Aug 192011
 

In 1985 John Wimber gave a presentation on spirit-led ministry at the Signs and Wonders Conference. Here are a few key facts about John Wimber:

  • John was a musician who brought Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley together to form the Paramours. They went on to become “The Righteous Brothers”.
  • He founded the Anaheim Vineyard Christian Fellowship
  • John helped to found and went on to lead the international Vineyard Movement.
  • He went home to be with the Lord in 1997.

You can read more about John in his Wikipedia article. The 4 videos in this post show John demonstrating a very relaxed and trusting way of following the Holy Spirit’s leading during times of congregational ministry. I find it to be very freeing. Hopefully you will too.

You can also view the embedded videos right from this blog post:

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Aug 062011
 

This week I attended the 2011 Blue Ocean Summit at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Greater Boston. From Monday (8/1) night through Wednesday (8/3) afternoon I joined dozens of pastors in a series of presentations and discussion about creating safe space for secular people to talk about God and connect with him. This is the 3rd year that the conference has taken place. Valerie Johnson, our associate pastor, attended last year, but this is the 1st time I’ve been able to participate. I plan to go back next year and bring more of our Life Church Leadership Team.

I’m excited about this gathering of churches exploring ways to engage the secular world. Although I love Jesus, I’m actually “not the religious type” (see Dave Schmelzer’s blog). The world needs Jesus and I want to tell them about him without “religion” getting in the way. I realize that God has been moving me in this direction for quite some time and the 2011 Blue Ocean Summit is yet another step in the complete reorganization of the way I express the good news about Jesus.