Ten Great Quotes from Exponential Church Conference

Recently, the pastors of CF went to Orlando for a church planting conference and here are some great quotes that I took away from the Exponential Conference:

1) “In the bible church planting was a natural ministry of the church.” – Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Church in New York and author of Reason for God

2) “People are looking for people who have God’s presence on them not someone who is smarter than them or someone who is good at apologetics.” -Erwin Mcmanus

3) “The first thing you do when you plant a church is to pray that God would give you a heart for the lost people in your area for prayer is the only thing that can break through barriers.” – Brian Jones, church planter in Philadelphia

4) “It’s not about copying someone’s program, it’s not about taking some tips from the world, but about getting people back to the word of God.” – Marc Choi, church planter in NY from Seoul, Korea

5) “Don’t blame yourself for the decreases because if you do you will be tempted to take credit for the increases.” – Craig Groeschel, LifeChurch.tv in Edmond, OK

6) “Our end goal is followers of Jesus Christ and not converts . . .but the reality in our churches is that we try to convert and retain rather than train and send.” Matt Chandler of the Villiage Church in Denton TX , talking about discipleship in light of the Great Commission

7) “Good evangelism is seeing believers be the church and not just do church.” – Rick Howerton, with the Bridge Church in Franklin TN and Lifeway Nashville

8  ) “My boys need a father more than this city needs a church.” – Scott Thomas, Acts 29 network on the realization that he had focusing hard on his first church plant.

9) “The problem with the church today is that we feel as though one person (pastor) needs to be Spirit-filled and he can carry this thing.” – Francis Chan, Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA on the  church failing to walk in the Spirit

10) “Lukewarm pastors create lukewarn churches.” – Craig Groeschel

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