Help One Chicagoland Urban Pastor

Ben Arment is the creative mind behind STORY conference. He also has a big heart for helping pastors reach their communities, particularly church planters and urban pastors. In fact, he wants to be able to invite 400 urban pastors from Chicago’s hardest areas to STORY for free.

But he needs your help…

Will you help one inner city pastor go to STORY by giving a scholarship?

All you need to do is buy 1 ticket and write “urban scholarship” in the comments section at the end of the checkout process. Your gift will train, refresh, and inspire a Chicagoland pastor.

And while you are at it, you should buy a ticket for yourself, too. I will be at STORY, and I’d love to meet you there.

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Ben Arment’s STORY Conference


Ben Arment is putting together another fresh ministry conference called STORY (Chicago, IL) at the Paramount Theater on October 28, 2009. It has been a year since he debuted his first conference creation, The Whiteboard Sessions.

STORY conference is quite different though. It has a Q conference vibe with a focus on creatively telling the greatest story ever told – the gospel. Speakers include Nancy Beach, Mike Foster, Dave Gibbons, Donald Miller, Chris Seay, Stacy Spencer, and Ed Young. The following day, workshops led by artists, scholars, authors, and communications experts will be held at Orchard Valley Community Church (Aurora, IL).

And if you go to STORY, you should consider coming a day early to attend the Cultivate Conference.

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Reading While Running (Habakkuk Style)

Every lasting success is the result of a plan.
Every successful church is the result of a vision.

Without a vision, people perish. They run wild and have no restraint according to Proverbs 29:18. Your vision is God’s plan for you. It is divine guidance that enables you to fulfill your part in the body of Christ.

But it is also important to write your vision down. Keep it simple and easy to remember. In Habakkuk 2:2, God told Habakkuk to write the vision down and keep it so simple that someone could read it while running by.

Capture your church’s vision in a mission statement and keep it simple. Ministry is a fast-paced and demanding career. It can be full of distractions, but a well-written mission statement will keep you focused on the vision even if you must run to take care of everything.

I like what History Church has done with their mission statement. Pastor Ben Arment shares:

History’s mission statement is to make disciples who can make disciples of Jesus Christ. The phrase is repeated over and over again in print and spoken word. But every mission is made up of tiny little steps that must be well-crafted and well executed in order to be successful. So here it is in bite-size pieces…

To turn prospects into visitors
To turn visitors into regulars
To turn regulars into participants
To turn participants into partners
To turn partners into apprentices
To turn apprentices into leaders

Take it one step further and do what History Church does. Create sub-mission statements. It is a simple concept, but mission statements help you stay focused on God’s purpose for your ministry.