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 …

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

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

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 …

Evangelism: Our Why

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It is the privilege of every Christ-follower to share the message of God’s redemptive grace with the world.  Matthew 28:16-20 provides a clear picture of God’s intention for those who have accepted His gift of Salvation and have entered into His family (Ephesians 1:5; Galatians 4:7-9; 1 John 3:1-2).  By His authority as the Son in the Trinity, Jesus instructs …

Organic Outreach Podcast

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

We all know that there is a connection between the heart of a leader and the heartbeat of an organization. As leaders, we’re aware of our own shortcomings and grateful for any strengths we bring to the table. The longer we are part of an organization, the more we can see some of these reflected in the culture of that …

New Organic Outreach Podcast!

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

We’re excited to announce that the newest podcast has been posted! Our guest really needs no introduction. His writings and resources have influenced millions of people to consider and reckon with the claims of the Gospel. They have led people to confess Jesus Christ as Lord. And they have helped Christians everywhere to live a more confident faith. We’re talking …

Ten Tough Questions

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Life as a pastor can be fascinating, demanding, confusing and confounding. In the end, I can say with confidence: It is also profoundly rewarding. At the very center of my work is the opportunity to speak into people’s lives and walk beside them through the journey we all take towards eternity. As a pastor, I’ve had to respond to some …

Increasing Your Ability to Influence (Part 2)

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Effectively Leading Meetings to Influence Influencing doesn’t just happen, even by those who possess natural strengths in this area. It takes time to plan and strategize, as we discussed in my previous article. Last time we looked at some pre-meeting strategies for influencing your board. Success also requires bringing your best game to the meeting itself. This isn’t rocket science, …