I spent last week in Fort Wayne, Indiana attending our church's international business meeting. My father used to refer to these meetings as my gatherings with fellow wizards, a description that would concern some fellow wizards. Nonetheless, pastors and leaders from all around the world gather every other year to conduct official business, catch up with one another, and share reports about what God is doing in different corners of the globe. This year's theme was Shift, as you can see from the promotional banner. It was encouraging to spend time with Don Cousins, Francis Chan, and Alan and Deb Hirsch. Their teaching and interaction was a great source of encouragement and insight. Time well spent.
The three areas of SHIFT we discussed were....
Jesus didn’t say go and make “attendees”
God has called us to more than merely managing human activity
When you build a church you seldom get disciples, but when you make disciples you always get a church.