DRAFT: DBJ Challenge Statement

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My current best understanding of what we are trying to accomplish in DBJ.

  1. Learn and model what it means to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus in a nominally Christianized culture.
  2. Develop a “Jesus Study” format where people who think they know Jesus and the Bible encounter the living Messiah by soaking together in Scripture and the Spirit
  3. Leverage the unprecedented global adoption of video conferencing for publicly practicing fellowship and repentance, in order to draw others to the cross of Christ rather than church buildings.

Sign Up Now! Experience Discipling by Jesus during Lent 2021

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Tickets now available for our inaugural season, starting February 25th/26th

Discipling by Jesus is a novel public co-devotional format, where we help each other learn and demonstrate how to keep growing closer to Jesus, via His Word & Spirit, Body & Blood. We come together online for seven weeks to read, meditate, journal, and respond to how Jesus discipled Peter in the gospels.

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2/13 Show Notes for Inspired Stewardship

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It was immense privilege to be interviewed Scott Maderer for the February 13th episode of the Inspired Stewardship Podcast. We discussed my crazy career journey, helpful spiritual practices, and how I want to be remembered a century from now.

Episode 80: Follow your AORTA, not your Heart

Below are links to some of the resources and concepts I discussed.

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First Love: Sat 2/6 Design Summit for Lent 2021

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Lent has always been a time for the followers of Jesus to reflect and prepare for remembering Christ’s death and resurrection. This year, in light of everything that has happened over the last twelve months, I would like to take that to the next level.

My dream for Lent and Holy Week (Feb 15 to April 6) is to host an online group devotional where every week we publicly model how to vulnerably encounter Jesus via His Word & Spirit, Body & Blood. Continue reading

An Ode to My Personal Trainer

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For Steve Hernandez.

One day after the first workout:

I hate you.

You make me do things I don’t want to do.

My muscles ache.  My joints creak.  My steps are slow.

I feel ten years older.

One month after the first workout:

I feel ten years younger.

My muscles are stronger.  My joints flex.  My steps are springy.

You make me do things I don’t want to do.

I love you.

 

2010 in review

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 20 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 691 posts. There were 24 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 12mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 15th with 148 views. The most popular post that day was Kenneth James Sniecinski’s Personal Blurb.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, drernie.com, otpproductions.com, mail.live.com, and inthesunnyspot.net.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jon andreas, scripture observation application prayer, soap scripture observation application prayer, a long obedience in the same direction – pdf, and purpose driven life chapter 26.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Kenneth James Sniecinski’s Personal Blurb November 2005

2

Growing Church Leaders March 2010
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Proverbs 3:5-6 SOAP (Scripture Observation Application Prayer) for LDT July 2007

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What You Can Do to Help Those Behind Bars by Jon Andreas July 2007
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Demolishing Strongholds by Philip John October 2007

The Headship of Christ

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Slides from my sermon at Kingsway Community Church in San Jose, delivered on November 7, 2010. Also features very cute pictures of my new baby daughter, Anjali Ruth Prabhakar.
Meditations on the role of the head in relation to the body. Explores how the headship of Jesus impacts the Body of Christ as well as the human psyche.

Introduction: The Road to Holiness

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“Holy, Holy, Holy”: Growing Church Leaders

Introduction: The Road to Holiness

They [the four living creatures] do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy,

Lord God Almighty,

Who was and is and is to come!” — Revelations 4:8b

I did not intend to write about holiness.  My goal was to develop a Bible study for training Christian leaders.
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Why Growing Church Leaders?

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It is time for a revolution in how the church nurtures new leaders.

As Jim Downing of the Navigators points out, Jesus trained his disciples by imparting:

  • Knowledge, through teaching
  • Character, by modeling and example
  • Skills, through guided experience

While knowledge can be learned anywhere, character and skills are best developed as part of a community that lives, worships, and serves together – i.e., a church.

That is why we developed Growing Church Leaders is a way for mature leaders to train the next generation of leaders in their churches to think biblically, live wisely, and serve faithfully. We encourage pastors to meet weekly with a small group of “faithful men and women, who will in turn teach others,” to lead them in:

  • Memorizing bible verses
  • Reading from classic Christian books
  • Leading devotions, typically from the Psalms or Proverbs
  • Studying entire chapters of the Bible, verse by verse
  • Exploring how Scripture applies to their lives
  • Responding with repentance, action, and worship

Our prayer is that every growing church will invest in establishing future leaders on a solid foundation of biblical truth, character formation, and spiritual discipline.  For that reason, this material is available as a free download at https://2transform.us/grow under a Creative Commons “share alike” license, as well as in book form. This allows you to adapt it to the needs of your church or denomination, as long as you allow others to do the same.

May God use His Word to build His Body for His Kingdom!

In Christ,

Ernest N. Prabhakar

Kingsway Community Church

San Jose, California, U.S.A.

May, 2010

 

Back Cover Copy for Growing Church Leaders

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Growing Church Leaders is a way for those who are mature to train the next generation of leaders in their churches to think biblically, live wisely, and serve faithfully. This course is designed to help senior leaders guide a small group of faithful men and women in:
* Memorizing Bible verses
* Reading classic Christian books
* Leading devotions, typically from Psalms or Proverbs
* Studying entire chapters of the Bible, verse by verse
* Exploring how Scripture applies to their lives
* Responding with repentance, action, and worship

Our prayer is that every growing church will invest in establishing future leaders on a solid foundation of biblical truth, Christian character, and spiritual discipline—i.e., practical holiness.

What Christian Leaders Are Saying

• “You have produced a Bible study magna cum laude.” —Luis Bush, Transform World.

• “Impressed with the quality of content and presentation … you are to be congratulated on a job well done!” —Barney Coombs, Salt and Light Ministries International

• “I really like the format, and it is well written for easy reading and good learning. I wish you well in this whole venture, which I believe will be of great benefit to the Body of Christ.” —Brian Watts, King’s Online Bible School

• “Ernie remained faithful to the teachings entrusted to him while presenting them in his own unique dialogue format. I enjoyed teaching the material in this book and look forward to our next class.” —John Isaacs, Kingsway Community Church

ERNEST PRABHAKAR is a ninth-generation Christian and second-generation immigrant from India. His ancestors converted from Hinduism in the early 1700s at the dawn of the Protestant missionary movement. His family immigrated to Chicago in 1967 a few months before he was born. He was raised and confirmed in the Lutheran Church, where his parents continue to be active in lay ministry.

Ernest holds degrees in physics from both Caltech and MIT, though for the last decade he has worked as a product manager for a large technology company in Silicon Valley. This book represents both the scientist’s desire to elegantly represent eternal truth and the marketer’s passion to communicate timely facts that engage the emotions and the will.

He and his wife Sandhya live with their two children in Santa Clara, California. They attend Kingsway Community Church in San Jose, where Ernest serves as a junior elder. You can often find him online at http://2transform.us/ and http://twitter.com/DrErnie/.

Immigrant, Physicist, Storyteller, Transformational Christian

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[Autobiographical Blurb for the book jacket of Growing Church Leaders]

Ernest Prabhakar is a ninth-generation Christian and second-generation immigrant from India.  His ancestors converted from Hinduism in the early 1700’s at the dawn of the Protestant missionary movement. His family emigrated to Chicago in 1967 a few months before he was born. He was raised and confirmed in the Lutheran church, where his parents continue to be active in lay ministry.

Ernest holds degrees in Physics from both Caltech and MIT, though for the last decade he has worked as a product manager for a large technology company in Silicon Valley. This book represents both the scientist’s desire to elegantly represent eternal truth and the marketer’s passion to communicate timely facts that engage the emotions and the will.

He and his wife Sandhya live with their two children in Santa Clara, California. They attend Kingsway Community Church in San Jose, where Ernest serves as a junior elder. You can often find him online at https://2transform.us/ and http://twitter.com/DrErnie/.

Marital Dispute Resolution Process

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The goal of this process is to help you build the habits and trust necessary to safely and consistently resolve conflict in your marriage. Please review this together, then sign and date it. You are of course free to amend this by mutual consent at any time, but I encourage you to try it exactly as written at least once, to get the ball rolling.
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About Growing Church Leaders

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Growing Church Leaders is a tool for pastors and others in active ministry who want to nurture the next generation of leaders to:

  • think biblically
  • live wisely
  • serve faithfully

Each of those three topics is covered in a separate module of twelve lessons each.   Every lesson includes:

  • scripture to memorize
  • assigned readings from classic Christian books
  • devotional time, typically from Psalms or Proverbs
  • interlinear bible study covering an entire chapter
  • discussion questions
  • RAW (Repent, Act, Worship) challenges

The goal of all this is to teach theology, character formation, and christian disciplines in context. Specifically, in the context of:

  • the whole counsel of Scripture
  • existing pastoral relationships
  • the local church
  • loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength

Our prayer is that existing leaders will use this as a vehicle to pass their values and vision on to the next generation, by meeting on a weekly basis for nine months with “faithful men and women, who will in turn pass it on to others.”

To that end, this course is also available for free at <https://2transform.us/grow> under a Creative Commons license, allowing you to customize and adapt it as needed (as long as you allow others to do the same).