What multi-million dollar Christian conferences don’t do

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Blog post from the Catalyst 2013 site.

 


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Every year, we see the posters, the web invitations and listen to the latest buzz around innovative, cutting-edge leadership conferences for Christians. Among the popular ones: Catalyst, Elevate, Women of Faith, Code Orange, Global Leadership Summit, and so many more. You would think that these conferences would be powerful tools to focus our generation on what God said is the most important thing as we prepare the Bride of Christ for the days ahead. Are these multi-million dollar conferences doing that equipping, or something else?

 

Plus later we’ll tell you how a new Bible can make this journey all about you.

Here is the core mission of the biggest conference in Christendom: Catalyst. Their beautiful promotional poster arrived in my mailbox a few weeks ago. A truly stunning layout with the most beautiful graphics you’ve ever seen. On the front in large letters it says, “GO AND MAKE…” and when you open it up, the word Disciples is nowhere to be found. Instead, the key word is “CHANGE AGENTS.” Something else you don’t see in their poster or thier website: The Gospel of Christ. The message of sin and repentance and hope through what He did on the Cross, and his resurrection.

Here is the Catalyst charge:

Shaping Leaders in the Church
The core vision of Catalyst has always been to impact the next generation. By creating “change agents” throughout the church that possess wisdom and understanding, the opportunity is created to usher in the necessary adjustments to an ever-evolving church.

By helping these leaders grow in their leadership ability – Catalyst can have impact on an entire generation. We have a high belief in the impact that one changed life can have on another and therefore focus our efforts towards personal change with a community application.

Catalyst sees a need to ignite and unite the next generation of leaders allowing their passions and gifts to flourish and have maximum impact in our churches and culture.

Hear us when we say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with equipping Christian leaders to lead. But lead for what purpose?

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6 Responses to What multi-million dollar Christian conferences don’t do

  1. Mr Davis says:

    Q. How long will we pursue vanity? A. As long as we think it is profitable.

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  2. Mr Davis says:

    For the caller who feared to join in a fellowship. My heart goes out to you but take comfort in this, Christ doesn't hold us accountable for other peoples actions only our own. Now the hard part, God calls us to care for one another in the body of Christ and that we are actually part of one another and we cannot do that if we refuse to meet with other believers. If we fear being hurt, wasn't Christ betrayed by those closest to Him and He loved them anyways. Aren't we supposed to be like Christ? If someone is against Christ and his word keep pleading with them to repent. Keep sharing with them the Cross and how big of a deal that was. God becoming man to become a cursed man in our place and bear our sins on the tree and die there so that God's just judgement of our sins was saticfied in Christ and not just some but all. And if this Christ is your Lord you would tremble at His word to do it.

    I have to disagree with Mike's assessment that there are several solid Churches in the Green Bay area: refering to the institutional Churches (those that have a building and paid staff). And even amoung Home Fellowships or Home Churches tradition can carry more wait than the scriptures themselves and so follow in the same errors they thought to escape. In most all man is an idol for man's word trumps God's word. Jeremiah 10:7-8, 21

    But then when was the church Ok and for how long? So we are all sinners who must see our depravity and know we are powerless in our flesh against it. But God who is rich in mercy filled us with His grace to free us from slavery to our flesh and our self will that we may do God's will and obey Him. And for this we must ernestly seek the Father of Lights in whom there is neither variance nor shaddow of turning through prayer and petition. We do not do this for our sakes for He did not save us for our sake but for the sake of His Holy Name, that Christ Jesus would be glorified in our thoughts words and deeds. To the end that on the day of visitation even those who are destined for the Lake of Fire will praise God because of our conduct and how we have loved them.

    Yes we must be willing to put ourselves out there and obey Christ come what may.

    1 Peter 4:12-19 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

    May God bless you and keep you in the Way that is Good. Amen!

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  3. Karrie says:

    Praying you (unknown author) will be moved to send an apology.

    It would be nice if you could share the authors of the articles you post on your website. This was posted on the link about the Global Leadership Summit, no author is listed.

    quote from Stand Up For the Truth "Two years ago she (referring to Lynn Hybels) was appointed along with Jim Wallis to President Obama’s faith Council—since that time Obama has doubled down on his funding and support of Planned Parenthood and abortion, and pronounced his support for homosexual marriage.

    This leads to one of two conclusions: Either Wallis and Lynne Hybels agree with Obama’s policies on abortion and homosexual marriage, or they are ineffective spiritual advisers to the president." end of quote

    It makes sense that there is not an author listed because it clearly shares misinformation, the author did not take a few minutes to look up the TRUTH.

    Pointing fingers and placing blame on Lynn Hybels for Obama's policies is something I am praying you would be moved to make a public apology to Lynn Hybels and your readers.

    Lynn Hybels is part of the Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Notes from the first meeting this council had document they were commissioned to research and look up facts on the issues of Human Trafficking. Notes from the following meetings and their final report with 10 recommendations to President Obama are available for everyone to view.

    The report opened my eyes that there are more slaves in the world today than any other point in history. It is the top-grossing criminal industries in the world today at an estimated $32 billion. Slavery is reported in virtually every country in the world; including all 50 US states. The report is worth reading, I recommend it to everyone.

    Personally, I am so thankful there are people who are dedicating their time to help enforce our constitutional right of freedom for all people. So grateful they are extending their love to the world.

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    • Mike says:

      Karrie, I am the author of the commentary in question. While no doubt sex slavery is a crucial issue we should fight, it is not the only issue Christians must stand up for. Lyne Hybels, if she is going to serve a President who has proposed legislation that a baby who survives abortion should be put to death, and one who has openly called for homosexual marriage, even invoking his Christian faith, has a responsibility to stand up for the truth of God's Word. Now if you believe homosexual marriage or abortion are acceptable in God's eyes, how very sad. Hybels and her husband also hold the Willow Creek leadership Summit every year, and once again this year the keynote speaker is a man who supports homosexual marriage and abortion. She is also heavily involved in a movement against Israel every year called "Christ at the Checkpoint" with Tony Campolo. As a leader in the Christian community, she has a responsibility to state why. Do you find any irony in that people like her will do admirable work on sex slavery yet remain silent as 1.5 million babies a year are murdered? Is this not selective morality? So, I stand on my challenge to Lyne Hybels, who has refused to address these issues when we try to contact her. As a Christian we cannot choose which parts of God's Word to follow or ignore. We should expect more from our leaders,

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      • Karrie says:

        Dear Mike,
        So sorry but you seemed to have miss understand my point, I was not talking about Lynne Hybles political or religous beliefs. I also found it interesting that you questioned my political and religious views. The point I was making is that you shared information that is incorrect. The Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships is not about abortion or same-sex marriages it is to advise the president on the issues of Sex Trafficking.

        Mike, please know I am a sinner and have to ask God and everyone around me for forgiveness everyday for mistakes I make. I believe you must do the same because you call yourself a Christian. I will continue to include you in my prayer that God will continue to open both of our eyes to any sinful ways and guide us in His ways, not our own. Hoping that you will be open to explore the issue that this specific statement may of been slander, which I feel is a sin. I am so thankful for God's mercy and grace. Thank you for listening and responding to my concerns.

        Onward and Upward,
        Karrie

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  4. Mike LeMay says:

    Karrie, thank you for writing back. Please know i am all too aware of the sin in my life and, like you, depend on the grace and mercy of God every day. And I apologize if you felt in any way I was questioning your faith–that was not my intent. Here is something I copied from the website you referenced with Lyne Hybels and the White House:

    Strengthening the Role of Community Organizations in the Economic Recovery
    Reducing Unintended Pregnancies, Supporting Maternal and Child Health, and Reducing the Need for Abortion
    Promoting Responsible Fatherhood and Strong Communities
    Promoting Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation

    This goes far beyond just sex trafficking Carrie. "reducing unintended pregnancies" means increased access to birth control, not promoting abstinence. Regarding "reducing the need for abortion"–that is completely inconsistent with this President's views and legislation he has written and supported. If you think I am being harsh, check the President's own stances on abstinence education when he was in Illinois. "Interfaith dialogue" is synonymous with "all faiths are equally true and valid". "Community organizing" is paramount to electing more progressives who support same sex marriage and abortion–views the President and his party stand firmly on. Carrie, flowery rhetoric can only go so far–what a man does defines him as a human being, not what he says. Please know i am not attacking you or your faith or love of God–I am just asking you to look at President Obama's beliefs and who he has as close allies holistically, and not be swayed by rhetoric. Thank you for writing and taking the time to care.

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