In this podcast, Pete Scazzaro expands on the third quality of a church culture that deeply changes lives: beneath-the-surface discipleship. In a church culture that deeply changes lives, no one assumes people are maturing on the basis of activities such as church attendance, small group involvement, and serving. Instead, they understand maturity is the fruit of the slow, hard work of following the crucified Jesus.
In part 2 of this series on six marks of a church culture that deeply changes lives, Pete explores integrity in leadership. When we have integrity in leadership, we do not pretend to be something on the outside that we are not on the inside. Pete looks at integrity as a continuum, examines what it means to guard the integrity of the ministry or family we lead, and finally offers a few pointers on practical ways to raise the level of your own integrity that will inevitably impact those you lead.
In this Podcast episode, Pete explores the first and most important characteristic of a church culture that deeply changes lives – a slowed down spirituality. This is a church culture where people refuse to allow a hurried world to set the pace for their lives but instead live by rhythms that are slower and more deliberate. They set aside time each day to immerse themselves in Scripture, silence, and solitude, which are foundational practices for their communion with Jesus.
Buildings, budgets and bigshots are the movement killers to the reproduction of churches, leaders and disciples. Recently I was in a pastor’s meeting and many were wondering how their churches would continue. Some were selling their facilities just for survival. Survival is one thing, but reaching a city is quite another.
I'm an introvert.
Accepting the realities of my God-given personality has been a process of sanctification. I've had to repent of people-pleasing and trying to be someone I'm not. I've had to humbly acknowledge my limits and weaknesses and to live in God's strength rather than my own. Ultimately, this process has been about God and his kingdom, not me. The more I rest in his gracious acceptance of me in Jesus, the more free I become to be myself for his glory. And that's a place where joy and contentment abound.
Over the past ten years we’ve explored what it means to be missional in many contexts. Urban and suburban churches. Large and small congregations. Shiny newly-built communities and historic neighborhoods where relationships have spanned generations. In no particular order, these are some of the vital lessons for missional leaders we’ve learned over the last 10 years!