In order to last in ministry, church planters need to adhere by certain guidelines that change the mold of how they build their church structure, said Pastor Rick Warren during the Exponential West conference this past week.
Warren addressed conference goers to utilize his experience as a leader in ministry of over 40 years. He told church planters that about half of them were not going to make it, according to statistics, unless they started doing something radical.
"You must be very careful how you build. Some build with gold, silver, precious stones even wood, hay and straw but the day will come when fire will reveal the quality of your work and if what you build survives, you will receive a reward," Warren said on Thursday of the three-day conference. more >>
Nonbelievers who hear the Gospel are either convicted or turn away from the church based on the evangelistic methods they are exposed to, said Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
Keller was addressing the Exponential West Conference via video where he noted that persuasive approaches work best when sharing the Gospel with non-Christians.
"After 25 years of being in New York and seeing Christians respond to the preaching of the Gospel, I kind of divide nonbelievers in three groups; the clueless, the hostile and the impressed," Keller said. more >>
Pastor Craig Groeschel discussed the importance of moving from a self-reliant style of leadership to one of being empowered by the Holy Spirit during the Exponential West conference at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, on Wednesday.
Groeschel's message focused on his experience as pastor of Life Church, a multi-campus congregation in Oklahoma, and the trials he had to endure before realizing that the Holy Spirit needed to work in his life before he could lead a church.
"Church planters have a choice to be self reliant or spirit empowered ... Sometimes we try to lead out of our own ability but we forget about the power, the presence and the voice of God," Groeschel said. more >>
The first "Hour of Power With Bobby Schuller," the new lead pastor of Shepherd's Grove Church in California, was watched by viewers from nearly 20 countries who made their presence known online, the program reported on Wednesday.
"It was great to be on the air with the newly launched program," said Schuller. "It's clear from the overwhelming responses we have received that the message of Jesus' love and redemption still deeply resonates with people across the world. I can't wait to see how God is going to use this coming week to reach people for him."
The 33-year-old pastor, the grandson of televangelist Robert H. Schuller, was recently named as lead pastor of the former Crystal Cathedral congregation, which has found a new home at Shepherd's Grove Church. more >>
Church planting is successful when a planter knows their community's needs and is willing to risk their reputation and resources, said Pastor Sergio de la Mora of San Diego's Cornerstone Church, during an Exponential Conference live webcast on Wednesday.
De la Mora, who began his church with merely seven people 16 years ago, has grown his congregation in a neighborhood he least expected to end up in but along the way, he had to learn how to trust God to mold him into the revolutionary leader he is today.
"When I started the church, I initially had no idea what I was ultimately going to have to become ... God told me I had to become the pastor the community wanted me to be, not the pastor I wanted to be," de la Mora said. more >>
Efrem Smith, preacher, author and urban ministry advocate, delivered a challenging, uncomfortable and anointed message about evangelism, according to some of the thousands who attended or tuned in via a live webcast to the Exponential West Conference at Saddleback Church on Tuesday.
Smith, president and CEO of World Impact and author of The Post-Black and Post-White Church, preached a message titled "Rethinking Evangelism Through the Suffering," making the case that the atrocities and painful conditions people experience today require a refocused approached to doing outreach.
He began by reading to the thousands in person and likely thousands more watching online, the description of the multi-ethnic and multi-lingual kingdom of God described in Revelation 7, specifically verses 9-17. more >>