The first session has just started at this bad boy. There about 2000 people in this giant auditorium. There are a lot people in jeans with vintage looking t shirts, holes in their jeans, and a goatee or soul patch or is it sole patch. I’m not sure I’m cool enough to be here. You can probably tell I’m getting cynical and jaded about all of this. I don’t want to be. Call me up short if I am. I’m just reporting the sights and sounds as I see it. You’ll be able to tell when I’m excited or grouchy. Optimistic or a smart…alec. The first session is with Ed Stetzer who has become the foremost student, writer, and communicator of missiology in North America. Missiology is the study of missions, thus his ministry is about missions to Americans of which we see ourselves at Crew. He’s a great communicator and even better thinker. I’m excited to hear from him.
Alright, the network sucks in this room, so I was constantly losing my connection. So I’m going to write live as I’m experiencing this, but I’ll be publishing it at a later time when I can get on. You’ll still get the info, but it won’t be live. Sorry.
I had several trends that he communicated, but lost them. I’ll try to remember a few:
–Most churches are started by churches 200 folks or less.
–Smaller churches start other churches more naturally and easier than bigger churches
–The most effective evangelistic strategy in America today is start new churches.
All right, they’re doing a panel now between session 1 and 2.
They have a few pastors who have started churches out of their church at an incredible success rate. Here are a few things that resonated with me. Anything hit you?
One guy was asked how to keep church planting on our church’s radar. He said celebrate ways in which you contribute to church planting. Tell everyone how much money you give to planting churches, bring church planters in to speak at your church and make heroes of them. He said, what you celebrate is what you become. Based on that what would you say we celebrate at Crew that we shouldn’t? What should we be celebrating that we aren’t?
One church, Northwood Community Church, has planted almost 100 churches in 20 years. 13 of them are within 10 miles of their church and have over 10,000 people in them. If Northwood wouldn’t have planted those churches then they too could be a megachurch with a lake and a Payne Stewart golf academy. I think I’d rather be smaller Northwood, wouldn’t you?
“You can right the ship if you’re off course. But sometimes it turns like a freighter”
Ok, I’m live again…for now.