I love one day conferences. You get information overload from great speakers and sessions, and you aren’t gone from your family for an entire week. There are two conferences that I am planning on attending in the early spring.
The first is Unleash at Newspring Community Church in Anderson, South Carolina. It will be held on Thursday, March 13th this year. I went last year and can say that it was incredible. The main sessions and breakouts were extremely helpful and encouraging. And the music … , well let’s just say that it was loud and proud. It makes me wish that I lived in a college town. I plan on going on taking some of the people who are interested in starting a young-adult service at our church. I love listening to Perry and I appreciate them putting the video from their entire service online each week. It’s amazing to see how God has brought them from a small college church 7 years ago to a huge growing church today. I’m just glad that they are willing to share what they have learned along the way.
The second conference that I am excited about is the Whiteboard Sessions in Reston Virginia. Ben Arment, pastor of Reston Community Church is pulling together a great lineup of speakers. It will be on Thursday, May 22nd. One day. 8 influential leaders. 30 minutes each. And 1 compelling idea. Here is the list of speakers: Tim Stevens, Mark Dever, Mark Batterson, Darrin Patrick, Perry Noble, John Burke, Vince Antonucci, and Ed Stetzer. The conference website isn’t up yet, but Ben is putting updates on his blog here. This looks like a great conference and I am excited to hear form all of these great church planters, bloggers, and leaders. I have read books and articles by all of these guys, so I’m looking forward to hearing and meeting them in person.