Ministry Challenges

2013 The Nines Conference


In this 3-minute session from the 2013 The Nines Conference by Leadership Network, Noel Heikkinen sits down with Eric Bramlett and Steve Saccone to talk about what is not working at their churches. Noel Heikkinen is a pastor at Riverview Church in the Lansing, Michigan area. He also serves as the US Midwest Network Director for Acts 29. Eric Bramlett is the Creative Arts Director at Community Christian Church in the Chicago area and the co-author of The Big Idea. Steve Saccone is Executive Pastor at Awakening Church in San Jose, California and the author of two books: Protege and Relational Intelligence. 


Which of their points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you?
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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Both Eric and Steve shared something that is not working at their church. Eric said his church needs an online presence, but they have struggled to develop one. Steve said his leaders are good at calling people to tasks, but sometimes fail to inspire them with vision. Consider one thing that is not working at your church and how you can grow in that area.  


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