A few months ago, my friend Ben Arment called me with an idea about creating a first-of-its-kind experience for writers, communicators, artists, pastors, and church leaders. The idea was to design a conference where people could learn from some of the most effective communicators of the Gospel today.
But the best part was that Ben wanted the conference to happen in or around Chicago. So we started talking venues...and one thing led to another.....which eventually landed the project called "Story" at two incredible venues in the Chicago area:
So of course, I'm excited! But the thing that I'm most excited about is the idea and heart behind this 2 day event. I believe that the greatest story - the story of the Gospel - is a story that deserves to be communicated in the most creative, engaging, and beautiful way possible. And that's what Story is going to be all about.
Enough rambling... Let me give you a few details:
Dates: October 28th & 29th
Where: Paramount Theatre (28th) and The Orchard (29th) - both in Aurora (40 miles west of Chicago).
How's that for diversity!? WOW.
That's a lot to digest and this post is getting too be long, so I'm going to save the workshop speakers for another post. But it is definitely going to be an amazing group of people who are coming together in October.
Go to the Story website now.
And oh yeah - they are also giving away a trip to C.S. Lewis' home in Oxford, England!
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:
I'm in Orlando, Florida with my good friend, Ted Egly for this year's Exponential Conference. For those of you who don't know, Exponential is the largest church planting conference in North America. This year, almost 3,000 people have registered to be a part. Check out a list of this year's speakers here.
A few things you need to know about...
Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 20th), Gary Lamb and I will be hosting a post-launch session entitled: "The Leader's Capacity to Stay on Course." Really looking forward to this! It will be at 4:15pm.
I'm also excited about a new addition to the conference this year known as the Exponential Lounge - where I will have the privilege of hosting conversations with a bunch of great leaders such as Erwin McManus, Dave Ferguson, Francis Chan, Larry Osbourne, Craig Groeschel, Matt Chandler, and a bunch of others.
The best part about the Exponential Lounge is that all of our interviews/conversations will be broadcast LIVE on our conference channel. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions via text messaging thanks to our friends at Jarbyco!
Some important links & info:
Exponential Channel (live interviews that I'll be hosting with some great leaders)
Twitter hashtag: #exponential09
My Twitter: @scotthodge
Texting Instructions: "EX + your question" to 24625
Here's Tuesday's Schedule:
*All times are EST.
You can start texting your questions for Erwin at 11:15am EST tomorrow!
Hope you'll join us!
Side note: the audio is a little bit off from the video - looks kinda like a cheap kung fu movie. :)
Watch other videos from The Idea Camp here.
Tags: Aurora, Cynthia Ware, Facebook, Illinois, Jarbyco, Scott Hodge, Social Media. Change, The Idea Camp, The Orchard, Transition, Twitter
I’ve gotta be honest... I am blown away at the caliber of people God has surrounded my life with. I'm serious. The leaders, pastors, entrepreneurs, creatives, artists, etc... who I've had the opportunity to get to know and become friends with over the years is something that I am so grateful for!
One of those people is a very new friend of mine by the name of Dave Gibbons. Dave is....umm...let's see. Well let me just paste in what Zondervan says about him:
Last weekend I had the opportunity to meet and spend some time with Dave while at The Idea Camp in Irvine, CA. In fact, not only did I have the privilege of spending some time learning from Dave, but SOMEHOW......I also found myself sitting between him and Eugene Cho during a Leadership Q&A session at Idea Camp! That was quite an honor... (even though he made me eat this.)
SO ANYWAY....with all that said, there’s two things I want to tell you about:
DAVE'S BOOK. The Monkey and the Fish. I read a lot of books, but seldom do I read one twice. I'm already half way through my second reading...
It’s hard to describe how much I have found myself resonating with Dave’s heart through his book. Plus, watching how God is using him, not just in SoCal, but also in places like Bangkok, India, London, Mexico City, and multiple other cities, is stretching and challenging me in some unbelievable ways. (You can read about my visit to NewSong Bangkok here.)
THE VIDEO. The other thing I want you to know about is this video interview recorded last weekend by Eugune Cho (who you also need to get to know...).
On a side note, Dave will be speaking at this year’s Leadership Summit at Willowcreek.
Lastly, here’s some linkage.
Get to know Dave Gibbons folks.
Tags: Bangkok, Dave Gibbons, Eugune Cho, Idea Camp, Leadership, Leadership Summit, NewSong, Scott Hodge, The Monkey and the Fish, Zondervan
Catalyst One Day is going to be happening this coming Thursday at Granger. I've made some last minute plans to head over there with this guy. I have a feeling that it's going to be sort of like drinking from a fire hydrant cranked to full blast! Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel.... You won't even find that good of a combination at your favorite Chinese restaurant.
But anyway.... Looking forward to seeing all my Granger friends! Who else is going?
I'm sitting in my office getting ready to go out and speak at our 10:45am service, so I thought I'd throw out a bunch of stuff that's spinnin' in my head. It's been a while.... Plus, I noticed that I received the hatchet on Ben's blogroll. So I figured I better blog again SOON. :)
Ok, with all that said....it's time to go teach! Have a great Sunday!
Tags: Aaron Escamilla, Barack Obama, Ben Arment, Dream Center, Illinois, Peoria, President, Related Leaders, Riverside Community Church, Scott Hodge
I definitely look smarter with my glasses ON.
I'll be there sharing The Orchard's story and talking about CHANGE, leadership and whatever else the conversation guides us to.
It's happening next week - Thursday, November 6th.
Hope to see you there!
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.
While you're at it, check out this video about Fairey's work on the Obama campaign. It's interesting and cool - regardless of what you might think of Obama. Also, check out this this screenshot of my desktop. It's an "OBEY" style design by Barton Damer. LOVE IT! Thanks Barton!
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.
That's it. I'm done.