This conference is full of meetings, workshops, worship events, and networking dinners. The speakers range from the extremely well known (Rick Warren, Andy Stanley) to the lesser known (Tim Keller, Matt Chandler). Personally, I’ve never really learned a whole lot other than a few good ideas from that first group. But I’ve been transformed deeply by the cross centered teaching from the second group. They are serious about Jesus crucified. I am too.
Tonight I’m at an EFCA church planters dinner. I’m glad to see that the movement is forward thinking and seeks to be proactive rather than reactionary in how they are missionaries to the United States and the world. This is extremely encouraging to see tonight. There are some super talented folks in this room and they love the glory of Christ and they are serious about multiplying churches. One of them was a great friend from seminary that I haven’t seen in several years. Ryan Latour, lead pastor of Mosaic Milwaukee (www.mosaicmilwaukee.com ). Great to see you Ryan!
I also learned some interested new developments for the US. When we planted I knew that the unbelievers in the US was the 5th largest group of people in the world who were not Christ followers. I discovered that we just moved up the list to 3rd. So we are missionaries to our own country. Learning the language, the worldview, the obstacles to faith in Christ, and become indigenous to our country in order to spread the supremacy of Christ. This is exactly what Crew needs to be thinking like and I think we are. In what ways would you see yourself as a missionary to Huntington? What are some opportunities Crew has to be a missionary center, where we are sending folks into to the Tri State?