Exponential 2016, a three-day event held in Orlando, Fla., drew more than 5,000 church planters from around the world, including more than 30 people from the Baltimore-Washington Conference. The event focused around the theme “Becoming 5ive,” an allusion to five different types of church.
This series of articles presents some of the BWC experiences and observations at Exponential 2016.
By Melissa Lauber
What happens when local church leaders from the Baltimore-Washington Conference immerse themselves in learning how to plant new churches? Hopefully, multiplication. Read more »
By Erik Alsgaard
More than 30 clergy and lay members from the Baltimore-Washington Conference attended Exponential 2016, an ecumenical conference for church planters in Orlando, Fla. Read more »
By Christine Kumar
After fumbling to get my seat belt fastened on the plane, I was ready to go to Orlando, Florida, to attend the Exponential Conference at First Baptist Church. My colleagues, Olivia Gross, Melissa Lauber and Erik Alsgaard, were on the same early morning flight. Read more »
It’s not just about big churches…
By Mark Batterson
In 1983, a physics professor named Lorne Whitehead published an article in the American Journal of Physics, titled “Domino Chain Reaction.” The domino effect is nothing new, but what Whitehead discovered is that a domino isn’t just capable of knocking over a domino the same size as itself. What he discovered is that a domino can actually topple a domino that is 1.5 times its own size.
So a 2-inch domino can knock over a 3-inch domino. A 3-inch domino can knock over a 4.5-inch domino, and I’m not
Here’s the amazing part, by the time you get to the 18th domino, you could topple the Leaning Tower of Pisa! Of course it is leaning so that’s cheating. With the 21st domino, you could take down the Washington Monument, and with the 24th domino, you could take down the Empire State Building.
I think you get the point. It is not linear progression, it is geometric progression.
Check this out, the gravitational potential energy of the 13th domino is 2 billion times greater than the energy that it took to knock over that first domino. So, if you try to start with domino number 13, good luck with that, it’s not going to happen.
But anybody can topple a 2-inch domino. So don’t despise the day of 2-inch dominos. One little yes can change everything.
Now imagine the steps you take. In 30 linear steps, you’ll travel 90 feet. But in 30 geometric
What’s the risk you need to take? What’s the two-inch domino you need to push over?