Hey guys. I’m on the road again these days and I’m going to try to blog my trip for you guys and for my benefit. I say try because my plans don’t always make it into reality as you well know.
The EFCA of which Crew is a part decided to give me an opportunity (free of charge) to attend what’s called the Exponential Conference (www.exponentialconference.com). A conference on all things church starting (aka church planting). I’m going to change from church planting to church starting, because that is what it is and it avoids confusion. We’re over a year old and we’re thinking in terms of what our next steps are in order to multiply churches out of our church. So this should be helpful. I’m really excited for this as opposed to most conferences I’ve gone too. But not so much because of the conference info and practical skills as much as I feel that God is calling me to a time of intense prayer, seeking, dreaming, and learning from Him. I’m anticipating knowing Jesus more intimately from this trip in the context of church planting. Starting churches is in our roots, our reality, and our future. If we are going to be a healthy church, we need to be a church that starts other churches.
So pray for me and be looking for regular posts from me over the next 4 days while on this trip. I’d like to start posting hourly once the conference starts Tues at 1pm. I’m going to hopefully have wi fi here and if so I’ll be posting live what I’m hearing, learning, thinking, and asking. Please ask questions about any of it. Make comments. Argue with me. Whatever. I’d like for you to experience best you can what I am and reflect on it with me.
As I write this I’m in a hotel room in Orlando Florida at 11:45am having just gotten up. I drove all night with a couple of other church planters and the church planting big wig for the EFCA. I know I could have flown, but they wanted some car time in order to dream and talk. I’m always up for talking. So I’m on 3 hours of sleep but feel great.
One last comment and then I’m signing out of here. I want to thank my wife Sarah for making this happen for me. She is at home with 3 kids and will be until early Friday morning.
Without her full support and sacrifice to go it alone for a few days I couldn’t have this opportunity. I want to publicly thank you Sarah and mention a few things that happens for me at these things:
1. I get to hear preaching from that Bible that is good for my soul.
2. I get to pick the brains of leaders who are more godly, more mature, creative, and innovate than I am. It makes me a better leader.
3. I am exposed to trends, technology, methods, and systems that are at work across the country and world and get a jump on applying that to my leadership and church.
4. I get an intense time of dreaming and thinking about where Crew is going with church planting.