Out of Ur Newsletter

Friday, April 11, 2008

Welcome

Greetings, earthlings.

If you have been to Out of Ur in the past couple of days, you know that the Willow Creek Association youth ministry conference Shift 2008 (where denim is the new black) is in full swing. So far we have highlight videos of Brian McLaren, Mark Yaconelli, and Shane Claiborne (whose opinions on God and government have people up in arms, if you'll pardon the pun).

Dan Kimball, friend of Ur and Leadership is on the docket for later this week. Like the others, he'll be advising churches on adjusting their strategies to reach young people (which is interesting considering a year ago he told folks "Don't Change Your Church!"

While you're on the site, check out these recent posts.

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Live from Shift: The Perfect Storm

Brian McLaren helps us navigate the deluge of postmodernity.
Live from Shift: The Perfect Storm

The second day of the conference began with Brian McLaren's breakout session, "Onramp to the Postmodern Conversation." This was designed to help newcomers to the issue understand the shift that is happening in the culture. He compared this change to a hurricane that assaulted Honduras a number of years ago. 100 inches of rain fell in one week. The country was devastated. When the rain stopped the landscape of the country had been changed.

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Live from Shift: Willow Implements REVEAL

Greg Hawkins tells about the big changes Willow Creek is making.
Live from Shift: Willow Implements REVEAL

Today, Greg Hawkins, executive pastor at Willow, recapped the study and then shared some changes that the church is now making in response to the research. He said they're making the biggest changes to the church in over 30 years. For three decades Willow has been focused on making the church appealing to seekers. But the research shows that it's the mature believers that drive everything in the church—including evangelism.

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Live from Shift: Mark Yaconelli Podcast

Interview with Mark Yaconelli, author of Growing Souls: Experiments in Contemplative Youth Ministry.
Live from Shift: Mark Yaconelli Podcast

Yesterday morning we recapped Mark Yaconelli's talk from the first day of Shift 2008. Thanks to those of you who have left comments on this post, along with the reviews of the sessions with Brian McLaren and Shane Claiborne. During his session Mark spoke passionately and with a good dose of humor about some of the unglamorous aspects of serving in student ministries.

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