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On October 6-7 I have the privilege of being a part of a very exciting opportunity.  LAUNCH is sponsoring the City Movement Forum at Exponential West.  Read what my friend Chris Lagerlof has to say about this unique gathering. 

Too often pastors ask the question, “how do I grow my church?” instead of, “how do we transform our city?.” 2 Samuel 10:12 encourages us, “to fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God.” Paul writes letters to the Church in cities, not a specific church–but the Church. Jesus sends out 72 to focus on towns and cities.

Cities matter to God!

As leaders, we have to be intentional and unite on mission. City transformation requires us to shift our focus to impact our cities–which are becoming younger, urban and more ethnic. We have to plant churches that reflect our city’s culture and needs. We need better strategies to plant churches and missional communities that actually reach people and transform geographics.  The only way we will see cities transformed is when the Church is mobilized and multiplied to impact every man, woman and child that call our cities home. Only churches that think this way will grow and have future impact.

In this Forum focusing on City Movements, you’ll gather with other urban + city movement leaders to learn together and share stories, insights and best practices for creating and leading a culture of city movement. We believe you’ll be inspired and challenged, and will come away with a bigger picture of your city and equipped to either launch a collaborative movement in your city or continue to build on what you’ve already started.

Key tensions we’ll be exploring:

  • What’s unique about a city-centric approach? We’ll look at the models and strategy for city-centric movements, and why clarity is critical to accomplish your objectives and goals. Your focus will determine your strategy and impact in your city and geography.
  • What does true Kingdom collaboration look like? How do we connect across denominational and network lines? We’ll explore the difference between networks, partnership and collaboration AND ask the hard questions to understand how they all work together in a Kingdom framework.
  • How do we build intentionally for diversity? What do we need to know about fostering churches and movements that mirror the people in our cities and engages their unique dreams and needs? And why it matters.
  • How do you lead a movement that is financially sustainable? We want to get honest about the need to find strategies and new models that aren’t dollar-driven but rather disciples-driven. We’ll look for, and at, different models of sustainability.
  • What are the essentials and non-negotiables for a real city movement and multiplication? Let’s make sure we understand the keys to launching and building a city movement that thrives. How do we develop ecosystems that last and strategies where real city transformation happens? We want to come away understanding–or asking questions to discover–the “3rd dimension” of our city.

Come hear from practitioners and experts who are facing and navigating these key tensions–leaders who are catalyzing movements and seeing results. These leaders are passionate, their fervor contagious. We want every participant to leave with new and renewed passion as they fight for their cities.

Register at http://www.exponential.org/forums-city-movements/

Monday, October 6, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. through

Tuesday, October 7, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Saddleback Church Campus

My greatest leadership deficiency has been taunting me lately. Most of the time its relatively quiet; only an occasional uproar. But recently it’s been loud and obnoxious. It’s reminding me where I’m weak and how much I need its influence. And what makes it worse is I see evidence in my leadership that it’s right. My greatest leadership deficiency can potentially have a crippling effect on the mission God has called me to.

Are you aware of your greatest leadership deficiency? Stupid question. All of us are. It tries to beat us up and discourage us all the time saying, “Without me you’ll surely fail,” “Without me you can’t have leadership credibility” or “Without me you can’t do it.”

But here’s the thing that my biggest leadership deficiency fails to recognize. God wired me with my strengths as well as my deficiencies. And each time it screams out, “You need me,” what I hear is, “I need my team.”

What has your greatest leadership deficiency been telling you lately?  See what Paul has to say in I Corinthians 12:12-26. and it may help quieten that voice. 

When you come across a young leader who shows great potential, it’s easy to see them for what they could be.  We imagine what a great communicator they’re going to be, we envision the influence they’re going to have with our team, we anticipate how they’re going to take on significant responsibility.

But the key phrase is “going to,”  While they show great leadership potential, they’re not there yet.

They’ll fail to communicate the right thing at the right time, they’ll fail to gain early credibility with your team, or they’ll fail to follow through with an assigned task.

The key phrase is “they will fail.”  I want you to think about something:  It may be your failure to tolerate failure that’s causing the failure of your leadership development efforts.

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