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 >>
Evangelist Francis Chan urged thousands of Christian leaders at the Exponential West conference to keep it simple in regards to church planting strategy, saying that two things will produce believers – unity in the Church and bringing communion back to the forefront.
"I know there's a lot of strategies out there, but I'm saying for fruit that lasts I think we need to rethink this," Chan said on Tuesday of the three-day conference hosted at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, ending Thursday. "We are talking about a miracle and so I'm saying lets abide in Him. Let's seriously believe that we can be one, just as the Father and the Son are one, and pursue that in the Church."
He added, "Let's bring communion back to the forefront of proclaiming His death. I know these things don't seem like they would work. But, we are talking about raising the dead so I think it's our best shot." 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 >>
After three years of worshipping at the East Ridge High School in Woodbury, Minnesota, Eagle Brook Church, the largest church in the state and one of the top 20 largest in the U.S., officially opened its newest campus in Woodbury on Saturday, boasting more space than a football field.
A Pioneer Press report describes the new Eagle Brook Woodbury campus as an imposing two-story structure that is both "massive" and "modern." It sits on a 40-acre lot and has about 70,000 square feet of space – much more than the 57,600 square feet covered by your average football field. A large cross atop the structure also announces the building's business.
"We can't even begin to describe and express the gratitude we feel toward East Ridge High School. This past weekend was the culmination of three years of doing ministry in a school. God accomplished amazing things through our beautiful temporary home, rock star volunteer teams, and the support of top notch staff at East Ridge," the new campus team noted in a post on their Facebook page last Wednesday. more >>
This year's Catalyst Atlanta, with more than 9,000 Christian leaders expected to attend the three-day event beginning Wednesday, is spearheaded for the first time in several years by a new executive director.
Tyler Reagin, who was a pastor at a campus of North Point Community Church took the place of Brad Lomenick a year ago, after first being the organization's creative director. Lomenick remains as a consultant and adviser to the highly popular 14 year old movement and organization.
During a recent interview with The Christian Post, Reagin said that after Catalyst took a year to "brand audit" the organization, there should be some noticeable changes to those attending this week. Mainly, the extended time given for the opportunity to interact with other leaders about what they just heard after many of the sessions and deciding on action steps to be taken home to implement. more >>