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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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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The Double-G Combo of FiveTwo’s Action-Orientation

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

We have scrambled through FiveTwo's first two values and their corresponding behaviors. Hark!  Value #3 beckons: Action-Oriented. This seems redundant at first glance, since all values result in behaviors. “So tell me, Bill, why cut this action value out from the rest of the herd?”  (Wow, you speak great cowboy!)

Action-oriented is our value #3 in FiveTwo because there is a particular type of person we’re seeking and a particular type of action that person takes.  Let’s start with the person we’re after.

Sacramental & Entrepreneurial

FiveTwo’s dream is to find, sharpen and start 10,000 sacramental entrepreneurs in the next 30 years, resulting in a movement of spiritual communities that create baptized followers of Jesus from lost people. FiveTwo desires to raise up passionate leaders of all gifts and types, but our major focus is find, sharpen and start 10,000 sacramental entrepreneurs. These sacramental entrepreneurs will be catalytic, prone to decisive and quick action. 

If this is you, you want to start something that reaches people outside of Jesus’ kingdom, and you want to do it in a way that lives out the presence of Jesus ongoing.  You believe He’s really present in baptism and the Lord’s Supper for you.  And he’s also really present in you for the world.  So you want to start something that gives legs to that belief for generations to come.

Here's a brief list of your makeup:  You focus on foundations (values, behaviors, language and culture); you're theologically deep but future oriented; you're sent…and enjoy going; you take a long view of geographies and generations; you start from scratch; you're constantly going.

If that’s you, then here’s a Double-G swing thought for your action today.

The Double-G: Go & Gather

Your charge: Go & Gather.  Get off your duff, go see someone, and invite them into your cause.  Go and gather.

Two questions tag along with that charge: Where am I going today?  And, who am I gathering today?  Go: Where am I going?  Gather: Who am I gathering.

Let’s unpack Go first:

Go means you’re doing something outside of your reach, beyond your little world, past the walls of your office or building.  If you’re leading an urban effort, go means you walk the streets, get to know the owner of the corner grocery and the lady who runs the bakery.  You have “visible” currency. 

It also means you reach out.  You send an email or a text, pick up the phone.  Visit them in their work place.  Actually when you visit them where they work, that also hits our other core value of “Respect for all.”  When I come and see where you work, when I spend time watching you do your thing, I’m getting to know your story and understand what makes you tick.  I’m entering into your world and meeting someone I wouldn’t have met were I back at home.

Go means you study for a while but ultimately, you take action.  You’re in motion.  You’re not holed up all day reading a book about making disciples; you’re going so that you can make disciples.  You’re going to effect change and create momentum.

You’re going so that you can gather.  Which is where I'll pick up next post.


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5 Respect-Full Behaviors For Sacramental Entrepreneurs

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Respect has been our entrée the last few posts.  Partly because it occupies the #2 slot in FiveTwo's values.  Mainly because respect opens the door to deep, long relationships. And divinely, because it lives out Jesus’ command to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Wow, a trifecta!  

What makes this value so invaluable for sacramental entrepreneurs is that when you go to start something, you’re going to need people to join you in your cause.  If you’ll approach your case with a sincere respect for all, from a posture that is beneath all resulting in talking up to people, as people of more worth than you, you’ll discover that posture is very Jesus-like and actually, refreshing and attractive.

So what does this look like in practice?  Here are five behaviors that say, “I respect you.”  

The Big Five

1.  I’ll trust you before you prove trustworthyYou don’t have to jump through a hoop before I’ll trust you.  This might cost me some pain, I might get taken, but ultimately I don’t have anything to lose and more than likely, it will open the door on incredibly gifted people God brings into my life, helping carry the burden of whatever I’m starting.

2.  I'll ask questions about your life rather than just tell you about mine.  If you get good at this, you’ll discover you know a lot about people.  Which will help you understand why they feel the way they feel.  Which will allow you to see their side, not in order to convince you but in order to compassion you.  It will stop you from being so judgmental.  When I truly want to know your story, when I listen to the nuances of your story, that’s a huge sign of respect.

3.  I'll embrace your values that don't conflict with my core valuesAnd my core values should be pretty few.  Like my family and Jesus.  But how I worship Jesus, whether I read about Jesus in the NIV or ESV, if I like Indian food or not, basically most of my preferences in life, if I respect you, I’ll adopt your preferences.  Why not?  What’s it going to hurt me?  Shouldn’t the question be how’s it going to help you?

4.  I'll learn your languageWhich means I won’t make you learn my language: I’ll learn your language.  I'll communicate in your language.  I'll translate my theology into your language.  I’ll learn to love your music, share your dress, embrace your customs, laugh at your jokes, not in a fake way.  In a real way, because I respect you.  I truly love you.

5.  I'll let you belong before you believeThis one’s huge for us in the Church.  We’ve forgotten what it’s like to not belong.  If I respect you, I’ll invite you into my life, welcome you into my home, into my groups, into my activities so that you experience community that says “You’re loved.”  I don’t keep you on the outside, looking in.  Rather I invite you to walk with me in the same direction, following Jesus, even when you aren’t sure who this Jesus is.  Because if I invite you into relationship and community with other Jesus followers, there’s a really good chance before you know it, you’ll believe it because you’ll have belonged it.

What’s your posture?  What’s your position?  Are you talking up to someone or down to someone?  Respect for All means I’m always beneath you.  You’re always above me.  No matter your vocation, your role, your status or lack thereof.  You’re a child of God, designed by God, redeemed by God.  You’re worthy of all of my respect.  

Which should definitely live itself out in my behaviors.

What say you?  Shout it out in the comment section below.

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Another Dose of O2: Values

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

This week's O2 is an O2 two-fer.  This O2 speaks to FiveTwo's heart — our values.  Take a look.  Feel free to share the O2 with your friends.  Comment below.  I'd love your feedback.  Just don't make fun of the screen grabs from YouTube.  They're killing me.



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