True confession: I don’t really like going to conferences. I think in the 8 years I’ve been at Journey I have maybe gone to 3 or 4 (all but one was actually IN SD). But I am FIRED UP about the Leadership Summit. I HAVE GONE TO & LOVED EVERY ONE! I am always blown away by something at the Summit & to be honest (I can say this humbly b/c I have nothing to do with making this happen) we do a great job of hosting it. Here’s some thoughts:
* Vision is caught by being around visionaries – there is no one that I know that can bleed vision like Bill Hybles. I have NEVER failed to be moved by one of his talks & he always opens & closes the Summit.
* God’s Kingdom is Larger than I think & more diverse than I think – they always have a wonderful diversity of leaders doing marvelously diverse things at the Summit.
* Leadership is a “Common Grace” that God has given to mankind. There is a spiritual gift of leadership (Rom 12:8) but there it is also one of the ways that we reflect the imago dei. Often some of the best sessions at the LS are lead by people that aren’t yet Christ followers. I loved one year how the brilliant Jim Collins talked about the church & it’s potential w/ greater passion than I had seen in a long time & he had already stated that he is not yet Christ follower, but is reading the New Testament & is seeking. It was a kairos!
* If you go to Journey… drum roll… you can go to the Summit this year for $75.00. Yes, one tank of gas. Rock On Rod, Jason & Alex. I pray that we have hundreds of Journey-ites at the Summit. I pray that YOU will be there.