In my opinion, Vince Antonucci and Perry Noble were the top notch of Whiteboard. Don't get me wrong...the whole lineup was incredible. But these two guys absolutely ROCKED my world. I've been following their blogs for some time and I really admire how they are both leading their churches to do whatever it takes to reach those who are far from God. Here are the highlights...
Vince Antonucci - Pastor of Forefront Church in Virginia Beach, VA. You can check out his blog here.
- His Big Idea: That we would do whatever it takes to reach and save God's lost children.
- How is it possible that I lived for 2o years in the USA and never heard of Jesus?
- Only 2.2% of churches are experiencing growth and much of that is transfer growth.
- If we are honest, we have to admit that we are reaching people - just not lost people.
- Reaching the lost was the passion of Jesus. Is it ours?
- If we are not close to people who are far from God, then we are not as close to God as we think we are. Because God's heart is always with those far from Him.
Perry Noble - Pastor of Newspring Church in Anderson, S.C. You can check out his blog here.
- The reason we do what we do is that for some reason Jesus wanted you. He chose you. He called you.
- We don’t volunteer for this. We are called. If we're volunteering, we’re stupid
- If ministry ever overtakes our time with God we have forsaken our calling for the expectations of others.
- There is way to much imitation in the church and not enough revelation.
- God is not green. Kermit is green. We can save the planet and everyone on it could go to hell.
- Preach the gospel of Jesus. You get more than Jesus and you have screwed up.
- It will be a cold day in hell when I preach a message on recycling at the neglect of the Gospel message.
- I’m crazy enough to think God has at least one more big move in him.
- The time has come for us to stop walking if fear and start walking in authority. Do you really want to be a prostitute for the rest of your life?
- We need to stop preaching about God's sovereignty and then cowering in fear in front of the deacon or elder board because we don't want to lose our paycheck.
- If you are a pastor you will experience spiritual warfare and temptation on a level that those in your congregation will never understand.
Whiteboard was all that it promised to be and more. I'm glad I made the investment in my own growth and ministry to be there. I'm still processing all that I heard and learned - and that's a good thing.