Monthly Archives: October 2011
Last week Monday and Tuesday I was blessed to be able to attend the Sticky Teams 2.0 conference in Vista, CA (just north of San Diego). The conference was held at North Coast Church where Larry Osborne is the lead pastor, and is named after his book Sticky Teams. This year’s theme was “growth changes everything.” The main stage speakers were Larry Osborne, Mark Driscoll, Gene Appel, and Chris Brown.
If you ever have a chance to take your ministry team out to this conference you will not be disappointed. It’s totally worth it. It was the most enjoyable conference I’ve been to all year (and I went to a lot of conferences this year) – and not just because it was in southern California (the weather was a bit balmy actually).
Brandon Hatmaker on the most challenging concept in Barefoot Church.
Also, Check out this review!
“Barefoot Church offers nice ideas to spark the creativity on how your church can reach the community by serving the poor and partnering with those inside the area companies.
Hatmaker will explain how churches need to create a new metric for success, enjoy the tension that outreach creates, and allowing one’s understanding of discipleship bloom from the tired description it currently carries.” You can find the rest here.
Jesus called us to “serve the least” as a way of life. Yet we often reduce serving to a once a month program or seasonal event. Whether you are a pastor or a layperson, this week’s giveaway Barefoot Church, will help you find simple, reproducible strategies that will move your church from good intentions to compassionate action.
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This week Engaging Church is hosting the For The City blog tour!
“Within ten years, nine out of ten people will claim “no religious affiliation.” Many of these people will live in urban areas. Church leaders must learn how to effectively engage in ministry with this urban core, a group that includes both the poor and marginalized as well as the wealthy and influential. This book will guide readers in developing a philosophy of ministry that can lead to restoration and renewal in their city.
In For The City Matt Carter and Darrin Patrick explain the biblical, theological, and historical foundations of ministry within the urban core and how to plant churches where the gospel is not only faithfully preached and shared but also brings substantial benefits to those living in the community.”
If you signed up for the tour, or just happened to write a review of For The City, link to it in the comments and we will list them here!
In this four-session video study, Carl Medearis, an international expert in the field of Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations, provides Christians with a healthy understanding of Muslims and the steps they can take to build meaningful relationships. Medearis also helps point out how Jesus can be a common starting point with their Muslim neighbors. From the Ground Zero mosque to whether we believe in the same God, Medearis also addresses key questions and responses to the current Muslim/Christian tensions facing our society.
Muslims, Christians, and Jesus session titles include:
Session One: Exploring Our Fears and Stereotypes
Session Two: Understanding What Muslims Believe
Session Three: Jesus: The Bridge to Muslims
Session Four: Building Bridges through Relationship
Carl Medearis is an international expert in the field of Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations and author of the acclaimed book, Muslims, Christians and Jesus.
”This book is a great tool for teaching, provoking, and informing people about the realities of Hell. This book could be used for devotional readings, small group meetings, Bible studies, or as a preaching tool. The ideas in this book are helpful and convicting. Hell is real, and this book does everything possible to prove it. I would recommend this book to anyone who has any doubts about Hell or is simply curious.”