Hey everybody! Thank you for helping make scotthodge.org one of the top 100 church blogs over at churchrelevance.com. I'm actually blown away that I'm even on the list this year. My blogging has fizzled quite a bit over this past year. Actually encourages and excites me for my relaunch in the next couple of months!
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Ok, I'm diving back in to the blog. It's been way too long. My lame excuse: I've been running 200MPH since a few weeks before Easter with writing, travel, etc... and blogging just hasn't been that high on my priority list. Sorry faithful folks.
So anyway... Rather than try to knock out a bunch of amazing blog posts, I thought I'd throw out a few random thoughts of what's been happening over these past few weeks. Here we go:
Easter. This year's Easter weekend The Orchard was a record-breaking weekend! Our teams did an amazing job and I think my head is still spinning after a HUGELY successful Helicopter Easter Egg Drop. All I can say is WOW. If you missed the video review, click here.
Orlando. Had a great time at Exponential in Orlando. Exponential is sort of a like a big family reunion (but without the weird uncle and the funky potato salad). This is actually the largest church planting conference in North America and one that I would definitely encourage all church planters to attend in 2010. Had fun teaching a session with Gary Lamb (did he really say "wanker"??) and then participating in some great conversations in the Exponential Lounge with guys like Erwin McManus, Francis Chan, Dave Ferguson, Craig Groeschel, Matt Chandler, and others.
Austin. After a couple of days home I found myself in the amazing city of Austin, TX to be a part of Q. Q is one of my favorite gatherings of the year. It's small and all about influencing and changing culture. Think TED format. Loved connecting with a bunch of friends - both new and old. People like Kem Meyer, Mike Foster, Jeff Shinabarger, Tim Stevens, Alan Hirsch, Kyle Zimmerman, John Burke, Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, Gabe Lyons, Mel McGowan, Charles Lee, and a bunch of other amazing people. Next year, Q will be here - in Chicago!
Atlanta.Orange. It's THE premier and the BEST family ministry conference in the flippin' universe. Loved being a part of this and having the opportunity to share The Orchard's story and some thoughts/ideas on the topic of navigating change with a room full of Lead Pastors and Senior Leaders. Just wish I could have stuck around for more than a few hours, but was glad to be able to hang with a few of our staff who were attending and introduce them to some killer Korean BBQ.
Uganda. In a couple of weeks. More on this later, but looking forward to getting my heart messed up by this trip.
Study. It's what I should be doing right now. So I'm done. Hopefully back in the groove of blogging. We'll see. Thanks for the encouragement folks.
I have no idea why I thought of this, but did you know they have Shakey's Pizza in Tokyo? I remember walking through the Takeshita-dori district (I think...) and seeing one. For some reason that blew my mind. Apparently, they're all over there. Anywho.
Larry Boatright has had some great posts on the topic of relational leadership over at his blog where he has posted a recent conversation with John Atkinson from Bay Area Fellowship in Corpus Christi, TX. John shares some great insight. Definitely worth reading and diving into!
It's a bit dusty around here at scotthodge.org. But I'm back and ready to get this place moving again!
BTW......had a great time in Las Vegas with Amanda. I was there to officiate a wedding ceremony, so we took advantage of the time away and extended it out to celebrate her birthday.....VEGAS style! :) Whatever that means....
Anyway.....my I'm going to vomit some A.D.D. all over this post with a bunch of thoughts/links/etc.... Here it goes:
Thanks to DJ Chuang, just found out that past talks from "Q" are available for online for free. DJ has posted the details and link here. This is probably my favorite conference of the year because it's all about influencing culture. Go watch 'em.
Barton Damer at Already Been Chewed recently shared a video link featuring Shepard Fairey - the "OBEY" guy. I LOVE his work and have a few shirts featuring his designs. Interesting to see & hear how he works.
Have you seen the lineup of speakers for Exponential? Holy smokes! Francis Chan, Matt Chandler, Craig Groeschel, Alan Hirsch, Tim Keller, Erwin McManus. Check out the entire list here. Exponential is one of the largest gatherings of church planters in the US. I'll be there! Hope you will be too!
Last but not least.... Do you have a tattoo? Check out MyTatStory.com - a new site that we've launched in conjunction with our new fall series called "INKED." We're asking people to snap photos of their tats and share the stories behind them.
It's called a BRAIN DUMP. And man, do I need one. So I'm spread out all over my office....chillin' on my couch doing some sorting, emailing, REM listening, and trying to figure out what's next to go on the list of "things Scott is doing that he shouldn't be doing."
So anyway...thought I'd share what's rattlin' around my noggin' right now along with some links worth checking out.
Leaving on Wednesday for Catalyst Conference in Atlanta. Will you be there? I feel like I'm heading to a giant family reunion... Except I'm actually looking forward to it!
A few blogs that I've been diggin' for a while. Definitely worth a look....
Donald Miller - yeah, that Donald Miller.... Author extraordinaire.
Mark Miller - My friend, Mark, is from a couple towns over and serves on staff at this church. Great guy with a swell head. Also interesting to note that Mark is actually Don Miller's uncle.*
Joe Thorn - Again, a fellow Chicago guy. Nice photography and some great thoughts on the church and theology. Pastors a church in St. Charles, IL and has an amazing hairdo.
Without Wax - I've never met Pete Wilson in person, but if he's even half as cool as he comes across in his videos, I'm pretty sure I'll dig him.
Stephen Brewster - Stephen is the Sr. Director of Marketing for Integrity Music. Not only has this guy been incredibly generous in hooking me up with some great tunes, but he also has a GREAT heart that really comes across in his blog. You can't help but like this guy...
Steve McCoy - Yes, another Chicago dude. I met Steve and his family at The Orchard once when they were visiting. We hit it off immediately! Steve pastors a church in Woodstock. It's Baptist, but we won't hold that against him because he's really into Tim Keller and has what must be the best Keller resource page around. Bless him.