MONDAY SCHOOL for July 30, 2017, #4.8

MONDAY SCHOOL for July 30, 2017, #4.8
from The Place Of Prayer In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … prayer.

QUOTE #1: [1]


QUOTE #2: Senior Pastor Michael Slaughter was appointed to Ginghamsburg in 1979 as the church’s first full-time pastor. At the time, the church averaged approximately 90 people in attendance. Since Slaughter’s arrival, the mission of the church has been to “win the lost and set the oppressed free,” leading to the church’s exponential growth. Today, approximately 5,000 people are on Ginghamsburg’s campuses each week. Slaughter has become a leading figure in the missional church movement and a popular author and speaker, and has repeatedly been named one of the most influential Christians in America. [2]

QUOTE #3: Emptying my office has served to remind me of a few things. First, God has truly brought about a miracle in this place! A two-room country church of 90 folks has multiplied into a missional movement of thousands. But, when well-meaning sisters and brothers commend me over the weeks ahead for the accomplishment of a great work, I will have to put a hand up and confess, “Hey, it wasn’t me! I am just the donkey that Jesus rode in on.” In a sense though, what Ginghamsburg has become hasn’t surprised me in the least. I saw it 38 years ago when I spent a day alone in the field behind that little country chapel telling God I wouldn’t leave until God gave me a vision for what was to lie ahead. And, God did. Otherwise, I never would have made it through those early days when the negative resisters and naysayers called in my district superintendent trying to get rid of me. “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV).

While digging through the papers in my office cabinet, I also found evidence that I recognized from the early days on that a vision is simply a wish unless you put together a strategy for accomplishing it. A yellow, legal pad (circa 1981) surfaced, listing the early start of my strategy for bringing about God’s vision for Ginghamsburg.

QUOTE #4: [YouTube Video] In the early 1990s, Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church was outgrowing its campus in Miami County, Ohio. The Pastor, Mike Slaughter had a vision for a new campus. A design team set out to find the site and lay out plans. Mike Scinto says “We were blessed when we learned the land directly behind our property would serve as that campus. As I sat on our deck one evening and looked out across the field it was one of the few times I remember getting a direct message from God.” “Field of Dreams” fit perfectly. The recent Kevin Costner film said “Build it and they will come” … Scinto shared it with the team and “Field of Dreams” put a name to Mike Slaughter’s vision. In 1993 Scinto was asked to co-produce and co-write this video showing the need for the new expansion and how it could be achieved. What memories came back when he found this in a box in the lower level of their home recently.

What gets your attention? Why?
What is the human need or problem here?
What is that like?

SOW: What does it SAY?
What does it say that I should OBEY?
WHO needs to hear this?

What is the divine solution?
How can we visualize it?

How can we make it happen? What are the steps?

The image is from Pixabay.


[1] This post is based on the sermon series: The Normal Christian Church – Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Sermon #4 from The Place Of Prayer In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … prayer.

[2] Ginghamsburg Church, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

[3]  “The Power of the Plan” by Mike Slaughter,

[4] Ginghamsburg Church Field of Dreams Campaign 1993, YouTube video by Mike Scinto



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