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Ministry is always a team effort -- Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 48+ years! Countless others have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. My favorite breakfast is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of quality coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to serve and share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature in Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!

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March 2018

A new series of articles and commentary: "bits from bob" is back.

Upcoming 2018 Mission and Ministry Schedule

  • February 20 - March 5: Mission Trip to Chile [Santiago, La Serena, Chillán]
  • March-April-May [March 7, 14, 21, 28]: "You've Got Mail!" Wednesday night adult Bible class, Park Plaza, Tulsa, OK
  • March 25: Preach, Mission Report @ Fort Gibson church of Christ, Fort Gibson, OK
  • April 1: Teach, Bible class, Park Plaza, Tulsa, OK
  • March-April-May [April 4, 11, 18, 25]: "You've Got Mail!" Wednesday night adult Bible class, Park Plaza, Tulsa, OK
  • April 12-24: Mission Trip to Ecuador (Ibarra and surrounding churches) and Colombia (Preacher-Leader Conference in Túquerres)
  • March-April-May [May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30]: "You've Got Mail!" Wednesday night adult Bible class, Park Plaza, Tulsa, OK
  • May 31 - June 12: Mission Trip to Perú [Lima-Santo Domingo, Lima-Los Pinos, IBI, Trujillo]
  • The 2018 Calendar is available online. I hope you can attend an event when I am in your area. Contact me for details or to schedule an event. A few open dates remain on the 2018 and the 2019 calendars.

    Holistic Ministry Develops Holistic Churches

    I recently wrote about the two-fold mission and work of the church -- to save the lost, to keep the saved saved. These are two essential dynamics of local church ministry. Ministry in its simplest form focuses on these two goals. To simplify further, the goal is the salvation of souls -- the church that knows the goal and focuses everything toward the goal will be blessed by God to accomplish God's purpose.
    Last year, in an article entitled "If I Could Start Over in Ministry," I wrote about the importance of evangelism, building strong relationships, discipleship, meaningful worship, fellowship, and having every member involved in ministry and mission.
    In this article I suggest ways to integrate the two articles.

    First, the church must keep its eyes fixed the goal of sharing the gospel. In saying that the church must keep the goal in sight, I do not refer only to the leaders, preacher, and elders. I am writing about the DNA, mindset, and world view of the church, including every member. Constantly in view in the life of the church must be the ministry of the gospel and the mission of the gospel. Keeping the goal at the forefront means that every member knows the task. Every member can recite and explain the task. The task is the work of every Christian in the local church. The goal is to get people in contact with the gospel. That contact is made through intentionally evangelistic activities and strengthened by strong relationships both within and without the body; thoughtful, meaningful, challenging worship; shared fellowship; and members involved in service and mission.

    Second, the church must strengthen and stabilize its members. Members belong to one another -- we never let go of those who belong to us, we never let go because we belong to one another. Discipleship requires relationships. Jesus said making disciples involves two things -- teaching the gospel so that people are baptized and continuing to teach after baptism. Discipleship is intentional. Discipleship is training in Christ, the image of Jesus, the heart of Jesus, the priorities of Jesus.

    The church that is serious about discipleship will develop ways to evaluate disciple-making efforts. Most often we look at how many people respond to the gospel in baptism because Jesus said that discipling the nations will lead to baptisms. But the number of baptisms does not tell the whole story. What happens after baptism? How do we evaluate growth in Christ? How do we evaluate growth in discipleship? We most often measure attendance. But just getting together -- whether in worship assembly, classes, or groups -- does not guarantee that people love and obey Jesus. The activities that many churches share in their groups do not produce disciples who make disciples.

    For thought and prayer...
    Do you see church members obeying Jesus in their daily lives? Principle: The Word must be central -- in worship, classes, groups, and personally.
    Do you see church members contacting others and sharing their faith? Do you see disciples making disciples? Principle: Evangelism must be the priority.
    Do you see members openly and continually sharing their lives with one another? Principle: Fellowship and relationships are essential to discipleship.
    Do you see and hear church members experiencing God's presence in their lives, their relationships, and their meetings with God? Principle: Disciples worship -- continually.
    Do you see all the members involved in ministry and service? Principle: The goal is every member actively involved in ministry.

    In summary, holistic ministry focuses on what matters to God. The priority is salvation -- saving people and keeping them saved. Holistic ministry develops holistic churches where the members experience changed lives and constant spiritual growth. A holistic church also changes the life of its community.

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    The expanded article can be accessed and downloaded at: Holistic Ministry Leads to Holistic Churches

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