sentralized goodness

about a month ago, i mentioned i would be heading to KC for the “sentralized” conference.

well, i went. i absorbed. and it was good.

i have been meaning to post some of the goodness here, but as you know…life happens.

the vibe of the conference was very chill. the authors and speakers were accessible as opposed to hidden off in a green room somewhere. i saw lots of skinny jeans and faux hawks.

and you should make plans to attend next year. the dates are september 27-29, 2012.

in the meantime, here are some of these goodies i wrote down in the trusty moleskine:

hugh halter said:

  • people can’t seem to find Jesus when they look at us Christians. they are hungry for God, they just don’t want to be Christians.
  • the point of the incarnation of Jesus was that a new story could be told.
  • because Jesus has dealt with sin once and for all (and managed it), we no longer need to micro-manage sin in the daily life of others.
  • sometimes the only way to break through the disorientation is with something unexpected and crazy.
  • most pastors are pharisees: they know a lot of stuff but are separated from the world.

michael frost said:

  • the universal reign of God is the basis of all mission; our job is to announce and demonstrate that reign.
  • the missional life is meant to be like the fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally. remember that? meg ryan’s character fakes an orgasm and the old lady sitting in the booth next to her says, “i’ll have what she’s having.”

the point here is that our missional life should make others look at us and say, “i want what they have.”

  • we need to make a daily committment to listen to our city.
  • we must be loyal to the context in which God has placed us. our departure from our city preaches something about the nature of Christ.

alan hirsch said:

  • if you can define the church without Jesus, you can have church without Jesus.
  • we can’t resolve the problems with the church by thinking the same way that created those problems.

eric mason said:

  • we have sent subsidized leaders to the inner city; we must have the same expectations of ministry in every context.

rickie bradshaw said:

  • the condition of the land is directly related to the condition of God’s people.
  • if you lose your saltiness, you are good for nothing but baby baptisms and weddings.

neil cole said:

  • if the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus doesn’t motivate the congregation, then my sermon isn’t going to motivate them.

debbie hersch said:

  • when we misunderstand “family,” it blocks our capacity to truly be hospitable.
  • it also re-distributes our resources. why does everyone in our neighborhood need to possess their own lawnmower, breadmaker, etc.? why can’t we share these amongst ourselves and use our saved resources in better ways?

lance ford and brad brisco said:

  • the three ‘isms we must deal with today are: consumerism, materialism, and individualism.

geoff and sherry maddock said:

  • the church has become the object of its own affection.
  • we must become collaborators.
  • we are made in the image of the Creator-God; not a consumer-god. therefore, we must create and not consume.



i am excited to be heading to the “sentralized” conference in kansas city this weekend. the line-up of speakers includes some of the most influential voices in the missional movement right now, including alan hirsch, michael frost, hugh halter, lance ford, brad briscoe, and helen lee.

here’s a few things i am excited about:

  • hirsch, ford, and halter made up the majority of my summer reading this last year. i’m looking forward to hearing their actual voices.
  • i’m at the point in the semester when i’m primed to disconnect for a few days and re-fill my cup.
  • most of these guys are going to be speaking from the perspective of local churches. i am looking forward to the challenge of applying the conversation to the campus ministry context.
  • i love that this convention and the conversations are held close to home in KC. besides it being more convenient for me (and cheaper!), i’m glad the midwest is getting some (missional) love.
  • most conferences have green rooms where the VIPs and speakers hang out, a sort of holy of holies that keep them separated from the rest of us lesser men. not this conference. instead of a green room, sentralized has a living room. the authors and speakers are going to hang out there throughout the weekend, opening themselves up to conversations with conference attendees. this makes me happy.