Reconnexion conference Live Blogging

8:58:33 AM: Koinonia has a beautiful church building.

9:14:11 AM: Difference between fame and influence – influence is about relationships – David McFarlane

9:21:47 AM: Is what is on the wall happening down the hall – mission statements – David M

9:23:12 AM: We need to be asking ourselves – who are we and why are we here – david m

9:27:02 AM: The church must shft its focus from istitution orientation to community orientation if it is to survive – jack dennison

9:28:21 AM: For those following my twitter – I’m tweeting from the Reconnexions Conference.

9:30:31 AM: David’s observations – vibrant churches have influence in their communities.

9:36:34 AM: Roundtable discussion about what changes we’ve seen in the church in the last five years (I need to do a blog post on this)

9:37:55 AM: Wow – 70% of cdns think that new forms of spirituality are replacing traditional religions! (Vision TV telephone poll 2003

9:44:19 AM: David M – churches are training their own people rather than relying on seminaries. (Trends)

9:45:46 AM: The church exists by mission as fire exists by burning. Without mission there really is no church. – Emil Brunner

9:47:17 AM: David M – churches need to regain their sense of mission in Canada.

9:49:07 AM: We need to be a people of mission – David M

9:56:09 AM: Wish there was wifi access here? Having to tweet on my bb is much slower than my laptop

9:59:51 AM: The difference between a church driven by management vs. Mission – what is the focus? Of the church? Good question.

10:00:39 AM: Mission MUST be in the drivers seat NOT management if there is to be any hope for the future for the church.

10:01:24 AM: P1 Missional church is outward focused

10:02:07 AM: P2 Missionall chrch is motivated by Hope

10:08:09 AM: Chart on breakout churches by Thom Rainer

10:08:58 AM: P3 missional churches are intentional

10:09:31 AM: P4 – Missional Churches are equipping.

10:10:16 AM: P5 – missional church is “community for mission”

10:11:24 AM: These points I’m posting flow out of Mark 2:2-5 where Jesus healed the paralytic.

10:13:10 AM: The missional church is “in and out” – bringing people in because of mission and sending people out with mission.

10:15:09 AM: Missional churches have people wh belong first, bless and move to believe.

10:15:44 AM: P6 Missional church is innovative.

10:17:20 AM: Cool thought the paralytics friends who dug the roof were being innovative!

10:19:06 AM: P7 – missional church is about transformation

10:21:06 AM: Fishing – u can’t just throw the worms out they must be cooncted to the “hook” of the gospel.

10:21:42 AM: P8 – missional church is exciting and fruitful.

10:26:34 AM: – Got a free book. Not much choice but this is what I picked

10:27:32 AM: Evangelism & missional is not abt programs & systems but is abt a paridigm shift – a change of thinking 2 remember y we’re doing wht we do.

10:55:45 AM: starting session on “igniting Your Church’s Missionality”

10:57:37 AM: Merv Budd is speaking

10:58:22 AM: The church must be missional because God Himself is missional

11:00:13 AM: Christendom Framework: Theology->Ecclesiology->Missiology. Missional Framework: Theology->Missiology->Ecclesiology

11:01:31 AM: Koinonia has social networks blocked through their wifi access. WHAT? backwords thinking in my opinion… here we are at an evangelism …

11:02:14 AM: See 1 Peter 2:9 and Acts 1:8 to see examples of the Missional Call of God.

11:04:47 AM: becoming missional doesn’t happen overnight and there is no formula –> the emphasis is that becoming missional is a paradigm shift.

11:06:14 AM: great challenge: Is your church a CLUB or a life-saving station?

11:09:45 AM: one way to ignite mission in a “management” church is there must be a leader who is missional (teaches,models,lives it out)

11:11:24 AM: The form of how the church expresses itself isn’t the problem but the problem is the substance of the church – Merv Budd (paraphrased)

11:12:47 AM: this person needed in the church who is missional is “evangelist”

11:16:54 AM: Old way of looking at evangelist (not to discard but to build upon and move from): Target-non-Christians, Task->From words to sermons…

11:17:50 AM: Goal->people make a decision for Christ, Method->Itinerant Preacher

11:18:25 AM: The word Evangelist only appears in Ephesians 4:11,12 and 2 Timothy 4:3-5

11:20:35 AM: New way of looking at the evangelist: Target->Christians, Task->Form People into Body (Philm 6), Goal->Revelation of Christ (1 Thes 1:6-8)

11:21:09 AM: Method->Local Church Equipper.

11:22:54 AM: P1 Have we “personalized” the salvation message to the point where people only see themselves receiving Jesus …

11:23:40 AM: P2 …and forgetting that He has received them and they are now a part of the community of the church?

11:24:37 AM: P3 – there is a corporate side to the gospel that we need to communicate well. (which is what the evangelist should do)

11:25:35 AM: Merv started out kind of slow BUT man can you ever see how passionate he is about this stuff!!

11:26:54 AM: Evangelist shift: From being a “preacher” to an “equipper”. From forming words into sermons to Forming People into the body.

11:28:13 AM: This is stuff I’m resonating with. I really am passionate about people discovering their “fit” in the body…

11:28:36 AM: …and waking up to how they are a part of what God is doing through the church

11:32:36 AM: Want to know where I am? ->

11:33:42 AM: Our work REVEALS what we believe. What are you revealing by your work? (paraphrased Merv)

11:38:32 AM: For those just reading my tweets, I’m live-tweeting a conference I’m at ->

11:40:47 AM: Remember Discipleship isn’t just to grow….it’s to GROW to fulfill MISSION – which in the church’s case is to reach lost people. YES!!

11:42:03 AM: (my thoughts) – Pastor’s, when we preach…are tying the message into the mission? Are we connecting the words to the work?

11:43:34 AM: The biggest challenge in becoming missional is overcoming this humanistic mindset of “What’s in it for me?” (paraphrased)

11:46:33 AM: Unless your vision from God is greater than the pain you face you will never endure (Merv). {Have you asked God for this kind of vision?}

11:58:22 AM: Need to discover the vision that inspires people (David McFarlane)

11:58:22 AM: Need to discover the vision that inspires people (David McFarlane)

12:48:14 PM: back to live tweeting at – just had a GREAT lunch!!

12:51:36 PM: Hearing from David McFarlane as he talks about “Sparking Imagination”

12:54:20 PM: IDEAS – Innovative, Discussion and Questions, Environment of Creativity, Adaptive People, Success Oriented

12:57:39 PM: Attracting Imagination: The normal reaction of most of us to a new idea is to ignore it. (John Williams)

12:59:53 PM: When Creativity Works: Creative Event, a friend, Invitation, Value, Excellence, Gospel, Response

1:00:55 PM: David is a funny guy, has the room laughing!

1:03:37 PM: Biblical example of creativity: Acts 9:24 and 2 Corinthians 11:33

1:06:49 PM: Creative Evolution: Define Problem, Collect Ideas, Implement Solutions

1:08:05 PM: The most difficult part of Creative Solutions (not evolution) is learning what the problem is.

1:11:07 PM: When defining the problem there must be NO JUDGING of ideas otherwise the creative solution process will be killed before it even gets o …

1:12:24 PM: In creative solution meetings don’t meet longer than 2 hours…FINISH ON TIME! (David)

1:14:59 PM: David is talking about a way of creative thinking (6 Hat Thinking by Debono) – interesting.

1:14:59 PM: David is talking about a way of creative thinking (6 Hat Thinking by Debono) – interesting.

1:14:59 PM: David is talking about a way of creative thinking (6 Hat Thinking by Debono) – interesting.

1:16:34 PM: 6 Hat Thinking is a way of evaluating ideas through different hats. I.E. Yellow=Benefits, Black=Cautions, Green=New Ideas, Wht=Info nee …

1:17:34 PM: …Blue=Controls/systems/structure, Red=Emotional Reaction. Wear each hat while evaluating an idea.

1:30:21 PM: When being creative, there must a connect between what you are doing and the problem you are solving… (my thoughts)

1:31:49 PM: #fuelingimagination: 1. Lighten UP!, 2. Read Widely, 3. Become curious., 4. Change your routine, 5. Take time to think

1:32:45 PM: #fuelingimagination: 6. Enlarge your circle, 7. Be healthy., 8. Write, 9. Develop a Creative “spot”, 10. Keep passionate.

1:33:39 PM: Do we empower our people to come up and communicate great ideas?

1:34:46 PM: Imagination = Risk. Failure seldom stops you, what stops you is the fear of failure.” (Jack Lemmon)

1:35:30 PM: God of the New (Isaiah 43:19; Mark 2:22)

1:36:17 PM: Courage is the art of being the only one who knows that you are scared to death! {ha! I like that one}

1:47:35 PM: Another way of being creative (specifically regarding Outreach) – look for transitional moments in peoples lives and connect with them.

1:50:17 PM: The more you pray, the more you step out in faith, the more “coincendences” you see! (David)

1:54:41 PM: What you pray for and what you celebrate gets done (David)

2:13:06 PM: Back to Merv Budd for the next session, “Igniting an Evangelistic Atmosphere”

2:16:43 PM: Evangelism in America…will be harder than most of us ever imagined” (Gordon Scoville)

2:17:25 PM: The Western world is now the toughest mission field on earth” – Allan Walker

2:20:40 PM: Four Levels of Equipping a Church for Evangelistic Health: 1. Personal Level

2:27:16 PM: won’t you fully engage in your faith by giving it away to others (personal evangelism)

2:32:00 PM: Four Levels of Equipping a Church for Evangelistic Health: Program Level – Community+Congregation=Concept

2:34:47 PM: Interesting thought: Have we forgotten what it feels like for people who’ve never been to church to go to a service?

2:36:58 PM: Four Levels of Equipping a Church for Evangelistic Health: 3. Perception Level

2:37:37 PM: A church that wants to be evangelistic needs to be intentional about the image it presents.

2:40:39 PM: What’s your church’s reputation in your community? Ask around! (and I don’t think Merv means people who attend your church…)

2:45:14 PM: Four Levels of Equipping a Church for Evangelistic Health: 4. Paradigm Level

2:46:32 PM: four Systemic Issues for nurturing evangelistic health: 1. Unwritten Rules

2:51:28 PM: four Systemic Issues for nurturing evangelistic health: 2. Hidden forces.

2:56:05 PM: four Systemic Issues for nurturing evangelistic health: Secret Messages

2:59:05 PM: four Systemic Issues for nurturing evangelistic health: Wholeness – dealing with the big picture.

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My name is Darren Ethier. I'm the owner of I'm the father of four children and husband of the most beautiful woman in the world. My passion is technology and it's strategic use in ministry. I also love anything to do with leadership and the wise use of words. I'm also the developer of the popular WordPress plugin Organize Series. Since THAT'S not enough to keep me busy I also work as a core developer for a great plugin called Event Espresso

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