LEADERSHIP FOR BRIDGEBUILDING CHURCHES

25 06 2015

church1_editedIn cooperation with the School of Evangelism, Bridgebuilders is planning two “graduate seminars” that build on what we have been learning these past five years. Each school will have two 2 ½-3 hour sessions on either consecutive Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings. The overall topic is: Leadership for Healthy, Outreaching, Disciplemaking Churches.

Individual topics will include: The Stewardship of Leadership, Helping the Church to Mature to Match Its Mission, Managing Change and Resolving Conflict, Measuring Your Health and Fruitfulness.

If you would be willing to host, or if you have interest in participating in such a training experience, please contact Dr.Steve Dunn at 717-471-3018 or sdunnpastor@gmail.com

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BRIDGEBUILDERS SUMMER NEWS

1 07 2014

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As the summer heats up, the ministry of Bridgebuilders is picking up speed.  Dr. Steve Dunn introduced our newest training program for Bridgebuilder churches, “Building an Elder Team”on June 20-21, 2014 in Durham NC.  Bishop Victor Glover brought elders and potential elders for the three congregations of the Last Days World Outreach for a seven hour training experience. (These congregations are part of the Eastern Regional Conference of the Churches of God and are located in Hillsborough, Raleigh and Warsaw NC).

“Building an Elder Team” is based on developing a discipleship culture and training persons to share with the pastor the responsibility of being shepherds if the flock.

Two more Bridgebuilders Seminars have been scheduled in the Allegheny Regional Conference of the Churches of God. July 26 the first one will be held at the Barkeyville Church of God in Pittsburgh,  (The church currently has no pastor, but has Winebrenner Seminary student Heidi Mikulin is coordinating this event.

September 5-6, 2014, Pastor Lee Kline and the Center Bethel Church of God in Alverton PA will host Bridgebuilders.

A new tool begins a 40 week pilot at Barkeyville following their event.  Bridgebuilders is developing Real Disciples, an extended study that uses a variety of tools including an Individualized Disciple Education Plan to help build a small missional culture within a traditional, to model the changes needed to be more effective as Christ’s disciples today.

Publication of The Bridgebuilders Principle has been slowed by the writing of some new sections and the editorial work needed.  We are still aiming to go to press the end of summer with an October release date.

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PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE

30 03 2014

4Springtime is a the season of planting for the future.  We never what the harvest might be, but we plant seeds, they are watered, nurtured-ultimately to bear fruit.  2014 is a season for planting for Bridgebuilders Ministries and its central program resource, Bridgebuilders Seminars.

A NEW PUBLICATION: The Commission on Evangelism of the Eastern Regional Conference of the Churches of God is partnering with Bridgebuilders Ministries to publish our first book The Bridgebuilders Principle to be released by our new Bridgebuilders Publications this spring

ON-LINE NEWSLETTER:  We now publish a monthly on-line newsletter called Taking Jesus to the Neighborhood stories from Bridgebuilding Churches, news of upcoming training events, and more.  It is a free publication.  You can subscribe via this form:

REAL DISCIPLES:  Bridgebuilders ultimately tries to help a church become a discipleship culture.  We are developing a 40 week small group experience aimed at helping form people as disciples and to build them into small ministry groups to strengthen one another as disciples and to mobilize a  church to serve God out in the community.  It is called Real Disciplesand includes developing Individual Discipleship Plans that will match people with coaches.  Right now we are talking with a church in western Pennsylvania to pilot this.  We are open to up to two more.  If you are interested you can use the same form to communicate with us.





INCARNATIONAL

9 11 2013

This is the first in a series of articles sharing core aspects of the Bridgebuilders Principle which provides the foundation for both the Seminars and Bridgbuilders Ministries.  A book by this name is being prepared for publication in early 2014.

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BY STEVE DUNN

When churches think of reaching their unchurched neighbors, they often think of creating programs to attract people into their church buildings. Create the right program, make it attractive enough, and people will come into the church and find Jesus. Tony Campolo says. “The church puts up a sign, ‘Come one, come all.’ Jesus put up another sign. He said, ‘Go ye!” This is called the attractional model and it is meeting with decreasing success, especially in suburban and urban areas of the United States

The church needs to get out into the community where the unchurched live. It needs to build redemptive relationships with the unchurched. Those redemptive relationships build upon redemptive opportunities. Through those relationships people are led to Christ and brought into the church.

A redemptive relationship is a significant commitment by a Christian to a non-Christian where they share life together on many levels with a large amount of time spent together. Its purpose is for the Christian to speak into the life of the other as you

The church in the 21st century has come to realize that incarnation must be the model. For the authority of this claim, we only need to turn to the example of Jesus himself. “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.” (John 1:14, The Message) The church outside its walls in action, the gospel lived out in the transformed lives of Christians who are living out in the world and building redemptive relationships with people who may be a long way from considering “coming to church.” Noting that Jesus Christ is the bridge from sinful humanity to a holy God, Dan Kimball says, “The church must be the bridge to the Bridge.” A bridge must be anchored on both sides of the distance to be bridged in order to actually help people “cross over.” (Robert Lewis)

Kevin Harney adds, “People need to hear about Jesus, but they also need to see him. As his ambassadors on earth, we are to reflect his love, show his heart, and incarnate his presence wherever God sends us.”

It is vital for us to understand that as the representatives of Jesus Christ out in the world, we must be the “real deal.” We must genuinely be persons transformed by God and following Christ. This is why two things must be true of us as the people of God, the Church. We must be people whose lives are rooted and grounded in the Grace of God ourselves. We are not good people doing a good thing for God. We are forgiven sinners, whose lives have been made new, by the unconditional love of God. In a world where “performance” is king and “measure up” is the command, a fallen and broken humanity hungers for “a taste of heavenly grace.”

(C) 2013 by Stephen L Dunn

excerpted from THE BRIDGEBUILDER PRINCIPLE (c) 2013 by Stephen L Dunn





BRIDGEBUILDERS IS HEADED SOUTH

5 10 2013
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BRIDGEBUILDERS – Building bridges to the Bridge

Coming to Last Days World Outreach – Hillsborough, North Carolina

October 20, 2013

Dr. Steve Dunn and Bridgebuilders Ministry
will share with us three messages on
reaching our unchurched neighbors in these Last Days

DURING LEADERSHIP TIME
“Listening to the Holy Spirit to Understand
the Needs and Dreams of Our Neighbors”

“Learning to Tell Your Story”

And during the Sunday Service
“The Word Becomes Flesh and Moves Into the Neighborhood”

Bishop Victor Glover will be the host.  Then on October 21, 2013 Bridgebuilders will be providing a ministry of encouragement and equipping to Epic Church in Bluffton SC, Pastor Sabrina Bragg.

STEVE STILL HAS SOME OPEN TRAINING DATES: OCTOBER 19 IN THE NORTH CAROLINA PIEDMONT AREA, AND OCTOBER 23 AND 24 IN EITHER NORTH OR SOUTH CAROLINA OR VIRGINIA.  Contact him at sdunnpastor@gmail.com.69080_166248886719447_2298300_n





WHY YOUR CHURCH SHOULD INVEST IN SOCIAL MEDIA

5 09 2013

This is an excellent post from Ministry’s Best Practices. If you need help with use of social media, Bridgebuilders Ministries can assist you. – STEVE

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Sure Social Media and Networks, like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter etc.., have a big “gee-whiz” factor. Everybody is hopping on the bandwagon. People are telling you that if you and your church don’t get connected to this new media that you’re going to get left behind and miss out.

But there has got to be a more compelling reason for a church, ministry or non-profit to sign on to these social media applications than “everybody else is doing it.”

The question you have to ask concerning your organization is, “Why get on board and get involved with Social Media?”

The answer to that question comes from business -they call it ROI, Return On Investment. What is the ROI of Social Media for ministry and your church? In this post, I don’t want to address the quantitative aspect of ROI, but rather the qualitative.

How does social media improve the quality of ministry and help move the church’s objectives forward?

I believe there needs to be 3 ROI Quality Goals and Objectives for Social Media

1. Communication
2. Connecting
3. Call to Action

Let me break these down:

1. Communication – Social Media must help the church effectively and efficiently communicate it’s message. Certainly Social Media isn’t the only medium. A church can communicate to it’s people on the Sunday morning platform, bulletins, mailings, phone calls, emails, face-to-face conversations, television, radio etc… Social Media, though, becomes just another effective tool to add to the church’s communication mosaic. But Social Media has some unique benefits all it’s own in effectively communicating:

– it’s easy and effortless, it doesn’t take much money or manpower to implement or use it.
– it’s ubiquitous, since it is so available and pervasive it isn’t hard for people to miss the message.
– it’s variety, social media takes many different forms, words, audio and image.
– it’s viral, the beauty of social media is that your message can expand well beyond it’s intended audience – therefore exposing and introducing new people to your cause and community.

2. Connecting – Social Media must connect your community. Unlike communication which most often pushes information in a “one-way” direction, connecting must create a conversation. You must ask, Will Social Media create conversation within the community? Are people able to talk to you the minister/ministry team leader? Can they talk to one another? Also, part of the conversation involves other key elements:

– contribute, can others contribute in helpful and meaningful ways to the conversation? Are they even able to shape the conversation?
– collaborate, does your social media allow the benefits from the collective hive of experience, skills and knowledge from your community?

3. Call to Action – Social Media must prompt people to do something. It can’t be passive. Some of the calls to ACTION might include:

– Go, are you asking someone to go and serve others in some way?
– Give, are you asking someone to give either of their time or financially to the cause?
– Pray, are you calling people to act in concerted and persevering prayer?
-Mobilize, are you asking people to spread the message of the cause to their friends and networks?

So as you think about Social Media for your church, ministry or non-profit, you must ask yourself….How will this new Social Media “thing” help our church, ministry or organization Communicate, Connect our Community, and Call People to Action?

If you have a clear answer to that question, then most definitely your church should invest in Social Media.

REPOSTED FROM MINISTRY’S BEST PRACTICES





BRIDGEBUILDERS – Building bridges to the Bridge 2013

17 01 2013
BRIDGEBUILDERS - Building bridges to the Bridge

BRIDGEBUILDERS – Building bridges to the Bridge

BY STEPHEN L DUNN

Bridgebuilders is about to enter a whole new level of ministry.  God has been moving in some exciting and powerful ways during 2012 and we eagerly anticipate what He is planning to do next through this arm of His kingdom.

After two years of research, writing and three pilot events, Bridgebuilders Seminars was launched in the winter and spring of 2010-2011 with three events sponsored by the ERC Commission on Evangelism in eastern Pennsylvania–at Roaring Spring, Elizabethtown and Camp Hill. The Seminars also received a broader introduction at breakout workshops at the 2011 sessions of the Eastern Regional Conference of the Churches of God. Weather issues and some scheduling problems with host churches, reduced our introductory events in the fall and winter of 2011-2012 but we were able to present the ministry at Shippensburg PA and Germantown MD.  While that public momentum slowed, God was at work behind the scenes.

In January 2012, I was given the opportunity to share the principles and format for the Bridgebuilders Seminars for the Regional Directors and Officers of the General Conference at a Leadership Retreat in Columbus OH.  That led to three immediate invitations for the Directors from the Allegheny, Great Lakes, and Western Regions.  In May I presented a new format called “The Bridgebuilders Principle” to the delegates of the Allegheny Conference at the their annual conference session at Camp Sunrise Mountain.  I was also able to interview our first potential Bridgebuilders Trainer from that Conference-Mike Bobula of Latrobe PA and also was able to recruit General Conference Associate Lance Finley, who operates out of Findlay OH.  In June I was given an plenary session opportunity with extended time to share the The Bridgebuilders Principle to the delegates meeting at the Great Lakes Conference in Findlay.  I also received time to do two one-hour breakout sessions on “The Mission Field Outside Your Front Door” which introduced people to some of the practical applications we teach in the Seminars.

In October I was invited first to the General Conference’s renewal conference called The Gathering for Renewal, sharing the actual Bridgebuilders Seminar with persons from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.  This was followed with a Bridgebuilders Seminar provided in the same week for the Western Regional Pastors and Spouses Retreat in Branson MO.  This included persons from Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.  These events led to a training retreat on “Creating a Discipleship Culture” for the November Ad Council Retreat for the Midwest Conference in Terre Haute IN and our first Bridgebuilders Seminar in the Allegheny Region at Mt. Pleasant in January of this year. (The event in Mt. Pleasant was the single best attended Bridgebuilders Seminar ever with 58 people attending).

Bridgebuilders Seminar at Eberly's Mill included PTI students

Bridgebuilders Seminar at Eberly’s Mill included PTI students

This fall the ERC sponsored two more area offerings of the Seminar–at Newville and Eberlys Mill in the ERC.  Both were also attended by students from the Pastoral Training Institute as guests of the Commission.  And Shippensburg sponsored the first ever Bridgebuilders Sunday which included a message from me at both services, a training time with the adult and youth Sunday School and a Sunday evening two-hour workshop. Three more men joined the process to become Bridgebuilders Trainers for the ERC – Mark Halliday, Tim Bistline and Dave Anderson.

As we head into 2013 the Commission on Evangelism is reorganizing to make Bridgebuilders and the Seminars the core to its program of resourcing churches and the School of Evangelism is becoming the training arm for coaches for the conference and local churches seeking to use the Bridgebulders Principle in their ministry. Planning has begun for Bridgebuilders Seminars at New Horizons and Camp Hill in the ERC and Latrobe and Indian Head in the ARC.  Later in 2013 the Bridgebuilders Principle will be presented to the Midwest Conference’s annual sessions.  It is hoped to have a book (which I am completing) called The Bridgebuilders Principle available for resourcing churches later in 2013.

God has been very busy.