Friday, April 11, 2008
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.
- Skye Jethani talks about creating 3rd spaces in Coffee with a Cause
- Mark DeYmaz has joined the conversation on multi-ethnic ministry. See what he has to say (he knows a thing or two … )
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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.
- Good Marginal Thinking—LeadershipJournal.net
The heroes of church history began as reflective Christians who doubted what everyone else took for granted.
- Reaching the Post-Christian—Outreach & Evangelism Today
They're today's non-seekers, who've seen Christianity and think they have reasons for rejecting it.
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.
- What Reveal Reveals—ChristianityToday.com
Criticisms of Willow's latest self-study do not undermine its value.
- Church-Free Christianity—LeadershipJournal.net
They Like Jesus But Not The Church: Insights from Emerging Generations book review.
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.
David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, has complied startling yet useful research for church leaders concerning how the unchurched view Christianity.
Join Donald Miller on three provocative journeys in search of meaning, redemption, and spiritual fulfillment—and find yourself and God in the process.
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