Alan Hirsch on Viral Movements

Verge Conference Session 2

Alan Hirsch discussed doing church like a virus during Verge Conference’s 2nd session. Here is what he said:

Viruses can teach us a lot of things. You can be infected by an idea.

In 11 iterations of a U.S. Christian discipling 3 people then them doing the same, you’d pretty much cover all of America. What if each church committed to plant 3 churches in its lifetime?

If we want to reproduce, we need to have something that is reproducible. If it can’t be easily passed on to another, then you shouldn’t do it.

Big budgeted churches are clunky and not easily reproduced. Paul planted a church in 9 days. If your concept of leadership takes 7 years of seminary, it is too complicated.

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Jeff Vanderstelt on Church via the People

Verge Conference Session 2

Jeff Vanderstelt of Soma Communities (Tacoma, WA) discussed letting the people be the church during Verge Conference’s 2nd session. Here is what he said:

In a lot of the ways, the structures build build to run churches serve as containers to hold people in. It is almost as if we are extracting people from the world rather than sending them out into the world.

Church is not about going out to be Jesus to people. You are going out with Jesus in you. Jesus wants to fill everything. Ideally, a city should be so full of Jesus that there is no one who can escape seeing Jesus.

Everyone is a full-time minister. We just get our paychecks from different places. You do not have to get a paycheck from a church to be a full-time minister. The job of church leaders is to equip people to do ministry rather than trying to do all of the ministry themselves.

Jesus died for more than church events and volunteering to be an usher. The most effective carrier for discipleship is not an event. If you do not go do anything, you are not getting equipped. The best place for equipping is life.

How do you know if someone is faithful to what you have taught them? They have to live it out. Equip people to do normal, everyday life with intentional missional community. You’d be surprised to see what the church can do if you start believing that Jesus is in people.

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Neil Cole on Magic Seeds of Church Planting

Verge Conference Session 2

Neil Cole, author of Church 3.0, discussed the magic seeds of church planting during Verge Conference’s 2nd session. Here is what he said:

In Mark 4, there are parables giving insights into how God’s kingdom is organic in nature.

  1. The Parable of the Sower
    We need to focus where there is good fruitfulness (return on investment). We need to plant the message of the Kingdom. We need to see churches plant and grow, but first we need to plant Jesus. The world is interested in Jesus; they are not so interested in your church.
  2. The Parable of the Growing Seed
    Even if you are lazy, a planted seed sprouts and grows. We commit so much time and energy and resource to trying to make things grow, but then we don’t plant a seed, and nothing grows. As long as we trust in our methods more than the seed of Christ’s message we will be in trouble. We need to trust that it is Jesus in us that causes the growth.

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