No Silver Bullets for Spiritual Growth - Daniel Im - Episode 12

Daniel Sangi Im is the Director of Church Multiplication for at LifeWay Christian Resources.

He serves as a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multisite church in Nashville.

He's the author of No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry and Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply. He also co-hosts the New Churches Q&A Podcast, the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast, and a brand new podcast with his wife on marriage and parenting called the IMbetween Podcast.

Daniel has a M.A. in Global Leadership and has served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville.

He's a scholar-practioner who can not only create theory, but also implement it in an innovative way to solve problems. His experience and strength is in creating alignment and momentum within teams and churches by implementing strategies and systems to move the church towards multiplication. In other words, He's a strategic thinker that can produce, rather than a strategic thinker that can muse.

He's also a Gallup Strengths Performance Coach (Strengths Advisor) and has led over 600 people through the StrengthsFinder assessment in multiple countries. His top themes are: Maximizer, Learner, Intellection, Developer, Strategic, Achiever, Input, and Relator.

He has been married to his wife, Christina, since 2006 and they have three children.

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No Silver Bullets by Daniel Im

Planting Missional Churches by Daniel Im

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Episode Audio:

Chapter 1 - Discovering There's No One Way to Grow

Daniel Im's book, No Silver Bullets, was born out of years of work in the church struggling to help Christians become more mature disciples. He learned that there isn't just one thing that will magically make us more mature. But when he starting looking at the research, he did find that there are 5 micro shifts we can make that lead to profound change in our churches and in our lives.

Chapter 2 - 5 Micro-Shifts in Rethinking Spiritual Growth

The mental models we use when approaching discipleship have a huge impact on the way in which we walk with Christ. Shifting our perspective from one that sees disicpleship as a destination to one that see it as a direction is the first micro shift we must make if we hope to grow in Christian maturity. Being close to God like a Pharisee or far from Him like the woman at the well doesn't matter if we aren't looking at Him as we walk.

Chapter 3 - What You Put Into Growth vs. What You Get Out

It's easy to get caught up in thinking about the end results of our growth. After all the end of the journey is what usually leads us to begin it in the first place. But thinking about the goal can actually become a hindrance to our growth if we aren't also thinking about the inputs that will get us there. Daniel refers to these areas as input goals and output goals. Both are necessary if we are to become spiritually mature.

Chapter 4 - The 70.20.10 Principle For Spiritual Growth

Adults learn by doing. It may be inspiring to sit and listen to someone talk about sharing the gospel, but until we begin to practice what we know, our knowledge will do us (and the lost) no good. We must put our knowledge to good use by acting upon it so as to truly learn what it means to follow Christ.



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