I just arrived home from the Sticky Teams Conference near Charlotte today. It’s my second year in attendance, and it has quickly become one of my favorite conferences to attend. Sticky Teams is focused on how to build a great team to do ministry. It is practical and encouraging, with teaching that is applicable and useful to the local church. I like that it is a smaller conference. Because of the smaller size, you have access to the pastors and speakers throughout the day. They also have good practical breakout sessions for ministry.
This year, the speakers included Larry Osborne and Chris Brown from North Coast Church, Joby Martin from Eleven22, and David Marsh and Lauren Perdue from the USA swim team. Every single session was just what I needed to hear. It was my first time learning from Joby Martin and I left encouraged and excited about what God is doing through his ministry. He definitely reminded me of the importance of keeping the Gospel at the center of everything we do. Leadership is not that complex, but it is far from easy. Throughout the conference, we were reminded that the leadership model that Jesus gave us starts with leaders being last and willing to serve.
The conference is hosted at Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, just outside of Charlotte. I love the layout and design of the church. Everywhere you go, they have places for conversation to engage people who attend. Look through some of the pictures to get some great ideas for creating space for ministry.