As I write this, I’m returning from Burbank, to San Diego on the Amtrak. My train departed before the sun came up at 4:53am and when I alighted onto the train platform at 8 o’clock am I called an Uber to take me to a church planter assessment. Before I exited that car, the Uber driver had come to faith after pulling to the side of the curb and praying with me. A young hipster from China, he’d been pursuing a film degree in Hollywood, and had been feeling God communicating with him directly, but didn’t know how to make sense of it. He said that he knew God was real, but didn’t believe in Christianity. He looked at me in the rear view mirror and asked, “Do you believe that God still speaks to people?” Being a psych nurse, and preparing to assess his sanity, I said, “Yes I do”.
After he told me how he felt God speaking to him, I determined he was sane, and that God had been invading his life.
It was the ultimate bandfest where headliners like Radiohead, the Foo Fighters, Beck, Rage Against the Machine and Incubus took the stage in rocked the world as the Woodstock of the 90s.
Simply put, if you were into rock, it was the place to be.
Exponential is the Lollapalooza of church planting.
Hundreds of speakers are under one roof, at any given time, kicking down church planting wisdom applicable to various contexts, models, and methods.
But the thing I appreciate about Exponential the most, is that they get it.
The Church Planter and Fyre Festival Expectations
Every church planter imagines the church of his dreams on the other side of the launch.
Then reality hits like the Fyre Festival.
Have you heard about it?
It was supposed to be the party of all parties.
It was started by rapper JaRule and founder of Fyre Media, Billy McFarland.
Tickets ranged from 1500 dollars to over 100 thousand.
Scheduled for two weekends on the island of Great Exuma in the Bahamas, it was advertised as a deluxe music festival like the world had never seen before. Expectations were high, and people paid dearly to have those expectations met.
They never were.
I need to ask you to do some real ninja like stuff for me in the upcoming weeks, but first, let me tell you about my biggest announcement EVER.
My next book REACHING THE UNREACHED: BECOMING RAIDERS OF THE LOST ART drops May 16th.
But you don’t have to wait that long to buy it.
In fact, if you pre-order now, you get a bunch of free exclusives in a bundle that comes with it.
From time to time I get interviewed on other shows. I don’t often share them because it feels a lot like “look at me, look at me!”
But I enjoyed doing this with the guys over at Voices That Carry, and even though I may not be wired for the social media age (I constantly fight against it while swimming in its waters), I use the energy of it to proclaim the unique message that I feel God has given me.
“For such a time as this” is part of everyone’s calling. Even yours, and mine. This particular podcast focuses on being God’s children, and not his employees. I don’t know why the guys over at VTC Podcast singled me out for that topic, but I was grateful that they did.
It’s a message that needs to be heard.
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