In this episode I lay out the verse that I have been challenged with for this year.
“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all of your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
Will you join me in seeking the Lord in 2017. I have a feeling that we will come to know Him like we never have before.
At the end of the episode I offer an opportunity to join me in seeking the Lord together this year through an intense discussion group. I am calling it Preparation For Launch. Together, we will read through the entire Bible this year. We will watch some videos together that give us a better understanding of the Scripture. We will have a closed discussion group on facebook to share what the Lord is doing through this year.
If you would like to be a part of Preparation For Launch you can do one of three things. 1.) Comment below, 2.) comment on the Same Shirt Facebook site or 3.) email me at email@example.com
I will leave it open until next Friday, January 13. Then we will get started.
Lisa Taylor is the founder and Executive Director of Collective Overflow, a ministry that ministers to ministers. The focus of Collective Overflow is supporting church planters in the western part of the United States.
In this interview you will hear Lisa share her experience with church planting and how the Lord really gave her a heart of ministering to church planters. In the interview we talk about many different topics from ministry, to church planting, to walking through depression, to family.
This is a great conversation and I am sure you will be able to hear her love for the Lord, her ministry, and her family. I hope you enjoy this episode of Planting Mars.
Over the next five years, as we see more automated machines take human jobs are we prepared for that as the church? You may think it’s a silly question at this point in 2016. But I think it’s a very important question that we need to ask now. We need to be asking and answering these tough questions today so that we can be prepared for the arrival of these new technologies.
If you do not think it is a possibility for new robotics technologies to take more and more human jobs then check out the following video from Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that is now owned by Google. The machines they have created are amazing to say the least. The following video shows just one of their creations.
Now are you thinking, “WOW I didn’t realize there was a machine that was so human like?” A time is coming when people will lose their jobs to machines that are more efficient, can work 24/7, don’t need to be paid, nor do they require food or breaks. What will we do as the church when this happens?
An article published in September on theguardian.com titled “Robots will eliminate 6% of all US jobs by 2021, report says”estimates that by the year 2021 6% of the US workforce could be eliminated due to automation. That is 6% of the entire US Workforce. The article says that this “disruptive tidal wave” will affect areas such as customer service, transportation, and logistics. People who have been working in these industries for many years will lose their jobs and will either need to be retrained or look for work in other Industries. It is staggering to think that 6% of the US Workforce will lose their jobs to automation by 2021.
Are you prepared to minister to 6% of your local community who just lost their jobs? Are you prepared to lose 6% of those persons who give to your church financially? Are you prepared to help these people who have lost their jobs and have limited specialized skills to find new avenues of work?
According to experts that is only the beginning. What do we do 2030 when 15% to 20% of the workforce has been displaced by automated machines?
Interestingly the article says, “The challenge posed by automation is not being taken seriously enough at a policy level, Stern added. ‘Politicians would rather talk about getting a college degree and technical skill training, things that are probably five to 10 years too late. We don’t really have a plan and we don’t appreciate how quickly the future is arriving.”
“…we don’t appreciate how quickly the future is arriving.” Is the article about politicians or about the church? In my opinion the church is more like 20 to 25 years behind the curve. We need to be ready. We need to be thinking, planning, and preparing. We need to be taking action.
As further evidence another article in the Washington Post titled The Brave New World of Robots and Lost Jobs says, “Politicians need to begin thinking boldly, now, about a world in which driverless vehicles replace most truck drivers’ jobs, and where factories are populated by robots, not human beings. The best way to cushion this future is to start planning for how Americans will be able to take care of their families — and find meaningful work — in a world where most traditional jobs have vanished.”
That same article suggests that “The “automation bomb” could destroy 45 percent of the work activities currently performed in the United States, representing about $2 trillion in annual wages, according to a study last year by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. We’ve seen only the beginning of this change, they warned. Currently, only 5 percent of occupations can be entirely automated, but 60 percent of occupations could soon see machines doing 30 percent or more of the work.” I’m not sure if you read that or not but we are going from 6% of the workforce to 45%. If 6% was not staggering enough this research suggests almost half or the US workforce will be without work.
I don’t want to belabor the point but we must plan for the future.
Is this something you have ever thought about? Is this something you have prepared for?
I’m not offering any solutions at this point, I may do that later. Right now I would like to suggest two possible outcomes. Now these are only two outcomes that come to mind. There are probably many more. I would love to hear your feedback.
Here’s what I’m thinking at this point:
The church sees people losing their jobs to automation and isn’t prepared for it. This in turn has two outcomes of its own.
There is an abundance of ministry opportunities as families are hurting and looking for ways to provide for their basic needs.
There is a significant reduction in financial giving to the church and ministries have to be cut to the bare bones. This may include the loss of current church buildings and meeting places as well as a significant reduction in staff.
Therefore the church falters in its ability to minister.
It will be interesting to see, if this happens, how the church responds.
Or, and I do not want to try to place spin on this but I do not see this outcome as entirely negative. Here is what I mean. If churches have had to reduce their staffing to the bare minimum then the personal ministry will be reverted back to the individual members of the congregations. This will be a good thing as it will help Christ followers take up the task they were called to do.
As churches have gone through the process of reduced income they will have had to identify the absolute necessities for ministry (Unless one of your church members owns all of the robots). That is a really good thing. That means, well I hope it means, that churches will have gotten in their Bibles and prayed to God to identify what it is that they are supposed to be doing and then put all of their limited resources toward that ministry.
I think the church then begins to look a lot like an Acts 2:42 church, “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
In no way am I trying to make light of a situation where so many people have lost their jobs and their livelihoods. I am simply saying that one of the possible outcomes is the church gets back to being the church. This would be a good thing in my opinion.
2) The church is prepared for a situation like this and stands out as an embassy of love and hope.
Just think about the opportunity to step in and show love to all of these people who have lost their jobs and were not prepared for it. It will take a lot of planning and preparation but if we start now we can be ready.
Being prepared means we have thought through how to minister to many people who are looking for work. Being prepared means we consider how the church can be a part of reeducating these workers into new areas of work. Being prepared means we have already taken a hard look at our ministries and identified the essential aspects of ministry as opposed to the nonessential.
The list can go on and on. I know that the church in the US has a lot of problems as it is that we are working through. But I see the next 5-10 years of technological advancement potentially as a defining moment for the church. It is a defining moment that we are just not ready for at this point.
Like I said before, I see it potentially as an opportunity to get back to the task of being the church. Winning the lost, making disciples, fellowshipping together, praying, and showing Christ to a lost and dying world.
What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts.
“It is not until the point of surrendering and I open my hands to God and say ‘God, I’ve tried please take this over. I am surrendering it to you.”
Welcome to episode 7 of Planting Mars. In this episode I interview Katie Treptau, an entrepreneur/realtor from Minnesota. I came across Katie’s story in an article published in The Bethel Clarion a Publication of Bethel University. The article is called The Business of Hope. It is the same article where I found Trent Anderson’s story from episode 5.
I really wanted to visit with Katie because of the connection she has made between business and mission. In the interview you will hear her passion for her business Olive Branch Boutique and for the mission projects that she supports through her work.
I really enjoyed this interview. Throughout the conversation we hit on subjects from overcoming fear in order to get started on a project, to overcoming her biggest challenge in life, to the bible verse that keeps her motivated each day. I hope you enjoy this interview.
“Our Story is probably not what you would expect. So maybe this story will be helpful to others.” – Brian Shepard
Welcome to episode 6 of Planting Mars. In this episode I interview church planter Brian Shepard. Brian is from Oklahoma but is currently planting a church in San Francisco, California. As you listen you will find that Brian’s story is unique in that his approach to ministry in San Francisco has transitioned over time. He will explain that transition to you in this interview.
It was really informative to hear Brian share about the four different approaches that church planters take when planning to plant a church. He explains the four approaches and then explains why they are taking the Amos Priority in their church planting efforts.
I really enjoyed visiting with Brian and I believe you will enjoy all that he has to share. As you listen you will really hear and understand Brian’s heart for ministry, his family and his love for the Lord.
Ultimately the goal of the podcast is that you will hear something that is encouraging to you and help your relationship with the Lord grow deeper and stronger.
I hope you enjoy this interview with Brian Shepard.
The Antioch Priority- Strong Sending Based Churches
The Acts 2 Priority – Multiplying Indigenous Missional Communities
The Amos Priority – Engaging the Gospel in Ministries of Justice
The Athens Priority – Starting Churches Among the Least Reached People Groups
24:30 “No one really wants to hear about the Gospel. And I think more importantly they are wanting to see the Gospel lived out.”
27:00 “What non-Christian people do you have that are asking you not to move?”
27:55 What is the key quote or scripture that motivates you each day?
37:30 Brian explains how he is taking in the scripture at this point in his walk.
43:00 Brian share how he guards his time with his family.
55:10 “Don’t pigeon hole yourself into thinking it is the only context of a church and I need to get paid full time at the church.”Here Brian talks about how ministry may lead you to a place that is not traditional church work.
55:40 “Wherever I land I am on mission. No matter where I am.”
“God do you want me to go around the world or do you just want me to go across the street?
1:00:20 What is your favorite book of all time?
1:01:00 What tweet would you send that everyone in the world would read?
Jesus loves you. He really does save. Trust him today. I’m praying for you.
In this episode of Planting Mars I interview Kingdom building entrepreneur Trent Anderson.
Trent works for the mission organization Praying Pelican Missions which is the largest provider of short term missions in the world. In this role Trent coordinates short term mission trips to Central America. He has also founded a business to help support his missional lifestyle. Reach International Outfitters is a business that he created to help offset some of the costs associated with being a full time missionary.
Now Trent wants to teach others how to be a Kingdom building entrepreneur. You can find out more at his personal website trentdanderson.com.
In this interview Trent will share:
The vision behind Reach International Outfitters
His philosophy to make sure he is always moving forward with his dreams.
What it is that motivates him each day.
His insights into starting a Kingdom Building Business.
How he grew his Instagram account to over 14 thousand followers.
And so much more.
Trent is only 23 years old but has some great insight and wisdom that I am sure you will find useful.
I hope you enjoy this interview with Trent Anderson.
This is an in between episode. I will have the next full interview up next week. But in the mean time I hope you enjoy this 10 minute interview I did with my 6 year old daughter. It was a lot of fun and she has some interesting and funny responses to some of my questions.
In the end she asks me some questions too. This was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
“The more things you measure, the more you can feel like you aren’t measuring up.” – Elijah Elkins
In this episode of Planting Mars I interview entrepreneur Elijah Elkins.
Elijah is a Productivity advisor and Entrepreneur. He founded ElijahElkins.comand AVODA and co-founded Spruce. Elijah helps business leaders and companies with their productivity technology.
Elijah has some great insights into life, business, and how he makes sure he is always moving toward his goals each day. He also shares why he believes the Lord has called him to a life of business as mission.
In this interview Elijah will share with you:
The way he handles his social media feeds during work days.
His goal to read the entire ESV Study Bible in a year. (Including the footnotes)
The key scripture that keeps him motivated.
The way he sets up his day for success.
Some great ideas that help him remain productive.
Along with so much more. I hope you enjoy this interview with Elijah Elkins. It was a lot of fun for me.
“Tasks often take a back seat to people.” – Keith Baldridge
In this episode of Planting Mars I interview Pastor Keith Baldridge of The Living Stone Church in Broomfield Colorado. Keith has served in various capacities in ministry over the last several years but is now working to launch the Living Stone Church. Their first service will be on August 21, 2016.
I got to know Keith over the past year as we have taken two mission team to serve with The Living Stone in Broomfield. I can tell you he is the real deal. He loves the Lord, loves his family, and loves the church. I think you will really enjoy our conversation.
In this interview Keith will share with us:
the miraculous story that brought him and his family to Broomfield to plant a church.
his approach to ministry.
the vision God has laid on his heart for The Living Stone Church and for the city of Broomfield.
what a win looks like for their ministry there. [It may be different than you think]
the challenges that he faces in ministry.
the way he ministers to his family.
There is so much more to this interview that you will not want to miss. We also get into the issue of health and Keith tells us what his favorite book is that he is reading right now.
Thank you for listening. I would love to hear your comments in the comment section below.