This past week we attended the largest gathering of church planters at Exponential Conference in Orlando. We heard from main session speakers and sat in small groups to discuss topics that relate to serving the community, starting a church, and much more. Here are some of my most favorite insights:
We were asked in a small group session, “in what ways do i disqualify myself from being a church planter’s wife?” I answer honestly with: a lack of education beyond a college degree, white girl, southern background and accent. We were then asked to draw a circle of concern. What in my new neighborhood concerns me? Then we were asked to draw a circle of influence. What in my circle of concern can I have influence in? “You usually can’t do something about everything you’re concerned about.” B. Salter-McNeil
“There comes a time in every person’s life when they are given a unique opportunity to discover the purpose for which they are born. It is their moment of destiny and if they seize it, it is their finest hour.” Sir Winston Churchill (obviously not present at conference, but quoted!)
It matters WHO you love like not WHO you look like. S. Claiborne
“Some need rescuing from the ghetto and some need rescuing from the cul-de-sac.” S. Claiborne
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? Behold, I received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.” Numbers 23.19-20
Church is used to counting internal numbers: Sunday School attendance, baptisms, first time guests. That matters, but add this approach: Know the numbers in the neighborhood. Number of new people moving in. Number of people who have lost jobs. Number of people internationals. Number of those living below poverty line.
You miss opportunities in the community if you see a need and start a church program or ministry. Rather, look at a need in the community and get involved THERE.
Called to San Francisco? Well, then, we of all people should get to know that city better than anyone else.
Proclaim Jesus. He’ll do the marketing. K. Blanchard
If we’re not careful, what’s divine becomes routine. M. Chandler
With all the knowledge we gained during the day, it was so great for our brains to laugh the evening away! And it's the kind of laughing that causes your stomach to hurt and tears to stream down your face uncontrollably! Ben and I are blessed to be a part of this team. To know more about our staff, go to www.epicsf.com. We were sad that Ben Lee could not be with us, but we can't wait to all be together in the city.