I’m reading several books right now…if you are a pastor or church planter I recommend each of them. Not because I agree with everything that’s written but because I think it will challenge you and help you to think through things that you may not otherwise.
1. Launch “Starting a new church from scratch” (Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas)
2. Lost and Found “The younger unchurched and the churches that reach them” (Ed Stetzer)
3. Planting Missional Churches (Ed Stetzer)
Rory Rodgers begins his work here tomorrow…we will introduce him to the church and then he and I will work together in transition for about a month. My last Sunday here at CCCC will be Sunday August 9th. I can hear the collective cheers from those who are excited about our departure.
Seriously we are going to miss this church, this community, and it is going to be really difficult to leave this behind. We are however confident that God is in this and that He is going to continue pouring out His blessings upon CCCC through the leadership of Rory and that He is going to begin a new work in Fort Collins through the planting of The Bridge.
On a completely different note…Riley Taylor, the son of Wayne Taylor (pastor of Calvary Fellowship in Seattle), has put together some stinkin’ hilarious videos for a teaching series in the book of Acts. Here is Acts 1…you can find the rest on youtube or around the web.
This past Sunday I taught Luke 9:1-27, and I spoke about “Our Mission” as Christians. Our mission is not new or something we have to cook up…in fact it’s the very same mission that motivated God to become a man and die in our place. Therefore in order to find our mission we simply have to align ourselves with the mission of God and allow Him to fulfill His purposes through us (Ephesians 2:10).
In this video Ed Stetzer and David Fitch dialogue about our mission and what it means for churches to be “missional” (a buzz word that has made it’s way into the vernacular of many church leaders today).