Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Leadership Summit

Last Thursday and Friday I attended the Leadership Summit at Eagle Brook Church. Bill Hybels and Willow Creek have shared a leadership conference since 1995 that is now broadcast via video all across the world. Hybels shared at the beginning of his talk this past Thursday that 60,000 people would be attending the conference.

I am a sucker for leadership conferences. I am constantly trying to learn how I can be a better leader in the church and community. I never want to stop growing as a leader. I want to continue to develop the skills that God has given me and then utilize them on behalf of the church. I could spend a day just listening to the videos on the Leadership Summit web site and then pondering them. That site is: http://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/2009/summitsunday.asp

I sat down this morning to type up my notes from the conference—and then realized that I need more time to do this. Later this week I plan on posting my notes to Scribd.

Anyone who wants to get a good summary of the conference can read the Tweets of the conference. Just go onto Twitter and then put in the hashtag, #TLS09. That hashtag (I think this is what it is called) goes into the search box on the right side of Twitter.

Last Friday I wrote about the Presbyterian presence at the Leadership Summit. That is cool.

Today I'm wondering if the Presbyterians could pull off a conference like this.
I'm thinking about the leadership opportunities that our own denomination offers—the PC(USA). Where are the inspirational conferences and events that are encouraging leaders for 21st century, main-line ministry? I know that the PC(USA) just did the Big Tent and APCE is an excellent event. But is it possible for a main-line denomination to offer a leadership event or two that can catalyze us as Presbyterians?

Or am I just a dreamer?

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