the nines leadership network: final thoughts

Category : faith, feeding my brain, living a life of faith, sharing faith, taking action

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It’s been a couple days since The Nines leadership event / conference / webcast.   In that time I’ve heard a few people say sitting through the conference was a bit like drinking from the business end of a fire hose.  And I think that’s a fair description.  70 speakers in 9 minute chunks is a lot of information.  What’s more is that many of these speakers were world-class teachers.  Meaning they know who to give you relevant, useful, important information.  I personally felt I needed to write down everything that was said.  (I didn’t.  I just felt like I should.)

So now I find myself thinking about how I want The Nines to impact me.

There is simply too much information for me to use all of it.  There’s too much information for me to even process.  But what unique concepts can I bring out of it?

For me I think there are two major points.

  1. Everyone needs rest.  This theme has been a cornerstone of conversation for R3 for the last few weeks.   It’s no wonder that it resonated with me at the conference.  God built a Sabbath into our lives for a reason.  Maybe we should use it.
  2. Don’t be afraid to be different.  Sometimes I hesitate to take a chance because I think “maybe I’m too young to take that leadership role” or “I don’t have a degree in theology.”  But those are just excuses.  We saw a cast of speakers from all ages, all backgrounds, and all “looks.”  We don’t need to belong to a special club to teach or to follow where God leads.

The Nines reminded me once again that it’s important to be exposed to a vibrant community of faith.  It’s easy to forget, in our highly secularized world, that God is moving powerfully all around us.  We can easily believe that we are a lone island.  Yet God was moving in so many stories.  How can we realistically believe that he’s forgotten or abandoned us?

The Nines was an amazing experience.  I wish that I could have seen all 70 speakers.  But I am thrilled to have been exposed to the ones I was.  I think The Nines is going to have a profound impact on my life, on R3, and my community.  To me that’s the definition of success.

The only thing that remains is to go and do something about it.  Learning to live out a life of faith is one part knowledge (that’s the learning component), but there’s also the action piece.  We need to live out what we know.  That’s as true for me as it is for you.

I plan on living out the lessons I’ve learned from The Nines.  How about you?

the nines: leadership network

Category : God, faith, feeding my brain

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Today was spent watching The Nines.  A web-based conversation about the church.  Here are a few things I picked up from The Nines today.  Not all of these are earth shattering, but they are all good things to hear multiple times.

  • “A movement of God cannot be planned but must be prepared for.”  – Perry Noble I think this is true.  We can prepare for God.  But how would we plan for the crazy things he does on a regular basis.  How could we prepare for Moses who had no leadership experience.  How could we prepare for God to turn Paul into a leading evangelist?  We can only prepare to move when we need to.  We can’t force God to move when we want him to.
  • “We often equate large with legitimate” -  Skye Jethani Almost all of us fall into this trap.  When God is as big as he is, it’s easy to expect BIG miracles.  In fact, that’s what we see a lot of in the Bible.  Being big often means God is involved.  The danger is in thinking that large always equals God.  Or that small always means God isn’t.  Many of the Old Testament Prophets were lone voices crying out to Israel to repent.  They may have had a small impact, but they were still legitimate voices of God.
  • What burden would be lifted from our lives if we rooted our identity like Jesus (Jesus Identity rooted – that he was beloved Son of his Father.) Skye Jethani
  • “If our church went away, would the crime rate go back up?” – Jorge Acevedo I love this.  The Church should be a leader in all fields, science, advancement, healing, compassion.  If your church isn’t making a significant impact (however that looks for you) in your community, you’re not doing something right.
  • “What is the condition of your heart – above all else, guard your heartNancy Beach There is a definite theme in The Nines of leaders needing a break and to watch their lifestyle.  I know I have recently felt in over my head.  Even though I am doing amazing things for the Kingdom.  God won’t ask you to burn yourself out – so don’t ask that of yourself!
  • Stephen Furtick -  I don’t know anything about him other than what I heard on The Nines.  But I found him refreshingly hilarious.