A lot can change in an in
The news of the week is grim for our brothers and sisters around Port au Prince in
There was high loss of life and other casualties.
We are in the window when mass care operations are most needed. The best in class organizations such as World Vision, Compassion, Red Cross and many other good ones take the lead. The follow up rebuilding, longer term infrastructure and other projects will need sustained engagement that many churches will provide.
I know many of our client churches have projects in
And let us pray for the pastors in
In other behind the scenes news since my last report:
+ I got to peek in at THE SHOW this week with Jorge Acevedo, Teresa McBean, Matt Russell and our own Liz Swanson. They were sharing about various types of recovery ministry around the country. We had a good crowd and lots of good questions. You can find the archive here.
Next week we have Matt Carter from
+ Speaking of technology we had our first “The Spotlight” webinar kick off the New Year. Over 200 engaged in the live discussion, this month on “Starting and Sustaining a Healthy Recovery Ministry.” Look for another great interactive webinar next month on February 10th. It’s free by the way.(Kudos to Producer Stephanie Plagens on that one)
I am going to do some shout outs here for some interesting news and blog posts I have read over the past week. I am sure there are many more but these caught my eye:
+ I liked Will Mancini’s post on Simple Strategy here:http://www.willmancini.com/2010/01/simple-strategy-stop-creating-decision-paralysis-for-discipleship.html
+ I thought that William’s photo of a reserved parking space was hilarious here: http://williamvanderbloemen.com/2010/01/a-reservation-for-the-unwelcome/
+ I loved seeing Shawn Lovejoy’s video about the tenth anniversary of
(Shawn is one of the guys behind the scenes at the churchplanters.com conference)
+ Plus my friend Matt Evans of
+ Christianity Today had a story about Organic Churches herehttp://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/januaryweb-only/11-41.0.html that has generated some good discussions.
Neil Cole responded here: http://cole-slaw.blogspot.com/2010/01/long-live-oc-response.html
Andrew Jones also had some helpful movement comments here:http://tallskinnykiwi.typepad.com/tallskinnykiwi/2010/01/how-to-spot-a-church-movement.html
All these guys are friends and have some good insights.
I know Leadership Network is often pegged as being exclusively for megachurches, but we actually like all kinds of churches. And the article for CT cites a number of people that we work with regularly including Neil, Bob Roberts, Alan Hirsch and the like.
Neil, Alan, Bob Roberts made appearances on THE NINES. Frank is going to speak at Aha! in March.
+ And to point to one more blog post – I thought Eddy Hall nailed it in this article http://www.living-stones.com/articles/poor.htm - Do the poor feel welcomed at your church?
While I don’t get to read all the things sent to me, if you have one of note, send it along. Click here to email.
+ Finally, and this is for real insiders, can you believe it has been a year since Innovation3? And our 25th anniversary banquet? This time last year we were all going nuts in preparation!
Til next time. And send me news if you have some!!