I just wanted to share some highlights and comments from today. Before I do, if you want to get lots of great stuff you can go to edstetzer.com and exponentialconference.com to get PPTs and downloads for ipods. If you are unable to be here, the next best thing might be to garner some of the information that is here.
My youngest son, Scott, turned 23 today. I find it somewhat unbelievable my youngest child is 23, until I realize I am 53 and I am my mom's youngest child. WOW!
One of the member's of today's worship team had a cell phone attached to their pocket. I thought this a bit odd. I mean if they were able to hear it ring, or feel it vibrate would they actually answer it? If not, why do they have it with them at all?
"When the Kingdom takes priority you ask what is the best way? Not what is the best way to make me, or my church, look good." Randy Pope
"Ultimately all churches are evaluated by the quality of their disciples." Neil Cole
"The fact that Jesus is the Christ is the glue that holds us all together." Andy Stanley
East 91st Street Christian Church is over eighty years old. They have just planted their 50th church. Their annual church planting budget is 1.5 million dollars. That is more money than the denomination I participate invests in church planting. Incredible!
Reproducing people will naturally flow into a reproducing church.
Ed Stetzer put up a list of resources he recommends for those wanting to be a reproducing church. One of those was my book, "The Ripple Church." It was thrilling seeing my book on a huge screen. 2700 leaders saw it! I have to say it was humbling stuff.
Andy Stanley stated, "Vision is a mental picture of what could be fueled by a passion that it should be." What vision do you have?