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The Pillar Post

May 2, 2009

Last night our young adult team at the Stone hosted its 3rd Pillar experience. The Pillar is a gathering of young adults for coffee, relevant conversation, biblical community, and missional activity. We had 45 attenders in March. April had 50+. Last night, May 1, we had 65. It was off the chain to say the least. The central actions of the night are found in the participants who share poetry or song. It’s amazing how creative and expressive young adults are. They are also “edgy.” You wonder about giving an open mic to someone who is not necessarily a church goer and might say anything (which we don’t let happen). Here are a few things I’ve learned from the experience of reaching young adults in the last few months:

1. YAs don’t do church like traditional church types. They need alternative events that look like a coffee shop or hang out.

2. Fellowship, coupled with scripture, works with them. Relationships are crucial.

3. YAs will do ministry, especially when the ministry is born out of their own discipleship and dreams. 

4. Alternative events will up attendance in small groups and Bible study opportunities. 

5. YAs love momentum. When it works, they love it. 

6. Church in the future may not look like it does in the traditional mindset. 

7. Connecting with YAs for discipleship keeps leaders fresh, cutting edge, and always with a future to pursue. 

8. The use of media is crucial. Tweeting the event, or using http://www.polleverywhere.com is important. It ups the interaction and integration of ideas. 

9. Some events are risky, but I would rather risk and fail rather than not risk and regret not trying. 

10. Developing missional leaders is crucial to the kingdom movement in the next 30 years as they reproduce themselves.

What the Church Should Do As Bush and Obama Transition?

November 16, 2008

We have a change in leadership again. I’ve seen it come and go now. I’ve seen Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and now Obama.

What should the church do now?

Matt. 28:19-20 is clear what side we should take on this political choice?

1. Make Disciples: Jesus’ last challenge to us had nothing to do with politics. He wants us to make disciples.

  • Personal Witnessing: Prayer is the starting point
  • Personal Witnessing: Proclamation of the gospel is the required

2. Mark Disciples: Jesus last challenge was for us to challenge people to follow Him in believers baptism. He want us to help people become authentic  followers.  

3. Mature Disciples: Jesus last challenge was for us to take new believers and help them grow.

  • Teach them scripture: give them the Word in a life changing way
  • Teach them to live scripture in their daily life.

The church was not commissioned to do politics. We were commissioned to make disciples. Which to you spend more time thinking about?

The Power of Acts 2:42

July 29, 2008

I’ve been a Christian for 20 years and I’ve been in leadership in ministry for 15 years. What is the bottom line of walking with God?

Bible and prayer. There are many other things, but Bible and prayer are the foundation.

If I were going to ask Christians to do things here’s what I would ask them to do first:

“They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, the fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the prayers.” Acts 2:42

You show me a person who practices the four things above and I will show you a person who does ministry and missions.

There are churches built on this kind of model. consider www.242communitychurch.com. Notice the video on the front page. Hello! They have got it right. What do you think of Acts 2:42 as a guide for spiritual maturity?

Visionary Church–Flamingo Road Church

July 16, 2008

Vision419 wants to spotlight a church on the cutting edge. It’s stunning what Flamingo Road Church is doing in South Florida and the world. You must check them out. They are very different from your traditionally structured church. This past weekend I watched a big name Pastor on tv before I went to church. This Pastor is a great expositor of the word. But as I looked at him, a couple of things caught my attention: His dress and His style of delivery. He wore a suit. I wear a suit on Sunday and have no problem with it. But I wonder what a suit says about me to emerging generations? His expository style is also what concerned me. I’m for the exposition. It was his style that was the problem. His delivery was very didactic mixed with a one sided, no interaction even assumed style. Again, I wonder what younger, emerging generations think of that? I’m not sure.

Pastor Troy Gramling at Flamingo Road Church looks different. You can tell he has been influenced by Pastor Ed Young, which is not bad. Surf this church’s site for a few minutes. Watch one of Troy’s messages. It’s awesome what they are doing. What’s best for me, is they have a campus in Lima, Peru.

Not every church needs to be Flamingo Road Church. But some of the more traditionally structured churches have to begin to see reaching younger, emerging people will require a change in form, not content.

What could your church learn from Flamingo Road Church? What would you be willing to give up to reach younger people so there will be a legacy in the future? I’m trying to rethink some of my tradition. Join me!

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June 18, 2008

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