Jan/Feb 2011: Ideas and Innovations



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What’s featured in the January/February 2011 Outreach?

Theme: Ideas and Innovations

InnovationThe Church Listens, The Church Speaks

Leaders respond to five key questions about how to take the timelss message to an ever- and rapidly changing world.

Where do ministry ideas come from? What do you do to stay current with cultural trends? How do you connect with the concerns and thinking of people in your church? How are you responding to change and innovation happening around you? What do you see on the horizon that may shape next steps in creative ministry?

After the Dream: How to shape a great idea from brainstorm to reality. Experts offer practical solutions—seven key considerations..

Kevin PalauWhat My Father Taught Me: Five leaders who followed their fathers into ministry share how their dads inspired them—Kevin Palau, Matthew Barnett, Ann Graham Lotz, Carlos Whittaker, Greg Surratt

 Leith AndersonOut of Africa, Into the World: Lausanne, Cape Town 2010: Why a global congress on evangelism could change the way your church sees its mission—perspectives from Leith Anderson, Paul Eshleman, Os Guiness and others




PulseOUTREACH TODAY: Vanquishing Vandalism; Oasis HIV/AIDS Ministry; Who Understands Salvation; International Partnership for Haiti; Abundant Creativity (Children); “Supermassive” Event (Youth); Flower Power (Seniors); Jayne Post (Soulfires); and more

IdeasFOR ANY CHURCH, ANY SIZE: First Steps for Your Outreach Team; Is Your VBS an Outreach? Coffee Club (Small Church, Big Idea); Hospitable Hosts (Connections); Through a Praying Friend and a Caring Pastor (New Life); How a Church Goes Viral (Exponential Church); and more

VoicesFROM OUTSIDE THE CHURCH: Comments and Perspectives; David Berlinski (My Life, So Far); Mystery Visitor; How Important Is the Church to You? (The Question)






Ed StetzerED STETZERAs I See It: As president and missiologist-in-residence for LifeWay Research, Ed Stetzer is in a unique position to observe the American church and comment on trends in outreach. More »

Dan KimballDAN KIMBALL—Church on Mission: Santa Cruz, Calif., pastor and author Dan Kimball gives us a look at emerging generations and offers his thoughts on outreach and evangelism in a new world. More »


Brad PowellBRAD POWELL—Leading Change: Pastor and author Brad Powell offers his experience and insights to help churches realize their full potential and guide pastors through all types of church transitions. More »

Mark DeYmazMARK DEYMAZ—Ethnic Blends: Pastor and author Mark DeYmaz urges churches to embrace multiethnic ministry not just for the sake of racial reconciliation, but because that is what the church is called to be. More »


Bobby GruenewaldBOBBY GRUENEWALD—Innovate: LifeChurch.tv pastor, innovation leader Bobby Gruenewald scans the cultural horizon and calls the church to a creative and relevant response.



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James P. Long
James P. Longhttp://JamesPLong.com

James P. Long is the editor of Outreach magazine and is the author of a number of books, including Why Is God Silent When We Need Him the Most?