The rebellion you should join.

I have been a part of the rebellion for 29 years. I was on the other side for 24 years. But let there be no doubt about my life that as I have air in my lungs, I am a part of the rebellion.
The rebellion of Jesus Christ against the forces of evil, suffering and hell is fueled by His death, burial and resurrection from the dead (1 Cor 15:3-4).

The way I joined this rebellion involves four things. First, I recognize God’s design on all people (Gen 1:27). He has His unique design, meaning there great purpose for every life. Second, repentance and faith is how I joined. I repented of my sins and placed my faith in Jesus (Mark 1:15). Third, my allegiance is with Him and His movement. I am committed to conquering hell (Matt 16:18). Finally, I’m looking for people who want to join His movement (Matt 28:19). Jesus dismantled hell everywhere He went. He dismantled hell as the blind see, the deaf hear, the lost are found and Satan retreats in people’s lives.

Jesus Christ died and rose for you. Have you received Him? Are you sick of hell beating you up? Want some payback on hell?

Join up (John 1:12)! There’s a movement. A different kingdom (Matt 6:33). Sinners are welcome and find grace because of God’s grace and our faith (Eph 2:8-9). Our lives change when Christ comes into our lives (2 Cor 5:17). The enemy comes bringing hell with him. Jesus comes bringing life (John 10:10).

What will you do? Want to join the rebellion against hell?
Design. The gospel. Repent and believe. Join up.

OK. I was wrong about the SBC Pastors Conference.

sbcpc02Last year at the SBC in St. Louis I was wrong about the 2017 SBC Pastors Conference.

Pastor Dave Miller was elected President of the Pastors Conference. The format would change. The change was that smaller church pastors would preach expository messages through one book of the Bible. That book is Philippians. The Getty’s are doing the music.

I’m really excited for this Pastor’s Conference and thought I would go on record of saying I was wrong about it. I”m not sure what that really means. My attitude was kinda of mellow. there were reasons. While I am a SBC pastor, I don’t like it when we have to do everything SBC. When I heart church members say, “are they Southern Baptist?” like it has to be that for approval, my heart sinks. The reason is the kingdom is made up of more than the SBC. But really, this is not what the intent was, is of the Pastor’s Conference Team. They are just modeling something good. I’m excited.

sbc2017I hope you will consider going. It’s free. You just have to get there and pay your expenses. If you’re a pastor, your church will probably cover that for you. And everyone is invited, not just pastors. The Pastor’s Conference is a day and a half conference just before the SBC 2017 in Phoenix. Check it out!

Why the Global Leadership Summit.

I’ve attended 7 Global Leadership Summits. I can’t believe it. This event has helped me more than any other event when it comes to pure leadership learning and development. It a speciality event. Willowcreek Church has an amazing niche going. They have matched Christianity with the business world in an evangelistic way that is appealing yet tender. You should make the Summit a priority in your life, and that of your church. Here’s why.

The Summit is the gift that keeps on giving. 
  • Bill Hybels has taken leadership and inspired the church to be better. He says “everyone wins when a leader gets better.” There are some people who get favor on something and should get your ear. Hybels is that Pastor. He has the gift of leadership. And he passes it on in many ways, but the Summit stands at the top.
  • The Summit makes teams better. Individuals attend and are fed top shelf information. Even when the information is too much, it’s so good that you can’t help but say, “that was good. Amazing research.” The content even when directly unrelated, is indirectly related to a problem I’m having with my own leadership or within our team.
The Summit is the gift that keeps on giving even when it hurts. 

Hybels talk is usually my favorite because he is a pastor and I hear is pastoral voice in his talks. So this year he really gut punched me. He said something like, “how many Summits do you have to attend before you fix the culture of your team?” That hurt. I’ve come to at least three Summits where leadership team culture has been addressed, and I had intentions, but I never leveraged the Summit deep enough into our system to see things change. This is the year that changes. I’m making the move next week. Our staff meetings are doing to be filled with material and discussions that center around the health of our team.

The Summit is the gift that needs to keep on giving through you. 

Even if you didn’t attend the Summit this year, you should engage the Summit. Get the sessions. Listen to what is available on YouTube. I’m making changes now. Simplicity helped me greatly. One thing we will do is bi monthly leadership lunches in 45 minutes that reinforce the Summit content for those in our community who have attended in the last three years we hosted. This will not only extend the Summit better in “land in between” yet will also let us know if we can harness more momentum for the Summit next year (August 10-11, 2017).

Why the Global Leadership Summit? The Summit is the gift that keeps on giving that you can’t afford to not leverage in your life and ministry. The Summit is not my only leadership development source. It is one I value.