10 ways to get the most out of any conference you attend.

I just got back from Orange I had a great time and am really excited to be going to Illuminate and Group’s Kidmin Conference. One of the things that social media has done for me is change the way and the reasons I attend a conference. Here is a brief list that will help you get the most out of any conference you attend.

1. Never eat alone – Get the schedule of the conference and be strategic with your free time. Find out who is going and fill your lunch dinners and breakfasts with meetings.

2. Meet with people who have more experience than you and meet with people who are just starting you can learn a ton from both

3. Connecting with people is more important than breakouts. Get the CD’s pour into people and learn from others always comes first in my mind.

4. Set your teams expectations before you leave. In my opinion Conferences are to connect with other churches not the people from your own church. You can compare notes and discuss the conference once you are home.

5. Give more than you take

6. Pick your breakouts based on the presenter not the topic. I did that this year for orange and it worked better than I expected.

7. Fly in early and stay a bit late.

8. If you know you are going to spend time with someone come with a list of questions written out. I road tripped with Jim Wideman and had a list of questions all of which got answered. It keeps your time focused.

9. Branch outside your denomination and ministry sphere. It’s easy to get ministry clicky. I went out to dinner with a couple of youth pastors this guy and this guy. I learned a ton.

10. The greatest resource at a conference isn’t the venders, the breakouts or the main sessions the greatest and most underused resource is the people who attend. Fight the conference flow you will be glad you did.

Jim Wideman did a great set of posts about what he learned form orange.

Hijacking Quotes

I had this thought the other day. What if I could hijack a quote and take it over so that people think I actually said it when I really didn’t. What quote would I choose.

Here’s my list

1. The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. – Hans Hoffman

2. I believe in Christianity as I believe in the sun: not only because I see it, but by it I see everything else – CS Lewis (actually anything CS Lewis says would work just fine)

3. Big gulps huh? Alright see you Later. –   Jim Carey in Dumb and Dumber.

Those all make my top ten list but the hands down winner, if I could hijack any quote it would be Mother Teresa “Jesus is everything.”

What about you what quote do you wish you could hijack?

Podcasts I listen to regularly.

Every once in a while I like to put a list of books or resources that I am currently enjoying because I always love finding a new book or podcast. So here is a list of podcasts I listen to often.

Ministry Podcasts

North Point Ministry Podcast

North Point Church Podcast

The Gospel Coalition

Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast

Redeemer.tv (my church)

Timothy Keller Podcast

Kid Ministry Podcast

Cornerstone Fellowship Podcast – Christaan is just to funny.

Ministry-to-Children Podcast

Random Other Podcasts

Havard Business Review IdeaCast

ESPN Fantasy Focus: Baseball Edition

Stuff You missed in History Class

Stuff you should know



The ten best books I read this year.

The ten best books I read this year.

1. The Jesus Storybook Bible – Hands down #1 on my list

2. A million miles in a thousand years

3. 3 Signs of a miserable Job.

4. Spiritual Parenting.

5. Stuff Christians Like the book

6. The Forgotten God

7. Switch

8. Just Courage

9. Creating Magic

10. The Five Questions you need ask your organization.