australian Salvation Army context. We are not biblical literate at all as an organisation. I am confused by his statement???
from confused