Our last speaker was Edwin McManus, the pastor of Mosaic Church in Los Angeles. I was excited to hear from him because we have a Mosaic church in Hunteresville and I was curious about him and his movement.
Edwin was a charasmatic and down to earth kind of guy and he spoke not as if he were preaching to me, but rather as if he were sitting and talking to me as a friend. I liked that. He has done so many things in his young life (he’s probably my age) from writing books, leading a faith community, entrepreneurship, and even film making. The book he focused on while talking to us was his newest book, “Chasing Daylight: Seize the Power of Every Moment.”
I didn’t make too many notes from this particular part of the Summit because, honestly, I was entranced with him (and it was the last speech at the end of two long days). He had a hypnotic way of communicating that really grabbed you – I long to have that capability when I preach so I can reach everyone with the message of Christ! How cool would that be??
The crux of what I wrote down while listening to him was that the church needs to be a place where ones spirit is enriched, so he encourages church leaders to tell more stories . . . stories of faith. The truth can be lost in a bad story so we need to make sure we are sharing one that is full of the truth of Christ. It is not hard to bring people to Christ when you share a story they can find themselves in. So true. I try to tell stories when I preach – I actually have a hard time preachign without telling stories, so I appreciated his point.
His wasn’t my favorite of the two days, but I do plan to read his book.