Oct 242012
 

Are you a pastor or do you know pastors and church leaders? You know we all need to enlarge our hearts for the next generation and for the world, and the best place to do that is at Urbana 12, December 26-31, in St. Louis!

Get the best of both worlds: the inspiring energy of being at a large conference with 20,000+ college students and young adults of the next generation, plus get fed and fueled through a cozier group of pastors and church leaders at Urbana 12‘s special track exclusively designed for Pastors and Church Leaders.

During this special Pastors track, you’ll get to interact with key global church leaders (some you’ve heard of and some you haven’t) from all over the world:


Andy Crouch (author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling) says this about Urbana: “No event has changed more about how I see the world, and God’s mission in the world, than Urbana.

To help get you there and to get the word out, I’ve got 3 free passes for you to attend Urbana 12! To win a free pass, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Write a blog post about what your church or ministry is currently doing for God’s global mission, and why Urbana 12 will help your efforts,
  2. Add a comment here with a link to your blog post,
  3. Get out the vote! Encourage all your friends and colleagues to vote for you on the poll below by Election Day (Tuesday, November 6th, 2012)

The poll will close on 11/6/2012 11:59pm (Eastern Time), and the top 3 vote-getters will win a free pass to attend Urbana 12! That’s democratic, right?

My people at Urbana 12 say that they want your input for forming the Pastors Track’s ad hoc discussion groups via the Facebook page for Urbana 12 Pastors & Church Leaders Track – so get over there to chime in. And vote below by clicking on the green thumb :: Thanks to all of your votes – Jeff Liou and Amanda Camacho won free passes to attend Urbana 12! Register before 11/12 for $50!

[disclosure: I'm a member of the Social Media Squad for Urbana 12]

Oct 162012
 

The world is much bigger than America, and according to what’s reported in books like The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, people are responding to the Christian Gospel message in far larger numbers in Africa and Asia than America. While the marketing platforms aren’t being used as actively in the non-Western world to get their message out to the masses, their impact is quite notable on the ground in their spheres of influence.

We’d do well as church and ministry leaders to listen and heed the wisdom from their experiences — starting today 10/16 through Thursday 10/18, Resource: Global is hosting the global:church forum in Chicago so that we can hear from church leaders from the Global South (South America, Africa) and Global East (Asia, Middle East). And, Christianity Today is providing a livestream of the entire event. Tune in. Listen. Hear the voices that must be hear and heeded.

Catch the notes via event bloggers ::

Follow the conversation on twitter using hashtag #gcf2012


Mar 042010
 

The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization is taking place in South Africa this October. While most of us won’t be able to travel to Cape Town, South Africa, to attend this Congress (which seems to be a much weightier word than “conference”), there are 2 ways for people to participate: (1) the Conversation Gatherings, (2) the GlobalLink. Looks like an impressive list of church leaders are meeting up.

The Conversation Gatherings are local FREE 2-hour events and anyone is welcomed to participate. Please do register online so they can know you’re coming. These are 5 dates scheduled in Southern California (see the list for all 12 locations):

18 March 2010: Azusa Pacific University (Azusa)
Topics: Future of the Global Church; Race, Power, and Evangelism
Panelists: Brenda Salter McNeil, Brad Lomenick, Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Wes Stafford, Joni Eareckson Tada

30 March 2010: Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena)
Topics: Culture Making — The Role of Christians in the World
Panelists: Jim Belcher, Doug Birdsall, Margaret Feinberg, Michael S. Horton, Richard Mouw, Kara Eckmann Powell, Rich Van Pelt

14 April 2010: Generate at Crossroads Church (Corona)
Topics: Christians and Their Impact on Culture, The Future of the Global Church
Panelists: Charles Lee (moderator), Tony Wood, Jeff Shinabarger, Margaret Feinberg, Rich Van Pelt

14 April 2010: NewSong Community Church (Irvine)
GlobaLink
10 June 2010: Saddleback Community Church (Lake Forest)

The second way to get engaged in these global issues is thru GlobalLink. Each GlobaLink site will have some live-streaming video of Cape Town events and additional conference materials. No locations have been announced yet, far as I can tell.

[update] Also see Charles Lee’s 12 Cities 12 Conversations (A New World Church Conversation) which points to a whole website & blog www.12cities12conversations.com

Sep 222009
 

2 highly influential church leaders are offering one day with them at a global leadership conference called Unleashing Beauty on October 10th, 2009. The 2 leaders are Erwin McManus and Dave Gibbons. Both have been keynote speakers at large conferences for church leaders like Willow Leadership Summit and Catalyst. Now they’re taking a day to share their insights for free and give themselves away!
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Sep 042008
 

I’ve got more books than I have time or energy to read. Some of them arrive as review copies (read: comp’d), some as gifts, some as impulse buys. Now it is totally unfair to judge a book by its cover, and yet that’s how most people buy books, I’ve been told. I am not much for first impressions, but here are a few personal reactions in having taken a cursory glance or skim through these books.

Here’s one of my book stacks with my annotated impressions:

stack of books I've yet to read

I have several other stacks of books, and I’ll get around to mentioning those too; no promise on when I’ll get them online.