Francis Chan to Facebook employees: What about when this is over?
By Marvin Schrebe
Former mega-church pastor and best selling author Francis Chan recently spoke to Facebook employees about the importance of humility, child-likeness and why he quit his job at the mega-church he founded. Chan, author of Crazy Love and other popular titles is now working on developing a house church movement in the San Francisco Bay area, one that has no overhead, empowers other believers and reaches the lost in the city recently named the most post-Christian city in America by the Barna Group.
Chan opened with a prayer asking God to use him and speak through him. Chan related the story of sending his daughter off to college, and the love he has for her. A recent letter from her meant the During the talk Chan emphasized our humanity and our subjection to God.
“What about when this is over? Any second, any second,” stated Chan. And we stand before him. Man that moment, if I could hear him say well done Francis, well done. You did it, you did it. Is there anything else on earth you want more than that?Seriously” Chan asked.
“When this is over where do we go from here and what am I going to hear coming from his voice. So I try to make decision in everyday life preparing for that day,” asked Chan.
Chan related his experience of burying both his parents by the time he was 12 years old. His mother at birth, his father's second wife, and then his father all passed.
"I am concerned about the end," Chan remembers thinking. "That started terrifying me, how do I end?...It never sat well with me."
Chan spoke of eternity, the fragility of life, and the importance of making decisions in light of eternity.
Chan especially emphasized the importance of becoming like children as Jesus said in Matthew 18. "If I don't become like a child, I won't enter the kingdom," Chan stated.
Chan went on to say that although he made one million dollars in a single year from book royalties and speaking, he gave every penny of it away. In fact he started a charitable trust with it and any money coming into it is locked away for charitable uses.
Chan said that church should be a team effort. He said his mega church is full of gifted people and that as a pastor he encouraged people to use those gifts. He said that he no longer preaches at his mega church because there are 30 leaders who have risen up using their spiritual gifts and they now lead the church.