Book Signings at #OC14

Book Signings at #OC14

Even with the popularity of Ebooks, many people still prefer to flip through the pages of a physical book. If this is you, we’ve got a treat in store at OC14, with some of your favorite authors holding book signings for their latest releases. This is also a fantastic opportunity to grab a photo or quick word with these respected authors.  Thursday – 10:45 a.m. Mark Batterson (All In and Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children) Heather Zempel (Community is Messy and Amazed and... Read More
When Christians Lie

When Christians Lie

by Heather Zempel “Just tell me everything is going to be okay.” That’s all my friend wanted me to say. Just a little comfort and assurance. We had just spent about four hours talking about the difficulties she was facing in ministry and leadership and relationships, and we had hashed through the advantages and disadvantages of potential upcoming decisions. “Just tell me that everything is going to be okay.” That’s all she wanted. Just one little throwaway line to give her heart some warm... Read More
When the Mess is of Your own Creation

When the Mess is of Your own Creation

by Heather Zempel Community is messy. It’s one of my favorite things to talk about. Usually, when I talk about messy community, I share examples from the comfortable vantage point of a third-party observer of a mess, a consultant in the navigation of a mess, or the victim of a mess. But every now and then, I am the instigator of a mess of the bad kind. What do you do when you—the leader—are the originator, creator, and mastermind of an unintentional mess? I found myself in that very... Read More

The Tale of the Carrot

by Heather Zempel Where do carrot seeds come from? My good buddy, Julie, is an organic farmer in West Virginia, and she taught me one of the most valuable leadership lessons I’ve ever heard. Carrot seeds. Where are they? Have you ever seen them? How does a carrot reproduce? Here’s what I learned from my farmer friend— You can plant a carrot seed, and in one season, that seed will become a fully formed carrot that you can pull from the ground and eat right immediately. You find instant... Read More