What a week it was – ARC #ALLACCESS14

ALLACCESS is probably the most inspiring and exhausting week of the year for me.

Here’s a few thoughts while nursing some sore feet:

  • AllAccess14 sold out again this year, with over 3000 in attendance
  • There were 83 internationals, with 29 from Australia (you can never have enough Aussies).

ARC plants down under

The Association of Related Churches (ARC) began partnering with the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) about a year ago to plant churches down under. We sent our team to help them apply the life giving principles that we use to their training process. Now they are off to the races!

Recently Joel and Ellen Cave planted Glow Church on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia with 350 people their first weekend. I got to spend some time with them at the ALLACCESS Conference. Great couple! We look forward to “glowing” reports in the future. (Yes it’s corny, but that’s how I roll.)

This weekend Greg and Stacy Allen will be launching LIFT Church in Newcastle, Australia. I met Greg and Stacy last year when I spoke at Celebration Church in the Austin, Texas area. They will do great!

If you think about it – pray for them this weekend.

Say it with me: “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!!!”

Ten takeaways from ARC AllAccess12

We just got home from a week in Dallas attending the ARC AllAccess12 conference at Gateway Church. What an incredible event. Nearly 3,000 people from 18 countries came to experience the power and presence of Jesus. We came away energized, encouraged, and empowered (sounds like a Baptist sermon). Here are ten observations:

  • I love the spirit of the Gateway house
  • I want to be a history maker (via Craig Groeschel)
  • There’s a life giving way to ask someone to move their car (via John Gray)
  • If church planting doesn’t work out, some of those guys could make a living in rodeo (only if they use mechanical bulls)
  • Dallas takes traffic to a HNL
  • There are 161 new ARC members & partners
  • It’s all about the one (via Dino Rizzo)
  • After hearing Priscilla Shirer preach, I’m thinking about giving up preaching & going back to giving talks (sorry Robert Morris :-)
  • I don’t even want to think about Ed Young’s spanks
  • It’s an honor to get the privilege of serving this great movement – let’s change the world together!
  • Here’s some of the Twitter love from the conference

    @craiggroeschel: Great day at ARC conference at Gateway Church! Planting 80 churches this year!

    @keithjohn: Best Conference ever!

    @Willie_George: The ARCchurches have developed the most effective church-planting program I’ve ever seen. I’m all in!

    @danielchampine: #allaccess12 was awesome, can’t wait for next year

    @rachel_frazier: Heading home after another inspiring ARC conference! Watch out cause I’m fired up!

    @lesliesiebeling: Heading home with a full heart and spirit – loved every minute of #AllAccess12

    @CindyFerrell: Few conferences are packed as full at the closing as it is at the opening. Awesome beginning to end.

    @screech1: Best I’ve ever been to! Finally found my tribe. Pumped about the future.

    @drdavemartin: This is a must conference for those who love the local church.

    @monte_young: #AllAccess12 Was amazing!!! The most ministry-impacting week of my life

    @ksvanbuskirk: Hands down one of the best conference experiences I’ve ever had! Thank you #AllAccess12 for going above & beyond in every detail! Love ARC!!

    @chrisvanb: This conference was more relational & transformational than any I’ve ever attended!

    Watch a short video recap of the conference

    Were you there? What was your takeaway?

    Highlights from my 2nd day in Israel

    I’m about to wrap up my second full day in Israel.  Here’s what’s going on…

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    Wednesday afternoon we arrived and stayed our first night in Tel Aviv.

    • We stayed close to Joppa, the city that Jonah caught a boat going the wrong direction and also the city that Peter saw a vision to eat things that he thought were unclean.  Because of Peter’s vision, Joppa might be called the city where outreaches to Gentiles began.
    • I slept thru the night. (Praise God!)

    Thursday we visited several sights:

    • First stop was Caesarea, a beautiful city with a port built by Herod the Great not long before Jesus birth. Peter went to visit Cornelius there, preaching to the first Gentile converts. Paul had a hearing before Felix in Caesarea before going to Rome as a guest of the Roman government.
    • Second stop was Mt. Carmel, where Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice by faith.
    • Next we visited Megiddo and Tel Yizre’el, where Ahab and Jezebel had a summer palace.  It is also the place where Jezebel was thrown off the walls to her death.
    • First days learning: If Ahab was judged on his accomplishments he would be considered a success.  The Bible says otherwise.  It was never the intention of God for the King to become powerful and famous.  He wanted him to just be obedient and dependent on him.  God’s metrics are different than mine, most of the time.

    Today we visited several more sights:

    • First, the ancient synagogue of Arbel, located on the road between Nazareth, Jesus boyhood home, and the Sea of Galilee. The fields were full of wild flowers.  As I spent time reflecting this morning, I could imagine Jesus teaching his followers not too worry and using the wildflowers as examples.
    • Next we went to Zippori, an ancient city where Jesus father Joseph may have helped in construction
    • We spent the afternoon with an Orthodox Jewish community, making bread and learning about life 2000 years ago.  Absolutely one of the most fascinating experiences in my life.
    • In the late afternoon we visited Nazareth and the church that sits where the boyhood home of Jesus probably was.  We received a private tour of excavations not normally seen.  It will change how I approach preaching on Christmas.

    I am now back in our hotel on the Sea of Galilee.  Hoping to get another good nights sleep then it’s off for more adventure tomorrow.

    If you’d like to see more pictures, you can click HERE.

    Shalom.

    I'm on my way to Israel

    I’m sitting at JFK airport in NYC waiting to board a flight to Tel Aviv. To say I’m excited would be an understatement! I’ve never been there before.

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    Well, I’ve been close.

    For those of you who know us, you will probably remember that we were headed that way two years ago. And we got close.

    Real close.

    Like a hundred miles close.

    Then the boat caught on fire. (You can read about that HERE) I felt a little like Moses. We could see the promised land but we couldn’t get in.

    This time I think it’s going to be different. Here’s the deal: I’m going with several of my friends who pastor ARC churches, as guests of the Israeli government. I’m not sure if they felt bad about my experience last time or are just interested in promoting good will between our countries. I’ll take it either way!

    Seriously, this seems like a wonderful opportunity to grow in my faith and understanding of the Jesus story. After having celebrated Easter I’m looking forward to experiencing it first hand. I want to bring back a fresh understanding and a renewed passion to share the Good News.

    You can do two things:

  • Pray for us over the next few days. I really covet that.
  • Check in regularly here as I post photos and tell you what I’m seeing.
  • That’s it for now.

    Shalom

    I’m on my way to Israel

    I’m sitting at JFK airport in NYC waiting to board a flight to Tel Aviv. To say I’m excited would be an understatement! I’ve never been there before.

    20110426-082559.jpg

    Well, I’ve been close.

    For those of you who know us, you will probably remember that we were headed that way two years ago. And we got close.

    Real close.

    Like a hundred miles close.

    Then the boat caught on fire. (You can read about that HERE) I felt a little like Moses. We could see the promised land but we couldn’t get in.

    This time I think it’s going to be different. Here’s the deal: I’m going with several of my friends who pastor ARC churches, as guests of the Israeli government. I’m not sure if they felt bad about my experience last time or are just interested in promoting good will between our countries. I’ll take it either way!

    Seriously, this seems like a wonderful opportunity to grow in my faith and understanding of the Jesus story. After having celebrated Easter I’m looking forward to experiencing it first hand. I want to bring back a fresh understanding and a renewed passion to share the Good News.

    You can do two things:

  • Pray for us over the next few days. I really covet that.
  • Check in regularly here as I post photos and tell you what I’m seeing.
  • That’s it for now.

    Shalom