|Tools & Trainings for Organic Church Movements
Issue No. 9 02.21.08
Wow did we have a great time at the Organic Church Movements Conference in Ontario, California. The picture to the right is the view we had each day, so if you didn't get to make it, at least you have the feel of the scenery.
Our musical worship was lead by Eric Herron and team who brought us to center on Jesus all weekend. Deb Hirsch kicked off the conference on Friday night and spoke about Seven Obstacles to Living on Mission. She pulled no punches in what her hubby calls a "hot message."
Saturday morning was a bit different as we had Matt Casper share about what his perspective of the church in the USA is from his vantage point as an atheist. His story is recorded in Jim & Casper Go to Church. He was tag teamed with his friend and organic church planter Jason Evans for an insightful conversation and interaction with the conference.
Then a slew of workshops and back for lunch and a challenge from Neil Cole that "JESUS IS THE GIFT." He also explored the rest of the Ephesians 4 passage and particularly the gifts mentioned in verse 11 of apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds & teachers. Then we broke out into workshops around those particular giftings. A really great time of learning. Saturday night was time to build relationships.
We came back together for workshops in the morning on Sunday and then ended with a challenge from Alan Hirsch to keep living the adventure of following Jesus on mission. It was the fitting send off to close out the great weekend!
Here's one comment about the weekend:
"I was recently at the Organic Church Movement Conference, which was awesome, and my husband and I enjoyed very much. In particular, I liked the format of having so many workshops and the subjects offered. Most of the faciliators gave out their email addresses in case we had further questions, etc., which was very generous of them. Thank you for helping to put on a wonderful, helpful weekend."
We hope that those of you who went are putting feet on what the Lord showed you. And for those of you who couldn't--stay tuned because we will soon be offering the audio of every session to spur you on in the work Jesus has called you to. Also we posted below some helpful links from the conference
Church Multiplication Associates