"For those of you attending, I desire for you to make the most of your time and escape the pitfall of becoming a conference Christian."
Just what we need – another conference for the young and the restless. The first ever National Resurgence Conference (R12) is wrapping up at Mariners Church in Irvine, but it definitely won't be the last. It looks like this will be an annual event, and you can go ahead and sign up to learn about next year's conference.
What is R12? It is a cooperative effort between an interesting conglomeration of Christian leaders, including:
To get a glimpse of the conference's focus, here is the promo video:
When James MacDonald resigned as a Council Member of The Gospel Coalition (TGC) last February, we assumed it was strictly for theological reasons. You may recall that MacDonald invited T.D. Jakes to participate in Elephant Room 2, and Gospel Coalition leaders rightly expressed concern over Jakes' adherence to modalism.
It has come to our attention that there are some startling revelations involving James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel, where MacDonald serves as pastor. Now we wonder whether there was more to his resignation from The Gospel Coalition, which we will discuss in our upcoming post.
Mark Driscoll, another TGC Council Member, resigned shortly after MacDonald. A few months later, he abruptly stepped down as president of Acts 29. In the midst of all this controversy, Driscoll and MacDonald are teaming up with other high-profile Christian leaders. What is their long-term objective? Another church planting network? It is interesting that the Resurgence – a ministry of Mars Hill Church – has never had a conference like this before. Are they breaking away from Acts 29?
What would serve as the guiding principles of such an alliance? Perhaps the Resurgence website helps shed some light (see below).
Millions of Christians around the world have come to the Resurgence for training. Our motto is “Get trained,” so our whole mission is to help you on the mission God has given you.
Look around. The Spirit is up to something. There is a resurgence of biblically faithful, passionate believers on board with the mission of spreading Jesus' name. This is a movement anchored by a theological foundation of four points.
1. Gospel-Centered Theology
2. Spirit-Filled Lives
3. Complementarian Relationships
4. Missional Churches
Here is a recap of Day One of the R12 Conference.
What happens next?
Tomorrow Mark Driscoll and other Mars Hill leaders are holding a Mars Hill Connect Day when they will be meeting with senior ministry leaders and their staff who are interested in taking their church to the next level. (see below)
Mars Hill Connect Day
On October 11, in conjunction with the 2012 Resurgence Conference, you're invited to a special, limited-opening Mars Hill Connect training day for senior ministry leaders and their staff. If you're looking to take your church to the next level, this will be an invaluable day of teaching and discussion.
Pastor Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill senior leaders will spend the day teaching on how to build a unified message from the pulpit through your small groups, counseling, kids and youth ministries, understand church growth and size, and manage growth and multiple sites.
Is Mark Driscoll, who is teaching in his current series that Esther was a whore, the kind of leader who will bring honor and glory to Almighty God? What kind of impact is he having on a younger generation of leaders? Finally, what will be his legacy?
Lydia's Corner: Exodus 32:1-33:23 Matthew 26:69-27:14 Psalm 33:1-11 Proverbs 8:33-36