WikiConference Session 7 – Jon Acuff


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Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of four books including his most recent, Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average & Do Work that Matters. In addition, he’s become a social media expert with blogs that have been read by 4 million people and more than 215k twitter followers.

We live in a changing world.  The world our kids are growing up in is far different than the world that we grew up in.  Technology and the rate of change is speeding up at an alarming rate.  Imagine having to grow up with social media around?

Change can be either overwhelming or an opportunity.

For leaders change is an opportunity to grow.  But if we want to be a part of the change that is happening around us, we have to have grit.

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WikiConference Session 6 – Polly Wright


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Polly lives in Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas with her husband, twin teenage daughters and her corgi, Cowboy. She is the founder of We Are Cherished, a ministry that reaches out to women in the sex industry. Polly is passionate for women to know their true worth and value, discovering who they were created to be.

What are the first 3 words that pop into your head when you think of women and men that have been impacted by the sex industry?

The sex industry impacts people in our congregations. It impacts both men and women in our churches, including those who are in the sex industry and those who are consumers of it.   As Christians we are called to create, to walk alongside, to disciple, and to love well.
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WikiConference Session 5 – Ian Cron


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Ian Morgan Cron is an author, speaker, Episcopal priest, psychotherapist, and retreat guide. He began our session with chanting and silence.  Shalom means completeness, wholeness, or ultimate well-bing.  We began the session chanting “shalom” and “amen.”


The Trinity is something that has boggled the minds of theologians for over 1700 years.  Theologians have been trying to figure out how to explain the Trinity and repeatedly language cannot do it justice.  We use metaphors that fall flat and degrade around the edges.

Playing off our earlier chanting, Ian used another metaphor.

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WikiConference Session 4 – Joanne Solis-Walker


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Joanne Solis-Walker has a PhD in Organizational Leadership and Development with an emphasis in Ecclesial Leadership and is committed to the formation of Hispanic-Latino pastors and leaders. She volunteers at Love INC Brevard, which partners with churches to help people with needs discover life transformation.

We have a situation in the United States.  The hispanic population continues to grow, but the speed by which hispanics are joining our churches is not balanced.  No matter what you think about your context, the growth of the hispanic population affects you.

The question we must then ask, “What have we done?”

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WikiConference Session 3 – Carl Meaderis


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Carl Meaderis is a speaker and expert in the field of Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations.  Carl is a great storyteller and repeatedly reminded us that everything is about Jesus.Carl began by telling a story of being asked to preach about Jesus (although not about Christianity) in a Mosque.

When he finished his forty-five minutes, the leader asked him to preach for another hour.  At that point Carl realized, “I know a lot of Christian stuff, but I’m not sure I know Jesus very well.”If we don’t have anything else to say after 45 minutes, we have a problem.
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WikiConference Session 2 – Ed Stetzer

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The reality is we live in a mission field.  The challenge is that while we live in the mission field, we also live in an unengaged mission force.  In this session, Ed Stetzer explored what we should be thinking about when it comes to engaging God’s people in mission.

We began in 1 Peter 4:10-11 (HCSB) which read:

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Mission is what God is doing in the world to advance his agenda.  We a joining Jesus on his mission.  It’s not our mission, it’s his.  Jesus called us to join him.  If mission is defined as what God is doing in the world, missionaries are a subset of that.  Missional churches, which is a buzz-word, are churches that desire for their churches to join God in his mission in the world.

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WikiConference 2014 Notes

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This week I’m hanging out with some awesome people at the FiveTwo WikiConference in Katy, Texas.   Last year was my first year at the conference and this year I am back and cannot wait for all that Wiki will bring.  One of my favorite things about the conference was hanging out with a bunch of like-minded people who wanted to talk and think about reaching our communities with the message of Jesus.

To help you get an idea of what the conference is, here’s a snippet from the website’s description:

WikiConference is the annual gathering for the FiveTwo Network. You’ve probably heard the term “wiki” before… wikipedia, wiki leaks, etc. A “wiki” is a website that allows collaborated editing of it’s content and structure by it’s users. In our case, it’s a conference that is coordinated and presented through collaboration between organizations and ministry experts in various ministry fields. These people are on the front lines and in the trenches. They are passionate about reaching God’s lost in their communities and they are practicing what they are preaching. WikiConference is for any church leader–staff or volunteer–who wants personal, practical ways to better reach the lost in their community.

During the conference I will be taking notes and sharing them on my blog.  If you want to follow along, this post will serve as the table of contents as they get written.

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Death by Checklist


Every week, I start out my work by creating a checklist.  I live and die by the checklist; without it I am pretty sure I wouldn’t get anything done.  A lot of us also operate our lives around our checklists.  And not only do we use these lists to guide our decision-making, but many of us rely on our checklists to be our source of worth and validation.

Now most of us probably would never say, “I’m trying to secure my own salvation by checking things off a list.”  But the reality is that everyday when we try to find our worth and our value outside of Jesus, we are doing exactly that.  We are relying on something other than Christ to give us our identity.

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Preaching for Everyday Life

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As preachers in the twenty-first century, we are given the task of the missionary translating the ancient message of the Scriptures into the language of a pluralistic, post-Christian, post-everything culture.  This is an important and difficult calling.

But often we do the opposite.  We speak the same foreign language we have been and expect outsiders to adapt instead of walking out the back door.

“We have made the gospel foreign to other cultures by asking people to convert to our culture to become Christians.” – Paul Hiebert

The preacher is called to preach the unchanging truth in new and different ways as he speaks to the people he is trying to reach.  And he doesn’t that simply in the words he uses, in realizing who he preaches to, and in connecting that message to Monday morning.

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Fantasy Football is Good for My Soul

Fantasy football

Fantasy football is good for the soul.  Well, it is good for my soul at least.  For the past few years I have joined the world of grown men (and women) gathering together and building fictional teams,  watching football, and following stats as though they actually were coaches of real teams.

And I love it.

I don’t have many hobbies that have zero connection to any work that I do.  When I read, I prefer to read books by dead theologians.  When I write, I write about the Bible.  Even my technology use is usually connected to ministry activities.

But fantasy football is different.

When I get home from work on Sunday afternoons, there is not much better than turning on the game, following my team’s stats, and watching some football.  Fantasy football is just for my enjoyment.

Fantasy football is refreshing.

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