Influence Conference: Anne Jackson

September 16, 2010

Photo credit Kyle Dowden

Anne Jackson (blog) is an author, speaker, and social change activist who lives in the Nashville, Tennessee area. She has authored Mad Church Disease – Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic and Permission to Speak Freely: Essays and Art on Fear, Confession and Grace

What is that thing that is weighing you down right now?  Ask God to give you a extra grace so you can carry that weight.

Your identity, your calling, no matter what your success is, your identity solely rest in Christ and the cross. And your identity is view thru the lens of that cross.

If we don’t know where we are going, we not only have a negative impact on us, but to others around us.
Where are you? Where is your heart? What condition are you in?

When Adam and Eve sinned, God came walking to them.
God’s heart pursued them in the garden after their sin. Where are you?

As leaders, where are we as leaders?

Anne submitted this question on her blog and got hundreds of responses.
“What is something you feel you can’t say in church, or around other christians?”

Some responses Anne got put into artwork.

When we can’t confess, we not only hurt ourselves, but others, our churches and communities.
When we can’t say where we are, we can not show people the way.
Confessing where we are to both God and others are essential to leading our church and communities.

Let each other know where you are at?
Pray for each other, so you can live together, together.

We when live a confessed life together, we can feel our burdens lifted in community.
Bono (U2) in his song One he says “We get to carry each other.”

We think about the consequences of our confession but we rarely think of the consequences of our concealment

Give someone the gift of going second. When you confess to others, you give the other person the gift of confessing second.

Confessing our brokenness to God and others, just doesn’t impact our lives, but will impact the lives of those around us.

You don’t have to be naked and shamed. You can be whole and healed. And so can your family, your church and your community.

Permission to Speak Freely is the unique project which brings to light the original intent of God’s sanctuary as a place of help and healing, Anne reveals that through confession, both to God and to others, we can live lives that are whole and healed.
Buy here.