Rick Warren is up.and he’s the pastor of Saddleback Church in California. He has written a book title The Purpose Driven Church that really got churches thinking strategically about what they are to be doing and how they can best do that in their culture. I thank God for men like him. His opening just illustrated those last few sentences. He’s been planting churches out of his church while he was still probably considered a church plant. Here is a man who was into church planting long before most. Crew is far from a purpose driver church, but there is much in our literature and thinking that is very influenced by him.
He had some good things about comparison of your ministry to others: 2 reasons not to do it: (1) There’s always folks doing better so that discourages you. (2) There’s always folks doing worse so that makes you proud. Good word.
Now some words of advice from a church planter to another:
Never stop growing personally. If you stop learning you stop leading. Anybody can be great for 2 years. That’s a great line.
Pay attention to your family. At this point he got onto critics and mentioned how blogs can be critical of him. It wasn’t me I promise! 😉 But it was a timely word to me, thanks Rick.
Thanks for the conference everyone and I’ll post one final wrap post in a second.