Inertia is why we have to Hack the Ministry.
When David Kinnaman, who runs the Barna Group, realized he wouldn't be able to be at Hack the Ministry - a one-day gathering Seattle, October 12, 2017 - he sat down with Jim Henderson to talk about the data on the changing face of "ministry." This is a fragment of that conversation. We’ll show and discuss more at the event (and even more afterward).
You Can't Come to Hack The Ministry - But You Wish You Could (It’s not the money it’s the time)
You Have Better-than-the-Real-Thing, Off The Map Memories from Back in the Day
You Know Someone Who Has Time but Maybe Not the Money to Attend Hack the Ministry
Send Your Friend to Hack the Ministry and We’ll Send an Off the Map T Shirt, with Your Name - That’s Right, Your Name - Right on the Envelope.
We’re looking for people who won’t come to Hack the Ministry unless you send them … maybe because they’re poor but honest folk who don’t have a lot left over after they pay the rent … or because you’re one of the few who know they’re paralyzed over what they could and/or should do in the world ... or maybe just because they don’t know what you know about the crowd gathering in Seattle on October 12 to Hack the Ministry.
Honestly, if you want to come but don’t have the time, such a person will be doing you a favor.
"Hey, there’s this thing I want to go to, but I’m tied up. Can I send you in my place, and then get with you afterward so you can tell me about it?"
HERE’S HOW WE WANT TO SAY THANKS
This thing is running mostly on our back pockets and the kindness of friends. So, we don’t have lot of money to throw around; but we do have these brand-new-right-out-of-the-box, Off The Map T Shirts. And when we say right out of the box, we mean they have been mellowing in state-of-the-art cardboard containers beneath the floorboards of Jim Henderson’s glow-in-the-dark bumper sticker manufacturing complex and paint storage facility.
These shirts are fresh as a daisy: Never worn! Never been through a flood or plague. They were just never sold, is all. Now we have come to understand this is because their time had not yet come.
Each shirt sports that cool Off The Map embroidered logo that meant so much to so many, plus one of several cool Off The Map slogans like…
"Off The Map Live!"
"Free Jesus” (Henderson's favorite)
"Do What’s Doable"
"Helping Christians be Normal Since 2001” (Mark Driscoll’s favorite)
Unlike many "off the rack" T shirts, our Off the Map shirts come in Small, Medium, Marge and Extra Lars. They look something like this - but bigger and made of cotton:
Heres the Deal...
Sponsor 3 people for $99 and we’ll send you the T Shirt of "your" choice
Sponsor 1 person for $49 and we’ll send you the T Shirt of "our"choice ☺ (or your's if there are enough to go around)
And, hey: if the shirt doesn’t fit — if you grew in stature to become Extra/Extra Lars since last we met (mostly muscle, we’re sure) — you can frame that shirt! Right? Or give it to someone you know who wants to look reliably cool and modestly spiritual at one and the same time.
Jim Henderson’s 3-Step PATH to Get thE T Shirt You know you Want.
Get yourself to www.hacktheministry.com and buy a ticket for one or up-to-three people
Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me you're giving your ticket to sponsor someone else. [2.5. If you know someone you want to send, tell me their name - if you just want someone to be at Hack the Ministry, even if you can’t, we’ll find someone in your name.
Wait by any mailbox in North America, Scotland, or the Cook Islands and the shirt will be along directly. And whose name will be on the envelope? That’s right; your name.
Sizes are limited so get yours while you can. This offer good while supplies last.
HACK the MINISTRY + SEATTLE + OCTOBER 12, 2017 + 10a - 10p
Peers, Mentors + Sages — both inside + outside the orbit of organized churchgoing — people who have decided not to fear each other + not to hold each other in contempt, are gathering for a deep conversation about pioneers + mapmakers who are showing us how to hack the ministry to serve the world as it is + as it is becoming.
HacktheMinistry.com | October 12 | Seattle | 10am - 10pm
Because International believes in the power of small things.
We are not the biggest, the smartest, or the best. We are just a bunch of regular, hard-working people who try to help kids around the world in practical, straightforward ways.
Our first innovation is an expandable shoe called The Shoe That Grows. It adjusts five sizes and lasts for years. Kids all over the world can have their feet protected with a shoe that will grow right along with them. Shoes are small things that make a BIG difference for kids health, education, and confidence.
We try to hack compassion by focusing on “small”. Often, social issues can seem gigantic and overwhelming. Or people can lose motivation to help others because they think they don’t have the perfect solution to assist in the ideal way. We believe in practical compassion – because small things really can make a BIG difference.
We didn’t know exactly what we were doing when we got started. But we saw a need – and we jumped in. Our solution doesn’t solve the issue entirely. But it does make a difference. And making a difference brings a measure of help, hope, and healing that wasn’t there before.
So maybe our hack is just a mini-hack. But we have seen the power of small things. And everybody can do something small to help others.
— Kenton Lee, The Shoe that Grows, Because International.
Things I Didn't Know When I Said Yes to Jesus
Almost 50 years ago I said yes to Jesus. I remain profoundly grateful that he intervened in my life as a young adult.
However, when I said yes to Jesus I didn’t realize I was also saying yes to the church, the bible and Christianity. If you were raised in church you might find that incongruous but that’s because you were raised in Christian culture. I wasn’t.
One of my first going-to-church memories was noticing how the pastor would approach the pulpit much like an entertainer approached the spotlight (I was raised in the entertainment culture). I was both impressed and confused.
It was in that setting that I first heard the “M” word (Ministry). It became clear that the person doing the most important Ministry was the person standing behind the pulpit at 11 on Sunday morning.
I was sufficiently captivated with The Ministry to spend the next 30 years pursuing it as a profession. However I consistently failed to convince enough people to sit opposite me on Sunday to enable me to make a living in The Ministry. I had a wife and three kids and no professional training so I started painting houses. A profession that has continued to support us for the past 30 years
I exited The Ministry 15 years ago but continued painting. I started doing ministry projects I loved such as exploring new ways of doing evangelism. I began writing about these explorations and periodically gathered people for events where we would share our findings and introduce potential travelers to seasoned explorers.
This was the Off The Map era.
During this time I met people from all walks of life, men and women, gay, straight, people of color, hell, even atheists made my list – who were doing things I considered to be ministry. Some of them like me had been in The Ministry, some of them were still in The Ministry but most of them were people who just doing what they found natural to do as they tried to follow Jesus in their ordinary life.
It was at this point that I began to redefine ministry as “the desire to serve others in my world in partnership with Jesus”
While some of these people wrote books, and a few of them spoke in public, there was one practice they all shared - they listened to people. Listening was the virtuous germ that persisted across all expressions of serving. Listening was their consummate act of ministry.
Here’s what I wonder now, instead of celebrating orators and public speakers, what if being a world-class listener became the criteria the church used to determine who was and who wasn't “doing ministry” – that’s the kind of church I want to help invent.
I’ve found myself deeply conflicted by the confusion I inherited around the M word. I also became convicted about my participation in propagating The Ministry as a profession where (similar to the entertainment business) the real Ministers were the ones upon whom the spotlight shone, the gifted orators and those who were paid the most money.
These are the issues that have driven me to produce this event we’re calling Hack the Ministry. Live events are to me what an easel is to an artist or an instrument is to a musician. Something dynamic, unpredictable and sometimes transformative happens when people gather together for an immersive experience.
Face time trumps Facebook everyday.
Hack The Ministry is my attempt to redeem the M word.
To expand the meaning of ministry so that it includes everyone
To tell young followers that the institution called The Church has made a promise to you about The Ministry it cannot keep.
To tell veteran followers that you don’t have to live with the stigma of failure because you didn’t make it in The Ministry – you’re doing ministry now and you know it.
To remind people that institutions, (including the church) are here to stay and most people prefer it that way.
The problem is not whether you’re doing ministry employed in the church or outside of it, its about how you define ministry to yourself and those you influence.
It’s not our differences that kill us it’s our reaction to those differences.
Let’s travel to new places in our spiritual thought life
Let's redeem the M word
Welcome to Hack The Ministry