The Power of the Crowd Church


My comments are related to what I’ve learned from the book Bold by Peter Diamandis.

With the advent of social media the crowd model has emerged.

The crowd model was relatively evil, initially.

It was birthed and organized in social media.

The early crowds were used in flash mobs, protests, and riots.

Now the crowd is being leveraged for good.

What about the creation a crowd church within a community?

The church is notoriously known as being “ My local church minded”, isolated and competing with other churches in a community.

If the church is to remain relevant it must break out of this model.

The church can have a local church vision but must adopt that of the crowd church.

Crowd funding:

Enter web sites Kickstarter and Inidiegogo.

One submits products and projects with the potential that interested people will fund them.

What about crowd funding through the concept of the crowd church?

This is crowd funding for churches within a city, but as important, for the city itself through the crowd church.

According to Peter Diamandis there is 15 billion dollars in crowd funding.

By 2020 it will be 100 billion dollars.

What would occur in a community if the crowd church would fund more for it, than any other enterprise. Would revival break?

Crowd Sourcing:

Exploiting the skills and giftings of the crowd instead of the one person.

The apostle Paul calls itthe ministry of the body of Christ versus a one man show.

Crowd ministry:

The notion of having a huge prayer line where many wait for the “ ministers of the day” is dinasourish.

I am embarrassed to make people wait 45 minutes to get prayed for.

Is this unattractive to the church visitor?

Release your ministry team in full!

Let go of your ego.

If you are the main speaker and people still want you to pray that is fine.

But the same Holy Spirit which moves through you moves through the other ministers.

Crowd teachers:

I’ve disagreed with brining in special speakers to do conferences while never tapping into the gifted ministers within the church body.

Any successful enterprise, except the church, raises those from within their ranks.

What about your special speakers be those who serve in your church?

It will make your church more dynamic.

Crowd Churches:

The power of churches within a community collaborating together. This is not  a onetime event for churches, but a way of life for a community.

Crowd Collaboration:

As churches collaborate together the  exponential power of collaboration explodes.

Churches can meet each other’s needs across a city.

The crowd church can meet the needs of the community far beyond any social program.

What would occur in a community if its needs were being met more by the crowd church than any other  social entity?

Crowd events:

Churches working together to create city wide events. Not just a onetime event, but a way of life.

What if  events created by the crowd church impacted the community more than any other type of event?

Crowd sourcing:

Using the resources of the crowd. This is similar to open sources on the web.

This could come as bartering exchanges so that everything is free. What about the church providing crowd sourcing through the crowd church?

What is the impact?

This will lead churches within a community into exponential growth.

Exponential organization using social networks and automation.

Properly built  and attractive communities which will impact the city.

To finally create a sophisticated church interface which a local community can tap into at any time and any place.

This is the power of exponential growth, exponential funding and exponential results through the crowd church.

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How To Quit Smoking?


All this stuff occurred between the late sixties and early eighties.

I smoked cigarettes for fifteen years a pack and half per day.

Later on, I began the marijuana habit which I carried for 10 years.

Between the marijuana and the cigarettes my lungs got really, really, bad.

They were in constant pain.

I was frightened.

God set me free from drugs, but the cigarettes was something which I continued in and could not stop.

Whatever I would do to quit I would miserably fail.

I was petrified that I was getting cancer.

One day in desperation I fell on my knees.

For ninety minutes, I pleaded and wept with Jesus to deliver me from the control of cigarettes.

The next morning, I just knew I did not need them anymore.

There were big weeds behind my house.

I took the package of Vantage cigarettes and flung it into them

That was 33 years ago.

I have never smoked again.

God’s deliverance do not come by what we do through ourselves, but what Jesus does through us in response to our prayers.

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An Atheist’s Birthday Present!


Read this amazing article!

The Church "In The Cloud" Blog

 I had the pleasure of meeting Bob and Dori  Schnelle at one of our healing meetings in Martin County, Florida, yesterday.

Bob was a professing agnostic and or atheist for 45 years, who encountered Jesus on his 60th birthday.

His story follows the note which he included with it.

 Jose,

It was amazing watching the Holy Spirit work through you and your wife and Alicia last night.  I felt like I had been given a fresh infusion of the Spirit and will do great things in the name of our Lord.  We talked a little about my testimony afterward and I told you I would send it to you.  So, I have attached a copy of it, just as it was written and given, at the Vineyard Church Northwest, in Cincinnati, during the Alpha celebration dinner, November 2011.

Feel free to share it however you like.

God bless…

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The Feisty Jesus!


Stories from our ministry trip to NY in June 2014

We engaged a woman close to eighty in conversation
She was opinionated and feisty.
We were at odds even in our political views which she pulled out of a hesitant me.
She asked whom I had voted for in 2012
It was evident that she had desired the other one to win and shunned the candidates whom I had considered the lesser of political evils.
I said, “I think that the only hope is our coming back to God.”
At that she balked and laughed. “Oh religion!”, “You are not trying to push that on people?” “Let everyone live their lives!”
I told her that I was not. “Proselytizing, converting and debating does not work, “I replied.
So we sparred in a very cordial way.
Jesus’s spunkiness and feistiness were greater than hers.
I told her that I had been on drugs and drinking years back, which she had difficulty in believing.
She asked, ‘well how did you leave that behind?”
I told her that God had changed my desires.
“Oh don’t give God the credit, you did it yourself! “She snapped.
I looked at her and nicely replied, “I do give God the credit!”
She did not have much to say at this point.
All in all it was a delightful conversation, spiced with hearty jabs and anti-jabs.
Departing and shaking hands, the octarian looked at us saying “You are both very nice people.”
Though we were on opposing sides and though she did does not attribute the importance to Jesus which I do, what was present was the lovely Person of Jesus.
For many who are at odds with Christianity, the presence of Jesus is very attractive.
have met few who are not drawn to Him, though they may not realize it.
This Jesus had been the witty, spunky and feisty Jesus.
Jesus, the God and friend to all men and women.
He is the Jesus for all seasons.

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No One Knew!


These are stories from our ministry trip to New York in June 2014!

Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
We are our way from Nyack NY to Miami.
God had proved the reality of the above verse.
But it was not always like this.
When the Lord called us to spend two months away from home and children it was scary.
Knowing that He would have to supply two separate set of bills was daunting.
No one except my wife knew that with less than two weeks before the trip, no money had come in.
No one knew that I was discouraged and frightened and was tempted to cancel the whole thing.
No one knew that it was until I got on my knees, and prayed that money came.
No one knew the apprehension that I had about going to the streets of America and share the love of Christ, after I heard hat religion is dead and that everyone is unreceptive towards God.
Don’t listen to the media! They don’t represent Americans.
I owed my accountant money for the taxes that we had filed before leaving.
No one knew how God miraculously covered our mortgage by someone whom we don’t know too well.
No one knew how large sums of money came in from people whom I have little contact with.
No one knew how almost one thousand dollars came in this Sunday in NY so that we could return back to Miami.
No one knew that when we arrived in Nyack and knew that God told us to go out to the streets I tried to make excuses not to do so.
No one knew that we had no idea where and how to start ministering the love of Christ outside the church walls.
Religion might be dead in America but not God.
We encountered an overwhelming hunger from so many for the love and kindness of God.

Everyone is hungry for relationships, to talk, to be listened to, to be shown an interest in, or to get a prayer from God.
For seven weeks ministry has not ceased as God brought us divine appointment after divine appointment.
We did not experience hostility or rejection. Those who were atheists, or into yoga or new age, were kind to us. So many ideas were exchanged.
With open arms we were welcomed by the body of Christ in Rockland County in NY.
We had opportunity to go to my wife’s 40th year high school reunion in CT, which was awesome.
My daughter Hannah visited us.
Our friends from Miami, Maria Passwaters and Joyce Jones flew in and got caught in the flow of the revival spirit hitting Rockland County.
Why do write all this?
It’s not to tout my horn, lol!
I am just a mortal like you.
I struggled with the same sins, deal with the same unbelief that everyone does.
But I think that I’ve learned to push into the dreams which God has given me.
I’ve learned to obey God at all costs.
I have learned that to be a spectator to someone else’s vision is suicide.
I have learned that allowing fear to overtake me to where my destiny is jeopardized creates chronic boredom.
I’ve learned how to laugh at myself and to be a fool for Chris rather than to be someone else’s wise man.
So many miss out on what Mary and I experience because they choose not to obey.
So many miss out on the amazing things that God has for them because they do not jump into the waters of God’s adventures.
So many will live and die missing what God had for them.
For many, Christianity is a spiritual spectator sport where people vicariously participate through the testimonies of the few who play.
God has called none to be an onlooker and everyone to play.
Don’t let this be you. Test and see that God is good, but do test.

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How A Hurricane Taught Me God’s Voice


My first encounter with hearing God’s voice occurred with Hurricane David on August of 1979.

I had just given my life to Jesus Christ.

We lived on Key Biscayne Florida, which is an island surrounded by water.

My father, and my now deceased mother, were getting divorced and my father had left our home.

When Hurricane David was tracking across Santo Domingo, I I heard the voice of God, for the first time.

He told me that David would not hit Miami.

I told my parents that God had spoken.

Many people are shocked when hearing that God speaks personally.

I don’t know why that is so strange.

If He created the mouth, why should He not also speak?

I was an impulsive young man, full of faith in the God who had captured my heart, with His love.

David, however, was zeroing in on Miami.

Forty eight hours before arriving, the Key Biscayne Police Department drove through the island recommending everyone to evacuate.

I told my family!

“I am not leaving, because God told me that the hurricane is not going to hit. I am going to prove to you that God talks to me.”

We boarded up the home and my mother, brother, and sister left for a Holiday Inn, just outside Key Biscayne.

I remained with my Living Bible, a weather radio, and a few flashlights.

With the eye of the hurricane now 10 hours away, light rains began.

I watched TV and read verses from the Bible.

The winds and rains strengthened.

Suddenly the power went out!

With the lack of noise, I could plainly hear the ever-increasing winds.

My mother telephoned and pleaded with me to come to the Holiday Inn.  I panicked.

I got the keys to the car to leave.

When I opened the front door, violent winds and horizontal rains bombarded me.  There was no way out.

Trying to phone my mother, communication had dropped.

I did not know if I had heard a demon or God!

It was 1:00 AM.

The eye of David was to hit Miami at 6:00 AM.

My weather radio also lost power.

The only sounds were the screeches of the winds which became more boisterous by the minute.

I was petrified.

I got my Bible and the flashlight and read from the Book of Job.

It’s when we step out unto the fragile limb of faith that the Lord acts.

With flashlight shining on the giant print Bible I read.

Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

God spoke to Job out of the whirl wind!

God was now speaking to me out of the whirl wind!

Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.

The behemoth in the King James Version is cattle or a water buffalo, or a rhinoceros.

But as I read this scripture, my flashlight hit a darkened part of the wall, and landed upon a huge white moth!

Behemoth….moth!   The timing could only be God’s!

At 3:30 AM the winds increased all the more.

I got angry at God. I ranted. I climbed on top of a chair and shook my fist.

“You told me that the hurricane was not going to hit.” You are lying to me, I am going die out here.”

God answered Job and me from the whirlwinds.

He rebuked me for my panic attack!

 Job 40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

7  Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

8  Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

9  Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

Then in Job 42.

Job 42:8  Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

When I read “my servant Job shall pray for you”, I dropped the Bible, fell on my face and unto the cold white tile.

“Oh God, please forgive me, I was wrong. Please make the hurricane turn around.”   

For ninety minutes I prayed, face on the icy floor.

The winds intensified the more.

I increased my prayers.

After an hour, with my face still buried the winds began to decrease.

By 5:00 AM there was a substantial reduction in the wind speed.

I kept on praying.

By six o clock the winds were only 50 miles per hour.

The eye of hurricane should have been on top of Miami.

I had no electricity or phone. I had no idea what occurred.  I fell asleep exhausted.

Later I learned that at 5:00 AM when David was over the Bahamas, its steering currents shifted and prodded the hurricane northward.

What a miracle!

This is how I began to hear and learn the voice of God.

In the photo, notice the slight jog of the hurricane to the north very close to Florida. This is when I was praying.

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How to Get Out Of The Cell of the Wide Open Door?


Col 1: 13  He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred (physically relocated) us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

Colossians 1:13 uses the aorist tense for the verbs, “delivered” and “transferred.”

The Greek aorist is called the photographic or punctiliar tense.

It defines a past event, not in the context of what it means, but in its occurrence.

The event is labeled simply as a photograph or a punctuation mark on history’s time line.

Hence the terms, photographic or punctiliar.

So for those in Christ, we have once and for all being rescued from darkness’s jurisdiction and have been physically relocated, transported and re assigned to God’s kingdom.

So why do we still struggle so much with the dominion of darkness?

In my life, the reasons are varied.

All of them have to do with the devil’s tactics.

For one, I believe that my ancestors were into Santeria or witchcraft.

Generational sins or demons are a complex issue.

I know  little about it.

Suffice it to say, that stuff coming down my family line, have clobbered me.

I’ve had to spend time in prayer to break them all.

Secondly, is the issue of the demonic strongman.

I’m convinced that every person and every Christian has an assigned strong man demon which afflicts them.

Though we have been relocated to the kingdom of God, the schemes of the strong man do not automatically break.

For observed freedom to come, one must identify his or her particular strong man and figure out his lies.

This is can be an extended but crucial process.

But what I submit to you today is the “prison of the wide opened door.”

Relocation from the devil’s jurisdiction to God’s kingdom is the conclusion of your prison sentence and subsequent release back into society.

But for many, I included, we continue to sit in the cell, with the door in front of us, wide opened

How can this be?

The trickiest obstacle to freedom is the prison created by our imaginations, and the knowledge which exalts itself over God’s, of who we were before Christ, and who we are now in Him.

It has taken me months of prayer to work through the entangled thoughts that have kept me in the prison of the wide opened door.

I don’t have an answer for your journey.

But, I will tell you why solving your dilemma is so vital and yet so darn difficult.

It’s the toughest thing you will ever do.

Rom 3:27  Where then is the boasting? It is excluded. Through what law? Of works? No, but through the law of faith.

Faith is a law.

A law is defined that under specific circumstances, specific results always take place.

Faith works with positive and negative circumstances. It’s a law!

If you believe that you are in prison, and don’t realize that the door is opened, and that you are free, you will remain in it.

What is worse is this!

The devil has been defeated.  But as the father of lies, he feeds on lies, just like a tick feeds on blood.

The biggest lie, which he has propagated on humanity, is to make it believe that he does not exist.

If you faith is that you are still in prison when you are not, you will remain in it, because of the law of faith. You have believed the lie.

And the old devil will indulge the errors of your way, by endlessly attacking you just like if you were still in bondage.

If you are not experiencing at the beginnings of resurrection life, I counsel you to dedicate serious time to finding out why you still sit in your cell of the wide open door.

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The Solutions To Obstacles Seminar


We are excited about our new and interactive seminar.
Available in South and Central Florida
Reserve one for church, business, or home.
Those who hosts do not pay
Best taught on Saturdays.
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
$10.00/ person/ session.
Checks or cash payable to “Jose Alvarez”
Brown bag or “fast food restaurant” lunch.
Phone: 305.299.0633
Email: citvnet@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.emergingusa.com/

 

1. THE FAMILY OBSTACLE

a. What if my spouse is not a Christian?
b. What if my children are not Christians?
c. How can I focus my marriage on God’s Will?

Jose and Mary are happily married for twenty seven years. They have focused their marriage and family on God’s voice and agenda. The Alvarez have four adult children. They lived in New Mexico among Native American and in Kenya, Africa.

 

2. THE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP OBSTACLE

a. How Do I Study The Bible?
i. The personalization approach.
ii. Meditating on scriptures and the renewing of the mind
iii. Biblical language resources

b. What if a church leader or Christian hurt me and I am not attending church?

c. I Don’t Know How To Pray!
i. Obstacles in breaking through into God’s presence
ii. Intercessory, revelatory, and contemplative prayer.
iii. How do I get my prayers answered?

 

3. THE FINANCIAL OBSTACLE!

a. How Do I Get Out of Debt?
b. How Do I Find A Job?
c. Teach Me About Tithes and Offerings

Jose and Mary have been missionaries for twenty years. They have been in full time ministry for ten. They got out of debt, destroyed their credit cards and live by faith. You will learn to get a job by the voice of God.

 

4. THE ADDICTION OBSTACLE

a. What If I smoke as a Christian? How do I become free?
b. How do I lose weight?

Jose and Mary have lost cumulatively 110 pounds. They were chain smokers and heavy drugs and alcohol users. God set them free supernaturally and without rehabilitation. There is no condemnation in Christ. Learn how!

 

5. THE MINISTRY OBSTACLE

a. What Are My Spiritual Gifts?
i. We will administer a spiritual gift inventory!

b. How Do I Hear God’s Voice?
i. Learn the steps to effectively hear God’s voice

c. How Do I Prophesy?
i. Jose and Mary have prophesied to thousands around the world in twenty years.

d. How Do I Get Over My Fears of Ministering?
i. Jose was a severe stutterer who could not say his wedding vows. Now he is a Bible teacher. Mary was a shattered bulimic. How did they become free from paralyzing fears?

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