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November 24th, 2009

by Bobby Gruenewald

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Following the Recipe

It’s not unusual for ministries to take a close look at other churches. Often, they’re in search of the recipe for success.

It’s great that churches can learn from each other. Our church has certainly been helped by it, and we hope other churches have found value in what we’ve been able to offer.

But there’s something important to keep in mind as we study others. We have to realize we have different ingredients.

When you do the same things as Ministry X, you can’t assume you’ll get the same results. God has given you and your team unique talents, resources, and vision to reach your community.

We’re better off building a recipe that takes into account the ingredients we have.

What are some key ingredients for your church?

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  1. Nov 24, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Thank you thank you for this great reminder Craig. I fight this all the time. I like other church’s recipe’s too much.
    Hmm, what are some of our unique ingredients?
    We really focus on Creativity, Authenticity, Relevance & Excellence (CARE). We have also put a lot of time into what it looks like to be a disciple around LifePoint Church. Our mission is to Influence People to Find & Follow Jesus. We are working on our unique process that one can follow in becoming a Christ-like Influencer.
    Have a great day Craig.

  2. Nov 24, 2009 at 9:24 am

    For us it is Reaching, Moving, Building, and Serving. We put these ingredients togethers and we will be doing what we as a church are being called to be by Christ and that is the goal.

    Thanks for the thoughts Bobby.

  3. Nov 24, 2009 at 11:52 am

    “key ingredients for your church”
    Highly relational, we show up 10 minutes late and stick around for an hour after. Asking questions about life, faith, church is accepted and normal. Giving (financial) that is supernatural. We are staff lead, staff health-mental, physical, emotional and spiritual are high priority. We acknowledge often that life is messy, following Jesus changes everything, and we keep moving toward the finish line. We have an extraordinary amount of fun!

  4. Nov 24, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    We are risk takers. We don’t settle for average. We are a place of truth and grace. We love doing things outside of the box. We challenge people to come to faith in Christ. We serve our community.

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  6. Nov 24, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Ditto to all that Brandon said for us as well!

  7. 7Brent
    Nov 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I think sometimes the opposite is true also. I saw churches during the 40 Days of Purpose craze that would leave out elements of the campaign that they didn’t like or didn’t think would work at their church. Their campaigns weren’t very effective, and I think it’s because of their unwillingness to ‘follow the recipe’ the campaign called for.

  8. 8M Crow
    Nov 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    I’m so glad you said this Craig. And talking with you in person, I know the sincerity. Thanks! For us, the ingredient that seems to come the easiest is community - focusing on those outside our walls. I’m blessed to serve at a Church that does this well.

  9. 9Avery
    Nov 25, 2009 at 11:39 am

    poor Bobby …

    everyone keeps thinking Craig wrote the last couple of posts..

    Bobby never said a word… what a guy!;)

  10. Nov 28, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Student-led, university-hosted, small-group/leadership-focused!

    We’re getting ready to push for campus unity as well!!

  11. Nov 30, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Great topic!

    It is the same in Australia. Everyone looks at seemingly sucessful churches and tries to follow their recipe.

    Who needs a spiritual meal of McChurch when you can have a wonderful home cooked smorgasboard buffet?

    In a recent post on my blog I called it that “they wanna be like Mike”. They all want immitate MJ - yet they don’t realise it is who THEY are and what Jesus is doing through them that gives them their distinct flavour and taste in their wider community.

    Our churches recipe is Jesus, justice, glocal missions. This is not official. I’m #justsayin.