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Wednesday, October 24, 2007


If you are in church leadership you need to watch this video called Reveal created by Willow Creek based on research they have done in 31 congregations across the country totaling over 20,000 people. They started asking questions not just based on numbers and participation but deeper questions about their success rate at creating disciples and helping church members develop intimacy with Christ as exampled by people who categorized their relationship with Christ as their top priority and lived as people that demonstrated both a heart for God and a heart for people.

This is a teaser video found on youtube, to see the extended 13 minute video go here. (Which I recommend)

Monday, October 22, 2007

Ask Anything

Pastor Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church in Seattle have created a website called Ask Anything. At the ask anything site you can ask your questions and/or vote on your favorite questions that you would like to see Mark answer. At the end of the year they will calculate the top 9 questions and he will preach a series based on those questions. I think this is an interesting and creative way to "stump the pastor" as it has been called for years.

As the Student Pastor at my church I have been curious ever since I read in one of Mark's books where he stated that Mars Hill would never have a youth group but then said he changed his mind and create a student ministry at Mars Hill. So I asked him my question. I wanted to share with you the opportunity to ask your own question but, even-more-so, selfishly ask you to vote for my question.

In recent months there has been much discussion on whether or not student ministry in the American Church is successful, necessary, or even biblical. Therefore I wanted to know why and how a pastor like Mark Driscoll known for his reformed and conservative theological views would change his mind on this issue. If you are curious as well, maybe you are a youth pastor yourself, consider voting for my question up to 10 times a day.