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  1. Seeds and Seed Projects Trainer Name Ministry

  2. SEEDSAgriculture and Ministry Question 1: What biblical parables can you think of that are based on agriculture?

  3. SEEDSAgriculture and Ministry Question 1: What biblical parables can you think of that are based on agriculture? Question 2: What lessons from agriculture can be applied to ministry?

  4. Seed Principles for Local Church Ministry

  5. Seed Principlesfor Local Church Ministry

  6. Principles for Ministry • Nothing is too small or insignificant.

  7. Principles for Ministry • Nothing is too small or insignificant. • Each “harvesting” task is important.

  8. Principles for Ministry • Nothing is too small or insignificant. • Each “harvesting” task is important. • God brings multiplication.

  9. Principles for Ministry • Nothing is too small or insignificant. • Each “harvesting” task is important. • God brings multiplication. • God blesses us so we will minister to others.

  10. Principles for Ministry • Nothing is too small or insignificant. • Each “harvesting” task is important. • God brings multiplication. • God blesses us so we will minister to others. • Our generosity brings thanksgiving to God.

  11. Elements for Growth • Sacrifice

  12. Elements for Growth • Sacrifice • Humility

  13. Elements for Growth • Sacrifice • Humility • Obedience

  14. Elements for Growth • Sacrifice • Humility • Obedience • Cheerful generosity

  15. Personal Illustrations of Seed Principles

  16. Seed Projects Purpose Definition Benefits Characteristics Long-term Impact

  17. The Purpose of Doing Seed Projects • To use a simple, effective and proven tool to help a local church to begin to demonstrate God’s love to people outside of the body of Christ. • To enable local churches to be proclaimers of the gospel in deed.

  18. Definition • Definition: A seed project is small, short-term ministry by believers. It is done with local resources to demonstrate God’s love to those outside the faith community. • Note: Seed Projects are usually done by small groupings of church members, such as a cell group

  19. Seed Project Definition

  20. Three Principle Benefits 1. Wholistic Evangelism 2. Freedom from Dependency 3. Experience and Confidence for Larger Activities

  21. Three Principle Benefits 1. Wholistic Evangelism:Seed Projects help believers experience the power of wholistic ministry for evangelism and for the extension of the Kingdom of God.

  22. Three Principle Benefits 2. Freedom from Dependency:Seed Projects demonstrate that the local church can do wholistic ministry without being dependent on outside resources.

  23. Three Principle Benefits 3.Experience and Confidence for Larger Activities:Seed Projects develop experience in project planning and implementation and develop confidence for ongoing wholistic ministry projects. Seed Projects often lead a church to larger demonstrations of God’s love.

  24. Seed Project Benefits

  25. Additional Benefits • People come to Christ • Discipleship of Followers of Christ • Organic Multiplication of the Church • God is Honored

  26. 10 Characteristics

  27. Seed Project Characteristics • Motivated by God’s Intentions • Covered in prayer • Simple and short • Well planned • Local resources • Does not manipulate • Done for those outside the church • Beneficiaries participate • Plan intentional wholistic impact • God is praised

  28. Seed Project Characteristics • Motivated by God’s Intentions • Covered in prayer • Simple and short • Well planned • Local resources • Does not manipulate • Done for those outside the church • Beneficiaries participate • Plan intentional wholistic impact • God is praised

  29. Seed Project Characteristics • Motivated by God’s Intentions • Covered in prayer • Simple and short • Well planned • Local resources • Does not manipulate • Done for those outside the church • Beneficiaries participate • Plan intentional wholistic impact • God is praised

  30. Seed Project Characteristics • Motivated by God’s Intentions • Covered in prayer • Simple and short • Well planned • Local resources • Does not manipulate • Done for those outside the church • Beneficiaries participate • Plan intentional wholistic impact • God is praised

  31. Seed Project Characteristics • Motivated by God’s Intentions • Covered in prayer • Simple and short • Well planned • Local resources • Does not manipulate • Done for those outside the church • Beneficiaries participate • Plan intentional wholistic impact • God is praised

  32. Seed Project Characteristics • Motivated by God’s Intentions • Covered in prayer • Simple and short • Well planned • Local resources • Does not manipulate • Done for those outside the church • Beneficiaries participate • Plan intentional wholistic impact • God is praised

  33. Seed Project Characteristics • Motivated by God’s Intentions • Covered in prayer • Simple and short • Well planned • Local resources • Doesn’t manipulate • Done for those outside the church • Beneficiaries participate • Plan intentional wholistic impact • God is praised

  34. Seed Project Characteristics • Motivated by God’s Intentions • Covered in prayer • Simple and short • Well planned • Local resources • Doesn’t manipulate • Done for those outside the church • Beneficiaries participate • Plan intentional wholistic impact • God is praised

  35. Seed Project Characteristics • Motivated by God’s Intentions • Covered in prayer • Simple and short • Well planned • Local resources • Doesn’t manipulate • Done for those outside the Church • Beneficiaries Participate • Plan intentional wholistic impact • God is praised

  36. Seed Project Characteristics • Motivated by God’s Intentions • Covered in prayer • Simple and short • Well planned • Local resources • Doesn’t manipulate • Done for those outside the Church • Beneficiaries Participate • Plan wholistic impact areas as much as possible • God is praised

  37. 10 Characteristics

  38. Check Your Understanding __ Game day for community children as an evangelistic outreach

  39. Check Your Understanding __A picnic for hungry children based on a community needs survey

  40. Check Your Understanding __ Latrine repair at the home of a church member

  41. Check Your Understanding __ A government-sponsored literacy program bathed in prayer

  42. Check Your Understanding __ A garbage cleanup the day following the decision to do it

  43. Check Your Understanding __ A seminar on nutrition, where the organizing committee serves so well that the community participants only attend

  44. Check Your Understanding __ Media coverage of the seed project to get publicity for the church

  45. Check Your Understanding __ Development and operation of a child-care center

  46. Check Your Understanding __ Community meeting to discuss formation of a child-care center as a result of a time of seeking God’s intentions for the community.

  47. Three Principles forLong-term Effectiveness • Balanced • Focused • Ongoing

  48. Three Principles for Long-term Effectiveness • Balanced – Ministry in all areas • Focused – • Ongoing –

  49. Impact of Doing Seed Projects in All Four Areas One Church Physical Seed Projects Social Seed Projects Wisdom Seed Projects Spiritual Seed Projects Balanced

  50. Example of “Balanced” in Carapita, Venezuela • Wisdom: Lectures about drug prevention at a public school • Physical: Organized 50 members to fix the lighting system, collect garbage, and clean out weeds from the main walkway