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Innovate ’08 Day One, morning sessions

September 22, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

The theme for the Innovative Church conference this year was “Stop Talking – Start Doing.”  For our team, this was exactly the right message at the right time.

Case in point:  Tim Steven’s recent book, “Pop Goes the Church” opens the first chapter with this quote from D. Elton Trueblood: It is hard to exaggerate the degree to which the modern Church seems irrelevant to modern man.  That quote is from “Company of the Committed,” which was published in 1961!  That means we have been talking about relevance and the need for it for at least 50 years.

Innovate ‘08’s biggest value to me was confirming both the need and possibility of building bridges into the lives of the unsaved and unchurched.

In the next few posts, I will summarize some of the main sessions.  I don’t take notes in “quotes,” so this is my interpretation and impression of what was said, not a verbatim transcript.  Any confusion or lack of clarity is due to my note taking.  (BTW, the videos of the main sessions should be up soon on wiredchurches.com.)

 Session 1: Stop Talking – Mark Beeson, Senior Pastor, Granger Community Church

  •  We’ve had this conversation going on a long time – talking about solutions, but with no change. By and large, we have not kept pace with the growth and change going on around us.
  • It’s time to stop talking about it and engage – start doing. We have lived too long in the “church bubble” and we’ve become disengaged. We haven’t felt the sting and pain of need.
  • People are driving through life on a crash course – disaster lies ahead – and they don’t know it. But we do! We know the tree is in the road – but what will we do that will make a difference for them.
  • We are urged to be “balanced.” But, balance is not dynamic – it’s static. There’s no progress in balance, only maintaining. We have to lean in, there is no ministry impact without it.
  • Safety does not equal success.

Session 2: Brand Schizophrenia – Shawn Wood, teaching pastor, Seacoast Church

  • “Stuff” is how we tell the Story – spoken, sung, digital, web, print, media, etc.
  • We tend to let the stuff become the object of our affection – when the only reason we do stuff is Jesus… Stuff will not change lives – only Jesus can/will.
  • Unless Jesus is our only motivation, we will fall victim to Brand Schizophrenia… We will try to manage our brand, and authenticity will leave the room.. We will try to perfect our brand, chasing excellence and improvement like an idol.
  • We pursue better art, video, technology, and programs – we need to pursue God and who He created us to be in Jesus Christ.
  • Why would anyone waste their time with a “hobby” like church – it would be the worst hobby imaginable. Life has to be about more.
  • We are doing things God never created us to do and becoming something God never intended us to be.
  • “brand” = the aftertaste left by an experience – a web site visit, a first time church visit, etc.
  • Seacoast seeks to be a Spirit-filled, practical, non-spooky-yet-kind-of-mystical experience in multiple locations, on the cheap. (Scott says: I wanted to know way more about “on the cheap” but Shawn didn’t elaborate…)
  • Don’t try to be someone else – Don’t chase or idolize excellence – be who you are and provide that which only you can provide.

Shawn’s recent book, “200 Pomegranates and an Audience of One,” comes highly recommended – two members of our group bought a copy and I’m going to read it when they’re done.

That was the morning main sessions for day one.  More to come…

  1. September 22, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    I hope you enjoy the book! Thanks for the post.

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