Friday, August 20, 2010

Relational Intentionality

Part 4 of a series on the book "Transformational Church"

The second transformational loop described by Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer is labeled Engage. It contains three elements, the first of which, Vibrant Leadership, was covered here. Today, a look at Relational Intentionality.
A relational approach to reaching and developing people is woven throughout every ministry and practice. Relationships are the substance of the church culture.

We Are a Friendly Church
  • TCs intentionally build platforms to create relationships
  • The purpose of relationships in the TC is to see lives changes through the power of Christ

The Look of a Relationally Intentional Environment

What are the challenges within your church environment to cultivate relationships, and how can you address them?

What are the challenges in your church environment to intentionality, and how can you address them?

• Produce family

• Practice one-on-one relationships

• Provide space for difficult people
   Every member must be willing to minister because when God really moves,  
   broken and hurting people show up
   The outcast and marginalized need the compassion of Christ

• Systems and processes are present and must be aligned
   A system is an environment, a way of doing things, providing the “how”
   A process is a path with a purpose, a destination, providing the “where”

God’s delivery system for the gospel is relationships with people who have met Him

The excerpts above are from the book "Transformational Churches" by Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer. TC is the result of a comprehensive study of thousands of churches where truly changing lives is the standard set for ministry.

Next: Embrace - Prayerful Dependence

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