Thursday, October 28, 2004

CCDA Atlanta 2004 -- Dr. Samuel Chan:

The CCDA national conference opening night plenary speaker was Dr. Samuel Chan. He was, in a word... awesome'.

"The illiterate of tomorrow won't be those who can't read or write, they'll be those who can't learn, unlearn and relearn."

His message... "7 Things To Unlearn"...

  • It's no longer 'global' missions or 'local' missions. It's 'glocal' missions.
  • Form then function? No longer. Now, just do it... do what you're passionate about... and clean up the form as you go along.
  • Old models don't work like they used to. Now nobody's in charge -- but things get done.
  • Independent ministry is out. Interdependence is in. We're collaborating now... and we need each other.
  • Philanthropists no longer just write the check. They 'bring' the check.... and sometimes their corporate ways. Some good, some not so good. But often, the ministry changes.
  • Unlearn that ministry is 'simple' any longer -- it has become hard... sometimes laden with institutional considerations.
  • Ministry makes 'sense'? Nowadays, Ministry too often makes 'cents'. So we need to pipe in a refreshing new sense of humility and listening to the Spirit. He'll provide for what He's called you to do.

Like I said. Awesome.

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