All this is in writing," David said, "because the hand of the Lord was upon me and He gave me understanding in all the details of the plan." (1 Chronicles 28:19)
As I shared with everyone last week, there are times when the hand of the Lord comes on us and gives us understanding way beyond our own thinking or capability. David was not smart enough to design the temple - he needed God's help! Here in 1 Chronicles he testifies it was God who gave him understanding. David's job was to write down the ideas as they came.
I am so grateful the District Advisory Board has given me the opportunity this summer to write. I want to be accountable for the faith they have put in the helpfulness of this project. As I have prayed and written this past week, the outline of a book entitled
MultiplyNaz - Fueling the Nazarene Movement with Love has emerged. The contents page is below. I plan for the book to be reviewed and perfected by lots of people, therefore my name will not appear on the front cover. It will be a book created by church leaders for church leaders. We hope many of you will be able to read the second draft text and offer your suggestions for improvement before it goes into its second draft print mode.
Introduction - Welcome to the Church
Part One - Foundations for Spiritual Movements
1. A Great Future Together
2. The Greatest of These - Is Love
3. Movements Focus on Outsiders
4. What We Believe about the Church
5. Why Nazarenes Stay So Connected
6. Cultivating Our Commitment To Multiply
Part Two - Lessons We Are Learning
7. God Creates Healthy Churches
8. No Church Left Behind
9. All Kinds of Churches for All Kinds of People
10. Partnering with Our Universities
11. Building a Contagious Culture
12. Large Churches Help Fuel Our Movement
13. The Role of Districts
Part Three - Fueling the Movement
14. Prayer Is Our Engine Room
15. Compassion Is Our Lifestyle
16. God Is Calling Leaders for the Future
17. The Global Vision of Jesus
Notes & Credits
The goal from this summer is to give our district both a book and two websites (
) we can use. It will provide a common terminology with a unified mission and vision regarding multiplication for both new churches and increased health for existing churches. It will be designed to help other churches and districts as well. Should you have any needs over these next few months, please reach out to Scott (email@example.com 312-535-7229) and he will be able to help you.
Thank you for your prayers, that this will be a fruitful time; your prayer support means the world to me. Thanks for being Christ in Action. We have tremendous days ahead! You are loved.