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Skye Jethani: Recipe for Church-365 (Part 4)

What if your church gave volunteers, leaders, and money to other churches' ministries- on purpose?

Read parts one, two, and three of "Recipe for Church365".

Ingredient Four: Decentralized Service

Over the last few years my travels have been taking me more regularly to Portland, Oregon. Portland is weird, and that's how they like it. But it's also inspiring. I'm thinking of Rick McKinley and his church Imago Dei. Rick and the leaders at Imago have done a great job inspiring their people to serve the community in Portland. But when members of the church approach a pastor about starting a new ministry, Rick has trained them to always say the same thing: "No."

I know, it sounds counter-intuitive, but there is brilliance behind the madness. Leaders at Imago Dei know that in most cases there is another church, agency, or non-profit already engaged in the work. So rather than reinventing the wheel and launching a redundant ministry within Imago, they work to connect their members with other organizations all over Portland. As Rick said, "No logo, no ego." If our church's name doesn't have to be ...

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