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Monday Morning – Steven Furtick NYWC 20098

Monday, 23 November, 2009
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So this morning was the closing morning of NYWC in Atlanta, GA. Steven Furtick, from Elevation Church in Charlotte, spoke and challenged us to dream the impossible. Again, raw notes, but very very very good meat to chew on. To all you people who impact others, think about what he says. The one quote I would use to sum all this up is this:

“If the size of your dreams isn’t intimidating to you, it’s probably insulting to God” – Steven Furtick

Monday Morning – Steven Furtick

/  not wanting to drop the ball here.

/  god is bigger than anything we will ever face.

/  bigger than any deacon board, leader board, student

/   god in you is bigger than anything that is in you.

/   i want to increase the level of your naivety – i want you to know after you leave that you can do anything with God.

/   “nothing tweet-worthy” shaha he’s funny. 🙂

/   let’s surface the calling that God has been stirring up.

/   time can talk you out of your dreams.

/   i want to infuse some sanctified naive trust in jesus into our life so that whatever change he’s stirring you up to change, you’ll do it.

/   1 samuel 17 // the story of David and Goliath

/   god is capable to complete what he started in your ministry and his life.

/   mission statement: i want you to throw up in your mouth and swallow it back down!

/   if the size of your dream isn’t intimidating to you, then it’s probably insulting to God.

/   david was called to be a king and god had anointed him in front of all his brothers. at this point, david could’ve been practicing his king wave in themirror, but he wasn’t.

Four statements about this story:

/   “work what you’ve got”

/   background story: 1 sam. 17.17 ///  it started with david obeying a simple instruction from his father to deliver. Simple acts of obedience is the beginning of the great movements of god you want to see in your life. taking chesse and bread to battle lines put david in position to be boosted to where God wanted him to be.

/   your simplest most obedient act of obedience to God b/c when you are obedient in the little, he will bring faithfulness to you in big ways.

/   train that one little worship leader who knows how to tune his guitar. i want you to help him play songs that sound good in his vocal range. shut up and let the preacher preach. just sing your songs.

/   some of you are positioned to speak at a conference or raise up people who are gonna go places that you won’t go or say things to people that you can’t say: but david got up early in the morning and did what his father told him to do. this is a teenager boy. he GOT UP EARLY AND DID WHAT HIS FATHER TOLD HIM TO DO.

/   Moses – you who are called to leave Israel nation out of egypt slavery. what have yogurt in your hand? a stick god, i’ve got a stick. you want me to fight the chariots with my stick? “no throw it on the ground and i’ll turn it into something” it’s not about your lack of charisma or personality. be a man of god in someone’s life. walk in the power of God.

/   do you know that what you have is not enough??? when what you have is not enough, the sufficiency of christ becomes all you need!!!!! THIS IS HUGE!!!! WE NEED CHRIST!!!!

/   its not about your ability, its about god’s capability through you. your only limitation is your capacity to dream, receive and believe him.

/   “ignore the haters”

/   key component on david’s success in God v. 28 – 30

/   not talking about ignoring instruction of senior pastor – this is called a job opening

/   one of the things that god is calling some of you as volunteers is to simply show honor to someone you don’t totally agree with (senior pastor, youth pastor)  but you will serve unto the Lord not to men.

/   “your going back home and guess what? there will not be a vision welcoming committee waiting for you. you may not go home to welcome banners. but do not ignore the call of God in your life and ministry.

/   your destiny will never depend on anyone who leaves your life. your destiny depends on jesus and his promises. he has placed the people in your life that you need everything to do.

/   you’ve gotta turn away from the haters who oppose what god has called you to do.

/   shake it off.

/   jesus told peter “get behind me satan!” when anyone stands between you and God, you gotta turn away.

/   if you haven’t had a head on collission with the devil lately, it’s cause you might be going in the same direction.

/   there may be a time that god puts something on your heart that your brothers don’t want to hear. you may not always have people behind you

/   true faith in jesus and his vision enables you to speak what you’ve heard until you see it with your eyes.

/   faith comes by hearing, hearing by the word of god, and we walk by faith not by sight.

/   if what you see w/ your ryes does not align with you’ve heard in your heart, close your eyes and follow god. Do something great for god.

/   gotta learn how to have the gift of goodbye

/   christ was so intent on doing the will of his father that

/   remember god’s faithfulness

/   1 sam 17.33-37

/   audacity always has a certain measure of uncertainty. 80% sure that this is God’s will. DAvid is faced with level of opposition unlike he’s ever encountered. he begins rehearsing how god has been with him in the past in order to reinforce the future. the same god who was with him then is with him now.

/   Remember the faithfulness of God. Lamentations 3.21-32

/   Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. quit borrowing tomorrow’s strength and begin trusting him with today’s strength. do you remember when he saved you???

/   do you remember when god put new desires in your heart when he saved you? can the same god who made his desires your desires in your heart, can that same god see you through what you’re going through when you go back to what you’re going through??

/   he was with me when i fought the lions, he was with me when i fought the bear!!

/   when god is for you, he is more than the whole world against you.

/   remember that he’s beggar than your little salary, bigger than the sexual immorality, remember his faithfulness b/c god’s past performance is the best prediction of this future ability!!


Sunday Evening – Reggie Joiner NYWC 2009

Sunday, 22 November, 2009
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Again, raw notes from Reggie Joiner’s talk on Sunday night. Very very very good. Please read this and go buy his book “Think Orange”.

Amazing thoughts!! Props to our Children’s Pastor, Julie Chestnut, she brought this book to our staff’s attention a few months ago and we need to move on it!!!!

Sunday Evening – Reggie Joiner

/   sometimes we forget why we are here.

/   we are all here b/c we all agree on one thing: and that is this: the only thing that will matter 100 years from now, is a relationship with God.

/   at the end of all of this, if students grow up and miss God, nothing else really  matters.

/   we have this thing in us: i wanna go as high as i can go, i want to be around people who will talk with me about this, i wanna learn, train about these things.

/   yet at one point, it just comes down to one thing: what are you gonna do with what you’ve learned? will this conference, this conversation pay off?

/   if you were to walk out the door of yourministry and turn around and come back

in with the power to change anything in your ministry, what would you

change?

/   people change when the pain associated with the status quo, becomes greater

than the pain associated with the change.

/   we tend to be the slowest to make changes or make the adjustments we need to make. we get comfortable.

/   first principle about change: if you wanna build something that lasts, you gotta be willing to change the things you build. I”m gonna create it with open hands but somebody behind me might need to tweak it or change it. when i hinge my identity on that, i don’t give up control

/   “sometimes i walk into church’s and feel like its 1983” church’s can so easily get caught up and not change

/   if you do not change what you build, you cannot hope it stands.

/   second principle: the best way to keep team moving towards mission, is to frequently upgrade your systems.

/ one of the most powerful things about change, is that change is an unbelievable platform to remind people about our mission/vision. change is a great opportunity to remind people of the mission or the vision.   the church’s that don’t change threaten the mission. if youdon’t work harder and harder that your rethinking everything you do, you’ll get stuck in a culture that needs to know who god is.

/   we’ve gotta ask hard questions, pull, pull, talk about questions that aren’t easy. the best way to remind them of the mission, is to talk about changes that need to happen in order to reach the mission

/   it was the mission tht drove them.

/   third principle: every change gives you an opportunity to distinguish between what is core and what is cultural.

/   great things about hang: you can qualify two diff. categories > core and cultural

/   you need to know what is a core and cultural. the core doesn’t change, those are the foundation sof the faith. the cultural needs to change as the students change. it is our job as leaders “this is core, this is core this is core, this is cultural and needs to be changed”

/   when you get everyone on the same page that is core, it doesn’t cost you relationally and it doesn’t cost you.

/   fourth principal: when youdont upgrade, you lose your capacity to support more relevant approach.

/   circle relevant: think about this word. this word has a lot of baggage in christian spheres. this is misused a lot. what i mean when i say relevant: connecting to the matter of hand. taking the truth and connecting it to the matter of hand.

/   kids are leaving church b/c they don’t see how it works with them the other 6 days of the week. they need to understand what it looks like to have an everyday relationship with Jesus.

/   we take programs from another church, and try to form fit it to ours. we need to upgrade the system to our own picture. <downloading c4 photoshop onto ancient mac>

/   “If you want CS4 PHotoshoph to work for you, you’re gonna have to upgrade your system”

/   theres a reason why you can’t take of your tie and have a contemporary service/ theres a reason you cant add a band to an organ

/   when we’re more worried about making the people happy who are already there rather than reaching the people who aren’t in the church, we need to upgrade.

/   you can’t uild something that lasts, unless you willing to change

/   if you wanna create a culture that is influential to the people now, you must upgrade

/   fifth principle: effective organization create a culture that are intentional about upgrading critical

systems

/   think in these 5 sysemts:

1. system in your church that connect leaders

/   how are you getting adults on the same team. how are you playing together as a staff. are you crossing over silo’s. are you learning how to lean into each other and get on the same page. sit around a table for 2 or 3 hours and discuss, learn, debate.

/   youdon’t have to work at getting misaligned. you have to work at getting aligned.

/   pastors must LEAN INTO EACH OTHER! if we don’t learn how to play together, the generation behind us may suffer the consequences

2. the system you use to communicate truth

/   how you say what you say may determine whether the things you say get heard.

/   we have a calling of truth and to wrestle with how to communicate it and how a generation behind us will hear it.

/   they will not hear it the same way we hear it. it must be changed!! it must be chagned!!!! they may not be moved the same we are moved. they may not receive it the same way we receive it.

/   we undersand this through foreign mission trips. but the truth is this: we forget how to be missionaries in our land

3. the system that relates to how we partner with parents

/   this is super super super important

/   tendency: buy myth that parents for teens don’t make a difference and they are disengaging. the best thing we can do is this: lean into teens and tell them that there relationship with parents are more important than they think right now. pursue a right relationship with parents.

/   we say to parents: don’t disengage with teens. as teens move towards dependence, the best thing you can do is re define your roll as a parent. learn how to be a parent as they mature.

/   the parent has about 3,000 unkempt hours and if you can leverage them and get them on the same page as you, you can exponentially multiply your influence.

/   as leaders of teens, don’t give up on the family. don’t quit on parents. reinvent how you work with parents. god designed parents to transfer faith to students. Parents need leaders who will lean into them and give them hope. Yes the family is broken, we don’t fix it. we show them how to re engage with the story of god’s redemption and faith. THIS IS HUGE!!!!!!!!

/   4. the system that connects leaders to kids and leaders to students

/   as a church staff the greatest gift we can give is to put another adult in the life of a teen that will say the exact thing a Christian parent would say.

/   in the middle of the strategy, there is a relational thread that we need to put consistently in their life.

/   the teens that have consistent leaders, have a more mobilized faith. as a parent, the greatest gift to give were leaders in his kids life.

/   teens are going to look for affirmation somewhere else and we have the opportunity to put it in their life. so please look and tweak your system. don’t economize on the relationship side of ministry for production.

5. the system that we use to mobilize people to serve

/   we hold the key to teen boy’girl to what it means to be stretched and mature in life of God. we hold the power to have them plug in and minister in their own lives.

/   plug them into ministry or put them classes each week?

/   when it comes to HS, besides teaching truth, they need an opportunity to experience what god wants to do with them. this is one of the biggest shifts: how many, how many, to this question: what percentage of students are plugging in and doing ministry while they are with us.

/   if you wanna radically change teens, you make sure you give them opportunity to serve and opportunity to do ministry.

/   if youdon’t lean into them to give opportunities, you may sabotage their spiritual growth. one of the biggest things we can to show them what the church is, we give them an opportunity for them to serve.

/   “well the church exists to meet my need” they leave church thinking something they go do rather what it means to be the church

/    most important thing to do is this: your significant and god has a plan for your life. now let me give you oemthing significant to do b/c you will never know if i don’t’.

/   we gotta back up and look at ministry in new light. what do we need to tweak? you can’t build something that lasts unless your willing to ask hard questions and change things.

/   what are the things you need to go back home and change?

/   what has god pressed on me to change?

/  you need to have hard discussions. cause you may have to change this for god’s word.

/   don’t just listen to champions and don’t change. take action!!!

/   if your 50 + of age, stand up:here what i knw abbot you: most of youdont plan on retiring and i’m gonna ask you this: don’t coast into retirement and not make waves. how you hand off your ministry is very critical. i’m gonna ask you, the next decade you spend the relational change in your pocket so people coming behind you won’t be sacrificial lambs. and they’ll have people rallying behind them

/   30 – 40 yr. olds stand up: some of you are in your sweet spot right now, going strong and fast and hard, you’re living it: i’m gonna ask you to lead. i mean LEAD. it’s messy and its hard but we need leaders now more than ever b/c church is at crossroads and we need change. lean into generation coming up behind you but lead.

/   20 – 30


Sunday Morning – Donald Miller NYWC 2009

Sunday, 22 November, 2009
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Again, some of my notes from Donald Miller’s talk on Saturday morning. These are very raw and I simply copied/pasted from my notebook. So I apologize if it’s a bit jumpy and choppy. ENjoy!!!!!

Sunday morning – Donald Miller

as a youth leaders, what if you saw your job as a directory of a story?

it takes a specific kind of character to tell a meaningful story

– not a perfect character

– not a self righteous character

– has to sacrifice themselves to the benefit of other people (Michael Scott buying Pam’s painting)

– success is not the most compelling ingredient to a compelling or meaningful life

– character is only known by what they actually do: not our words, intentions, dreams, or who we wish we were. Only what we do. (show don’t tell)

Every sunday we are doing that with God.

– He’s telling us about himself, and we look at it and say, whats in it for me. if we are teaching the bible that way, its not what God intends.

What does the character want? if you don’t know 30 minutes in, they are mudding up the story

– what we want is ruining our story

– the youth of culture are targeted to live lame (I want a Volvo) stories.

– Don’t simply “advertise” Jesus

Wwe have 360,000 churches around the country. What would it look like if each church started some sort of mentoring program to reach out to the kids who are fatherless? How would ha change our culture?

In a story, you must have:

/  conflict. there must be some sort of conflict

/  what does a lack of conflict do? we tell boring, uninspiring stories that are pointless and boring to everyone around us.

/  we love conflict in movies, we hate conflict in our lives

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Conflict:

/  existed before the fall of man

/  in the garden of eden there was conflict

/  god looks at adam and sees that he is lonely. what is lonely? a negative action. lonely is wanting something that you don’t have.

/  Adam was not fulfilled by God. He was not completed by God.

/  God doesn’t immediately fix adam’s problem. he tells adam to name the animals

/  THAT SUCKS! that’s not going to help

/  scene of adam and eve gets it’s beauty b/c of the conflict. if he wasn’t struggling, no beauty

Heres what god did with adam:

/  creatd protaganist

/  made port. go through conflict before he got what he needed

/  god guided adam through narrative experience to teach him: conflict exist.

/  why? conflict isn’t bad. we got conflict was bad from movies, commercials. etc.

/  what adam does not do? he doesn’t feel sorry for himself, he doesn’t’ question the love of God,

/  conflict is ok. hurts the most: the thought that you’re not supposed to experience it. YOu think there’s these utopian expirence that your supposed to experience and you miss out on.

/  we’ve learned that conflict: the only way a human being develops is thru pain. joy doesn’t change people. pain changes people.

/ conflict will not leave your life. you can’t avoid it.

/  the only thing you can do is change your attitude towards it. god has given us an opportunity to redeem the things that are bad and that can help other people.

/  the only way you can value something is when you feel pain for it.

The Fall of man

/  Act 3: when a single actinos resolves everything. makes everything great.

/  exists b/c its true to human experience? no, our conflict doesn’t end. we will take it to our grave

/  this effects us in hard ways and we can’t reverse it.

/  what do we do with the conflict? 3,000 times a day  you are convinced that there is something that can help you, fix you, make you better. this filters into everything and jesus becomes a product we must sell that can “fix” people.

/  you are not gonna ever be the person that God designed you to be. You can’t be until you reach the feast of the King in heaven. and you walk around naked and don’t even know it. 🙂


NYWC – Atlanta, GA 2009

Thursday, 19 November, 2009
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For the next weekend, I’ll be in Atlanta, GA so be expecting some good posts regarding what i’m hearing at the National Youth Workers Conference (NYWC). I’ll be hearing some great things, some strange things, some challenging things, and i’d like to share that all with you. i’ll be hanging out with this guy, this girl, this other fella and many other friends that i haven’t seen for awhile. looking forward to it!

stay tuned.