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May 24, 2007
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I am back from the Externally Focused Church Conference. Someone asked me this morning for two things I picked up. I have thought about that for awhile and I guess my first response is I was inspired to keep doing what we are doing.

I picked up a lot of other things when I started to process the event. Schools are a really needy place in our culture. What struck me is not so much the kids but the teachers. Many people out there are helping schools by building up their teachers. One group of churches in Nebraska has actually given a car to a teacher the past several years to show their appreciation. Someone gave them some cars and they gave them to teachers. We usually deal with furniture and clothes but it is the same idea.

God also took the time to deal with some issues in my own personal life. I have returned more dedicated than ever to the cause of our church and more convicted that we must move forward with trying to make more noise in our local community.

Thanks to all who drop by, if you would like to know more let me know. One other thing, the Externally Focused Church Conference is birthing an Externally Focused Church Network with a web site and everything. The site is not yet up but will be at www.externallyfocusednetwork.com when it is up and running. It will be a place to share ideas and encouragement for those churches that are pushing into their community.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 25, 2007 4:26 am

    Darin,
    Wow! It really sounds like a great conference. Is it totally different than a Tulsa workshop or College Lectureship. If so, how? Would you recommend it over any of those? If you had to choose.

  2. May 25, 2007 1:08 pm

    It many ways it was no different than the Tulsa Workshop or a college lectureship. They had main speaker sessions along with breakout sessions. The breakout sessions allowed you to pick a topic of interest. They had eight different topics to choose from during three different breakout sessions.

    They had displays from the sponsors with books that you could look at after sessions.

    It was smaller in size than Tulsa as far as booths and sessions. Over 1000 were in attendance. It also focused on paid or volunteer staff. This is different than Tulsa where regular church folk attend.

    Would I recommend it over those? Not necessarily. Depends on what one believes God is calling him to do. A big part of Tulsa or lectureships is seeing old friends and just being there.

    It was put on by a independent Christian Church so maybe since they have much of the same DNA as CoC it had a lot of the same feel.

  3. Jim Sexton permalink
    May 28, 2007 11:45 pm

    How about giving the teachers a half day a week, to help with class? Give them someone focused on working with their class on a one-on-one basis, or take their kids in small groups and help them with math, reading, whatever. In doing so, you will be open to planting seeds that may reach the community through these children. As we work on math skills, we also can slip in little lessons about respecting others, helping others, so on and so forth.

    They probably already have a car… they may love the extra help.

    Jimbo

  4. June 21, 2007 1:44 pm

    You’d be surprised how many teachers can’t afford cars that they know will get them to school tomorrow.

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