On Discipleship #verge2012

Got to catch a couple of sessions of the Verge Conference this week via Simulcast with some of our Northshore Church Multipliers. This conference and network has really stimulated my thinking over the past couple of years. Here’s a few big take away’s from the sessions we caught:

  • “If God is a missionary God, we must become a missionary people. If God is an incarnational God, we must become an incarnational people.” ~Alan Hirsch
  • The Jesus Mission = Reach, Restore, Reproduce ~Dave Ferguson
  • “What if we took the words of Jesus seriously and didn’t water them down?” from the video Sara’s story. Incredible testimony. Watch it here.
  • We all must live as missionaries. “A missionary sacrifices everything but the Gospel for the sake of the Gospel.” ~Todd Engstrom
  • “Consumerism is a cancer that kills mission.” ~Jen Hatmaker
  • “Live it or you have no hope of leading it.” ~Jen Hatmaker
  • “If people imitated you, where would the kingdom be in five years?” ~Jen Hatmaker
  • Does the church affirm comfort as a Christian virtue when Jesus affirmed death? ~Jeff Vanderstelt
  • Most Christians are not willing to die for the one who died for them. ~Jeff Vanderstelt
  • The Great Commission is to make disciples, not converts. ~Gilbert from India
  • The fruit of the mango is a mango tree. The fruit of discipleship is a disciple maker. ~Gilbert from India
  • Discipleship is leading people to an ongoing surrender and dependency to Jesus as Lord. ~Jeff Vanderstelt
  • You will make disciples, but what are you making disciples of?
  • We all look great from afar off, but are we willing to allow people to get close enough to imitate us? ~Jo Saxton
  • You can’t be what you can’t see. From afar we can illustrate and inspire, but imitation can’t happen. ~Jo Saxton

Posted on March 2, 2012, in Church, Church Planting, Discipleship, Leadership, Northshore Baptist Associations. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Before becoming an associational director of missions my pastoral “mantra” was: “You are either a missionary or a mission field.” VERGE reaffirmed that position.

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