World Vision, Bill Hybels & Max Lucado Pastors Phone Conf

Brian Burquest just sent me this summary of a phone conference this afternoon for pastors with Richard Stearns (Hole in the Gospel author and president of World Vision), Bill Hybels (President of the Willow Creek Association and Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Church) and popular author/pastor Max Lucado.

  • Now is NOT the time to start your mission or mission trip to Haiti. Leave it to the professionals
  • The biggest thing you can do at this point is to give and give as much as you can.
  • The effort will be a phased effort...Initial phase needs money, money, money....later phases need expertise and man power with the use of partnerships
  • Hybels said “pastors this is a teaching moment to your is not a time to let off, but a time to step up with our support of existing partnerships and professional organizations
  • Hybels spoke from Zechariah 7:9-10
“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other."

  • It is time to “DO WELL at DOING GOOD”

Towering Desire

Brennen Manning writes:

Jesus' growing intimacy with his Father and the awareness of his Father's holiness filled him with an all-consuming thirst for the Father. His interior life of trust and loving surrender was not simply a matter of personal prayer, private religious experience, and delighting in God's intimate presence while being oblivious to the real world in its struggle for redemption, justice, and peace. The inner life of Jesus Christ took expression in a special, vital quality of presence in the world in the most active of situations.

There was a towering desire within him to reveal his Father in serving the poor, the captive, the blind, and all who are in need. Jesus was entirely devoured by his mission. It was the experience of the Father's holiness that created the imperative of preaching the reign of God's justice, peace, and forgiving love.

A vision of God's holiness and an experience of intimacy with the Father leads to proclaiming the reign of God through serving those in greatest need and reaching out to people far from God. Yes!