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Leadership
Jimmy Smuda writes:  I just got back from one of those staff retreats that make you feel you can really do something with the team that’s around you. For some (including me who is not a big “meetings” guy, but is growing into that role) it can be grueling. 11 hours of hashing, rehashing, coming full circle back to the original….hash! It can be absolutely exhausting. Especially if you’re in a room where you feel almost everyone thinks different then you do. See when you’re talking business, you WANT that. Different types of thinking. Churches are on a kick of “saying” they want that, but in all reality they all look, dress, act, think, plan, vision very similar. I have been a product and employee of such a system. I have worked at larger churches then “Beth” (Bethlehem Assembly of God, Valley Stream NY) , but very much surrounded by alot of “myselfs” <—(jimmy word) Until now. “Beth” is the girlfriend I never thought I’d end up falling in love with (get over it, God described Israel as a she/her and the affectionate love for her) . I mean I knew I’d love aspects of her, but in the end wondered how long this relationship could/would last. Then 2 things began to happen a couple of years ago. 1. I began to see who I was NOT, and who they were, and recognized MY need to become more of THEM. 2. I realized who THEY were NOT, and saw the connection oh how God wanted to use ME to influence THEM. (to do this, you must be intentional PRIDE KILLERS The Outcome: THEY, and ME is becoming US (Forgive my improper use of the inglesh langwage) Which means at 34 years old, and having been in ministry for almost 15 years that I’m finally understanding the principle behind 1 Cor: 12:4-7, 11-13 “Diversity in Gifts”. In a retreat with many different gifts, make ups, personalities and preferences I realized several key points. 1. God WILL (or may want to) call you to a place different then you, and outside of your personal preference. (this seems to be a dying thought amongst emerging leaders)Pastors, resist the urge to hire YOURSELF, or a yes man. I really love and respect my pastor who well knows our differences, and celebrates them. 2. There is power in the commingling of those who are (Progressive, modern, traditional, Post-modern, Hipster and whatever ridiculous category we can put on a demographic). Again 1 Cor 12:4-7. 3. THIS type of thinking, and intentional gatherings (even staffing) is a true remedy for transforming and reaching communities with the relevant gospel. jIMMy Read more from Jimmy here…
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Current Events
With all the flack and disagreement, at least in the circles of evangelicalism that I follow, over the Elephant Room, I wonder why I’m just now hearing about this one: Pastors, artists and other Christian leaders will join this weekend at the University of Miami for the One Conference, three days of rallies, music and motivation to affect South Florida for the faith. With megachurch pastors such as Brian Houston and Greg Laurie, the conference is set for Feb. 10-12 at UM’s Bank United Center in Coral Gables. They’ll tackle dire issues like human trafficking, fresh water for Haiti, Bibles for “unreached” people groups and how to respond to crises. But first importance will go to simple unity. “We’re all different, but we’re of the same substance,” says Pastor Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, who will be one of the 15 scheduled conference speakers. “Anytime pastors get together, that’s good. Translating it into partnerships is difficult. But it’s healthy to get to know each other.” Franklin Graham, another of the planned speakers, agrees. “The churches are fragmented; everybody gets into their own niches,” says Graham, who runs the Samaritan’s Purse charity and the evangelistic organization of his father, Billy Graham. “We need to get them inspired, excited about the Word of God. The gospel changes lives instantly.” Besides Coy and Graham, the planned speakers include: The Rev. Pedro Garcia, the host pastor and spiritual leader of Calvary Chapel Kendall. Garcia, who became a Christian believer in 1996 at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, is the founder of LIFE Radio (90.9-FM), which broadcasts to Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys. Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., and founder of Harvest Crusades. Laurie led a crusade in Fort Lauderdale in 1995 and spoke at a Promise Keepers rally in Miami two years later. Scott Harrison, founder of the nonprofit organization charity:water. His group has funded more than 3,800 water projects, providing more than 1.7 million people with clean drinking water. Brian Houston, founder and pastor of Hillsong Church, which includes congregations in Sydney, London, Capetown, Paris, Stockholm and elsewhere. Rich Wilkerson Jr., who runs a gathering in Miami called Vous. His ministry aims to infuse the gospel in music, teaching and the arts. // The conference is named ONE.  Features noteable evangelical leaders.  And is all about unity. Big names, big topics, yet no one is decrying this one. Wonder why. SOURCE
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