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GCM SquareToday, I registered seven men from Grace to head up to Orlando for the GCM Collective One Day Training taking place on March 9th. Caesar Kalinowski and Seth McBee will be leading the one day training, and I’m looking forward to training we will receive from them. Last October, we (PLNTD) had Caesar (and Scotty Smith) speak at a training event in New England, and folks were really encouraged by the training. It will be good to see him again and (finally) meet Seth as well.

Here’s the schedule for the event:

9:00-10:15am       Main Session One: What is the Gospel?
10:30-11:45am     Main Session Two: Community on Mission – Transitioning from Traditional to Incarnational
11:45am-1:00pm  Lunch
1:15-2:15pm          Breakout One
2:30-3:30pm        Breakout Two
3:45-5:00pm        Main Session Three: Creating a Discipleship Environment

If you are in the Florida area, I encourage you to take some gospel community leaders (or your small group equivalent) and use the drive time to deepen relationships with one another. We have three hours up and back, and I’m looking forward to tapping into that time together as much as the training itself.

If you or a group from your church is going, let me know. It would be great to connect while we are there!

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Lecrae at Passion2013

Tim Brister —  January 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Some eleven years ago, I attended a DiscipleNow Weekend in Memphis, TN and met the crazy people behind Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters. Head of the bunch is a burly, bald-headed fanatic – Brody Holloway. Since that time, I had Snowbird lead teenagers and college students in retreats and DiscipleNow’s, but more importantly, I have the privilege of becoming great friends with several of them (one was a groomsmen and another attended seminary with me at SBTS). Needless to say, I am a big fan of SWO, even though I can’t put a wetsuit on properly.

Anyway.

Snowbird is the real deal. I’m not in student ministry these days, but if there was one place I’d take students of any age, it would be Andrews, NC. It’s a homegrown ministry that has developed significantly over the years, including a church plant in the city they live and a partnership with the IMB to engage unreached people groups in some of the most treacherous places of the world.

Recently, Brody shared that a new website was formed to house information related to speaking opportunities, downloadable resources, and a family blog. I encourage you to check it out, and if you are in the NC/VA/SC area and looking for a gospel-saturated preacher boy that connects, I recommend Brody and the brothers of Snowbird. He’s theologically robust, missionally driven, communally engaged, and genuinely humble. May God continue to raise up such men to point the next generation to Jesus.

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Hello world!

admin —  April 20, 2012 — 1 Comment

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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Every Life Has a Story

Tim Brister —  February 8, 2012 — Leave a comment

Watch this video . . .

And apply that to my recent blogpost about structuring for maximum edification.  Every person has a story to tell, indeed.  If Chick-fil-a is willing to read them for the asking of a chicken sandwich, are not willing to take the time to read them for the sake of their souls?

A church unwilling to read and address the stories of people will be satisfied with skimming the surface with conversations that probe no deeper than a “Hey, how are you doing?” which almost always is met with a disingenuous response.  No gifts of the Spirit are exercised because no one is listening.

Now, imagine if we took just one of those stories, one of those individuals and placed them in a context where every member listened, understood the story, and felt personally responsible to play a redemptive part in contributing through the spiritual gift entrusted to them by the Holy Spirit? What role would an exhorter play? A giver? An agent of mercy? A leader? Someone with wisdom? Someone with great faith? And so on?

Paul Tripp nailed it when he said that we are all called to be instruments in the Redeemer’s hands because we are helping others change while at the same time we ourselves are in need of change.  Every person you meet is a mess needing someone willing to get messy.  Every person is a sinner needing someone to help them walk in repentance and faith, growing in the gospel, extending mercy and forgiveness to other sinners.  And the Holy Spirit animates the life of the church by His work in and through Christians sovereignly gifted to do good to one another and so edify the church.

Next time you see people, consider why their lives (the subtext) might be really saying. Everything in us militates against listening and engaging–our comfort zones, our busy schedules, fear of man, selfishness, etc.  Yet, we have in us the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead giving life to our mortal bodies. He intends to do in us what no strength of the flesh can accomplish. I pray the stories of people we encounter will be rewritten by the gospel of Jesus as it is applied to their hearts and transforms their lives.

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