HomerGodNo not those Simpsons.

I was at the Acadia Divinity College Simpson Lectures. This year’s topic was “Church Renewal”, one I have been very much looking forward to.

I’ve been attending this annual Baptist conference for a 5 years now. Some years are better than others, but I always bring something home to think about around ministry.

This year was no different, in fact, I’ve probably brought too much back to think about.

I like going to this event because of one main reason: the Baptists are not afraid to talk about Jesus, the Gospel and evangelism. This year even more than usual, which makes sense given the topic.

Rarely do I find a gathering of people from the United Church of Canada as interested in these topics. Thank the Lord for Cruxifusion, because it’s the only place I’ve experienced a similar vibe in this denomination.

I’ve brought back many ideas from the Simpson Lectures this year, things like governance, outreach and even multi-site ideas.

I spent the week with people who are passionate about Jesus Christ and his call to make disciples of the world. We need more of this. In the United Church, we need more of this. In our local churches, we need more of this. In our communities, we need. More. Of. This.

The only thing that can save our churches is Jesus Christ. No pre-packaged program. No consultant. Nothing but our Lord and Saviour can move us forward.

We need him.

Please pray with me that he will come and bless us as we seek to grow as his disciples.

And now I can’t wait for the Cruxifusion conference coming up in a couple of months!