Notes From the Pepperdine Lectures – Tim Spivey

Notes from Tim Spivey’s class – “The Word Made Flesh” – Friday, 8:30AM

  • A lot of church consultants and resource people talk about “closing the back door of your church,” but if your church is functioning properly it will always have people who leave.
  • Spiritually healthy people tend to leave unhealthy churches, spiritually unhealthy people tend to leave healthy churches.
  • “The body is made to pass waste” (lol)
  • The body has an immune system – when the immune system erodes, the body gets sick.
  • “Nobody says cancer deserves a place in the body!”
  • If a core person leaves – a person who helps form the spiritual backbone of your church – then something may be wrong with the health of your church. But if someone leaves who is uninvolved or is a constant complainer/troublemaker, then the body is simply functioning as it should.
  • Moral: your church may need more fiber.

I only caught the tail end of this class (I actually showed up early for the class that was to be in that room next), but enjoyed what I heard. I’m not sure if those bullet points were part of his main lecture on “The Word Made Flesh,” or if he was saying those things in response to a question (I think he may have been answering a question).

Check out Tim’s review of the Pepperdine lectures. He’s right, the Pepperdine Lectures have no rival.

More notes from other classes coming in future posts.

Happy Monday!

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2 thoughts on “Notes From the Pepperdine Lectures – Tim Spivey

  1. Tim says:

    I was answering a question from class. The question had to do with why people leave churches.

    The infamous “waste” comment was not to say that people are “waste” but trying to use the physical body as an illustration of spiritual realities. I could have used liver or pancreas or something…but it’s not what came to mind.

    It was good meeting you in person. Hope to run into you again soon.

  2. WesWoodell says:

    I understood what you were saying when you used the “waste” term, and believe you’re right. Your reference to the immune system really got me thinking as well.

    Anyway, it was good meeting you too, Tim! I’m sure our paths will cross again. 🙂

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