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The WFX Experience

November 1, 2009

My new post was actually sparked by a post from fellow WFX attendee Aimee McCullough (@acmccullough). Please follow the link to her blog to leave comments and join the conversation. http://aimeemccullough.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/how-to-effectively-effect-change/#comment-3

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How to Effectively Effect Change

By aimeemccullough

We tried to take the kids trick or treating tonight but the weather had other plans. We stopped a couple homes and then decided to take the kids to Friendly’s with my parents. My parents follow me on FB and had many questions about this so called WFX Conference we attended. As we started to share our desire to return to the basics of relationship and discipleship it seemed as though we were speaking another language. I wished I could say that they were the exception and not the norm at our church but I am afraid that this dissconnect is greater than I would even like to think. Coming off of 3 days hearing passionate presenters and keynote speakers yearning to make an eternal difference in the lives of others for the glory of Jesus Christ is definitely a mountain top experience. But returning home is so much harder than I ever imagined it would be. Staring the truth in the face and wanting deperately to effect change among our staff, our leaders and our people. I know the only real way to do this is to start living out among them and that eventually they will follow. The challenge seems overwhelming right now but of course it will take total reliance on God to be accomplished, and that my friends is my insight for this evening. I follow Rick Warren on Twitter and the other day he posted something to the effect that he could do NOTHING without God. This is one of those glimpses in my life where that is so real. If your reading this I ask for your prayers. We the ability to make an eternal difference in the lives of 500 people and right now we are failing miserably. But God has a plan and if we are obedient to his word he will be able to live out that plan in us and through us. Thank WFX for making a difference in my life and hopefully the life of our church. Let us move forward to being a life-giving not life-taking church!

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  1. Billy Ingram Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    November 1, 2009 at 7:16 am | Reply Excellent observations! They mirror my own challenges with understanding and application of the ideas coming out of WFX every year.

    I can only speak for myself when I say strike while the iron’s hot! I too have experienced the spark of hope from new ideas and concepts only to receive a bucket of water to the face upon my sharing with others. Many people will do this thinking they are saving you from being too radical and too extreme a Christian. Their intentions are good, but life threatening.

    I respect Pastoral and elder authority but I also believe in asking for forgiveness rather than permission. Authority is given by God to every believer to follow the lead and conviction of the Holy Spirit. Anyone, and I mean anyone, who says ignore the Holy Spirit and do nothing is a pharisee.

    In my humble opinion, the key is to not take it personally when this occurs. As a practical fact, most of the world is afraid to risk anything, anytime. Everybody likes to play it safe. If we look at it from the view point of those who didn’t attend WFX, it’s as if time stood still. Yet for us we’ve got a double expresso of Kingdom building ideas from the Lord! So what to do…

    We are called not only to follow and seek the Lord with all our heart but to persevere as well. When people don’t show the same level of interest for the ideas you’ve shared, light them on fire with your passion. Be willing to do what is in your power to make things happen. Pray, fast, study to show yourself an approved workman of God. Burning brightly as a Christian isn’t easy but it is our responsibility. Besides, my experience is that most people won’t hold onto a red hot piece of metal, they will turn it loose!

    It is our unique perspective that allows us to guide and lead others to the uncharted oasis along narrow caravan routes by new towns to unknown tribes of people. If our calling doesn’t exist in a seminary yet we are not relieved of duty. Unlike Columbus’ discovery, our new world really is flat. I can connect with anyone at any time in any location in an exponentially growing number of mediums. If we will not lead others into this unknown mission field who will?

    I say, Here I am Lord, send me!

The Best of the Best So Far

February 5, 2009

I’ve been learning and growing a lot lately. I’d go so far to say my whole perspective is changing in some areas. Here are links to three reasons why.

Rick Smith’s video, ‘Did You Know’. Rick’s video is only 5 minutes long. Yet it captures the speed and depth of change in our world brilliantly. If a person could not acknowledge that changes are underway around us after they watched it, you’re wasting your breath with more talk.

Twitter, www.twitter.com. The best way to explain twitter is with a few quotes I see re-tweeted often. “Facebook is for people you used to know and you want to catch up with. Twitter is for getting to know people you would like to know better.” Another favorite, “Twitter is speed for relationship junkies.”

Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I read most of this book while sitting in my tree-stand this year. The chapter titles ‘Stop Praying’ and ‘Profile of the Lukewarm’ got my attention and I bought the book thinking it would be a quick read. It didn’t take me long to think again. I was convicted more with each chapter I read. All the way to the point of action. The main theme; Do you really believe the Bible word for word? Jesus didn’t stutter.

These three things shook the ground underneath me in the past few months. What’s rocked your world lately?

A Polymath’s Dream

January 20, 2009

As a relatively new user to twitter and its related applications I am in rare form. My rare form being defined as drinking from the fire hose of twitter connectedness and re-tweeted knowledge. Although I’m reluctant to call myself a polymath, I certainly possess many of the classical tendency’s and traits. These traits, along with access to random and seemingly unlimited information and discussion, test the true meaning of learning exponentially. This environment also provides for a whole new world of connections to discover.

I’ve studied multiple subjects to earn a living and for pure pleasure. After all I am labeled a learner by Gallup. Normally I give all attempts to profile me such as Gallup the appropriate ‘grain of salt’ treatment and move on. However, this is a specific characteristic they nailed. One I’ve embraced with zeal. Lets just say that if funds and time were available I would be in some sort of formal education for life. Informal learning is just the next breath away.

What I find interesting though isn’t the ability to learn or the availability of the information but the need of social interaction to find a purpose for it. A thought occurred to me as I read the general description of a polymath today. Specifically this sentence stood out. “Thus the gifted men of the Renaissance sought to develop skills in all areas of knowledge, in physical development, in social accomplishments and in the arts.” So my take is meaning and purpose is not found solely in knowledge or learning but in the social interaction that follows. Greater understanding seasons social interactions like salt, increasing their flavor.

I can say for me personally that social interaction whether face to face or on-line is the point where I receive the most satisfaction. Thanks to my latest surge in learning I better understand that my satisfaction truly originates from helping others. For me this is a great day. Because today I know myself a little better.

Twitter for Missionaries

January 19, 2009

This is my first post on wordpress. Compared to my previous blog host, wordpress is a dream come true. So kudos to wordpress. Now to the point.

A missionary from Kazakhstan spoke to our Sunday school crowd today. She told us about the day to day lives of the people she to whom she ministered and how she felt inadequate in meeting their needs. These folks were not asking for the latest fashion or gadget. They were begging for flour to feed their children. People moved from one village to another so they would have water to drink. Day to day survival is the focal point of life.

The government, who should be taking care of their people, is corrupt and opposes anyone who might help. This lady wasn’t even sure she would be able to return to the people she had lived among for ten plus years as her visa might be denied. The whole situation is in God’s good hands.

Somewhere during her presentation the thought occurred to me that twitter was the perfect tool for missionaries. If the country or location they were serving allowed uncensored posting, the missionary could post updates for their supporters to follow real time. There’s nothing quite as compelling as seeing the resources you provided enabling and changing lives in the hands of our Lord’s servants. This might even get twitter a view on your Church’s center screen.

Another benefit is the ability to use twitter to make new connections. The people on location could gain new supporters through twitter networks that are currently unknown to them. This might land them some much needed support and resources.

Well my two circuits connected and you just read the result. I’m sure their are things I’m overlooking. What do you think? Am I tooting an old horn in ignorance? How would you expand this post? The learner in me needs a lesson.