August 2018 Issue

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

Welcome to the August 2018 issue of the Organic Outreach International newsletter! Pastor Adam Barr presents his third article in the Redeeming Words series. This month he examines Christianity’s definition of truth and how it is used in post-Christian culture. Read more… The work of reaching out to our world is hard.  Let’s be honest, although every biblical Christian in …

Redeeming Words: Truth

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

Redeeming Words: Truth Imagine this: You live in a world where scientists have perfected a virtual reality experience. You can step into this machine and be totally immersed in a world of sensory impressions, visuals, feelings and interactions. Within this world, there is no pain. There is amazing beauty. You will never feel discomfort or deal with tragedy. You will …

Rolling a Large Stone Up a Steep Hill

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

The work of reaching out to our world is hard.  Let’s be honest, although every biblical Christian in the world declares that sharing the message of God’s love is a priority, most of us have a hard time keeping this on the front burner.  Keeping our focus off ourselves and on those outside of God’s family is like rolling a …

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, …