In the closing message at re:group Clay Scroggins reflected on the incident in Mark 2:1-12 where four friends brought a paralyzed man to be healed by Jesus. Remember the story? Here’s the paragraph he spent most of his time on:
Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
In a series of statements, Scroggins shared something so important for all of us:
“Jesus was moved not by what they believed, but by what they did because of what they believed.”
“Jesus was moved not by their model of community but by their decision to model community.”
“When you begin to take community personally you’ll learn how to make community better.”
So…how personally are you taking community?
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There are times every once in a great while when something a speaker says is so convicting it causes an audible gasp or sigh in the room. There was one of those times on Day Two of re:group in the session by Tim Cooper called Training Leaders to Engage Culture.
It was a statement that was not in the notes and I’m not sure if it was a quote. Here’s the line:
“If what someone is doing keeps you from ministering to them them, you have a higher standard than Jesus”
I hope I never forget that truth.
Andy Stanley’s talk during the opening session of re:group ’16 was a serious collection of great groups one liners. Here are the ones I captured:
- After announcing that North Point Ministries has 72,000 people in groups. “20 years in people ask me, ‘What would you change if you started over?’ Our one numeric goal (to have 100,000 people in groups) has shaped everything. It has shaped everything including our budget. Your goals shape where the money goes. Groups is the best bet.”
- “People often come up to me and say, “I visited your church.” I tell them, “No you didn’t. You visited one of our worship services. Our church meets in circles.”
- “We wanted to build a community of Jesus followers who were in community.”
- “The most powerful form of evangelism is a community of Christians who love each other.”
- “The one another factor is the explanation of the first couple hundred years.”
- “Our kids think you’re supposed to be in a group and lead a group.”
- “The church doesn’t happen in rows. The church happens in circles.”
- “When people say, ‘I’m going to call the church,’ we should say, ‘no you’re not. You’re going to call somebody. The church meets in circles.'”
- “[Life-change] happens a little bit in rows and a lotta bit in circles.”
- Teaching on Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, “When people are in circles, ‘the church’ automatically picks them up.”
- “Groups are like retirement savings. If people wait until they need it [to be picked up] they won’t have it when they need it.”
- “Groups are preventative. Somebody (in your group) can see what they can’t see. Somebody can always see it coming.”
- “Groups are preventative. You can’t measure prevention. You can measure what happens without it. There is way way more going on (in groups) than you can measure.”
- “Every marriage needs support now in order to avoid life support later.”
- “[Life-change] is cumulative. When you miss one time you don’t miss much. It happens over time.”
- “Your life would be better if the generation before you had been connected.”
- “The generation before us tells us that circles are better than rows.”
- “You can’t do in rows what you can do in circles.”
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‘Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Pablo Picasso
“To reach people no one else is reaching we must do things no one else is doing.” Craig Groeschel
Some lines are more than just memorable. They reverberate long after they were spoken. This line from my friend Carl George has continued to come up in my own work for almost 25 years:
“Leaders allocate the finite resources to the critical growth path.” Carl George
When I use this line I always point out three things:
- Resources are finite. They are not infinite.
- There is a critical growth path. There may be more than one path, but there is one that is critical.
- Only leaders are willing to make this choice. All others blink.