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 …

July 2018 Issue

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

Welcome to the July 2018 issue of the Organic Outreach International newsletter! Pastor Adam Barr presents his second article in the Redeeming Words series. This month he explores the differences between the Christian and post-Christian definitions of faith. Read more… In this issue, Loriana Sekarski brings the first in a two-part series on healthy organizational communication, a requirement for successful …

Redeeming Words: Faith

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

Communication is at the heart of outreach. As we have been exploring, the early church spread like wildfire because it was able to build bridges of effective communication with their pre-Christian neighbors. We have also seen that, in our post-Christian world, people might use the same vocabulary we do. They use words like “faith” and “truth,” but they are using …

“Yes People” will Cripple Organic Outreach

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

Does Your Team Confront Each Other with the Truth? This is the first of a two-part series on healthy organizational communication, a requirement for successful implementation of Organic Outreach principles. I’ve always loved the fable of the Emperor’s New Clothes. It was amusing, and it pulled me in and made me wonder: Was anyone going to tell the king he …

 The Grandmothers’ Journey

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

I had just settled into my seat on a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles, on my way back from an Organic Outreach training event, when my seatmates came down the aisle.  They looked tired and worn – two women who appeared to be in their late 60’s or early 70’s. I stepped out into the aisle to let them …

June 2018 Issue

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

Welcome to the June 2018 edition of the Organic Outreach International newsletter! This month you will find an article by Adam Barr – the first in a series he will contribute titled Redeeming Words. This series will explore some keywords that have very different meanings when used by biblical Christians on one hand and post-Christian unbelievers on the other. Words …

Redeeming Words

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

One of my favorite life experiences has been traveling with my father internationally. My dad has a way of relating that helps most people feel immediately connected to him. It is especially fun to watch him learn a few words from the local language and employ them to the hilt. He can get miles out of a short turn of …

The Heart of the Church

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

Not only do we need to make seismic shifts to move our personal lives from us to them but we also need to do this in the church.  Entire congregations can function in a way that says, “We are here for us. Everyone else stay away.” Or they can establish patterns that show warmth and an inviting spirit that says, …

May 2018 Issue

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

God is on the move! Pastor Walt, Pastor Kevin and Sherry had the privilege of presenting the Organic Outreach Intensive Training in Hudsonville, Michigan this past week.  The training was followed by a one-day Organic Outreach Conference. We’d like to sincerely thank Daybreak Church for hosting the events. Please continue to pray for the outreach movement in Michigan and the …

Evangelism and Discipleship Are Not Friends

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

I have lost count of the conversations I have had with leaders who are struggling to understand the relationship of evangelism and discipleship in the local church.  Many people I meet seem to believe these two parts of the church’s ministry are enemies… or at least rivals. There is a sense that one of these two values and practices must …

Learning from Industry: Addressing Resistance to Programs

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

There are many parallels between churches implementing Organic Outreach and businesses harnessing the power of teams. Why? They are both undertaking organizational change efforts, which is one of the most difficult challenges for any leader. While the organizations have different missions, both involve people who often resist change. As team-based organizations have been attempted for several decades now, we have …