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My Verge Conference Thoughts and Highlights

#Verge14 ended almost a week ago and as I reflect on the few days of binge-tweeting and listening to speakers at a conference they are honestly a blur. It was too much information to digest in the moment, the evening, or in the process time. I guess that’s why they have a digital access pass.

In the midst of the blur, a few things stand out in my mind as highlights.

The Stage was Set Well

The opening session once again set the stage for the Verge conference, which has become known as the place to learn practices for missional communities, but the main thread for the entire conference was about the worship and love for Jesus Christ. The practicals mean nothing without this and opening night created the perfect framework for the conference.

Halim Suh, who is not a conference circuit speaker, but a faithful teaching and preaching pastor at The Austin Stone Community Church, displayed that his gifts are needed for the entire body of Christ. He called out the downside of the missional dialogue, the side where mission becomes greater than Jesus.

“With Jesus mission becomes worship, without Him it becomes slavery.”

His invitation was to go sit at the feet of Jesus before running to activity for Jesus. It was a perfect beginning to what would become an overwhelming amount of speakers and information.

Of the next few days, a few events and speakers stood out.

Anything John Perkins is Always a Highlight

John M. Perkins is an incredible man of God. He’s 83 and has more passion for Jesus and people than just about anyone I know. His work in the civil rights movement, in planting churches that love and transform communities, and being an advocate/creator of many social justice initiatives is inspiring. He is a living legend.

Verge had a session on Incarnational Justice that included Holly Burkhalter from International Justice Mission  on ending sex-trafficking and a video on a Palestinian Christian loving his enemies followed by a panel on Racial Injustice and White Privilege. That alone is a conference in and of itself, but at Verge, it’s one session.

The entire panel was brilliant, included an analogy using Monopoly to highlight White Privilege (at a very white conference), and immense gospel-centered wisdom on facing the lingering effects of racial injustice throughout many centuries with honesty and humility. The panel was 20 minutes, but could have been 3 hours and some will say it didn’t do enough to provide clarity and next steps on the issue. But what conference gives a main session to addressing racial injustice and white privilege at all?

This was just 1 step in the right direction for this conversation that must continue. Duce Branch, The Ambassador, said wisely “This isn’t a conversation just for a conference, but for our dinner tables, in our homes, and in our communities.”

But the highlight was John Perkins saying at the beginning of the panel,

“I come in grateful with 53 years of expectations around this conversation of racial injustice. I am honored to be a part of it.”

Wow. Decades of expectation, of hope for even the conversation, let alone any resolution. That’s powerful, as is his passion that I thought surely was going to bring him off his seat. It was amazing.

Helen Lee, John Onwuchekwa, Hugh Halter, and Kevin Peck

I didn’t count, but I think there were 100 or so messages, spoken words, or videos. It was insane, but again a few rose to the top.

Kevin Peck, Lead Pastor of The Austin Stone, spoke on leadership development and the value of systems as a means for people to flourish. The need in this area is so significant. The church is in a declining situation because of our inability to make disciples and develop an intentional approach to multiplying leaders. If we hope to embody Jesus Christ at all, we must be willing to empower others to be greater than ourselves.

John Onwuchekwa, Teaching Pastor at Blueprint Church, had the topic of prayer, which can cause major guilt or frustration, but his approach was brilliant. I’m not sure I’ve seen a more thoughtful, careful, truthful, and empowering approach to speaking on prayer. It was incredible and one more example that God is doing great things in and through Blueprint Church in Atlanta.

Hugh Halter, “accidental” planter of Adullam Church and leader of the Missio Project, spoke on evangelism. Hugh is the prophet/evangelist that makes the conservative evangelical establishment nervous and uneasy. He finds himself amongst people who are far from God and shares the Good News of Jesus Christ in a way that causes people to be attracted to it. He shared about a tattoo artist who voiced that he felt like he was a part of their family and saw Hugh as a father figure in his life through Hugh’s love and care for him. The point was a call us to live incarnationally, which means to follow Jesus’ example of putting on flesh and living amongst people in a way that displays and attracts people to God. It’s challenging and inspiring to remember that we can never be missionless pastors or Christians.

Helen Lee, author of The Missional Mom, stood out for a few reasons. Helen spoke of the reality that moms and kids have a greater opportunity and connection to mission than anyone else, but we’ve allowed our culture and created churches that communicate that their mission is solely the kids and not God’s mission to make disciples. This does a disservice to God’s intent for motherhood and children, let alone moms and kids.

Is there such a thing as too much good content?

If a conference could commit gluttony on too many good speakers, worship and spoken words, then Verge was in sin. I’ve never been inundated with that much information that was both amazing and hard to process all at the same time. There were multiple times where it felt like we all needed about 10 minutes to sit with Jesus, beg Him to forgive us for our wrongs and invite Him to change us.

I may need to start Verge Processing Support Groups. (VPSGs anyone?!?)

You always leave Verge amazed at what they were able to put on, processing and wondering what to do with the information you just received. I’m thankful for Verge and look forward to #Verge15.

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How to Make Attending the Verge Conference a Waste of Time

There are many conferences, but Verge is the only conference that I think is worth attending. That’s a bold statement, but I’ve yet to find another conference that focuses on loving God, shaping a community by the gospel and moving entire churches on mission together.

Verge is not perfect, it has its holes and lacks certain aspects of church ministry that are important, but few conferences seek to impart great theology AND great practices. Most conferences focus only on one or the other.

Conferences are miniature versions of seminary packed into 3 days. It is amazing, yet incredibly challenging to drink from a firehouse for a few days then try and implement anything you learned. You leave inspired, tired, feeling like you need to change everything, but with no idea how to do it.

Attending Verge or any conference becomes a waste of time when you do the following. If you’re not attending Verge, you can watch the Free Webcast.

Critique and Bash Everything Your Church is Doing Now

At Verge, you will hear from all the “experts” who have 12 minutes to share their best stories and material. The temptation is to focus on all that your church is doing wrong and how the church leadership just doesn’t get it. You move away from loving your church to critiquing your church and you no longer are a blessing because your heart is far from love.

What you miss is the struggle behind the story and 12 minute message. There were failures, setbacks, disappointments, and frustrations with beautiful results.

Be open to learning and dreaming about what your church could become for God’s glory, allow for conviction, but hesitate when you find yourself angry and disappointed. Check your heart, pray for your church, and see how you can humbly love and serve your church.

Copy and Paste the Methods You Hear

You will hear the best practices and think there’s one method for missional communities that you can copy and paste their methods to achieve the same stories!! If you do this, you’re missing the beautiful diversity of the gospel of Jesus Christ, missional communities, and even Verge.

There are 4 gospels and Paul wrote letters to different context with different challenges. Focus on the truths of the gospel guiding the mission and the principles, but don’t be lazy in your thinking.

Set aside time throughout the day at Verge, at the end of the day and a whole day when you get back just to process what you are learning, assess what is transferable, and question whether what you’ve heard applies to you and your church.

Worship the Mission and not the Messiah

It can also be tempting to worship the mission over Jesus the Messiah. We’re hungry to see people explore Jesus and the gospel and to be a part of community that loves and serves their neighbors.

This hunger can unfortunately drive us to be more obsessed with missional living than with love for Jesus. What mission is there if we lose our love for Jesus?

Enjoy Verge, learn from it, but enjoy and worship Jesus most. Mission is a terrible God, but Jesus is a beautiful Lord.

What if I want to Implement this and Don’t Know How?

There are so many mechanisms to learn how to implement what you will learn at Verge. Verge must be the beginning of the learning and exploring process.

There are seminars, workshops, collectives, and coaching that will be the best way for you to implement it. Missional communities sound amazing until you start doing it and find it challenging along with facing objections from your church community.

Only these ongoing learning environments or coaching will allow you to apply the gospel of Jesus Christ along the way while you transition your church or plant through missional communities.

I’m looking forward to Verge and learning from others on missional communities, but mostly looking forward to worshipping our missional Jesus.

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What Makes a Great Community Group Leader?

How do you measure success for a Community Group? Is it a checklist of missional activities? A number of people? How many times the community has multiplied? Is it identifying a group of people to care for and serve? If you checked with a number of different approaches, you’d get a few variations of these answers as you talked about success and great Community Group leadership.

If you ask your small group, missional community, or Community Group leaders, what would they say makes a great leader in your church?

It’s Not What You Think

As I’ve asked this question, I’ve heard about great things that Community Group leaders can do to guide, lead on mission, serve, care for, share leadership, and teach their Community Group, but those are the outcomes for great Community Group leaders.

It’s true that Community Group leaders have the responsibility to provide vision and leadership for their community. They have to remind the community regularly what the vision and mission are and how they are seeking to accomplish it.

It’s true that Community Group leaders must serve their community, modeling the servant life of Jesus Christ. They often pursue people more than others to get to know them and help meet their needs.

It’s also true that Community Group leaders care for people in their community that are having a hard time, are hurting, or need spiritual guidance. They often counsel people with God’s word and the gospel of Jesus Christ to give them strength, encouragement, hope, and peace throughout life’s circumstances.

It’s also true that Community Group leaders seek to share leadership and empower others. They often find ways to identify the gifts of those in the community and empower them to serve one another and their neighbors.

It’s true that Community Group leaders often teach the community how the gospel of Jesus Christ applies to their life. They dialogue, question, and explore the scriptures with their community seeking to live out all that they learn.

It’s true that Community Group leaders are the lead missionaries, calling their community to pray, to love their neighbors, and serve their neighborhoods.

Great Things Flow From Great Community Group Leaders

There has never been a great Community Group without great community leadership. These great things flow from great Community Group leaders, but what makes the Community Leader great is not their activity.

What makes a great Community Group leader is their heart for Jesus and their enjoyment of the gospel. Out of the heart the mouth speaks and the life is lived. We live for what we love in every sphere of life and Community Group leaders can do a lot of this activity, but they cannot sustain it without a growing love for Jesus.

It’s interesting that most leaders begin Community Group leadership in a place of great joy and love for Jesus, but maintaining this amidst the highs and lows of leading people is the challenge.

Great Community Group leaders cultivate their heart for Jesus more than they extend themselves in the many activities of the community. There’s great freedom in this reality.

Community Group leaders want to be faithful and lead well, but they are invited to let that be an overflow. There is freedom from proving yourself through activity and making Jesus the greatest aim.

What should a leader do to become great?

Start by being faithful to God and what He has placed in front of you. Pursue God regularly, delight to pray to Him, and be around Him in silence, study, or even community cultivates the heart for Jesus that is essential to great leadership in Community Groups.

When the heart is not there, fight for it like the Psalmists begging God for a restoration of joy and strength from relationship with Him. Love for Christ leads to a life for Christ.

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How My Faith Grows in Missional Communities

This is part of a series of posts on what a missional community is – check out the others and let me know if you have any thoughts or questions.

Yesterday I wrote about how I respond when asked how “mature Christians” can be fed in a Community Group. Today I wanted to share how missional communities have impacted and increased my faith.

(It is ironic that I started blogging again about missional communities and then we had to miss our community group gathering last night for health reasons. Kind of like rain on your wedding day or a free ride when you’ve already paid. Alanis Morissette anyone?!?)

As I thought through it, the growth of my faith falls into a few categories and then I thought I’d provide some additional practicals.

Watching Awe and Delight Causes Awe and Delight

As I’ve reflected on how the communities that I have been in have shaped and expanded my faith, it reminded me that Jesus enjoyed watching faith happen and people express their faith in Him. In the gospels, seeing faith seemed to be the area that caused Him the greatest joy and delight.

A centurion soldier believes Jesus can just speak the words and his servant will be healed, a Canaanite woman humbles herself in belief that Jesus can heal her daughter, men break someone’s roof open to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus and Jesus marveled, was in awe, and enjoyed it.

I am pretty far from being anything like Jesus, but I do see my faith increase, my awe grow, and my delight in Jesus and His gospel expand as I watch people enjoy and believe in God. This has been one of the most amazing things for my faith to see people wrestle with their own beliefs, express delight in God and be amazed at His goodness. I love it.

Faith that Transforms Pushes my Faith

Similarly, I watch those in our missional community talk about how their faith is changing their lives and it reminds me, pushes me, and exhorts me to do the same.

They speak of how they are seeking for their faith in Christ to guide them in caring for their co-workers, praying for their family and friends in need, and even convicting them to stop the bad habits of their lives. There is great power in this vulnerability and it cultivates in me a greater dependence on God.

It also reminds me that faith in Jesus transforms, it doesn’t just educate. Knowledge without obedience cultivates pride, but knowing your lack of obedience and need for Christ cultivates humility. This blesses me tremendously.

Learning from a Diversity of Perspectives

I’ve been in missional communities with people who are wealthy and with the formerly homeless, with families, newlyweds, singles, and divorced. The journey of life creates an experience of God that I would never receive by spending time with people just like me and in my life stage or demographic.

There have been people who have never been to church, some just exploring it, some hating it, and some who have been in church their whole lives. Hearing them express their thoughts on God, dialogue about them with others, and even learn from one another teaches me. In my missional community I’m not just learning the Greek meaning for the word in this text (not that there’s anything wrong with that disclaimer), but I’m watching truth change lives and even change mine.

It makes me a better follower of Christ.

Being under Leadership

I don’t lead our missional community and I haven’t led one in a while. I love it and not merely because I don’t have the responsibility – it’s quite the opposite. I think I have more responsibility in following than in leading. The scriptures call us all to submit to God, but also to submit to one another out of reverence to Christ. Lacking any authority in your life is a dangerous reality and learning to be led by others only makes you a better leader.

My faith grows as I trust God under other people’s leadership and watch them grow and flourish in that leadership. I’m reminded that God the Holy Spirit empowers all of the people of God to participate in the entire mission of God and it makes me extremely thankful to God for this reality. More pastors should enjoy being led in a missional community. It’s good for the soul.

Some Additional Practicals

In addition, I thought I would list some things about my approach or that I also participate in as a part of our missional community that has increased my faith.

  • I pray for my Community Group often, especially before we gather and my heart is changed through my consideration of their needs over my own.
  • I don’t approach missional community looking to be served or taught, but as a time to pursue and explore God with our church family and those new to God. The results are usually that I learn, I’m encouraged, and I’m more joyful afterwards.
  • We have served the neighborhood together and that is a great way to demonstrate faith.
  • I engage in a Life Transformation Group with a guy in our Community Group. I’ll write more about LTGs, but it’s a good space to engage the scriptures outside of our community gathering.
  • I expect equipping in knowledge and theology to happen outside of Community Group as well. More to come on this.

The Christian faith is so much more than ascent to knowledge; it uniquely affects the heart, mind, soul, and actions. Missional Community has increased, revived, and expanded my faith in tremendous ways. I’m so thankful for my community.

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How Can a Mature Christian be fed in Missional Communities?

This is part of a series of posts on what a missional community is – check out the others and let me know if you have any thoughts or questions.

The church small group method of choice is primarily bible study. This is how I started in ministry before I hated missional communities and then came to grasp what was missing in my small group bible study.

As I have shared that missional communities are not centered on a bible study, the most common question I get asked is,

“How can a mature Christian be fed in Missional Communities?!?” (And yes, it is usually said with an exclamation point between two question marks)

The thought goes like this – if Missional Communities are not a bible study, I won’t be able to grow in my Christian faith.

There is much that can be said on this, but it is best to focus on the most mature Christian that ever lived, Jesus Christ and what He has to say and demonstrates about being fed. I’m well aware that not everyone is Jesus, and that many people far from God and new to Christianity need to be taught the bible. But we must also be careful to teach them to feed themselves, not make them dependent on someone else to teach them.

How was Jesus fed?

It’s pretty safe to assume Jesus wasn’t looking to Peter or the sons of Zebedee to teach him, but Jesus knew something greater than we did.

We see Jesus retreat regularly to spend time alone with God the Father in prayer, fasting, and devotional practices. Jesus took ownership of his own nourishment, just like we all do with food when we grow up. Unfortunately, we don’t approach the church that way, but our aim must always be to empower others to seek God in the scriptures and through prayer.

Our instruction (and missional communities) must be to that end, to clearly inform people not only about the scriptures, but how they can understand and read the scriptures themselves.

Food is more than Knowledge

We also see Jesus have an interesting interaction in John 4 where he speaks of his food as “to do the will of my Father.” The question of how someone can be fed is often based on the assumption that study of the scriptures is the only way for someone to grow in their Christian faith.

While it is a vital way, what Jesus is pointing to is that to be a “mature Christian” is much more than knowing your bible, but obeying it in following Christ. We must know the scriptures, but more than that we must do the scriptures.

In this regard I see the church (Christians) make 2 errors. One is that everyone assumes they know the bible – most don’t and need to develop a healthy reading plan for themselves. The second is that knowing the bible is equivalent to living it.

This is why yesterday I described missional communities as bible study plus rather than anti-bible studies.

Bible Study Plus – How a Mature Christian Can be Fed in Missional Communities

Beyond teaching people to enjoy God and the scriptures on their own, Missional Communities (we call them Community Groups at Apostles) enjoy the bible in a number of different ways.

When they gather together, after a meal or another way of connecting, they typically discuss the scriptures in one of a few different ways. Each community group leader is empowered to figure out how to cultivate a conversation around the scriptures that invites people to engage whether they are new to Christianity or been there a while.

Many take the scripture passage for the upcoming sermon and dialogue through that, while others use storytelling, or other methods.

The key though, is that the conversation doesn’t end on understanding and knowledge. The scriptures were written to shape a community by transforming individuals and the community together. Understanding and knowledge must move to delighting in Jesus (Gospel Enjoyment), care for the community (Intentional Community) and how it changes the way we love and interact with our neighbors and the world around us (Prayerful Mission).

The scriptures end with knowing God relationally and being like Him. Maturity in Christianity is being “conformed to the image of Christ” not merely knowing a lot about Him. This involves the mind, heart, hands, and actions of Christ. This can happen well in the context of missional community and mature Christians will learn to enjoy the food that Christ did, to do the will of their Father.

In the next few posts, I’ll share about how my faith grows from our Bible Study Plus moments in Missional Community, Life Transformation Groups, and Best Practices I’ve seen.

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My Verge Breakout Notes

I had the privilege of participating in the For The City Pre-Conference at the Verge Conference. I led a breakout session titled “How to get the people who care about you to care about your mission.” Below is an overview of my notes. I hope they are helpful, but I publish them to invite dialogue, pushback, and additions to my ideas. If you want the full version of the notes you can email me.

The idea was to assist people who are passionate about a certain mission to be able to articulate and spread their passion.

Where are we going?

  1. You need more people than yourself to accomplish the dream
  2. Community accomplishes mission
  3. Shepherd them into the mission

Biblical Basis for a Community-Driven Mission

Main principles:

Jesus Himself gathers a community to His mission and when He sends, He always sends a community on mission, not a lone ranger.

-       Matthew 10, Luke 10:1-12

-       Matthew 28:18-20 – Great Commission

-       Acts 2 – Community, Acts 4 community, Acts 13 – community

-       St. Patrick – Evangelizing Ireland through a movement of communities

The goal is to meet people where they are and guide them toward a greater mission.

To get people to care about and partner with your mission you must move them from prayer to ownership of the mission. I would encourage you follow the following path.

Prayer –> Understanding –> Educate –> Vision –> Engagement –> Ownership

Prayer – Matthew 9:35-39

Jesus had a clear goal and His first word toward His disciples was…PRAY

Matt. 9:36 – The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few, therefore…pray earnestly!

If passion for mission is lacking, prayer is lacking. Prayer is God’s means of aligning our hearts to His, of us declaring our dependence on Him, and requesting an action greater than we can create ourselves. We don’t ask of God because we aren’t typically doing anything beyond our own means.

We want to exhaust all of our options first and then go to God for help. Jesus shows us the opposite. We see someone faithful to being with God, asking Him for people.

Prayer continues throughout the process, but it must be a foundation. What do I need to be praying for? Who do I need to be praying for?

From there, we move from prayer to understanding.

Understand The Other Person or Community

If you are ever going to get people to the point where they care about your mission, you must first discover where they are at in regards to your mission. This comes from asking questions and listening with a filter.

-       Listening for what they value

  • What do they say? What do they do?
  • What are they most passionate about?

-       Ask good open-ended questions

  • Have you ever thought about…?

-       Are they receptive and interested in your idea?

Their values display their worldview and meeting people where they are means understanding and connecting the mission to their worldview.

Educating

Know the Issue.

Knowledge Communicates Competency & provides confidence worth following.

Read Multiple Approaches

Tim Keller’s thoughts on preaching

“When you listen and read one thinker, you become a clone… two thinkers, you become confused… ten thinkers, you’ll begin developing your own voice… two or three hundred thinkers, you become wise and develop your voice.”

Whatever your issue, you must become the pseudo-expert. In our age of information, we have no excuse for pursuing knowledge and gaining information on all sides of the issue.

Informing on the Issue

-       How much do they know?

-       What do they need to know? How easy can you tell it and they repeat it?

-       What stories can you tell them?

Visioning

From there, Jesus had a Clear, Repeatable Vision & Values.

Jesus’ vision: “Go & Make Disciples”

Jesus’ values: “Love God. Love one another. Love your neighbor.”

Our vision and values are based on the aims of our mission. The ultimate goals of the challenges we face. Vision is the mission statement and values summarize the direction our actions must take.

Ways to Assess: How repeatable is your vision?

Harvard Business Review Quote:

“Companies with Great Repeatable Models℠ translate their strategy into a few simple values and prescriptions that people throughout the organization can understand and use to shape actions and decisions.”

Engaging

Let the Values Guide Engagement & Ownership

Engagement is how they start to serve in your mission.

This happens by letting your practice flow out of your values. This is how values become repeatable. They connect with how people learn and retain (head, heart, hands).

Develop a Pathway for Engagement

Exposure à Investment à Commitment

Exposure – 1 time serving

Investment – Consistent Serving

Commitment – Main Service Outlet

Owning

Empower People to Own The Mission

You know you have accomplished this when the people that are a part of your mission are the ones guiding people through this same process. That’s the aim, to transfer the passion for your mission to the people who join you.

Most people stop at engagement, but we must move to ownership for this process to become transferable.

Conclusion

A Mission is Sustained by the Gospel

Lastly, I want to make a comment about sustainability for you and your community on the mission. We must be careful to not focus so much on the mission we neglect the proper motivation and ultimate purpose, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel leads us to make cherishing Jesus the ultimate mark of success rather than mission success (Luke 10:17-20) and then to care for those who are a part of the mission as well as our own souls.

Dialogue, Pushback, And Additions

What do you think? How have you been able to get people to care about your mission? I welcome additional thoughts, disagreements or additions to help me and other continue to learn in this process.

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Verge Day 3: Main Take-Homes

Verge Day 3 was convicting, challenging and continued the stream of inspiring everyone. I don’t have time to recap the whole day, but as I’ve thought about it there are some major game changing take-homes from Day 3.

Everyone has been inspired to embrace the gospel and it’s missional implications, but day 3 laid out the necessary components.

Overall the main take-home was a healthy community + healthy dependence on God + healthy discipleship = healthy gospel mission.

Healthy Community
Dhati Lewis did an amazing job of challenging everyone to evaluate the health of those we call and send on mission.

One of the more beautiful & balanced statements he made was this:

“A lot of us spend time trying to be unleashed without first getting healthy but others of us try to get healthy primarily without having a concern about getting unleashed.”

It’s a great picture of pursuing mission without neglecting community & cultivating community to be on mission. A great message in the midst of the methodology conversation.

Healthy Dependence on God
The two speakers who stood out from the rest were Jeremy Story & Dave Gibbons. Knowing Jeremy from NYC, I expected his message, but loved how he spoke with such conviction on the transformative power of prayer on the mission of God. Amazing content and convicting message from him.

Dave Gibbons stirred things up by sharing his own story in experiencing dependence on the Holy Spirit. Discussing his initial lack of openness to the Holy Spirit & gifts of healing but how God used his own children and ministry partners to challenge him to be open to be used by God with spiritual gifts the American church has neglected because of their abuse in the charismatic circle.

I left both of these with confirmation in the essential nature of dependence on God for His mission to flourish in a community.

Healthy Discipleship
Neil Cole laid the foundations of discipleship with 2 Timothy 2:2 “what you have been taught, entrust to faithful men who will teach others also.

Rodrick Gilbert & George Patterson brilliantly taught that to be Christian is to be a disciple maker, developing & teaching people to model the life and ministry of Jesus.

George Patterson is easily the most enjoyable speaker. He always does something out of the ordinary that slams the truth home and makes it memorable. He planted people in the audience who tried to prevent a Christian from becoming a disciple maker. It was engaging and memorable.

Kevin Peck, who has taught me more than I even realize, taught on Christ’s plan for discipling the world. In contrast to us spending most of our time on the many to reach the few, Christ spent his time with the few to reach the many. There was no plan B. This seemed like a big epiphany for the crowd.

Healthy Gospel Mission
All of this results in the mission all of us were inspired to pursue. The mission of replicating the love, message & mercy of Christ in other people.

It was a refreshing and challenging day.

Today and tomorrow are travel days for our family back to NYC. I’m looking forward to continuing to process all that happened at Verge.

I’m very thankful to the Austin Stone and the many speakers for their time and energy to make this such a great conference.

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