Me and conferences go together like pasta and bread sticks. Make sense? The pasta is the main speaking sessions and the bread sticks are the conversations and meetings that happen on the side. It seems like every conference I go to I get more out of the bread sticks than the pasta. The pasta is great. That’s not a critique of the pasta. Not at all. I guess I’m just a bread stick person. OK, now I want Olive Garden.

Today followed the same format as yesterday. Notes are below. After the morning keynote and during lunch is when the magic happened. I think I said yesterday that I wanted to come and experience Pais, to be around the people and see what’s up. Mission accomplished. Basically, today was the day we discovered that we all speak the same language. I had a great chat with Paul Gibbs about how I got here (what led me to this conference and Pais). We are very much on the same page when it comes to things like getting back to our spiritual roots of discipleship, getting away from programs and getting back to people, but we need structures to help people grow. I got the chance to share that what Pais offers dove-tails perfectly with the rest of what I think a church should be about. That seemed to be very encouraging to Paul. We speak the same language.

Then Rob, Karen and I went out to lunch and we also had a great chat about many of the same things, but we had more time to go deeper. I got to hear about how they got connected with Pais which was fun. They also shared with me that my previous blog posts have been very encouraging to the leadership team, which is quite humbling considering how encouraging they have been to me. I hope to bring Rob and Karen out to Forest Grove for some training some day. We speak the same language.

I’ve had some short chats with the Pais Collective (church arm) apprentices, along with Johnny who is active in this area. I need to touch base with Kevin who pastors the only Pais Collective church so far. If anything, at this point, we are going to get in to what they call “Adopt the Mission” Basically it gives us (Exchange Church) access to their training sources to use in our church. Can’t wait to get my hands on it! Hear that, Rob? 🙂

I’ve still got loads to process. I know people are going to ask, “So what do we do with it now?” Tonight, I don’t know. Maybe time on the plane will help. I’m looking forward to see what the Lord leads us to. In the mean time, here are some of the notes from today. Today was the distinctive of discipleship. Tomorrow is Study. Looking forward to it.

Notes from Paul’s session.

  • From yesterday. Anointing. Human pivot. When God appoints He seeks to anoint. Don’t have to pursue anointing if God appoints.
  • Three types of appointing and anointing.
    • Priests. Leviticus 4:3
    • Kings. 1 Sam 24:6
    • Prophets. 1 Chron 16:22
  • Pais is a more prophetic dynamic. Not in the sense of an Elijah or Daniel, but helping people see the Lord’s heart.
  • A prophetic movement brings a new culture.
  • The world you cannot enter is the world you cannot change.
  • Why do we hesitate? The hesitation of Noah. Genesis 9:8-16.
  • Is there a way to read the minds of the people interacting with God?
  • Wayomar formula. “And Gid said…”
    • If further explanation, they didn’t understand it.
    • If further proof, they didn’t believe it.
    • If further warning, they didn’t desire it.
  • D’rash Genesis 9:11-12
    • God told me that He would would make a covenant with me and my family and all the creatures to never destroy everything again with a flood of water. Since God said the flood would happen, I can trust Him to not do it again. But man that was scary!
  • Could this be an “and God said” moment for you?

Karen’s talk was about the distinctive of discipleship; beyond education to experience.

  • Karen talked about how experience itself provides an education. Showed some great videos of stories from the SWAP Conference in Great Britain.
  • My question is why wouldn’t churches want to embrace this idea of experience provides education? I think fear. Fear of a loss of position. Fear of not knowing how or what to model because they’ve never had it modeled. Only taught to build an organization.

Johnny’s Session

  • Discipleship through demonstration
  • Discipleship is not additional, but intentional.
  • How do we fit discipleship into our lives? The best context for discipleship is not a set of events but the natural rhythms of everyday life.
  • 1 Corinthians 11:1
  • Johnny’s chair outreach. Habit, or rhythm, was to come home and chill after work. Instead he set a chair on the porch to read and chill. Eventually people came out to chat with him. Led to sharing Jesus, neighbors meeting for the first time, outreach.
  • Which one of the 21 meals of the week are you going to share with a disciple to demonstrate discipleship?
  • What could you change in your schedule about where you spend your time, who you spend your time around, and how you use your time to begin relationships with strangers?