I spent the last 2 1/2 days at the ETHOS NYC event, a leadership expereiment, at Columbia University. The event was lead by Erwin McManus and several of his team from Mosaic LA. I'm not a good note taker so here are some random quotes I jotted down.
Unless otherwise noted the quotes below are form Erwin McManus:
Ethos, defined as, The fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, and practices of a group or society, cannot be created, cannot happen with only one person.
The Church as it exists right now is an institution, what Jesus started was a movement. Somewhere along the line, we lost our motion.
The predominant mindset will become the ethos.
The majority will not lead, a small group willing to risk greatly will lead.
Mystics live in relationship with invisible realities. (Could be my favorite one)
Talent doesn't point to passion.
Ambition is good, selfish ambition is bad.
We have screwed up Jesus' command in Matthew 28:20. He did not tell us to teach all nations all things but to obey all things...most of us already know too much, the question is how much do we obey?
Drawing the line of faith too close creates high maintenance discipleship. Pushing the line out...followers of Christ are those who give all.
If we listen well enough, most people will tell us how to lead them to Christ.
In response to what is the most effective thing you are doing to reach people for Christ:
"We throw parties. Our first party one person came, now 80-100 show up."
one of the Church planters of Mosaic Dusseldorf, sorry I am spacing on his name
"Instead of building a church building we built a coffee shop that sees 600-700 people a day. And we hold a couple services there on Saturday Nights"
Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church Washington DC
Emotional health and spiritual maturity are inseparable. It is not possible for a Christian to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.
Most people, in our congregations, live off other peoples spirituality.
My message has to be done by Thursday so I can take my day off on Friday and Sabbath on Saturday.
We violate the image of God in us when we don't practice taking sabbaths.
Pete Scazzero, Founder, New Life Fellowship, Queens, NY
Those are my notes, fragemented as they are. Lots of stuff still churning in my head, may be another post to come on ETHOS NYC: the aftermath
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