It has been an awesome week at the Exponential (NNCC) Conference. I learned a lot, was challenged and inspired, and maybe most important of all I developed new relationships.
After an insane 9 hour drive, I arrived home about midnight Thursday night. Then I had just a day and a half with the family and doing errands and preparing for the Origins Conference next week. It’s just not enough time. So hard to leave my beautiful wife and my 4 amazing kids. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen very often.
I love hitting a few of the best conferences each year. I just don’t know how you can succeed in church planting with out it. I think that God designed us to learn from others. That is why God called the church to be a body of individual parts interconnected to other parts to complete His mission. While you don’t have to arrive in a church planting situation with all the answers, I am so convinced that you need a toolbox full of tools. Going to conferences and hearing from other’s experiences of success and failure allow my to put tools in my toolbox that I can use later when we begin to connect to the culture in the community God has called us to.
Now I am in the O’Hare airport on my way to Los Angeles for the Mosaic Origins and Ethos conference. I am looking forward to adding more tools from guys like Erwin McManus and some of their International Mosaic Alliance pastors.