SELF-FUNDED CHURCH PLANTING

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Why would anyone want to buy another book on church planting? According to some pastors and church planters, “most of the books on church planting are a rearrangement of the information that is already out there.” If that is true, then you need to take a look at what this new book, Church Planters Have All the Fun(ding)!,  has to offer.

Church Planters Have All the Fun(ding)! is divided into two parts.  Part One of this book seeks to address two aspects of church planting: the fundamentals of establishing a new church from the beginning based on New Testament principles, and the funding the church will experience as it finds ways to combine evangelism with possibilities for personal income. The fun(ding)–the fun and the finances–for the church planter, as well as the church plant, comes from an outreach method called SHARE Evangelism  Read More (more…)

SHARE EVANGELISM

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No doubt many of you who have explored this website, have seen the term SHARE Evangelism. For those of you who are curious, let me give you a brief explanation.  First, SHARE stands for Serving Him And Reaching Everyone. It began simply as SHARE Institute in Davao City, Philippines, in 1990.  Based on the demands and needs of the church and community, SHARE was intentionally designed to teach livelihood skills as a bridge to developing relationships that open the door to sharing the Gospel of Christ. Skills are important, but the primary focus is on Evangelism.

Today, SHARE Evangelism is now the outreach tool for SHARE Institute, International.  SHARE is an organization that almost isn’t an organization! It resides on my computer and is freely shared with those who need an evangelistic tool that will also help finance their outreach or church planting effort.  There is no cost, there is no reporting, there is no obligation back to me.  It is my joy to see it go viral around the world.

SHARE Evangelism is available to you by request.  If you would like to access the training available through SHARE Evangelism, please contact me by email. Tell me about your plans for church planting. Please give me your full legal name (and nickname), where you live, where your church is (or will be), the name of your church, your cell phone number, and any additional information you would like to share with  me. I will email you the web address and passwords for the SHARE Evangelism training manual (about 45 pages if printed), and for the answer key to the chapter review questions.  Notice that at the bottom of this website is a translation tool.  You can use it to translate the entire website to your preferred language or dialect.

My prayer is that many will find this SHARE Evangelism helpful and effective.  Please pray for me, as I will be praying for you.

BEGIN AT THE END

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Is it possible for something to begin at the end? Is it true that something small, is really huge? Can good times be bad? Can bad times be good? Can poverty be riches? Can an uneducated person become an entrepreneur? The answer to all these questions is, yes.

For me, the ending of a long journey is probably only just the beginning. It has been a journey of inspiration and frustration, vision and blank stares, physical weakness and supernatural strength; scary episodes followed by sweet relief, spiritual mountain tops and deep valleys, and through it all, God’s guidance and assurance.

What is all this “crazy talk” about? It describes my three-year writing project which is finally being published. My book, Church Planters Have All the Fun(ding)! has finally gone to production. For many years since the beginning of my husband’s and my life on the mission field, there were two questions that jumped out at us over and over. They were: “How do I plant (start) a New Testament church?” and “How do I find the best way to finance church planting?”

Before I go any further, let me explain. Although I have finished writing the book, I am finding an almost overwhelming need to respond in writing to so many church planters who have the same two questions. My writing continues in blogs and on social media, but in a different, more personal and individual focus. My book is relatively small in size (a little over 200 pages); but it contains a unique, practical way to finance church planting, that is already having an impact, physically and spiritually. Although unique, it is absolutely compatible with scripture. If you find it useful, then a small thing has become huge.

Can bad times be good, or the reverse? We can easily find examples of seemingly good times being truly bad or sinful; but what happens in the bad times? In my experience, every time I start a project or ministry that has the potential for great outreach, I suffer frightening medical events that seem to be demonic efforts to stop and discourage me. I don’t want to go into a long list of complaints, so let me briefly share that I have lived with constant severe pain for more than 25 years. In the last three years, I have been writing without being able to see clearly. Now, after six surgeries on my eyes (I know, I only have two eyes!), and a unique kind of contact lens, I can see much better. Then, as I was putting the finishing touches on the book, I was diagnosed with a serious heart condition. Praise God, that heart condition “disappeared” a few weeks later.

I am not asking for sympathy—a little compassion is good, though—but I share all this so you will know that God can give a person a vision, and then the devil responds by slinging his poison arrows. With God’s help and the Christian’s determination and commitment to follow Him, anything is possible. Since childhood, whenever I faced a problem that demanded a solution, I was known to say, “There’s always a way.” In a way, it became my life’s motto. It was some time later that I realized I was just restating the biblical concept of Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

God has put me in unusual circumstances throughout my life to prepare me for a unique approach to sharing the Gospel. My husband and I live simply, on a limited budget, but we count our riches in the people we have helped, and in our service to God. It is not for fame or riches that I write. I wrote Church Planters Have All the Fun(ding)! because I saw a need. The book will be accessible to anyone in soft cover or eBook format.

Church Planters Have All the Fun(ding)! is divided into two parts. Part One of this book seeks to address two aspects of church planting: the fun(damentals) of establishing a new church from the beginning based on New Testament principles, and the fun(ding) the church will experience as it finds ways to combine evangelism with possibilities for personal income. The fun(ding) for the church planter, as well as the church plant, comes from an outreach method called SHARE Evangelism.

SHARE EVANGELISM INTRODUCTION

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Have you tried door-to-door or house-to-house witnessing and had doors slammed in your face so many times that your nose is all bent out of shape? Have you tried street preaching, only to get chased off by police, or even put in prison? Do you face severe restrictions on spreading Christianity? Do you face apathy and indifference from those who need Christ but don’t know it yet? Are there too many questions? Then let’s look for answers.

It is apparent that the devil is the ruler of this earth (Revelation 12:7-12) and his influence seems to be getting stronger. As Christians we know that Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 1:33) A great majority of the people we see on the street, or in every crowd, is lost and without Christ. We must find ways to present the truths of the Gospel and the truth of the Resurrection. We must find ways to overcome the complacency of the self-satisfied person. We must find ways to bridge the gap between love and hate to reach those who are stubbornly and dogmatically against the teachings of Jesus and the salvation He brings. We must be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16) We must be fearless, not foolish. We must be brave, not resigned to defeat. We must tread gently as we boldly go.

As Christians, we have the King of Kings, the Ruler of the Universe, fighting for us. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) No one enjoys or wants persecution, but there are times when God allows it. Persecution does not come as punishment, but as a way of glorifying God. Even physical pain and disease may be used by God for his glory. We can’t know the ways of God, nor can we know the reasons; but we can know the blessings of serving Him, regardless of what happens to us. Let’s march forward as Christian soldiers, battle-ready and fully clothed in the whole armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

I have two resources for you. The first is S.H.A.R.E. Evangelism, which is a very practical training course that encourages the Christian to use the “stuff” of everyday modern life to inspire parables. This is a way of imitating Christ in an easy “as you go” style that makes witnessing a part of who you are. This method is most compatible with evangelical Christian theology and philosophy. Best of all, it is free! Just email me at MitchellBarbara711@gmail.com. Tell me you name, address, cell, your church name, your involvement in the church (pastor, Sunday school teacher, member, etc.) web site if any, your plans to plant a church, and any other information you care to share. I will send you the link and the pass code so you will have access any time.

The second resource is my new book on planting churches that can be self-funded and autonomous from the beginning. The title is, CHURCH PLANTERS HAVE ALL THE FUN(DING)! It follows an agricultural theme and shows how S.H.A.R.E. Evangelism and church planting go hand-in-hand. The manuscript is in the editor’s hands for final editing. I expect the book to be released by the end of summer, 2017. Let me know if you are interested and I will be sure to notify you when it is available.

Meanwhile, please visit other blogs on my web site. You may find them especially helpful and encouraging. I appreciate any comments on the blogs that you care to make. I’ll see you there. https://shareinstitute.org/blog/