Mike Erre – God is our source
11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 14:11–18). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
We confuse professing faith and actually having faith.
If God is our source why do we rely so heavily on marketing.
This is my second year a The Gathering. I will be blogging the conference as it happens so be sure to tune in for man session breakdowns, interviews and giveaways. As kids and family ministry leaders are converging in beautiful Southern California my thoughts go back to last year. I had never been to a Tru Gathering before last year.
I really enjoyed being apart of the conference for the following reasons.
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I love the generosity of D6. Next week they will be doing a free online conference that you can attend online. It will give you the ability to grow personally or invest in your team. The importance of ministry to families has never been greater. If you are a lead pastor, youth or kids pastor gather your team get some popcorn and enjoy.
Register for free right now. Thank me later.
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I remember several years ago being part of a conversation about what makes a conference great with Christine Yount-Jones and her team at Group. One of the things that came out of that conversation was the need for authentic conversations. The Kidmin Conference that Group puts on does many things well, what I think they do better than any conference I have been to is create intentional space for conversations to take place. From the affinity groups, to structuring time in breakouts for interaction, to the placement of Xorbee chairs all over to create conversational pit stops.
What I am looking forward to most at the Kidmin conference is using those opportunities to learn from old friends and new friends alike.
This year I was honored to be invited back to help add to the conversation. I am incredibly excited to do that by discussing a couple of things that are important to me. This year my breakouts will center about the why, what and how of communicating the gospel to kids. In years of ministry to kids in the same church I have become more aware of our need to do those things with excellence. If we don’t understand why those gospel matters to kids what we say and how we say it will have less impact. If we know why the gospel matters but don’t know how or what to say about it the impact will never be felt by our kids. I hope to help paint a picture of the power of the gospel how we need it as much as the kids we serve and when we understand that fact it will change everything for us even how we practically communicate to kids.
I really hope to see you there. I am praying that every person that comes is changed for the sake of the kids they are called to serve.
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A couple of weeks ago I was at the Gospel Coalition Conference. There were many sessions and breakouts that ministered to me personally. One of my favorite sessions was a panel discussion on justice. Panel discussions are temperamental they are fragile they can go bad quick. Much of that depends on the moderator far more than the panelists or the subject matter. DA Carson did a brilliant job moderating. The interruption with the various guys on the panel was lively and respectful. I left the session encouraged, challenged and hopeful. In light of the recent events in Baltimore which are just a string of many other events where justice is being sought, not in the way it should by any means. In light of these events I thought I would share the video of that panel discussion with you. I hope you find it as helpful as I did.