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THINK OF THIS:
Your experience may seem small to you but it could be life changing for someone else.
An old Proverb; “If you think you are too small to make a difference, just think of a mosquito.”
THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROJECT:
To produce a book of feel-good stories to share with a lonely, locked-down, bored, and scared world.
The BIG IDEA:
As you are fully aware; Tragically, COVID-19 is sweeping across the world leaving a lot of pain in it’s wake. But there are LOADS of great feel-good stories of how people (you) are staying positive through personal experience, creativity, re-invention of self, re-assessing of what’s important in life, whatever it takes grit, and more,... these stories need to be shared.
YOUR STORY could be...
• the light into someone’s darkness
• the inspiration into someone’s desperation
• the idea to curb someone’s boredom
• the plan to solve someone’s problem
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU?
• Follow the guideline below to help you share your story
HOW WILL YOUR STORY BE SHARED?
CoffeeChatConnect (CCC) will collect your stories to share them in two ways...
1) Share your story on CCC’s facebook page immediately (without editing) only after you have liked the group (to prove that you are who you say you are, of course)
2) Once there are enough stories we will publish them into an e-book to be downloaded off CCC’s website, for free.
Remember: Your story could be light in some else’s darkness, giving them hope for another day. Do not underestimate your story, little mosquito. Your experience is priceless.
Before Church buildings were built, before worship groups needed to sound "professional", before differences in doctrine and denomination, before professional preachers, Even BEFORE the Bible was written,... sat groups of friends talking about God, learning from one another and discovering meaning together. This is the oldest and simplest form of church.
CCC is used: Anywhere, Anytime, with Anyone. We're haven't invented anything new, we're simply giving something that works a new look and doing our utmost to make it easier and more accessible for everyone.
Focused on 1 Corinthians 12 - "The Gifts" and "The One Body of Christ"; our vision is to have as many of God's people working together to help The Church grow throughout the world by simply;
- Working together, and
- Doing what we are gifted to do.
Everyone has a place and can offer something. CCC is a tool that can help people apply themselves in easy and practical ways. "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead" - James 2:26.
Our team is growing and more Christians are finding their place within CCC. Using this platform, we are able to reach many people far and wide, using the collection of our gifts to help churches grow.
If you would like to be a part of the CCC Team, click here and let us change the world together!
Typically, groups are formed within these courses and once the course has completed, the people are energetic and excited. Often they want to continue meeting and learning together. However, when the group members are asked, “Who would lead the group?”, the same excused are given; I’m too busy, I don’t have time. I don’t know enough. I don’t think I can do it. The leaderless group eventually stops meeting altogether.
Pro: Excited and energetic people
Con: No Leader
Solution: Eliminate the “Leader” position. Encourage the group members to take turns in facilitating the CCC. If you can read, you can facilitate. The CCC material guides the conversations and effortlessly leads the group.
CCC Experience: Without the “leader” position – people express themselves more without waiting for the “anointed leader” to say everything.
Pro: People want to meet and learn together
Con: The don’t have time to prepare
Solution: Eliminate the “Preparation” pressure. Create pre-prepped CCC material that will guide the group discussion.
CCC Experience: Everyone is more relaxed and less stressed when facilitating a chat. Conversation flows as they learn together and they tend to be for forgiving when the facilitator does not know everything.
Today = Isolation through Technology.
People may be connected electronically but they becoming more disconnected interpersonally.
Technology has given us the ability to connect to anyone, at any time, specifically via social media. However, technology has also inadvertently created a culture of isolation.
Pro: People want to belong and nobody likes isolation
Con: They seek "belonging" via electronic methods
Solution: Use technology to create interpersonal connection spots of belonging.
CCC Experience: People love and look forward to their CCC groups every week. They feel like they belong. Sunday Church attendance is increasing and new people have joined the church.
Pro: People have Christian friends.
Con: They won’t go to church or they cannot get to church.
Solution: The Church goes to them.
CCC Experience: CCC groups have started in pubs, businesses, schools, etc. Some non-churched have gravitated back to church and some, previously, un-churched have become members.
We are commanded to “Make Disciples”. CCC creates Disciples without the person knowing it. It’s not difficult. It’s not unrealistic. It’s easy. When someone facilitates a chat or even attends a group, they have started on the road to becoming active disciples.
Churches are crying out for people to get involved in serving within the Kingdom of God. Persuasive sermons aren’t doing the trick anymore. But when you are sitting in a group of friends and the group decides to do something together, the very same person who likes sitting in church, or just attends the group, eventually becomes active. CCC groups mobilize people.
Pro: People are more comfortable and confident when doing mission together.
Con: Institutional (church) micro-managing.
Solution: Let the groups discern what God is telling them, specifically, to do for his Kingdom. Don’t stifle them. Trust them and support them.
CCC Experience, 3x examples;
a “retired” group of people started a CCC in a pub on Thursday nights.
Another group adopted an orphanage.
A Young Adult and Youth Group adopted the second church service to make it more applicable for younger people.
Pro: People grow closer together.
Con: Families don’t know how to spark or hold conversations around the bible or biblical ideas/topics/doctrines.
Solution: CCC is the non-threatening "outside" voice that helps guide those awkward family conversations.
CCC Experience: Families are engaging the bible together and developing closer relationships. Many families have started sitting together in church services.
Coffee = Fellowship, sharing a cuppa or a meal, spending time together in a relaxed environment.
Chat = CCC Material guide the conversation in a non-threatening environment – you’re with your friends.
Connect = Interpersonal Connections: Connecting with one another and, most importantly, connecting with God.
Purpose: Connecting Friends Around an Open Bible
How: Invite. Chat. Repeat.
Some rural churches, who only get a preacher visiting once a month or quarter, use CCC to guide their Sunday church services.
The idea is;
To take the church to the people.
To create groups of people who are excited about God and his work.
To learn from one another.
To get people to actively serve God, together – like the disciples.
The only thing CCC pushes is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. Other than that, CCC is designed for people to answer and wrestle with open-ended questions by seeking answers from the Bible. CCC re-creates the people's openness to the prompting and teaching of the Holy Spirit.
If anything, CCC works hand-in-hand with every church who serves Jesus. Here are a few examples of churches, and other venues, that have CCC members in them:
Trinity Methodist, Bloemfontein
Church of Sweden
West View Methodist
St Margaret's Anglican, Bloemfontein
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Bloemfontein
Christ Church, Kenilworth
Waypoint Community Church
NG Kerk & Vivedus Onbeperke Gemeenskap
Outlook, Richards Bay
Louis Trichardt Methodist
St. Wilfrids Anglican
Miracle House of Prayer
SA Military Base in the DRC
and some others...