Last observation from my time at the Willow Creek Conference Saturday in BC (thanks Willow for a great event).
Having spoken at numerous conferences in a wide variety of settings over the last five years, I see a lot of checkerboard enthusiasm among church leaders and volunteers. Some are passionate. Some aren’t. Some really want to
take risks. Some don’t. I wish everyone was passionately committed to reaching others and being the church Jesus has in mind.
And yet everyone I meet wants radical results. However, not nearly as many are willing
to pay the price associated with radical action. Because at the end of the day, church and even spiritual growth are too often about us, not about the world. Is it possible to have radically different results without radically different action? Isn’t that like desperately wanting to lose weight while sitting on the couch eating bags of potato chips? Something’s got to change for the results to be radically different.
I feel SO grateful to be part of a community at home that jumps into
real risk, that is willing to embrace deep change for the sake of Jesus
and for the sake of others. You are one courageous group of leaders, and your faith and willingess to risk inspires church leaders all over the place.
never ever want to think we’ve "arrived" because we have so much to learn and so much left to do. But when I think of a
bible passage like this,
I think we are starting to really embrace the radical essence of that
teaching. I desire that so deeply and I’m so excited to be doing this with you. Let’s not ever quit!
You have left so much behind for Jesus. All I can say is thanks for
taking this huge risk. I feel privileged to be counted among the members of this community.