AND CONFERENCE: Matt Carter

About Matt: Alongside worship leader Chris Tomlin, Matt is the Senior Pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX, one of the 100 fastest growing churches in Amercia. Matt has been the featured speaker at Houston Metro and various camps and conferences nationwide. He currently lives in Austin with his wife Jennifer and his three children, John Daniel, Annie and Samuel. Check Matt out on Twitter.

My Notes/Thoughts:

  • The curent attractional model of church is incomplete and it is not the answer for those who are lost in America.
  • We have started over 1,000 mega-churches in America and there are fewer and fewer people going to church.  Therefore, we are not penetrating the lost in America.
  • I love how Matt talks about the “lost”.  You can tell he has a passion to see people come to know Jesus.
  • 18-30 year olds are not alright with sitting on the side-lines of ministry.  They are not afraid of a challenge and a world change.  They want to be a part of the change!
  • We have to figure out a way to empower the younger generation to see the manifestation of Jesus Christ the same way people saw it back in the book of Acts.
  • “Jesus Christ would not be very good at being a mega-church pastor.”
  • When Jesus says, “Drink my blood and eat My flesh” people left.
  • What if it’s possible to attract people by the thousands and send them out to be missional by the thousands?

3 things to make (the last bullet point) happen:

  1. Change the definition of success for small groups: Ask, “Has the group moved beyond the gathering to find a place or group of people that are lost and are they engaging in their lives?  There is nothing that will bring people together more than giving them a destination to accomplish a mission.
  2. Change how you train and disciple your leaders:  n other words, there has to be a push to become self-feeders instead of consumers.
  3. Raise the bar in minds and hearts about what God is able to do through them (leaders): People can do amazing things for the kingdom but we have to give them the change to do what God wants them to do.
  • Normal people can change the world for the glory of God but they need to be challenged and released to do what God wants them to do.

I absolutely love Matt Carter.  His words hit deep to the core and echo for and eternity in the soul.  If you’re not a weekly subscriber to his podcasts, you need to get there.  It will change you heart if you apply his principles to your life.

Think about that.

-jordan

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