Church in the 21st Century Panel Discussion

2010 Echo Conference


In this 40 minute session from the 2010 Echo Conference, Carlos Whittaker, Kem Meyer and Charles Lee talk about trends in the Church. Carlos Whittaker is an artist, pastor, musician, and Web 2.0 junkie. Kem Meyer is a blogger, speaker and author who leads creative, technology and digital media teams to champion clarity and flow  at Granger Community Church. Charles Lee, CEO of Ideation and founding member of JustOne, is an author and regularly speaks around the country on the creative process, innovation, branding, new media and compassionate justice.

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your ministry.


WHAT IS THE WESTERN CHURCH GOOD AT? The panelists gave comments that included generosity and marketing. What would your answer be? Is that the perception of those outside the church?
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WHAT IS THE WESTERN CHURCH DOING POORLY? The panelists gave comments that included; arrogance, we are set in our ways, success has blinded us, not listening. What would your answer be? What can you do about it in your own church?
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WHAT CAN CHURCH LEADERS DO TO IMPROVE? The panelists gave comments that included; have an open mind, be willing to learn, inspect red flags of anger, start with small things, be faithful in our family, humility, collaboration. Which of those answer resonated with you? How would you answer from your own life?
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ARE THERE PLACES WHERE GOD IS WORKING THAT WE ARE NOT? The panelists gave comments that included; leverage for-profit arena, re-imagine how to flush out God's mission, more bi-vocational staff to integrate into community, more community. What are some opportunities where the Church is missing in your community? How can you help that change?
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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SHIFTS WE'RE SEEING IN CULTURE? The panelists gave comments that included; changes are coming faster, severe criticism of the past, re-embrace some things from recent past, keep the good of the past generation. What resonated with you from their answers?
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HOW DO PERSONAL PRACTICES BLEED INTO MINISTRY? The panelists gave comments that included; hiding behind social media, disconnection, need rooted spirituality, our use of medium and not the medium can be harmful, enter into more conversations about God, re-embrace mysterious faith. Take an honest look at your own life; is there something taking you farther from God or conversations about God or even connections with others? What can you do about it this week?
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WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THE TENSION BETWEEN CREATIVE AND NON-CREATIVE STAFF IN CHURCH, AND HOW CAN WE BUILD BRIDGES? The panelists gave comments that included; drop the labels that divide, mutual listening and understanding, celebrate uniqueness, stop complaining about "them." What are some tensions in your own church experience? Have you been part of the problem? What can you do this week to build bridges?
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For information or to purchase tickets to experience next year's Echo Conference live, go to echoconference.com.