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Transforming Partnerships, resource ideas

posted Oct 2, 2010, 11:56 AM by Tim Isbell   [ updated Nov 7, 2010, 6:56 AM ]

Transforming Partnerships resource is now up on website:

I was at Supercuts getting my hair cut and a young guy sat down in the adjacent barber’s chair. When the barber asked him how to cut his hair he responded, “I’m getting married in a week-and-a-half and I want to look good for the wedding.” Over the next few minutes his barber and mine, both Iranians, chatted about how long they’d been married and offered advice. Since I’m a regular and they know I’m a Christian minister, they drew me into the conversation by asking how long I’d been married. I told them that I’ve been married to my first wife since 1967 - and there is no second wife. The groom turned to me and asked, “Do you have any advice on how to have a lasting marriage?” Caught unprepared for a spiritual conversation, I took a minute to reflect and the Lord seemed to give me two keys to share: 1) investing in my relationship with the one who created me, my wife, and the marriage we are in, and 2) my connection into a sort of transforming partnership with another guy for over 20 years.

I just added a new resource to the Christian Teachings section of IsbellOnline.  If you are curious to know more about such things, please check out Transforming Partnerships.

Upcoming plans to add more resources.

I'm compiling a list of resources that I'd like to add to the website but I'm not sure how to prioritize them.  So, I thought I'd ask you readers of my feed for some advice.  If you have any suggestions on the priorities you'd like me to place on this list, or items that you'd like me to consider adding to the list, please let me know.  Here's my current list of possibiliites:

  • Advice on websites, calendars, Enews, RSS feeds, and other internet tools for churches.
  • Advice on multi-language, multi-congregational church best practices.
  • "Visiting preaching team" concept as an alternative to revivals.
  • Individual lectionary sermon notes made available a month or two ahead of the lection date to help pastors wanting to preach from the Revised Common Lectionary.
  • Advice on helping people who need to forgive in order to get rid of resentment.
  • Ideas on turning worship service prayer times into teachable moments.
  • Publish my quote file.  It's full of quotes I've used in worship folders and newsletters at New Life, and quotes that I haven't used yet.
  • Christian FAQs (Questions investigators have asked me, and my responses).  These came from my experiences in personal evangelism, especially when I was still working in industry.
  • The concept that every act of love is an act of work and courage of love.  I've used this in premarriage counseling and in many family counseling situations, and preached it a couple of times over the years. 
  • Church financial best practices, including as this applies to multi-congregational churches.

I hope to hear from some of you.