Lessons from @c3global roundtable w/ @claude_thomas
I have been to a lot of conferences and roundtables through the course of 16 years of ministry, but there have been very few like I experienced yesterday w/ Pastor Buddy Cremeans and Northway Church. They hosted a c3 Global Roundtable w/ Dr. Claude Thomas. Awesome!!!
Here’s the lessons learned:
Critical Issue for this generation to answer:
- What do you think about God?
Two things that clean the lense of our experiences:
- The Spirit of God
- Read the Scriptures
** The anointing is on you. The church can’t give it to you and the church can’t take it away!
** Principalized preaching de-personalizes Jesus!
Greatest Barriers to pastors being used to do bigger/better for Him
- How you see God
- How do you see yourself
CRITICAL QUESTION FOR PASTORS TO ASK: If tomorrow morning you woke up and you knew you were not going to pastor again who would you be?
How do we find our identity?
- Volitional – choice to be who you want to be
- Relational – co-dependent on person or crowd
We are a composite of all the above! They are not bad but they impact our lives and ministry!
The above explains what we are but it does not identify what we are!
** It is great when people trust the leader but it is even greater when the leader trusts the people!
**We can become so empire focus (our church) that we lose Kingdom focus!
** You don’t burn out during the week you burn out on the weekends!
Your identity is …
- Set by God Gen 1
- Set for God (Col 1:15f) Gen 2
- Sullied by Satan (marred) Gen 3
- Renewed by Redeemer
- Realizing our Renewal – its not rational it is relational
—–> The success of ministry is how much we are becoming like Christ!
—–>Your church is not going to the last! You can’t bow at the local church – you have to attach yourself to something that is larger —–> Jesus!!!!
** Moses spent about 38 yrs going in circles! In the bible belt church attendance is shrinking – they are going in circles! The northeast is the Joshua generation!!! No more circles — moving forward!!!
WOW!!! Most conferences and roundtables are about systems, strategies and structure. This was exactly what I needed. It helped me answer the questions — “Who Am I?”