RCPC 2011 Day 1


The first day of the pastors conference is over. It was a great day.

Speaker Quote of the Day:
"There should be an I in team, as long as it is a perichoretic I." 
- Ross Hastings

Quote of the Day:
"To take a person trained in ways and means that are custom-formulated to fit into the world's ways and then place that person in the worshiping,evangelizing, witnessing, reconciling, peace-making, justice-advocating people of God is equivalent to putting an adolescent whose sole qualifications consist of a fascination with speed, the ability to step on the accelerator, and expertise in operating the radio, behind the wheel of a brand-new Porsche."
- Eugene Peterson

Worship Song of the Day:

Will you come and follow me
If I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know
And never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
Will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown
In you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind
If I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind
And never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare
Should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer
In you and you in me?

Will you let the blinded see
If I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free
And never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean
And do such as this unseen,
And admit to what I mean
In you and you me?

Will you love the 'you' you hide
If I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside
And never be the same?
Will you use the faith you've found
To reshape the world around,
Through my sight and touch and sound
In you and you in me?

Lord, your summons echoes true
When you but call my name
Let me turn and follow you
And never be the same
In your company I'll go
Where your love and footsteps show
Thus I'll move and live and grow
In you and you in me

Learned/Remembered Today:
Leadership is a gift from God. It is not something we need to create. It is not something we need to conjure up or even purely do (though it does, of course, involve doing). Rather, Christian leaders are called by God for a specific purpose and gifted by Him for the accomplishment of that purpose. 

Being a Christian leader is about being a good follower of Jesus Christ. We are not trying to blaze a trail, create a legacy, change the world, or any other motivational phrase you might pick up from leadership guru-speak. We are seeking to follow Jesus and build up others to do the same. 

" It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." Ephesiasn 4:11-13

The center of leadership in this definition is participation with the Triune God. Any other kind of leadership is soul-killing, community-endangering, and spirit-less. We lead out of, and in to, communion with God.

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