Additional resources on Epic Fail

If you’re wanting to know more about how the Epic Fail Pastors Conference went here are a few resources you might want to know about:

[1] On Saturday we showed a TED video of Dr. Brene Brown, a researcher from the University of Houston, who shared her research of shame and worthiness. Brilliant. After the video, Walter Sawatsky – a life coach in the area – facilitated a time of reflection and discussion around our tables based on the video.

[2] A conference attendee shared this additional Brene Brown video yesterday that’s worth passing along as well. Her metaphor is brilliant: Church is not an epidural intended to dull the pain. It’s a midwife who comes beside you and says, yes – this will hurt -push! because something new is about to come forth.

[3] This was the video we showed first thing on the opening night of the conference. We wanted the event to be deeply rooted in hope – especially in 2 Corinthians 4.

[4] Read these reflections from a pastor who drove 1400 miles to attend.

[5] I received an email from another attendee named Mike, a pastor from Kentucky, who shared with me the main thought he took away from the conference. A brilliant thought about being an Acts 1 church before we seek to be an Acts 2 church. I asked for permission to share his thoughts here:

Anyone who has ever read through the book of Acts has felt a tension between the words on the biblical pages and the state of the current church.  There is a glaring hole between them and us.  Miracles, revival, and community were the normative. There is a culture of “God-movement” that defines the early followers of Jesus.  As a Jesus follower, the thing that strikes me most is the deep connection that existed among this community.  A community that is often described as the Acts 2 church.

I want Acts 2 community, in a bad kind of way.  I have read many books, listened to many lectures, taught often, and even written about the pursuit of community – yet it remains slippery and seemingly just out of reach.  This past weekend I heard a brother make a profound statement that has reminded me of of a great truth.  Ready?.  Acts 2 is preceded by Acts 1.  Selah.

Simple, yet profound.  Acts 1 is about the people of God, longing for the presence of God, waiting on the promise of God.  They prayed, and God came in power.  Power that manifested itself in witness to the Resurrection of Jesus and the birth of a community.  Acts 1 is about impregnation – being filled with life.  This naturally leads to Acts 2 lifestyles.  Why?  Life begets life.  The Spirit produces a community that is united, not the other way around. The point – If you want to be an Acts 2 church, you must become an Acts 1 church first.