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the buzz conference – Craig Groeschel notes

limited resources + increasing passion = exponential innovation

i love equations (ok – that’s not true) – these notes are from Craig Groeschel’s first talk @ the buzz conference.  These are not exact quotes, but pretty close.  Some good thoughts from Craig.  You can read his blog here.

a lot of times we say we can’t pull something off, because of limited resources. Craig believes that it’s more tied to our passion for something than it is to our resources.  And claiming limited resources is just a lame excuse. True passion for something will overcome resources in an innovative way.

in the church world today, we need to stop whining about what we don’t have, see what we do have and become more passionate.

it’s not about getting more people into our church, but getting our church into the world – all of a sudden we will have exponential innovation.

innovative leaders do the following…

1. they heal the sick

(Math. 9) – not the healthy who need a doctor (increasing passion part)

in order to reach those who no one else is reaching, we’ll have to do things that no one else is doing…i.e. – we can’t just copy what other people are doing

question – when is the last time you had a non-believer in your home?

2. they break rules

we don’t break away from the truth of scripture, but we break away from the way things have been done (what did Jesus do on the sabbath?) he “broke the sabbath rules” and they “turn right” (nascar)

every great movement of God started when someone “turned right” – Martin Luther, John Wesley, Bill Hybels.

Craig stopped doing church conferences for two years – so he could hear more clearly from God

Today’s contemporary is tomorrow’s traditional

question – what is God calling you to try that no one has done before?

3. they offended pharisees

What new thing is God calling you to create today, that God will use tomorrow?

4. they redefine success

John 3:30 – John the Baptist – prepare the way, I must decrease, and he must increase. We must become less impressed with our latest creative idea, and becoming more focused on us becoming less.

The whole idea of a an individual mega-church is ridiculous. Every church is micro compared to the population around it and what God will do with his church.



These are some worship notes from listening to Aaron Keyes lead worship @ 7[]22 in June 2007.


from we will glorify into amazing love back into we will glorify

add chorus to we will glorify

[we’ll say] hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah amen

Hallel (to celebrate, to be clamorously foolish, to applaud, to rave, to praise)

put this together with Yahweh = the name of God

and you get…hallelujah

praise the lord,celebrate the lord, or applaud the Lord or Lift high the Lord

amen = let it be so, we agree, it is true

there are two words that are the same on every continent, in every country and in every language – “hallelujah and amen”

read the second verse:

Lord Jehovah reigns in majesty
We will bow before His throne
We will worship Him in righteousness
We will worship Him alone

Psalm 96 & 1 Chronicles 16 say the same thing:

8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come into his courts.

9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth.

1 Chronicles 16

29 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

30 Tremble before him, all the earth!

The Marks of True Worship – Louie Giglio – Thirsty 06 Talk

How do you know if your church is a worshiping church?

Worship is what it’s all about, it’s all about God, but we make much of him when we worship.

If anything you want to be known as a worshiping church!

Some say – We want to be a missional church – missions isn’t the beginning or ending of anything, missions starts and ends with worship, missions is in the middle

Evangelism/Giving/teaching/discipline/innovative/whatever kind of church

What you really want to say is that we want to be a worshiping church, because that encompasses all the things we want to be about (like above list) when we ARE a worshiping church.

Two Baselines:

1. You are a worshiper! Everyone is a great worshiper (of something)

Worship is about giving glory (setting our affection) to what we value most.

Worship is a human activity, not a Christian thing (Romans 1 – exchanged truth of God for a lie…and they worshiped and served the creature instead of the creator…) worship went right on happening w/out God.

We are good at giving glory to STUFF, humanity is good at it.

The question – are you a TRUE worshiper?

Louie’s Definition of worship

“Worship is a full life response to the greatness and the grace of God”

Marks of True Worship (Romans 12:1-2)

  1. Is God happy? – A preoccupation for God’s happiness
    1. At the end of the day – worship for God (pleasing to God) in Romans 12:2
    2. God decides if the worship is acceptable or not
  2. Is there an aroma? – An acceptable offering of worship that is pleasing to God
    1. Jesus offered himself as a fragrant aroma, an acceptable offering
    2. This is our spiritual act of worship
    3. Are we more concerned if they like it or if we like it, instead of wondering if it was a sweet sweet sound in his ear
    4. Here’s the question – God, did you like it?
    5. We don’t ask, ‘cause we’re afraid of the answer
    6. Sometimes we need to stop singing, put our hands down and repent
  3. Has it reached the least of these? – The mark of demonstration
    1. Is worship still a meal for you?
    2. Or is it fuel for missions?

It is trickling down to the least of these?

  1. Are people alive? – Are people being turned upside down.
    1. They’re seeing in color, not B&W
    2. Are they talking about Jesus

For the worship programmers:

How prevalent is the work of the Spirit in you and in the planning of worship?

Distance worship from worship programming…you cannot program worship

You can program a worship service…

New Questions (the people sitting around deciding the logistics – what song’s are we going to sing)

  1. Where are our ideas coming from?
    1. Are we looking over there to those people,
    2. Or are we looking up there to the face of God?
  2. What do you want people to change? (As opposed to what do you want people to feel or experience – we need to worry less about vibe and feel)
  3. What internally has to happen for that change to take place? (As opposed to what just has to happen externally for the program to work)
    1. This could mean – we don’t need any music tonight
  4. How prevalent is the work of the Holy Spirit in You and in the body dynamic?
    1. In other words, is the question being surface a lot – where is the Holy Spirit? When he is moving and active – stuff happens

John Piper – session 4 @ Passion 07

Dealing w/the guilt of failure in the sexual life

Satan’s lie – because we fail sexually, we should settle for middle class mediocrity – dropping coin’s from our SUV’s, because we’re not worthy of God’s high calling

Words to use the morning after the failure

Substitutionary Atonement – whose hands did the nails go through, not yours – his…who’s warrant was on him, not his – but yours…

Col 2:14

Rom 8:3 – what the law could not do, God did.

Micah 7:8 – rejoice not over me o my enemy, when I fall… “trusting Christ to the hilt with gutsy guilt”

Col 2:15 – God disarmed the rulers…

The Bible wasn’t written to be misunderstood

Satan will not be able to destroy your dream

Louie Giglio – Passion 07 session 5

In the end, we need to be able to say “I had a part in making my savior famous to all the peoples of the world”

Lord, we know you don’t need us, but we want to be part of the story


God says – “Everything is about the party, and the party lasts forever – and it’s all about the party”

The only thing happening on this earth is God redeeming the nations, calling all peoples, throwing a party exalting the name of Jesus

If we pour our lives into anything else, it’s going to be different when we walk into the party….

Don’t waste your life on something less than this….be in it, because it is….I want to be a mission minded going person all the days of my life…I want to be a part of God’s story going to every person on the planet…so they hear the name of Jesus


You can get into the story no matter…it’s easy to say “I don’t know if I can be part of God’s story because I don’t know!” – so what!


Can I get some of that, can you use me in that story I’m in? I don’t need to know what, or when or how, I just need to know if you will go w/me Jesus?

Francis Chan – session 3 @ Passion 07

o you really want to know the will of God?

I’m concerned – do you really love God? (not do you serve enough or sing loud enough)

wreck our lives – passion 07 session 1 – Louie Giglio


Louie Giglio – “Wreck our lives and put us in the stream of what God is doing”

“Lean forward into what God has for us”




author – Terry Foester

I'm a family man at heart. I admit my world revolves around my wife Libby and our 3 hooligans...Eli, Eden and Silas. They are easy to love. I'm trying to learn to love the rest of you. I also like to ask questions.

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