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What is Ignition?

13 December, 2002 12:37 PM

Couple of people have asked me about the 'Ignition' resource I mentioned a few posts back - the interest in it here in Australia seems to be really gaining momentum. Looks like a number of churches will be running it with small groups and congregations in 2003. A number of groups have already been running it.

Ignition is a resource we've developed at Dreamland that is designed to be used in small groups to get people thinking missionally. It is a 12 week walk through Acts and is easily self run by the group. I'm running a group currently and really am enjoying it myself. Am seeing real growth among the group also.
I'd be happy to supply more info on content or where to get one if you'd like to shoot me an email or leave a comment.

update - Ignition is now available for purchase online at the dreamland shop.

Just finished a review of

13 December, 2002 12:24 PM

Just finished a review of 'Multiplying churches' to be posted on Phuture - will notify when its up and readable.

Rachel has got me thinking again

12 December, 2002 5:02 PM

Rachel has me thinking again in her Success postWhy do we get so caught up in measuring success by the worlds standards of success?? NOTE TO SELF - blog something on "Multiplying Churches" - edited by Stephen Timmis and Co. This is an amazing little book that presents another way of growing the kingdom - through multiplication (ie churches planting churches that plant churches that plant churches) rather than through addition (ie churches growing one convert at a time)

Easy to do the mathematics and work out which is more successful. The story that always gets trotted out to illustrate this point is the legend of the invention of Chess.

The Emperor of India put the call out to his subjects that he wanted a new game invented and that there would be a reward for the inventor of the best one. An old man came to him with Chess - after showing him the game and looking at the other inventions CHESS was declared the winner. The Emperor was so exultant over the invention of chess that he offered the inventor anything he wanted in the kingdom. The inventor thought for a minute and then said, "One grain of rice, Your Majesty."

"Just one grain of rice?"

"Yes, just one grain of rice on the first square of the chess board, two grains of rice on the second square, four grains of rice on the third square," and so on. Each sqare got double the grains of rice that the last square had. Doesnt sound like much of a prize til you do the math!

The Emperor goes bankrupt because 2to the 64th power (2 to the 64 squares in the chessboard, 2 to the 64 grains of rice) is 18 million billion grains of rice. At 10 grains of rice per square inch of rice fields, that would mean that the entire surface of the earth would have to be covered with rice fields two times over, oceans included.

The point is that the strategy of growing the Church one person at a time is good - but if we could just harness the multiplication theory and set up communities of faith that would reproduce themselves we'd be onto a pretty good thing! Just a thought....

Leadership 101

12 December, 2002 4:30 PM

Reflecting upon some of Alan Roxburgh's speaking today as I worked. He talked about quite a few things, but one that stuck in my head was a new model of leadership that is emerging in the business world. The 'experts'...(what makes someone one of these anyway!?) have found through much research that the days of the old top down, power driven, making them shake in their boots style of leadership are over.

Instead - a new style of leader is coming to the fore - these are the people that are currently leading the worlds most successful and sustainable businesses - they are often quiet, humble, encouraging types - who get alongside their employees and work with them - encouraging them to do their best. They often work behind the scenes and shy away from being seen 'at the top' grabbing for power.They seek to serve and make those under them succede - they are happy when others do well.

Reminds me of someone

Havn't read Jesus CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership yet, but John from my Ignition group said its pretty much about the same thing and a book that he's passing onto some of his MBA students.

Group Blog

11 December, 2002 3:05 PM

As Dreamland we have decided to do a group blog. Mark and Stephen must have been drinking alot of caffine yesterday cause the name for it is....

Wait for it....

Stinky Convoluted Past

There isnt heaps there yet - but I think it'll be a valuable source of information and reflection and add a new dimension to our E-Zine Phuture.


11 December, 2002 2:17 PM

Spent morning with the nutters - Stepen and Mark from Dreamland. As always - fun times were had - mingled with Dreamland talk. Numerous projects are under way - we seem to be entering a bit of a phase of writing resources again. Ignition has just entered its second print run - its an amazing resource that we've just launched that helps small groups of people to think about and explore MISSION! If you want more info on how to get a copy just shoot me an email.

Just had a great meeting

10 December, 2002 8:51 PM

Just had a great meeting with my DCCC small group leaders - what a great bunch - and I'm not just saying that cause they'll probably be logging onto the site shortly! Hi John, Tina and Naomi - thanks for being AMAZING!!!!!!

What is wrong with Contemporary

9 December, 2002 2:27 PM

What is wrong with Contemporary Worship

This is one of the most popular articles on Phuture - Written by a great mate of mine - Stephen Said.

Its amazing how the topic of worship seems to stir up the emotions so much - this topic has more 'comments' on it than just about any other on the site.


3 December, 2002 1:26 PM

FORGE was good - Mark spoketh well as usual. Did some stuff on Leadership in times of Chaos. Once again I felt affirmed in some of what I've been chewing over in my brain about church in our area. Nth Fitzroy and its surrounds are rather chaotic in many ways, yet someone in the midst of the crazyness there seems to be some real energy, real community and emerging things.

I live in Heaven

I walked down Brunswick St recently and challenged myself to look at where God is already at work. I tried to spot God's fingerprints in the place. I walked and observed for two hours and was amazed at what I saw. It was as if I had walked into heaven in many ways!

I spotted God more in this 'pagan street' than I reckon I would in many churches. In the diversity of people living side by side, the feel of community, the miriad of top quality eating and drinking establishments (like a snapshot of the Great Feast in Mtt 22), the cries for justice in the posters plastering the street posts and walls, Gods creation being continued in the work of the amazingly artistic community, the wonderful parks and the spiritually aware and awake people...evident in the books they read, the films they are watching and the conversations I overheard snippets of. The list of Gods fingerprints in this place go on and on.

Of course in the midst of it all was evidence of the brokeness of humanity, in the drug addict, the homeless and the sick. Jesus is there too - in the least of these....

Its refreshing to know that its not up to me to 'take God' to North Fitzroy - he's already there, working, drawing people to him. I'm not responsibe for introducing the concept of God and his Kingdom to that place, rather I'm responsible to join him in what he's already doing there! Phew....I don't have to save the world afterall....will leave that kinda thing to him...

Just off to the last

3 December, 2002 8:13 AM

Just off to the last FORGE intensive for the day - The sessions are "subversive leadership" (Mark Sayers and Steve Said), "The future in 3D" (Davel Fuller), "Why Church Planting" (Milton Oliver) then electives with a variety of people. Tis a pity that I'll have to miss the afternoon as I have a meeting this afternoon.

Will report on content later.

Phuture: Serving the Second Reformation

27 November, 2002 1:27 PM

Phuture: Serving the Second Reformation is a great resource for thinking through issues facing the Emerging Church. But then again I might be biased as I'm part of the organisation that is behind it - Dreamland

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