Bert Waggoner spoke. I’d like to say that he’s riveting, but I’d be lying, and we know where liars go…politics. Here is what I wrote while he was speaking:
I’m sitting in the Vineyard National Conference. Bert Waggoner is speaking about “Heroic Leadership in a Time of Change,” which is the conference theme. He’s using the book of Esther as a template for a paradigm for heroic leadership. It is nice to see that we are focused on “a time of change” right now. I wonder if we are really late on this, but a lot of denominations haven’t caught on yet. His message is:
Heroic Leaders are:
1- Compelled by a controlling value
2- Committed to a Necessary risk
3- Captured by sacrificial love
He used the words “post Christian” and “fall of Christendom” quite a few times, maybe too many. It seems odd to be eulogizing ourselves, although I know that we aren’t proclaiming the death of the Church. I fear that somehow we are throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
Christian America hasn’t been all bad. I am dying for a change now, though. I am praying that I hear or experience something powerful and transforming for our movement. I want to hear something heroic. I haven’t yet. I’m keeping my eyes open.
After the session I prayed for Jason, a church planter about my age. He was a great guy. He prayed for me, against any cynicism. I needed that.