Posts Tagged ‘Jericho Ministry Solutions’

New Beginnings

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

This blog relaunched last November primarily as a social networking vehicle to support the launch of my speaking ministry and a consulting ministry that I launched earlier this year, Jericho Ministry Solutions. The content has, therefore, been focused on leadership, devotional thoughts, and theology to support those two ventures. While those ventures are still functioning, and you can contact me to speak at churches or retreats through the contact tab of this site and you can contact Jericho Ministry Solutions for more information about consulting, you’re going to notice an expansion in the content on the blog. I recently accepted the position as Chaplain at Southfield Christian School. As such, you will be seeing content related to education and occasionally topics geared towards a teen audience as well. I’m still working out the logistics and how that will look practically on the blog but I’m excited about the new ways this blog will be used for ministry in the very near future. I will continue to generate content that will appeal to all of my loyal reader (my mom and grandparents ☺) as I generate new content that will appeal to my new readers as well. Thanks for reading and please provide feedback to the site. This blog is only as good as the value it adds to your life and ministry.

With that said there’s something else happening on the blog this week that I’m really excited about. BryonHarvey.com is going to be a part of the blog tour for Eric Bryant author of Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World. Eric will be here August 12th talking about his book and answering questions. Please welcome Eric to our community and engage him and his book. I look forward to learning from you and Eric as we discuss how to “effectively love, serve, and reach people overlooked by the church.”

Seeing Through New Eyes

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Yesterday morning I noticed a piece of twine tied to one of the trees in my neighborhood. At first I was confused. How did a piece of twine get tied to the tree like that? Then I remembered how the trees on that street looked when we first moved in. It was a new neighborhood. All of the trees that line the main thoroughfare had three pieces of twine tied to them and to stakes in the ground to help the young trees grow straight.

It’s been six years since we moved in. Those trees have grown over the past six years and no longer need the support of the twine. Trees grow slowly. They change slowly. As I saw those trees everyday, I didn’t notice how much the trees were changing over time.

The same is true in organizations. While some changes are fast and noticeable others are slow and hard to notice in the midst of a change. We often need a fresh look at what’s going on to understand how to lead in our organizations.

This is the value of consultants. Consultants take a snapshot of the organization and help the leadership see it with new eyes. The summer is coming and this often is the time when church leaders take time to pause, refresh themselves and plan for the next ministry season. This is the perfect time to consider bringing in a consultant to help plan the next phase of your church’s ministry. For more information about consulting and information on how one might help your church, contact Jericho Ministry Solutions. Or, you can email me directly at Bryon@JerichoMinistries.net.

The Second Wall That Keeps Us from Being the Church that God Intends

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The second wall that keeps churches from being all that God intends is their Spiritual Development plan, or more often, their lack of one. I’ve been to a lot of churches that do a great job getting people to show up Sunday morning. But, they don’t know what to do with to do with them once they get there. Most of these churches say things like: “We do a great job on the first half of the Great Commission” or “We need to find a way to close the back door.”

The answer is they need a Spiritual Development Plan. A Spiritual Development Plan starts with a clear vision of Spiritual Development. In my experience this is the key piece that is missing in most churches. I’ve heard churches say that the goal of their Spiritual Development program is to make people more Christ-like or more loving. Statements like that preach well. They’re inspiring. But they don’t help the average Christ-follower. They’re too vague. A vision should describe what tomorrow should look like. There should be enough detail in the vision for people to know what next steps they should take. Yet, there should be room in the vision for people to paint their own part of the story as well. A Spiritual Development Vision should describe what people will look and act like when they are more Christ-like or more loving.

With the vision for Spiritual Development in place then it’s time to develop the Spiritual Development Plan. The plan will provide key action steps, milestones, and goals that will help individuals fulfill the vision for Spiritual Development. For more information on developing a Spiritual Development Vision and Plan contact Jericho Ministry Solutions.

What keeps you from being the church that God intends?

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

A couple of weeks ago the Jericho Ministry Solutions website launched. You can check it out at JerichoMinistries.net. The vision of Jericho Ministry Solutions is to knock down the walls that keep us from being the church that God intends. I know, it’s too wordy but I haven’t been able to think of a way to communicate it in fewer words. Anyway, in thirteen years serving in churches and para-church organizations both as staff and as a volunteer, I have observed four walls that keep us from being the church that God intends (1) Strategic Planning, (2) Spiritual Development, (3) Small Groups, and (4) Stewardship. The next four posts on this blog will address each of those walls and why it’s so important that church leaders address them.

The first wall that keeps us from being the church that God intends is Strategic Planning. This is because most of us fail to do it. There are two things that tend to keep church leaders from developing strategic plans. One, they just don’t have the time. Two, they never learned how to do it.

A strategic plan is a plan than develops the strategy for how your church is going to fulfill its vision. Our mission is clear, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20a NET). Church leaders need to discern the vision that God has for how their local church will fulfill that vision. The vision is a picture of what the church will look like when it’s successfully fulfilling the vision. The strategic plan is the step-by-step instructions with key milestones of how you will fulfill that vision. For more information about developing a strategic plan contact Jericho Ministry Solutions.

The Bible Says Party on New Year’s Eve… sort of

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

New Year’s Eve has never been a big deal to me. But I’ve got to tell you; I think I’m missing out. Celebrating New Year’s Eve is actually a biblical concept. In the Old Testament God included three national holidays in the official calendar of Israel.

Passover celebrated how God had freed them from slavery in Egypt. Pentecost took place at the beginning of the harvest and celebrated God’s provision of food for another year. Tabernacles was celebrated at the end of the harvest and celebrated both God’s provision of a good crop and His provision for the people when they were wandering in the desert for 40 years. They celebrated what God had done for His people and looked forward in hope to what God would provide in the future.

I’ve been missing out on that, a chance to celebrate how God has provided for us over the past year and look forward in hope to what He will provide in the upcoming year.

Today, I’m celebrating some amazing things as I think about how God has provided for my family and me and looking forward in great hope. I want to let you know about two things and would love your prayers regarding them. First, BryonHarvey.com launches this week. This is part of a speaking ministry that I’m launching where people can book me to speak at their church, conference, or retreat. I look forward to seeing how God will use this ministry to knock down the walls that keep people from experiencing all that God has for them. Second, we’re in the process of launching Jericho Ministry Solutions. The mission of Jericho Ministry Solutions is to help churches knock down the walls that keep us from being the church that God intends. You’ll see more about this in the next couple of months.

New Year’s Eve is an opportunity to celebrate what God has done and to look forward in hope to what He’s going to do.

As you watch the ball drop tonight, what will you be celebrating and what will you be looking forward to?