Rich Robinson at LAUNCH – What’s the Story we are telling?

We have built church as group attendance not PARTICIPATION. Like a football game – Go to the match, watch, get the program.
What about playing?
And partnering.
Playing well together. Like children do.
As we ‘grow up’ we forget how to play well together.

Of course we get it wrong.
And when we do, we start to give up. Or we get professional.

Look at this. What is this? A table. Adult answer!
Ask a kid, what could be... anything they want it to be! A space ship. A zoo. And animal.

God is at work in your context. He is already there, you just need to find him and partner with him and he will show you what could be,

Ivan Illich.
Neither revolution nor reformation can ultimately change a society, rather you must tell a new powerful tale, one so persuasive that it sweeps away the old myths and becomes the preferred story, one so inclusive that it gathers all the bits of our past and our present into a coherent whole, one that even shines some light into the future so that we can take the next step… If you want to change a society, then you have to tell an alternative story.

What’s the story your life tells?
Your life is the gospel the people around you will hear and see.

4 Shifts right now:

1. Values of millenials worldview will become more normative.
2. Adaptive challenges – we must leverage collective intelligence.
3. Digital world – online reality is here to stay.
4. As times continually change – the template of the leader will return to its original founder.

There is not one quick fix. ‘Just preach the gospel/ discipleship/ church planting.’

Gatherings like LAUNCH create a SCENIUS. (The Genius of the scene.).
There is no one technological solution.

There have been the Inklings, Clapham Sect, etc – what is that in our day?


The answer (like in the joke about the kid in Sunday school) is always JESUS.
We sow HIM.
The seed, in its season, has multiplication potential release.

Don’t think foundry / factory worker, think farmer.
Where is the good soil?
Scatter seeds.
Look where the good soil is.

Your domain is FAITHFULNESS. His domain is FRUITFULNESS.