Saturday, October 03, 2009

NYWC recap...

One week later, here's my notes from a talk that Shane Hipps gave at NYWC. It started out slow, but as he went on I found myself drawn in and challenged by what he said.
  • Adam's first task was a creative project: naming the animals
  • We are made to create, just like God creates
  • Technology is representative of our God-given creative gifts
  • Technology is inevitable
  • Technology has an unintended consequence; it's not bad but it can do things that are bad
  • The clock was originally invented to help people connect with God; now the clock connects us more to money than to God
  • We need to be fully present here AND now
  • The only thing that exists is this moment
  • Face to face conversations are becoming more infrequent and awkward
  • We are blinded to the power of physical presence in the world
  • Be there. Be physically there.
  • "Where two or more are gathered...": It's about presence.
  • How do you communicate presence over email, Facebook, and Twitter?
  • The incarnation shows us that presence is at the centre of Christian faith
  • We need to periodically fast from technology
  • The most meaningful transformation will happen, not online but within physical presence
  • Practice what it means to be here and now
  • Stop depriving the world of what it needs: the WHOLE you!

This completely resonates with me. I can get so caught up in technology that I forget to be present in the lives of others. I can get so caught up in planning and organizing and leading that I can often overlook the people right in front of me.

We've made some changes to our student ministry this year so we could work on teh very same principal: be present. We're calling it intentional proximity and we've asked all of our leaders to go out of their way to be present in the lives of our students.

It reminds me of a comment from Modern Family the other night. The one character, Jay, is asked what the key to being a good dad is. His closing thought was that "90% of being a dad is just showing up."

Are you showing up in the lives of those around you?

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