Was asked in my Exponential session for a few book recommendations on the topic of church and organizational change. I've created an Amazon a-store where you can browse and purchase any of my recommendations.
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.
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!
Finally getting back into the groove of things... Sort of. The "groove", but with the realization that it's time to once again make some adjustments/changes to my schedule/time/priorities so that I can continue to narrow my focus on the stuff I ought to be focused on. (This is becoming a theme in my life...)
ANYWAY.....that small rant just to mention that I'm planning to throw some more Exponential stuff onto the blog in the next day or two. I've got some notes from Tim Keller, Alan Hirsch, and a few others that I haven't posted yet.
Here's the deal... While Andy was extremely gracious and more than happy to sit down and talk with us, he was not aware that the video was being broadcasted LIVE across the internet at the time of the conversation. HAD he known that, there is one subject he discussed that he probably would've avoided speaking as specifically about as he did (i.e. overseas missions where Christians are being severely persecuted for practicing their faith.)
So....we are going to send the folks at Northpoint the video first to let them go through it and cut out any names or information that could put people at risk. As soon as we get it back we'll post it!
Hope that helps!
Now please, stop emailing me about Andy's video. Sorry Terri (my assistant...)!! Thank you!
PS - Hope this explanation was helpful. Andy, if you read this and want to chime in, comment, or clarify at all, please feel free to do so! And thanks again for the interview!