To emphasize his point (and promote his new book) that the Church is essentially dying, or at least on the cusp of doing so, Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll arrived to a Sunday evening worship service at Mars Hill Church U-District in a black hearse and suited in formal funeral attire.
Driscoll's book A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? is planned for release on Nov. 5 and focuses on the need for Christians to be aware of changing times and the importance of sharing the Gospel despite a corrupting culture. Resurgence 2013, a leadership conference, is scheduled to begin on the same date.
"The hearse symbolizes death," communications director Justin Dean told The Christian Post in regards to Driscoll's unique arrival to church and the promotional videotaping done for the book using the vehicle as a prop earlier in the day. "And in the book, Pastor Mark shares that 'the death of Christendom means life just got a lot more difficult for anyone who really wants to be a Christian and follow Jesus.' more >>
A recent article published in The Christian Post addresses an open letter from my friend, Pastor Mark Driscoll, concerning the state of the church today. The letter was originally published on the 2013 Resurgence Conference website. In the letter, Driscoll states, "The church is dying and no one is noticing…" This thought seems to be the premise for Driscoll's additional statements as to why the church is dying, what is needed, and his desire for the conference, itself. In part, Driscoll writes the church is dying because "…we're wasting time criticizing rather than evangelizing."
Yet stronger resolve, clearer convictions, and/or young Bible-believing, Jesus-following leaders, as Driscoll suggests are needed to counter church decline, will not in my view bring about the resurgence for which he is looking. In fact, it's not resurgence the church needs today but reformation, as I'll explain in a moment. more >>
Catalyst Atlanta, the annual conference featuring an "eclectic mix of seasoned sages, leadership experts, and passionate young upstarts," once again, did not disappoint the more than 13,000 believers who attended the 3-day mega-event. Those in attendance were challenged to go deeper into what it means to truly be known by God, organizers said at its conclusion.
"I want to live like the sweet, kind, alive 80-year-old who isn't reliving the glory days – one that believes the next generation is going to bring great things to the world and that the best is yet to come," Pastor Judah Smith, of The City Church in Seattle, told the mostly under-40 (years old) crowd during one of the main sessions on Thursday.
Smith, known for his humorous communication style and sometimes surprising candor and honesty, exhorted Christian leaders to stay the course, following the examples given in the Bible. more >>
1. "Church makes me nervous, I don't feel like I belong. I feel better at home"
2. "The football games are on Sunday, I don't want to miss them"
3. "I am too lazy to get up and go." more >>
1. To Encounter God Through His Son Jesus Christ
"For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." - Matthew 18:20
2. To Be Prayed For more >>
A growing movement of Christian leaders committed to accelerating the multiplication of healthy, reproducing churches is offering 10 hours of almost continuous programming on discipleship via a live webcast from the upcoming Exponential West Conference hosted by Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., Oct. 8-10.
Exponential leaders say they are fueled by a goal to see as many church leaders, small groups, church planting launch teams, individuals and even full churches participating in the discipleship conversation as possible.
The three-day conference beginning today (Oct. 8) will focus on discipleship, specifically five key shifts Christian leaders can make to become better at making and releasing disciples. The event features 27 national and regional leaders in 10 main sessions. The live webcast, available for free to anyone who registers, will include 10-plus hours of nearly continuous programming, organizers said. more >>