Church Unique author Will Mancini offers “Exponential Clarity: 4 Surprising Takeways From Exponential 2010″ at willmancini.com. Read it in full here. Excerpts from these thoughts, which Mancini gleaned from the recent Exponential 2010 Conference:
#1 There is a huge difference between church planting and movement cultivating (and some still don’t get the difference.) … It’s very easy to plant a church without engaging in ministry that multiplies.
#2 The most acceptable idol in ministry today is missional service … Anytime good things happen in the name of Jesus, the good thing can eclipse Jesus.
#3 Great partnerships are important for great accomplishments. The testimony of Exponential itself is one of amazing growth through partnerships. I was impressed with how may networks and denominations made Exponential an internal gathering time (the Auxano team did as well).
#4 Evangelical churches still exist in a vision vacuum. Most of our momentum in ministry today is still driven by personalities, crowd dynamics and great facilities, not vision. For example the church that hosted the conference had vision posters up all over the place, but if you asked the volunteers about the vision of the church, all you got was a deer-in-the-headlights stare.
What do you think? Are there any points in which you particularly find yourself in agreement … or disagreement?