Willow Group Life Highlights
I was so busy at the Willow Group Life Conference this week that I didn't get the time to blog. For whatever it's worth, my teammate Will Johnston blogged every session he attended. Very copious notes. You can check them out here.
Here were some of the highlights for me:
- Hanging out with some of the brightest minds in small group ministry to compare notes on what's working, what's not working, and where we want to experiment. Thanks, Bill Search. And thanks for Simple Small Groups.
- "Stop looking for best practices to implement and start praying bold prayers." - Bill Donahue.
- Dinner with Laura Crosby from the Upper Room Community. Really amazing Italian food!
- The arrival of my team-- I love those guys! Thanks Juliet, Leslie, Will, John, and Kim!
- Walking into the Willow auditorium for mic check and feeling like I was entering the Colosseum to be tossed to the lions.
- Lighting a pickle on stage.
- Throwing moonpies at the breakout session. Sorry for hitting that light, Willow.
- Bill Willits telling me he was proud of me after the main session. Wow. C'mon, you're one of my heroes, dude! And while I'm talking about heroes and encouragement, thanks to Rex Minor, Alan Danielson, Alan Pace, Russ Robinson, Dave Auda, Bill Donahue, Greg Bowman, and Dave Treat.
- Meeting Frank Chiapperino, Cynthia Ware, and Mark Howell face to face. And seeing Mac Lake again.
- Two girls running up to me on Thursday night, "You were in Steel Magnolias!" Whoa, worlds colliding.
- Will Miller, Will Miller, Will Miller. I love you.
- Eating pizza with my team at Giordano's and almost falling asleep from exhaustion.
- Hanging out with the team from Bluefish.tv.
- Eating Steak and Shake with my team and feeling so glad everything was over. It's all about food.
- Miles McPherson. Whoa. 'Nuff said.
- "Let me tell you what will kill your ministry and your small group, keeping it to yourself. Worry about pushing people, transparency, being transparent. Let me tell you what won’t kill your ministry. Doing exactly what God told you to do."- Miles McPherson