Dear PCNAK 2012 Youth Leaders

Dear 2012 PCNAK Coordinators,

The 2011 PCNAK was an incredible blessing for those that attended the meetings. Absolutely amazing move of the Spirit. Let’s keep that going for 2012. Don’t be so constricted by time and pleasantries and politics and honoring this pastor and that pastor. Let’s just focus on what will truly bless the Lord.

We don’t need a big show with crazy lights and 12 of the greatest speakers in the world. We don’t need to see which of the 36 bands with current YouTube videos has the best worship set.

So what if your uncle’s pastor’s wife’s sister’s nephew’s cousin’s brother’s father-in-law’s grandson’s babysitter is upset they didn’t get their time on stage? Are you really going to let one man’s feelings and emotions affect the move of the Holy Spirit?

We don’t want the stiff-necked, old-fashioned convention style meetings that we grew up loathing. We either fell asleep, got yelled at for talking, or just chilled in the lobby. Why would using that same model be any more effective today? Einstein had a word for this: insanity.

Take this weekends Jesus Culture Awakening Conference in Chicago as a model. Watching it online it is simply amazing. Go watch one of the services at http://www.awakening2011.com. Just worship and the word. No song and dance routine. No smoke and mirrors. Just a real simple meeting, with truth, power, and anointing.

This is what we want for PCNAK.

Sincerely,
Benjamin “Bear” Cherian

P.S. Can I get an “Amen!”?

A moment of your mind

Take this moment to pause
and think
about where your walk with God has taken you.

Think about church
and your experiences within.

What are your early thoughts
and memories
of going to church
being a part of the church?

How has that changed?

Why has it changed?

What is one word
or phrase
or paragraph
you might use to describe
the direction that our generation
of Christians
is headed
or should be headed toward?

Where does the future
of the church lie?

How do we avoid the mistakes of the past
and head toward a church
as Christ intended
for our generation
and for our children’s generation?

Just take a moment and write it all down.

Video from #PCNAK

I plan on doing a decent write-up of PCNAK this year and the twitter frenzy that many of us took part in. But until i get a chance to do that, here are some videos from this year’s worship services. I only have video from Friday and Sunday. Apologies to Northwest and Southeast worship teams.

Northeast Worship Team

Southwest Worship Team

terrified of love

Malayalee churches never talk about relationships.

They never talk a bout sex.

Is it that the church expects the parents to teach it? Or is it that the parents expect the church to teach it?

Or is it that they both expect each other to teach it?

And then the parents put the pressure on the son or daughter to get married and they just wind up settling because they are about to “expire”.

Not that it always ends bad, but many times it does. That’s when we see postcards like this:
PostSecret-TrueLove

But how do you know it’s true love?

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

“I am my lover’s and my lover is mine” – Song of Solomon 6:3 (NIV)