Did you watch this year’s opening session? Here’s part of a blog by Kenny Conley about it. Click here to read more.
The theme was “Collide” and I’m almost certain that this will become one of my most overused words this year.
Collide: make a deliberate contact for the sake of a lasting impact!
Reggie Joiner interviewed Mark Batterson about his new book, Primal. Early on Mark said, “We can stop doing ministry out of imagination and start doing ministry out of memory.” I battle this a lot. While I love to innovate and change things up, I’ve got my things that I like the same, the carefully guarded practices that I’ve held on to for year. Risks. What new risks am I willing to step out into?
After the interview, Reggie introduced Chris Weirsma, a pastor from Calgary. His message revolving around Genesis 3 impacted me. Chris explored what we really lost in the fall– that Adam and Eve immediately noticed that they were naked and took it upon themselves to cover up. They were suddenly concerned with how they would be perceived. “They lost the unquestionable okayness with being a three year old.” What does that mean? If you’ve got a three year old, you know that they have no problem with the way anyone perceives them. They’d have no problem walking down the street stark naked. Honestly, they’d probably prefer that. At some point as we grow up, we lose this too. We have a deep, compulsive need to control the way we are perceived and this insecurity messes everything up. It was a great opening session!
Can you think of a time when you created something for ministry out of imagination, instead of memory?
When or where do you think most about the way you’re being perceived by others?