Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Platt and Tangible Rebellion

Our 13 year old has been reading Radical by David Platt. You've probably seen a ton of amazing stuff about him recently. I'm most interested to hear feedback about his closing talk at Catalyst West next month. My guess? The audience at CatWest is either going to love him or hate him. Kt loves the book - it might be fitting for middle schoolers because it's giving them tangible rebellion against their parents [in a good way.]

From the November/December issue of Mission Frontiers, some amazing stats about a megachurch doing some serious moving:
+ 450+ participants are immersed in Brook Hills' own Theological Education by Extension (TEE) program.
+ Demand exceeds capacity (over 2,500) for biannual 6-hour Secret Church Bible studies, modeled after "underground" church meetings, to prepare disciplers to train local leaders in mission lands. [See the blog about this via Ben Arment]
+ 70 families are currently helping meet the county's foster child and adoption needs, with 15 more in training.
+ 500 people have participated in Brook Hills short-term outreach, beyond their normal context, while several hundred more have gone with Brook Hills' Missions Partners.
+ 40 families are committed to exploring relocation to minister in inner-city Birmingham. Seven have already moved, and six more have their homes on the market.
+ Over 200 individuals are in various stages of preparing for long-term cross-cultural service.
+ 2010 budgeted expenses were cut by 18%, affecting everything from worship to Sunday School snacks, while general budget mission giving rose to 24%, on top of $1,000,000+ in designated mission giving.

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