Yesterday had its moments. First off, it was cool meeting Perry Noble on the way in the doors. He’s not speaking…just here to learn…which is very cool.
I think the highlight for me was Craig Groeschel of lifechurch.tv. Really some great insights. I loved his whole riff on asking questions. "What if…the church was no longer bound by brick and mortar?" What if…" The cd will be a good investment. I’m sure you can track it down here.
The conference has a really interesting framework. The speaker’s time is a little shorter and they’ve built in time for a panel who joins the speaker for the final 30 minutes or so. Bill Hybels, Erwin McManus, etc. Not a lightweight crew. William Vanderbloemen, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Houston, scored the best one-liner when he said the church tends to be guilty of "raising the flag at sunset (i.e. adopting a new idea long after the moment has come and gone)."