Top 3 Innovators @ Innovation3
January 30, 2009
The Innovation3 conference was this week and it was cool. Did you go?
There were over 100 speakers, but here are my Top 3 picks for most interesting/innovative (no offense if you’re not on here!).
1) Dave Browning – leads Christ The King. It’s a church that focuses on simplicity and multiplication. They spread around the country and around the world by starting a small group in an area, and grow that group and multiply. Once they have enough small groups in an area, they start gathering together at a “worship center.” They’ve been doing this for almost 10 years, they now have thousands of groups, mainly in the NorthWest and foreign countries = tens of thousands of people saved and being discipled.
2) John Bishop – God’s doing cool things at John Bishop’s church up in Vancouver. 3,000 have been baptized in the last 5 years, I think. And he’s all about people, talking about the unbridled truth, and being real. I love his heart.
3) Matt Carter – Pastor of The Austin Stone. They’ve also grown really quickly and admit that that’s been a problem for them. While they were growing quickly they were struggling to get people assimilated and into community. They got people in groups and were hoping community would result, but they just got ingrown and selfish groups. But they’ve learned that when they give the groups a mission, community comes as a byproduct of the group members being on mission together. Just focusing on community, you get neither mission nor community. But focusing on mission, you get both mission and community – they propose.