I'll be honest I don't usually go to conferences with him, but this time hearing that Francis Chan was speaking, I was hooked pretty fast
I had such a blast being leaders form all over the country, getting pumped up about ministry again. Sometimes ministry is rough, it can be draining and you can feel like the life is sucked out of you, but I can honestly say that after this conference I'm pumped up again to serve our youth and our city.
Basically we had discipleship hammered into our heads. I'm all about the discipleship method, because well, Jesus did it. And I believe relationships are super important. I think sometimes, all too often we might use the "turn or burn" method with evangelism (and I'm not a huge fan of that word-evangelism, but since it was used in the session I'll use it ;) ) And that tactic definitely might work in certain situations, but most likely, you'll need to build a solid relationship before you're able to share about your faith, right?
Think back to before you were a christian, someone..somewhere was probably involved in your life, had a personal relationship with you. They might not have pounded theology down your throat but you knew something was different about them..they showed their Jesus through their relationship with you right? Totally. And maybe you weren't even connected with that person when you actually became a believer (but I hope so) but they played a key role in your life because they invested in you.
Here are some big points I came away with:
-Don't do fast ministry-one shot evangelistic projects don't change nations (now, they may get you in, but you've got to stay connected)
-Go knowing you'll be there for the long haul
-Connect vocations, this was so huge for me. Think of all the gifts the people in your congregation have-people like doctors and teachers can sometimes get into places "missionaries" can't. Use that
-Join God in what He's already doing, dont' reinvent the wheel, if someones doing it well, join with them
"Don't feel like you have to boil the ocean, start small..."
I hope that wherever God has you, you are being used by Him. Whether you're changing poopy butts all day, serving in the Congo or working the 9-5, you are totally useful to God and I needed to hear that this weekend. Be used where He has you right now friends.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit"