The Engine Under The Hood

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Here's a vid about the engine under our hood, the fuel for our movement.  Enjoy!

 

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Great Entrepreneurial Insights From John Legend

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

John Legend might be a legend in the music industry, but what can a sacramental entrepreneur learn from him?  Read the article and I suspect you'll see the possibilities in John Legend's story.

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4 Daily Preps For A Hindu World

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

When you look out the window or through your www lens, scanning your neighborhood, community, even the pews of your church, what do you see?  I see a Hindu world.  Especially in the US.

Hindus believe in many gods.  They’re functionally astute, relying on one or the other depending on the situation.  No hierarchy needed.  Just performance and unique applicability.

The US is a Hindu nation.  In fact many of those who worship with you are de facto Hindu.

Sacramental entrepreneurs — men and women seeking to start new in order to reach new people for Jesus — who grasp this reality tend to be better prepared to face the facts of a post-Christian culture.  They live with less shock and more joy, not because of the false beliefs but because they know what to do about them.

Let me suggest 4 daily preps for those of us tackling a Hindu world.

1.  Recite.  As in “I’m a baptized son/daughter of the King!”  Your baptism brought the mysteries of Jesus to bear in your real time and space.  It secured your identity.  You’re not Hindu.  You believe in one, true God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  One true God into whose name you were born in baptism.  Remember that.  Daily.

2.  Read.  As in God’s Word.  Read some portion of it.  A verse, a paragraph, a page.  Let it soak in and seep in so that God’s Spirit steeps in you.  Strong and stout like Irish breakfast tea that puts hair on your chest.  You’ll be surprised how this Word will come to mind over the minutes and miles ahead.

3.  Reflect.  As in pray over your day’s appointments and people.  What opportunities to start new for Jesus will be provided to you?  New insights, new thinking, new relationships.  Who will Jesus allow you to disciple today?  Will you be looking for that — purposeful, intentional?

4.  Respect.  As in All.  Everyone.  Hindu or hedonist.  Protestant or pagan.  Catholic or communist.  Matters not the country or color or cause. Prepare for the day intending to show respect to everyone you meet.  Be Jesus.  Better yet, let Jesus be through you.  It’s the sacramental way.

It’s a Hindu world out there, friends.  It’s a world that needs new ministries reaching new Hindu people.  Because Hindu’s not where it’s at.  It’s at Jesus.

Which R do you need to sharpen?  Which one do you need to start?  Put your thoughts in the comments.

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3 Steps To Make Jesus Go Viral

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

What makes a YouTube video go viral? In a TED Talk from a few years ago, Kevin Allocca from YouTube argues that there are three key factors: Tastemakers, communities of participation and unexpectedness. (Check out the TED video here.)

Maybe you’ve had that moment…you stumble on a gut-churning cat video forwarded by mom or Brett Domino masterpiece endorsed by your high school friend Jack, who at the age of 40 still attends high school.  And before you know it, you’re but one of 5 million likes, joining a worldwide community guffawing at how easy it is to create a chart topping song or bemoaning how you got sucked into watching cats play with cars.

Tastemakers.  Communities of participation.  Unexpectedness.

You probably saw it coming, so here’s a little Jesus juke: in FiveTwo, we’re called to be the Jesus tastemakers.  We are the viral leaders who help people taste and see just how good Jesus truly is.  The Holy Spirit convinces the heart while we place Jesus on the plate or in the cup.  We do the work of introducing and sharing.  Divine Person #3 seals the deal.

Our communities of participation?  Choose your viral poison — your family, your local congregation, and especially, from FiveTwo’s side of the aisle, your FiveTwo Local.  Those are the key viral communities where we hope to see 10,000 sacramental entrepreneurs formed.  10,000 men and women who start new to reach new.  10,000 people of all walks who share your pews and share our passion of starting sacramental ministries for people who don’t know Jesus, for people who don’t associate Jesus and viral, unless we’re talking disease.

The unexpectedness?  What’s not unexpected?  God/Man.  Perfect but real.  Authority figure who loves outsiders.  All-powerful but self-controlled.  Timeless, transcendent payment for man’s debauchery and disobedience.  Crucified.  Died.  Buried.  Resurrected.  Returning again to resurrect all flesh.  Giver of totally free eternity.  Lover of souls and especially of my soul.

30 years from now we want to have played a role in making Jesus viral.  1,000,000 sacramental communities started by 10,000 sacramental entrepreneurs.  But to get to 2044, you have to start in 2014.

Tastemakers.  Communities of participation.  Unexpectedness.

O’ viral tastemaker, what say you?  What community needs to meet viral Jesus?  What unexpected viral twist would blow their little minds all the way into heaven?

Speak to me in that comment section below.

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The Double-G Combo of FiveTwo’s Action-Orientation (cont.)

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Last post we talked about the first G: Go.  In FiveTwo, we're about going.  Getting stuff done.  Seeking out new people.  But the going is for a purpose: Gather.  That's the second G of the Double.  And Action-Oriented is FiveTwo's #3 Value.  Pay attention.

You go so you can gather.  That's why Sacramental Entrepreneurs exist.  It's the apostolic in us coming out.  We like to go and we like to gather, especially gathering people into Jesus' Church.  Which we know isn't really us gathering.  Nah.  We're not that good.

Sacramental entrepreneurs live knowing the presence of Jesus lives in them.  So wherever I go, I’m bringing Jesus to those people.  All the power of the Holy Spirit and all of the grace and mercy of Jesus are present for me to give.  The relationships I form with them ultimately lead to my heart which loves Jesus, adores Jesus and can’t help but speak of Jesus.

So whenever I go and wherever I go, I’m constantly gathering people to Jesus as I gather people to me.   I don’t want them to just get to know Bill Woolsey; I want them to meet Jesus.  Because He’s who’s a the center of Bill Woolsey. 

Ultimately I’m not just inviting them to help start a church or launch a business or improve a neighborhood, I’m inviting them to meet God-in-the-flesh who empowers me, graces me, and provides a purpose for my life – your life – that is infinitely better than anything I could ever have imagined.

Starting Isn't a Solo Sport

So gathering is key b/c it’s how people meet Jesus.  But it’s also critical b/c starting ministries or businesses; improving communities or planting churches, those are not solo sports.  They may originate in the heart of one person but they live out only when they live in the hearts of many.  Get that?  A vision embraced by only one heart is only a dream.  For it to become a reality, many hearts must own it.

God may have given you the vision for this new endeavor, but if you do not gather people around that vision, it will remain but a dream.

Keep in mind that gathering begins when you lay out just exactly who you need on the team.  What gifts are necessary to pull this off?  What people have I met while going who have the gifts this vision calls for?  There are definite planning components that go into gathering.  But ultimately, if I’m going to gather, I have to ask.  I have to invite people to join.

Remember also, especially in the early stages, to gather leaders.  Leaders exponentially expand your efforts b/c leaders not only have followers; they also know how to get things done.  Someone once told me: “Leaders know what needs to be done; why it needs to be done; and how to gather the resources to make it happen.”  What leaders am I gathering around my cause?

One reality check before closing: going and gathering is not a one-shot deal.  It’s not just one day a week.  It’s a little going, a little gathering, every day, every week so that my movement multiplies into momentum that moves way beyond me.

In FiveTwo, we’re action-oriented.  We take action.  We get stuff done.  We go and gather so that God’s kingdom grows across geographies and generations for eternity.

 

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