The following is a guest blog post by Jeremiah Morris, husband, dad, disciple-maker and church planter. Jeremiah is one of our 50+ speakers at the Exponential Regionals this fall:
I long to change the world.
This has been true since I was a boy. As a result, I have day dreamed in different seasons about various career paths and life goals. I wanted to be a doctor that healed people, made money and gave it away. I wanted to be a martyr for Jesus in a foreign land that inspired people with my grand faith. I wanted to be a compelling preacher that filled large venues with people hanging on my every word. Then I started paying attention to Jesus.
Jesus’ approach to changing the world is baffling initially. He consistently ran crowds off. He passed over influential people to spend time with men who stunk like fish. He gave the bulk of his time and energy to a handful of simple, hungry people rather than cultivating and clinging to a platform, reputation, or public persona. Jesus was convinced that the best means to influence the world with the truth and beauty of his life, death and resurrection was making disciples. He selected a bounded number of people with whom he could meaningfully share his life. Then he taught them, travelled with them, ate with them, laughed and wept with them, and ultimately sent them. That was it. His plan was very different than mine.
So, I gave it a shot. I laid down visions of personal grandeur and started giving my life away to small groups of men. Turns out he was on to something. The fruit from making his model my aim has been stunning. I have a long way to go, but every step I take towards abiding in Jesus and then giving myself away to others has been full of both joy and fruit. What was initially baffling is now beautiful in my sight.
Special Invitation from Jeremiah
Getting to Know Jeremiah
Exponential asked our speakers to answer a few questions to help get to know them better. Check out some of Jeremiah’s answers to the questions below:
If you were not doing what you are now doing vocationally, and you could pursue any other career, what would it be?
Sand Volleyball Player
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Houston — I am living the dream!
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
What’s your favorite hobby or thing to do in your spare time?
Playing with my 3 boys
Other than the Bible, what’s the most impactful book you’ve ever read?
SO hard to pick 1! With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray
Jeremiah Morris is one of over 50 speakers at the Exponential Regional conferences this fall. Join Jeremiah and others at the Houston regional conference!
Hero Maker Conferences
Hero Maker is the theme for Exponential 2018. The theme focuses on the shift from being the hero to coming alongside others for them to become the heroes in our church’s unfolding story. At each conference, we will unpack the 5 essential practices for leaders to multiply leaders: multiplication thinking, permission giving, disciple multiplying, gift activating, and kingdom building.
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- Washington, DC: September 10-11
- Southern California: October 2-4
- Bay Area: October 22-23
- Houston: October 24-25
- Chicago: November 6-7
- New York City: December 5-6
To learn more and to register for any of the 2018 Hero Maker conferences, click here.