Today, I was disturbed by God! The last two days have been amazing. I had an opportunity to be the team at National Community Church that put Buzz Conference '07. Not only was I a part of an amazing team, I had the honor to hear from and be challenged by four tremendous and gifted communicators.
I not only heard challenging Scripture based words, but I also got to listen to heartbeat of these men of God. All four of these speakers tore away the pretenses, the facades, the phoniness and they put on an attitude of complete honesty and authenticity.
I really appreciated the words and the hearts of each speaker...the speakers were Tim Stevens from Granger Community Church, Tim shared Thursday about being a Buzzworthy Church in your community: He Challenged us with this question - Would you community be different if the church was gone?
Tony Morgan from Newspring Church did a blogger's breakfast this morning and shared 10 Reasons Why You Need to Quit Blogging.
Craig Groeschel shared yesterday and today, he shared yesterday about Innovative Leadership - The Big Idea was this, "You have everything you need to reach the people God wants you to reach. Limited resources + Increasing passion = Exponential Innovation." I personal loved one of the questions he asked, What new thing will God call you to create that will be hated today & accepted tomorrow?
Craig shared today, a personal confession of his, he said he was a practical atheist - "someone who believes God exists but lives like he does not. In ministry it is someone who believes God exists but does ministry like he does not. " SIMPLY, WOW!!! Craig shared 3 things that happen when you slip into practical atheism...1. You believe your effort is better than God's power 2. We start to believe that our private life does not affect our public ministry. (not just the things that will get you fired, but also the spiritual stuff) 3. We believe we must please people more than we must please God. Then he concluded by sharing Five Things that changed when you take ONE STEP: 1. Time in Gods word, fasting, prayer (there are no substitutes) 2. Realm of faith. where you hear from God and get a chazown. get to the place where it has to be God. 3. Authentic confession - we go to God for forgiveness and people for healing. 4. Full blown intentional accountability. you ministry will never outgrow your personal accountability. your willingness to be accountable shows your willingness to be corrected. 5. You step into the boldness of preaching God's Word. It is God's Word that changes people not stages, series, culture, etc…we have to preach Biblical truth over relevance. We can not let it drift to far the other direction. Craig's message today not only challenged me, it disturbed me.
My awesome pastor, Pastor Mark Batterson did an amazing job sharing over the last two day, his variation of the Moscow Rules, 1. Know Your Mission 2. Gather Intelligence 3. Maintain a Natural Pace 4. Vary Your Pattern 5. Blend into the Crowd 6. Be Aware of Your Environment At All Times 7. Avoid defensiveness at all costs 8. Assume You Are under Surveillance 9. Never go against Your Gut 10. Don't Look Back
Overall the last two days at the Buzz Conference 07 was amazing. I really want to thank God for allowing me to be a part of an incredible team that did an amazing job bringing this event together. What a huge win for our team.