#Exponential 2011 Notes: Dave Ferguson, Alan Hirsch, Francis Chan

2011 National New Church ConferenceSpent a few days learning with 4,000 Church Planting Leaders at the Exponential Conf. A few notes from one of the Main Sessions: Dave FergusonAlan Hirsch, and Francis Chan:

Feruson and Hirsch:

  • Times are changing: Church attendance is below 20% of the population of America. Those claiming “no religious affiliation” has doubled over the last 10 years.
  • Potentially, 60% of the population are alienated from our current church models and strategies. All are eggs are in the attractional church basket.Many are not coming to us, we must go to them.
  • Einstein on problem solving: Current problems will not be solved with the same kind of thinking that created the problems.
  • We have been shaped by a certain way of thinking about church. Our thinking must broaden.
  • Problem: It’s impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
  • Leadership frees people up or enslaves them. Leader job is to help people see themselves as God intends them to be.
  • The people in your pews have incredible dreams, we must unleash them.

Francis Chan, Main Session #1: Incredible message about defying current expectations with real faith.

  • Many expectations of leadership and church are not burdens that God puts on us.
  • When you’re in them, crazy things make sense. Even when you see gaps between scripture and current practice, we start thinking, “Maybe, I’m nuts” “Surely everyone else is right”
  • How can you be casual about something you really believe in?
  • Realities: Church is supposed to be a family and every believer is to be a disciple maker. Today, what we do is meant to appease people who don’t want to be a family of disciple makers. Result: No light to the world.
  • It makes no sense to bring people together into a room for worship, who have no intent on being disciples.
  • Where do we get what we do in church from the New Testament?
  • God will use you if you’re willing to be lonely and misunderstood.
  • The moment you’re not willing to be lonely or misunderstood, you have nothing to say.

Posted on April 27, 2011, in Church Planting. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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