Guys, I am doing some serious learning here! I am drinking from a fire hydrant, though! The class is about Missional ministry. I do not know where to begin to tell you about it. I will need to just let it set in and sift out. Here are a few things I'd share:
- The list of books I want to read has grown like crazy this week. My Professor who is also a Lead Pastor reads over 200 books a year! So, every 3 minutes he is recommending another book that is a must read. And I want to read them! (Just let me know if you want to buy your Pastor a book or 2!!)
- I really like the prof in this class, David Crosby. He is in his 30's and a really authentic, educated and gifted leader and he is IN the ministry (it's a noticeable difference to be taught by a practitioner than a professor). He planted a church in the Poconos 6 years ago. They are running 1,200 today. Here is his blog....click here. And here is the church website....click here.
- I was also VERY impressed with Herbert Cooper (click here for his blog) today. We had a skype video interview with him and it rocked. He is the Lead Pastor of the People's Church (click here for the church website) in Oklahoma. Black Pastor, white wife, 4 kids, diverse church of over 2,000. Cool place with similar vision to CCF. Their vision is "Connecting people to God and to others."
- I've seen our good! CCF is an incredible place!! There have been many moments this week where I have seen how God has done amazing things at CCF! I am not sure we even see the greatness of God in the light others would looking in from the outside. Fish cannot tell you about water.
- I've seen our need for growth. Man, do we ever still have some road to cover. But, God will be with us....to the very end of the age. (Matt. 28:20)