Exponential is a conference dedicated to evangelism and church planting. I attended this past October.
Here are my top takeaways from the conference.
1. The shift in the definition of church
We’ve all heard for a good while now that church is not the building, but the people. But though we say that, we really have a church-centric view of Christianity; it’s all about the events that happen at church.
Jeff Vanderstelt said something quite profound in a panel discussion, though:
“We have wrongly defined the church as an event we attend rather than a family we belong to.”
In the church community he belongs to, they define church on a much more local level: that is, a family group.