Last week I spent three days at the RightNow Conference. I have never been to this conference and I was unsure about the tone and content, if it would be relevant to me in the context in which I serve. I didn’t need to worry, it was filled with great ideas. In looking back over my notes I realize that I probably didn’t grasp most of it … guess that’s why they sell the dvds. Below is a mixture of some of the notes I took that are thought provoking. Feel free to comment on any of them!
Bill Search had an interesting class on using both Sunday Schools and Small Groups in churches while embracing the potential in each. They can co-exist! He gave seven myths and countered each one. One statistic he offered was that 60% of those attending small groups say that their spiritual needs are being met.
JD Greear suggested that all ministries and small groups mus be centered in the gospel. The gospel changes us in a way that religion cannot do. The gospel has the power to produce a love for God in our hearts. We grow more spiritual as we get deeper into the gospel. He gave a great four part prayer perspective: (1) In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make you love me more; nothing I have done that makes you love me less. (2) You are all I need today for everlasting joy. (3) As you have been to me, so I will be to others. (4) As I pray, I’ll measure your compassion by the cross and your power by the resurrection. No new strategy is going to change things, only the glory of the gospel will change lives. (JD Greear’s new book click here)
Matt Chandler reflected on Philippians 3. He had so many good things to say. One thing he said was that nobody has a hard time believing that on their worst day they reek; but Christians have to realize that on their best day they reek … our deeds are as filthy rags. What we have in common is not our goodness, but that we are all sinners. Our confidence has to be in Christ, not ourselves. (Matt Chandler’s upcoming book click here)
Will Mancini had two very enlightening sessions on sharing vision with the congregation. He talked about “vision dripping” rather than sharing vision at one big event. Vision dripping is a daily team event where everyone who buys into the vision drips it into conversations and writings throughout each day. He talked about strategy being how you accomplish your mission on the broadest level. Good question: How many times do you expect to show up at your church each week? He pointed us to a simple church model where we are free to design ministries that are not centered inside the church building. For some of the resources he referenced in his classes, click on his name above and go to his excellent website.
I’ll share some more thoughts in another post.