Today was a great start to our Catalyst roadtrip. Marvin (aka Gene Gene the driving machine), Brian & I road to Atlanta today to check-in and check out the venue for tomorrow's Catalyst conference. They were having their presessions called Catalyst Labs. I couldn't justify paying for these plus another night in a hotel. But we were able to obtain FREE tickets for the afternoon and evening sessions. Too cool!
My afternoon session was with Mark Buchanan, author of the most excellent book The Holy Wild. He talked about the idea of resting in God to discover the rest of God. Pretty cool. I have a lot to learn on this. I was going to say I have a lot to do but that was kind of the point-it's ok not to do all the time.
My evening session was quite interesting. Chris Seay and Rick McKinley, pastors of Ecclesia (Houston) and Imago Dei (Portland) respectively challenged the CEO mindset of pastoring churches. They talked about leading "Missional churches" to do "Incarnational" ministry. The challenge of course is how do you do that. The convicting and challenging answer to me is: Lead by example.
Here it is in God's words:
John 1 (NLT)
1In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn't make. 4Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. 5The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
6God sent John the Baptist 7to tell everyone about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8John himself was not the light; he was only a witness to the light. 9The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was going to come into the world.
10But although the world was made through him, the world didn't recognize him when he came. 11Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted. 12But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13They are reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan--this rebirth comes from God.
14So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.[a] And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.
15John pointed him out to the people. He shouted to the crowds, "This is the one I was talking about when I said, `Someone is coming who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before I did.' "
16We have all benefited from the rich blessings he brought to us--one gracious blessing after another.[b] 17For the law was given through Moses; God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who is himself God,[c] is near to the Father's heart; he has told us about him.