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Mark Batterson on Decoding Culture

Quotable statements from Mark Batterson during session #1 of the Buzz Conference.

  • The foundation for Mark's talk comes from Numbers 13 and the story of Moses and the spies.
  • We can learn something from the cold war unwritten "Moscow Rules" to help us lead in the church.
  • We must know our mission. If we get this wrong, we're going to end up in the wrong place.
  • You aren't a church just because the IRS gives you a tax exempt status and calls you a church.
  • When you get to the irreducible minimums of ministry—it's not about videos or graphics or cool stuff. It's about making disciples.
  • Good work usually means more work. Success breeds complexity.
  • I have days when I want to kill people rather than love them. I have to be reminded of my purpose.
  • A lot of churches are answering questions that no one is asking.
  • One of our core values: Irrelevance is Irreverence.
  • 60% of people get their theology through music and movies.
  • When we quote the Bible, we gain credibility with Christians. When we quote non-biblical sources, we gain credibility with non-Christians. I'm not suggesting we don't use the Bible, I'm just saying that all truth is God's truth.
  • Everybody can read at least 1 book a month. Just put it in your bathroom.
  • Hardly any of our ideas are original. Every year I take at least 2 "recon" trips to visit other churches and get inspiration and ideas.
  • I want to study less and live more, so my teaching is less theoretical and more experiential.
  • I don't think the best thing for my church is for me to be a better preach…as much as it is for me to be a better dad, a better husband, a better friend.
  • My greatest fear…that my kids would grow up and regret being a pastors' kid. I'm determined not to let that happen.
  • Sometimes churches are the most predictable places on the planet. Change things up. Vary the pattern. Disorient people so they are paying attention.
  • Some of our role as leaders is keeping things from becoming routine. Good leaders confuse people.
  • No matter what you do, people will always resist you.