Overall this was a great trip. Thanks for those of you who’ve followed it with me through this blog. I hope you picked up on what I was attempting through the process. If not, then I’ll explain it.
My primary and maybe only readers of this blog are those who I pastor at Crew. Some of my responsibilities as a pastor are to teach, lead, and protect. When I come to a conference like this I’d love to share it with you and teach through it, but at a conference like this there are a lot of things that are good and a lot of things that aren’t. So as I listened to the speakers and reported on it I tried to affirm with intense celebration what was great and condemn heartily things that aren’t. This is called discernment. I want our church to be discerning. Not just of the culture (Huntington) in which we live, but the subculture (church) in which we live. I probably went over the top at times. But my heart is that there are good and bad things at every conference and sometimes within the same speakers. This is true of our church and myself as a communicator. We need to be alert to the things that aren’t good and eliminate them as we can. We need to be wide awake to the good and celebrate it.
Thank you Jesus for teaching me this week. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for providing this great opportunity to learn and spend time with other leaders and to think. Thanks for the EFCA that paid for it. Thanks for my church for supporting me through prayer and encouraging words. I ask that you use this time to transform my leadership in both methodology and strategy as well as biblically and theologically. Thank you for the hard work that went into this by all of the volunteers and leaders. Give me a safe trip home to my family that I can’t wait to see!