Strategic Teaching

Church Update
I believe that this year is a huge year for Oak Tree Community Church. I don’t know exactly how to say it any better. I am excited about OTCC.

One of my dreams for our church is to take and send people all over the world to make disciples in every nation, like Jesus wants us to do. Last night (March 25) we had some good friends at our church – my former pastor and his wife, Al and Pam Konya. It was a great time of celebrating how God is using them all over central Europe. And Al reminded us of the importance of using modern means to reach modern people, no matter where we are in the world. It takes a strategy.

You can find out more about the Konyas‘ ministry with Word of Life in Hungary at www.eletszava.org.

Here are a couple of pics that our “in-house” photographer, Adam Tarwacki, took (thanks, Adam):


Pam and Al Konya, missionaries, Word of Life Hungary


He shared stories of God changing lives in Hungary, Romania, Serbia, and the Ukraine.

Scriptural Thought of the Week
The main object of this blog is reflected in its title. In 2 Timothy 2:2 Paul encourages Timothy to keep passing on the spiritual truths he has learned and to do it in a strategic way so that it never stops.

“…and the things you have heard from me among many witnesses, you must entrust these things to faithful people, who will be competent to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 (my trans.)

It’s not just about teaching people the Bible. It’s about teaching specific people specific things that they can intentionally pass along to others. No one can know everything about the Bible, but everyone can know something. While we’re not all called to be formal Bible teachers (see James 3:1), we’re all called to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), and that means helping people find Jesus Christ and passing along what we know in order to build up fellow believers.

Quote of the Week
I really enjoy reading and listening to Chuck Swindoll, and the one I’m reading now (see right) has one of my favorite phrases as its subtitle: “It’s Always Something!” Whether your working with computers or people or anything else, something we don’t like is going to happen. It’s always something. Here’s what Swindoll says…

“Life is a coat that never fits right. We are forever cinching up here, taking in there, letting out over here. Life doesn’t fit our plans. We exist in a continual state of maneuvering, adjusting, shifting, believing, often doubting. Getting through the tough stuff requires it.

Thankfully God has provided us with the right perspective. He has made available a Savior, and His name is Jesus. He wants to take the blows for you, to help you through the tough stuff. Truth be told, He can become the rudder of you life when fierce winds blow, your reliable compass when you’ve lost your bearings, your harbor when sailing on isn’t possible. He’s the answer. He intersects you at life’s most critical crossroads and makes all the difference.”

Quoted from: Charles R. Swindoll, Getting Through the Tough Stuff: It’s Always Something! (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2004), xii. ISBN: 0849918138

Until next time,

Dan’l

The comments in this blog are always the personal opinions of Daniel Goepfrich and are not meant to be taken as official statements of Oak Tree Community Church, its staff, or its members.

Welcome Back!

Saralynn and I are back from our anniversary vacation. OK, we’ve been back for a week, but it was a busy week – getting back to work, playing with the kids, etc. Oh, and celebrating our 10th anniversary, which was actually this last Thursday (2/22).

Church Update
Here was the prediction I made this past Sunday: “The year 2007 is the make-it or break-it year for Oak Tree Community Church. I believe this.”

During our time away I was able to do some reading, writing, and praying about OTCC. For the first time ever I put on paper the vision that God has given me for our church. On Sunday evening, March 11, we are going to have a special meeting / service where I’ll lay it all out, get people’s reactions and responses, and challenge the members and regular attendees to get on board. No one interested in God’s ministry at OTCC should miss this meeting (unless, of course, you live too far away – then I expect you to pray). : )

Personal Update
Neither Saralynn nor I had been on a cruise before, but we have decided that in order to determine whether we really like it or not, we should do it a second time (or maybe third, fourth). Really – we thoroughly enjoyed it. It not only allowed, but forced us, to leave a lot of “stuff” behind and focus on just us – especially since phone calls could cost up to $10 per minute to talk to people at home!

Here are a few pics of things that I found to be important enough to capture digitally.


My awesome wife of 10 years – first day on the ship, leaving from Miami, FL. Love you, babe!


The floating hotel we lived on for 7 days – the Carnival Valor


We snorkeled while in port at St. Thomas, USVI – Saralynn’s 1st time (she did great!)


Also, in St. Thomas lives one of the creators of Yoda. I’m shaking his hand in front of a life-sized Yoda.


Every evening we had a different “towel animal” on our bed when we returned from supper. Saralynn attended a hands-on demo and learned how to make things like this “cool” seal.

Scriptural Thought of the Week
The main object of this blog is reflected in its title. In 2 Timothy 2:2 Paul encourages Timothy to keep passing on the spiritual truths he has learned and to do it in a strategic way so that it never stops.

“…and the things you have heard from me among many witnesses, you must entrust these things to faithful people, who will be competent to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 (my trans.)

It’s not just about teaching people the Bible. It’s about teaching specific people specific things that they can intentionally pass along to others. No one can know everything about the Bible, but everyone can know something. While we’re not all called to be formal Bible teachers (see James 3:1), we’re all called to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), and that means passing along what we know for the building up of a fellow believer.

Quote of the Week
I’ve read so much over the last couple of weeks that picking just one quote is a pretty daunting task. So let’s skip it this time and start over with my next post.

Until next time,

Dan’l

The comments in this blog are always the personal opinions of Daniel Goepfrich and are not meant to be taken as official statements of Oak Tree Community Church, its staff, or its members.

OK, I know, it’s been way too long since I’ve posted. There’s been a lot going on and some good news to share. Keep watching and thanks for praying.

Church Update
We finally received another offer from the Airport Authority. It was a partial acquisition offer, which means that they offered again to purchase only the part of our property that they actually need. Again, it wasn’t what we need, so we rejected it. In the letter, our attorney suggested that we all sit down together and see what it will take for this to happen without a long, drawn-out court case. We’re waiting to hear back.

Another church contacted us last week about our pews. They said they are interested in the whole set. Hopefully, they’ll have someone who lives nearby come to take a look at them soon.

Personal Update
The baby is here!!! No, not ours – our good friends’, Alex and Melissa Momotiuk. Their fourth child came into the world at 7:32 this morning (Feb 1). Her name is Elizabeth Grace. May she become a believer and a strong woman for God in this life. You can send your congratulations to this family here (replace the -AT- in the email address with @).

Only 9 days before Saralynn and I leave for our anniversary getaway – but who’s counting?

Scriptural Thought of the Week
I find it interesting that the God who knows everything and has all power to do anything at anytime actually pre-planned everything in a very strategic way. Look at how Paul described this process:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him… In whom also we were appointed having been predestined according to the whole thing working according to the active council of His will” Ephesians 1:3-4, 11 (my trans.)

Even though God can do anything at anytime, long before He started anything with which we are familiar, He took council with Himself (the triune Godhead), chose us for Himself, predestined us to become what He wanted us to become, and decided what it would take to make it happen. That’s not just a plan; that’s thinking strategically!

Quote of the Week
I am appreciating two of Aubrey Malphur’s books right now, both helping with things going on at OTCC. Here is one of the points he makes for thinking strategically instead of just winging it and hoping we get it right:

“‘Every few hundred years throughout Western history, a sharp transformation has occurred. In a matter of decades, society altogether rearranges itself – its world view, its basic values, its social and political structures, its arts, its key institutions. Fifty years later a new world exists. And the people born into that world cannot even imagine the world in which grandparents lived and into which their own parents were born.’

Drucker’s point is that we are living at one of those rare points in time when an old worldview (modernism) and many of its trappings are dying and another (postmodernism) has been born. The consequence is a massive shift in our culture, science, society, and institutions. This change is enormously greater than the world has ever experienced, and we are caught in the middle of it. We are living at a frightening point of absolute, chaotic discontinuity, watching the old die off and the new rush in to fill the vacuum.

Where is the church in all of this? How is it doing?”

 

 

Quoted from: Aubrey Malphurs, Advanced Strategic Planning, 2nd Edition (Grand Rapids: Baker Book, 2005), 8. ISBN: 0801091810

Until next time,

Dan’l

The comments in this blog are always the personal opinions of Daniel Goepfrich and are not meant to be taken as official statements of Oak Tree Community Church, its staff, or its members.