Practical Stuff for Church Leaders

Mark Batterson Launches the Echo Conference


Mark Batterson, author of Wild Goose Chase (which releases in five days), spoke at the first session of the Echo Conference. Some quotes I captured...

  • Movie theater screens are post-modern stained glass. People used to tell stories on stained glass, now they tell stories through moving pictures.
  • Mark Batterson's church (National Community Church) owns the largest coffee house on Capitol Hill (Ebenezer's). They did this so they could have a place where the church and the community could hang out.
  • Mark shared thoughts from Matthew 10:16... "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."
  • Truth is found in the tension of opposites. If you don't feel tension in truth, I wonder if you are missing something.
  • If you do the right thing for the wrong reasons in the kingdom of God, it doesn't count.
  • I'm competitive, and it's hard not to play the comparison game. The problem: You can only compare in two directions...comparing to someone you are better than leads to pride, and comparing to someone who is better than you leads to jealousy.
  • Martin Luther said the printing press was God's highest act of grace to communicate the gospel. Luther was espousing the latest technology of his time.
  • The greatest tragedy is when we start doing ministry out of memory (what happened before) rather than ministry out of innovation.
  • There are ways of doing church that no one has thought of yet.

I encourage you to go to Amazon and get Mark's newest book.