Exponential Liveblog – Brenda Salter McNeil, Shane Claiborne, Dave Gibbons

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010 in Event Liveblogs | No Comments

Wednesday’s last plenary was a mixture of these three speakers, each answering the question, “What does it take to transform a community?”

Brenda Salter McNeil is a well known speaker who focused on racial reconciliation using Acts 1:8.  She described reconciliation in “Samaria”, when people are so different they say “God ought to do something about ‘those people’” can follw this cycle:

Two other lines: Church as a “radical third culture people that create a whole new reality”and, “when we engage difference, the differences we engage transform us.”

Shane Claiborne is a well known author and founder of the “Simple Way” community in Philadephia.  Transformation is:

  • more than a doctrinal statement
    • we need a rule of life, too.
    • more than ideologies
      • Ideologies don’t demand much of us, but our practices do.
  • more than good vision
    • Everybody here wants a revolution but no one wants to do the dishes
  • takes a neighbourhood
      • Stayers
      • Returners
      • Relocators
  • takes imagination
    • One of my greatest temptations is to be a church planter

Our community doesn’t need more churches we need a church

  • The mega-church is so 1980’s
  • We can’t tell a kid to stop selling heroin if we don’t have another way to feed him
  • re: Palm Sunday – “We’re just the asses that get to bring Jesus in.”

Dave Gibbons is lead pastor of Newsong, an international multi-campus church.

  • Everything has changed
  • I know when I was a kid, I got saved 100 times and they still counted me every time
  • Maybe our metrics should be to have no foster kids in any city where Christians live.
  • Don’t join a movement (he warned that the megachurch movement became the multi-campus movement and became the organic movement, then the missional movement) but instead join the movement of God.
  • Walk the streets, the streets will speak to you.


In 2008, Ryan launched our web site, and continues to maintain and develop our web and social media presence. As a member of the Institute's annual think tank, Ryan has been engaged for several years in supporting the Institute's goals of equipping the church to joyfully and confidently engage in evangelism. Ryan is a church planter with the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, where he is currently planting a church for busy commuters in Ajax, Ontario starting with a mobile app called Redeem the Commute.

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