Hmmm. How to start?
Today I attended the first ever NewSpring Leadership Conference at NewSpring’s Anderson, SC campus. Of all the conferences that exist, this one is a little unique in that this is designed for us to learn by listening and taking notes from pastors who are making a difference in their communities. No flash or gimmicks- just guys telling their stories. Excerpts follow, as I have not yet sufficiently processed my notes to re-write them.
Perry Noble, Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church, Anderson, SC: “Your crap can shut down the pool…”. It’s a long story, but worth telling another time.
Francis Chan, former pastor and now purposefully unemployed and unencumbered follower of Christ to Asia: “God, if you put my life in scripture, would it look radical like the original disciples? Or would it look like I am playing it safe…”
Mark Driscoll, founder and pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle: “Do you want God to use you greatly? He must wound you deeply…”.
Stephen Furtick, founder and pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC: “God’s past performance is the best predictor of His future action and ability”
Judah Smith, Lead Pastor of The City Church in Seattle: “We live in a culture that is highlight-oriented; like Sports Center. Sports Center never shows what goes on in the mean time….”
Jud Wilhite, pastor of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas (yes, the one in Nevada): “2 questions: Who is hurting we can help? and Who needs to be reached that we can reach?”
Andy Stanley, Lead Pastor of NorthPoint Church in Alpharetta, GA: “Every time we take communion, we connect with the saints from the beginning of the first church”
As I recall and process this series of talks, I’ll share more. Especially about my crap shutting down the pool.
Life is good! God is good!