Sacred, Profane or Somewhere in Between
Oct 5 2017

Sacred, Profane or Somewhere in Between

"The f-bomb is alive and well."

So says my college student son, surprised by its prevalence in daily conversation amongst strangers, form-fitting a variety of grammatical uses from adjective to participle, noun to verb. It also appears gender-neutral, an equal-opportunity employer of both male and female.

I’ve heard the argument that such use is not profane but rather cultural. “Words and meaning shift with the sands of culture,” or some such reasoning.

I wonder if it’s more of a matter of eliminating sacred, striking it from a standard list of social norms?

Sacred speaks of a divine source. From the word flows a sense of awe, respect and honor.  A separation of use, perhaps, along the lines of “holy” in the Bible: set apart for a divine purpose. At its root, the word implies a Divinity behind the curtain, directing a production both entertaining and educational.

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A Very, Very Important Announcement
Oct 3 2017

A Very, Very Important Announcement

To say I’m excited is a slight understatement: on November 1, Oscar Benavides joins FiveTwo Network as our new Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives!

This new role will help us discern God’s “Yes” and “No” as we grow and will also bring entrepreneurial wisdom as Jesus leads us into new geographies in the United States.

I’ve known Oscar for over a decade, have partnered with him on a number of mission efforts, and love him dearly.

He possesses an incredible heart for Jesus and His people – especially those far from God – and is a man of integrity in every sense of the word.

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3 Key Traits of An Entrepreneur
Sep 28 2017

3 Key Traits of An Entrepreneur

Every time I speak, someone asks me a variety of this question: “How can I tell if someone is an entrepreneur?”

Obviously, the proof is in the pudding. If they have successfully launched a non-profit or for-profit, planted a church or started a childcare center, from scratch, and it’s sustainable, you can pretty much say they have the goods.

But in our work with churches looking to start new community-focused ministries and in our work with denominational leaders longing to launch wide-scale multiplication movements, the goal is to find new leaders who can be invited into the game. Especially those who are on the sidelines, possibly not even aware of their entrepreneurial leaning.

In all of our work, the core issue is always, “Who? Who are the entrepreneurial leaders to lead the charge?” To this day, money has never been the issue. Need has never been the issue.

The fundamental pain point has routinely been “Who? Who will go?”

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Attractional Hullabaloo
Sep 21 2017

Attractional Hullabaloo

Lots of hullabaloo today about how churches are too attractional. Or if they are, then they’re not really being Church. Playing, entertaining, superficial…but not Church.

So the mantra goes.

I wonder if those folks have read Mark 6, where Jesus & his disciples couldn't avoid attracting crowds? Their lakeside vacation became a giant picnic for 5000+, probably because someone said there was a magic rabbi on the beach.

Or John 1 where Philip told Nathaniel, “Come and see” when referring to Jesus, subconsciously admitting that explaining Jesus was beyond his pay grade. Nathaniel had to experience Jesus to comprehend Him.

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Reaching New? Meet Jesus
Sep 13 2017

Reaching New? Meet Jesus

So you've made connections in your community to reach new with Jesus...NOW WHAT? 

As the biblical illiteracy rate increases in the Western Church, we need a focused approach to help people meet again the Person around whom all persons revolve. We need a primer, you might say, that introduces us to the Source of all we see and the hope which we all seek. --Bill Woolsey (Executive Director, FiveTwo Network) 

Meet Jesus is one such focused approach.

Meet Jesus (a FiveTwo Network Publication) is a 40-day devotional for your personal growth in Christian faith and includes a 6-session small group study so that your faith may grow in the Word with others. The group discussion guide includes a “Helping Others Meet Jesus” component to help you, your startup, your small group, your ministry, your church, take some intentional steps toward introducing your community to Jesus. 

Read More By cmattes
A "LOCAL" PERSPECTIVE
Sep 7 2017

A "LOCAL" PERSPECTIVE

The FiveTwo local (catalyst group) has been a blessing to me and the congregation I serve because it encourages a special entrepreneurial spirit within the context of Word and Sacrament ministry. FiveTwo continues to identify the best practices and business principles for the institution of the church and mesh those into an encouraging framework for beginning and continuing Word and Sacrament ministry...

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A Simple Secret to Showing Respect
Aug 23 2017

A Simple Secret to Showing Respect

Continuing with the theme of Respect for All, and as things continue to shift in this world, we wanted to repost a blog that is even more important today than it was in 2014.  

Respect..it's powerful. 

Respect is a word we throw around pretty loosely. Reality is it is one of the most powerful values a Christian entrepreneur can possess because it speaks to the heart of a person. Frankly, it flows from your heart to his. You can’t fake respect. At its core it demands consistency and authenticity.

You can talk about being respectful all you want, but you can’t lip synch or karaoke it. BS detectors sniff out fake respect from a mile away.  One of FiveTwo Network's core values is: Respect for All.

Read More By Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Startups