Backstage with Dan, Sally, & Shauna

There has been some great discussion around Session 3 on some of the blog posts during and since the conference. Thanks to all of you who are asking questions. Thanks to everyone for the authenticity in your words. Thanks for the graciousness in your responses. I hope that we can continue to work this out together.

We recorded each of the panelists immediately after the session taking the conversation further and reacting to your comments & quetions. Here are video clips from Dan Kimball with Sally Morgenthaler and from Shauna Niequist. We'll follow up in the days ahead with a second clip from Shauna & others from Efrem Smith, David Loveless, and Brian McLaren.

It is tempting to move from this discussion & not deal with the truths we have been confronted with ... let's not do that ... let's keep encouraging, pushing, and inspiring one another to reach out beyond ourselves & the walls of our church.

My heart grew heavy as Dan discussed what people think about all of us and the church. When I have received criticism about the church or a service I have been a part of, people have told me to not take it personally but I think the key to growing is for us to take Dan's findings & our 'negative' experiences personally.

We need to ruthlessly examine how we are living - what we say, what we don't say, what nonverbal signals we are sending, how we spend our time & how we don't spend our time. It breaks my heart to think that I, in any way, keep people from seeing Jesus as He truly is.

We asked the panel to share anything they wanted to add to the Session 3 discussion or to address 3 specific issues that were sent by conference attenders by email or in the blog comemnts.

First, how do we reach out to homosexuals in our community? How can we let them know that they are welcome in our church? Second, what can we do so that 18 - 30 year olds want to come? How do we need to change so that they want to stay? And lastly, how do I change my church?

Listen to what they have to say & tell me what you think about what they said? What do you think was most helpful and what do you think still needs to be explored



livingpalm said...

One of the questions that keeps me up at night as we look at ways to reach outward to our communities is the same one that I have for reaching inward to those on our church arts teams: What does the balance of coming alongside and responding to the wants and needs of an individual (or group of individuals) as a way to serve and develop them WHILE AT THE SAME TIME not fostering a culture of narcissism??
This question is a great burden to me and I would deeply appreciate guidance from some seasoned ministry leaders.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

This was the one part of the conference that they could have left off.It was extremely boring and loosely fitted.Hearing a number of speakers go round and round and round again for this lenght of time was hard to follow.This format may have served better in a large/small room,not the main venue with so many people.
Also the attitudes were too much to take,placing themselves as "we got our stuff together,sorry about ya'll" and as "experts" on worship, ie. the comment that worship music had gone the way of the Dave Matthews band and stayed there too long was a cut beyond measure.To hear such from a church pulpit was more than I needed.Such unfeeling for those of us that happen to like that kind of music was like being slapped in the face.Again, no need.