Welcome to the OOI Newsletter

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

Welcome to the OOI monthly newsletter.  We plan to keep these communications brief yet full of valuable information for individuals, as well as church and denominational leaders desiring to become more intentional in reaching out for God’s kingdom.  In addition to highlighting upcoming Organic Outreach events and training opportunities, we will bring you articles on the practical application of Organic …

Using Powerful Questions to Fight the Negative What-Ifs

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This is the second post in a series on becoming more innovative. The first article  focused on culture, and this one and the next will focus on you. Last time, we looked at your church or organization being characterized by a “culture of stuck.” But what if part of the problem is that you’re not leading by example? While creating …

Question 4: How can we know when there is more than one answer?

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Professor Joseph M. Pierre describes the results of a 2017 Pew Research poll examining political polarization: [The poll] of 5000 US adults reported that partisan divide over political issues related to racial discrimination, immigration, international diplomacy, and government aid to the needy has indeed widened significantly since the early 1990s.1 There was an average 36% difference of opinion on these …

Question 3: How do we handle hot questions?

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I’ll never forget our final conversation. Jessie and I had been friends from my first year in college. We met after I had transferred in from another school and been assigned to the same floor. We hit it off immediately. We both loved REM, science fiction/fantasy, and playing long, intense board games. Yes, we were geeks. One thing separated us: …

I Dare You!

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Of all the people in the world, Christians should work together!  By the same token, of all the institutions in the world, churches should partner warmly and joyfully with each other.  With humble excitement, local congregations, denominations, Christian ministries, and Christian movements should seek to work in harmony for the sake of Jesus, our common Lord.  The Christian mission is …

Organic Outreach Podcast Episode 13: Targeted? / Guest: Dr. Michael Wittmer

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The people of God have always lived in tension with the prevailing culture. On one hand, we have to engage. On the other, we are called to be distinct and holy. Dr. Mike Wittmer is a theologian and author of several books that help us think through these issues. He also helps raise up and train a new generation of leaders …

Question 2: How can we address politics without getting political?

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A generation or two ago, “polite society” generally observed a hard-fast rule of conversation: Nice people don’t talk about politics. Today, we seem to have swung to an opposite, dangerous extreme: We can’t talk if you disagree with me about politics! In far too many instances, it seems like political alignment has become the sine qua non of community. That …

How Your Church Could Benefit From a Positive What-If and Why-Not Culture

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Is your church characterized by a “culture of stuck” — where the dialogue is a loop of negative what-ifs instead of positive why nots? In Chapter 3 of his book Organic Outreach for Churches, Kevin Harney asked three critical questions, the third of which I found particularly compelling. He asked: “Are the people in our church willing to sacrifice to …

No is a Beautiful Word

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I am writing to share my excitement about my new book that was just released.  The title is: No is a Beautiful Word, Hope and Help for the Overcommitted and (Occasionally) Exhausted.  I think it is one of the most practical and helpful books I have written in years. (Available now on Amazon.) Most of us have very full lives.  As …

Organic Outreach Podcast Episode 12: Crossing Borders / Guest: Nick Field

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One of the most amazing things about the church is how a single organism can take on so many forms. The Gospel of Jesus Christ can cross any border, connect to any people group and penetrate any heart! This episode, we’re crossing over to New Zealand for a conversation with Nick Field. Nick and I met at an Organic Outreach …

How Can I Keep from Freaking Out?

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In my junior year of college, I had to fill a required credit for Art. As someone who finds it difficult to draw a proper stick figure, I decided to take a class on art history. I am not sure if it was the right call. The lectures were dry. We spent an inordinate amount of time in a dark …