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Icebreaker #7b: Story of the Stones - full story

Submitted by Macka on Sat, 04/16/2022 - 09:06

 Walking along the beach I see stones, lots of stones. As I continue to walk I see from a distance one particular stone.  It is not necessarily the best looking stone, but it has caught my eye.  I pick it up, appreciate the beauty in it, and put it in my pocket close to me.

The beauty of stones becomes greater when you put them together, one enhances the other. Dark, light, big and small, together they make a statement, a beauty to behold, simple but profound beach stones.

Get Free Printable Gospel Tracts (and why you should use them)

Submitted by Macka on Sat, 04/16/2022 - 08:13

Over the years I have heard the proliferation of good reasons why people should use tracts as part of their witnessing tool box. A lot of people that I respect use them as their first preemptive strike. nonetheless I have always hated them.  I found them cheap and cheesy. (Not just gospel tracts, any tracts or adverts.) For the most part, deep down, I guess I sort of thought people who threw out tracts were just  trying to make themselves feel better,  whilst avoiding embarrassing themselves by engaging in the harder conversations. That all changed when I went to London last year!

Diaspora (Displaced People/Groups) – Why is it a good thing?

Submitted by Macka on Sat, 04/16/2022 - 08:05

Ever wondered why your networks grow so easily within displaced ethnic groups compared to the people in your own country? Ever wondered why these displaced groups are softer ground than they are in their home country? Ever wanted to reach out into the harder and sometimes more dangerous fishing grounds but they seem out of your league? Well they are softer and yes you can reach out back to their home countries.

Coins

Submitted by Macka on Sat, 04/16/2022 - 07:59

 This is an old favourite of mine.  In my home town I'm known as the ‘coin man’ by the youths in the streets and skate park.  

I didn't set out this way it just happened.  I have a full tool box of gospel bridges that I use.  One of them are some coins I keep in my wallet.  One is a Roman 1st century silver denarius coin from the region of the Holy Lands. Yes the same type and age as the coins Jesus spoke of and used as illustrations. (It's not worth much as it is in bad shape so it was very cheap to buy). The other is a worthless large Australian commemorative gold coin.  

Icebreaker #8: The Dot in the middle of the page

Submitted by Macka on Thu, 04/14/2022 - 07:08

This is a little exercise that my friend Dave K. added to our Blind Spot Test ice breaker. (Like the Blind Spot test it can be used for ice breaking evangelism or discipleship.)

Someone put a black dot in the middle of a white A4 piece of paper and held it up. Dave was then asked to tell them what he saw. He replied “a dot?”.

Witnessing Guide Booklet for Other People Groups

Submitted by Macka on Thu, 04/14/2022 - 06:56

Our Brothers and Sisters over in the UK supplied us with a witnessing guide booklet that you might get some use from and add it to your tool belt.  It is available for those who have access to our "Other People Groups" section.  You can find it at https://meetgodathome.com/other_groups  .  If you don't have access to this public area of special interest you can always ask one of our team or email us from the Contact Page.  Cheers Macka.

Getting to Field 4 - Forming a "church"

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 18:14

Placeholder for website development.

 First, read the article on disciple-making vs. Church Planting

Then this future article will fully explain a different (and perhaps more usable form) of the 4 fields diagram for the West. Particularly when dealing with post-Christian or High Church regions.

Icebreaker #6b Chat over a cup of Coffee (Part 2 - the kit)

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 17:39

This is a simple kit you can download and use. It goes with the earlier article called: Icebreaker #6: Chat over a cup of coffee

We offered a free beverage/drink if they would stop and share their story with us. We then offered a snack to go with the drink if they took a short survey.

The survey was just the 5 questions of Sharing Jesus Without Fear/Argument.  Actually, it was 7 questions the last time we did it.