Last month, I attended the annual Great Plains UMC Orders & Fellowship Conference, held in Kearney, NE.  Our subject for the 2.5 days was "Transformational & Entrepreneurial Stewardship".  I heard lots of good stuff and got lots of useful information from our presenters, Dr. Clif Christopher, founder and president of Horizons Stewardship which has served over 2,500 churches and raised several billion dollars; and Mike Slaughter, former lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church, serving nearly four decades as “chief dreamer and spiritual entrepreneur of ministry marketplace innovations”.  Mike has been listed in The Church Report as one of the top 50 most influential Christians in America.  Here are a few things I wrote down:

We will be talking about some of these things over the weeks and months to come.  During our closing worship service, I wrote down one more thing.  I think it is the most important thing I wrote down in those 2.5 days.  It was the theme of Bishop Reuben Saenz’ message to us. “There is no such thing as too much hope.”

 Blessings on your heads!  

“Last year, Americans spent $307 million dollars on pet costumes.”
“Last year, Americans spent $5 billion dollars on ring tones.”
“We are created to give, in the image of God.”
"We are most like God when we give.”
“Vision comes from leaders, not committees.”
“Money follows mission, not budgets.”
“If the church’s primary focus is not mission, there is no reason for the church.”
“If we release it, God will increase it."
“If it's not good news to the poor, it's not the Gospel.”

“See what God can do in foolish places.”
“God's idea of what we can be is hardly imaginable.”
“The church is not an organization, it's an organism--the body of Christ.”
“You can't love Jesus and not give, be in worship, or serve.”
“There is no greater thing which reveals our faith than how we use money.”
“We are called to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world, not members of the church.”

Lecompton United Methodist Church

Located in Historic Lecompton, Kansas