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Thursday, August 29, 2013

3-2-1: Prayer-Care-Share


Am I Making Disciples?

This is a hard thing to measure. We can count offerings and attendance. But how do you count disciple-makers or spiritual growth?


One of the things we've been working on at Grace is how do we measure our success in the areas of spiritual growth that are so hard to measure. We still have a lot of work to do. But I have one scorecard that will help us get started.

3-2-1: Prayer-Care-Share*

I've shared parts of this many times. Here is a "Target" on the wall for us to consider to help us measure how we're doing. 

3: Prayer. Pray for 3 people that are far from God but close to me. Be specific.

2: Care. Serve in 2 places each week. (Ex. 1 - Inside the church; 2 - Outside the church)

1: Share. Share 1 priority. Follow me as I follow Jesus. It's our mission, after all. It's the essence of disciple-making.

I encourage you to think of yourself as a lighthouse in your school, your neighborhood and your job. Shine there by praying for 3 people, caring in 2 places and sharing 1 priority each week. Make this part of your weekly rhythm. Let it be an overflow of who you are in Christ. 

Imagine the light of Christ that will be evident in our communities if we all do this...

Shine,
Darien

*Note: The Prayer-Care-Share strategy comes from the LighthouseMovement.com and the 3-2-1 comes from the teachings of Neal McGlohon of the Cypress Project & Cypress Network.


Monday, August 26, 2013

What's Your Personal Temperament?

I was talking with a friend and he called himself a melancholy. I'd heard the term before but never really given it much thought. I don't usually hear it in casual conversation. So it got my attention. So asked him about it and he told me about the four temperaments and a quick explanation about each one. I found it interesting and wanted to find out what I was. 

He sent me a link and I took the free forty-question temperament test to learn that I was sanguine-choleric. Then I had to Google what that meant. I've included my quick research below for your reading pleasure. After reading the descriptions, I had to agree with the test results. 

Why?

There are pros and cons with each of these. Sin can do harm through your personality. The Holy Spirit can redeem your temperaments. Take a few minutes, take the test and then read over the four. It will help you be more self-aware. 

My hope personally is that I will be more aware of my strengths and weaknesses inherent in my personality temperaments. I also hope to be more sympathetic to others who struggle within theirs as they relate to me.

By the way, the four temperaments are sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic and melancholy. Gary Smalley has coined more descriptive terms:

"Gary Smalley has renamed these classifications into a more modern and relatable format based on commonly known animals. These he lists as the "otters" (sanguines), "lions" (cholerics), "golden retrievers" (phlegmatics), and "beavers" (melancholics).[13]"