I am totally stoked.
I’m sitting on an airplane on my way to California to spend the next four days with some amazing people who…get this…do what I do.
But that’s not it. Not only do they do what I do but they are really good at it.
We’ve got a schedule lined up.
We’ve got some experts to come and mess with our ideas.
We’ve saved a bunch of time to simply talk shop and work through our ideas.
We can ask tough questions and push at the things that really matter.
How often does that happen? It happens for me twice a year.
Most of my time is “running” between Sundays. There is very little time to stop, think, talk it out, and work on it.
My boss, Andy Stanley, always talks about setting time aside to “work on it.” If you don’t set that time aside you will find yourself only “working in it.”
For me, there are two great ways to “work on it.”
The first is to set aside time for yourself and your team, if you have one, to work through the issues that are coming up over and over again. It’s also a great time to do some dreaming about the future and reminding of the core values, mission, and strategy.
The second is a bit harder though. The second is to “work on it” with people who do what you do in a different place. This way, you start to see things from a whole new angle. You start to understand things that may have never crossed your mind through the eyes of someone else. You start to learn from others.
Now, one way to do that is to get invited to a small gathering of people like I’m on my way to see. It’s awesome. I would recommend it. The problem is that I didn’t get invited to this for my first 7 years in ministry. What do you do in the meantime.
I’ve got an answer.
I want to invite you to the Orange Conference April 30-May 2 in Atlanta.
Not only are there going to be amazing ministry leaders there to give you great ideas…that’s just a given…but, the folks at Orange have gone to great lengths to make sure that we get to learn together with people who are doing what we are doing!
For example, the Pre conference is set up by “tribe.” There will be plenty of teaching but also, a lot of conversations with people at the beginning of the conference so you can maintain those relationships for three whole days of learning.
They will also be making it possible to identify others in our tribe simply by walking around. You’ll have to show up to see how that is going to work. It’s going to be pretty slick.
So, what do you say? Want to head to Atlanta? I’d love to see you there.
Tom is the North Point Ministries multicampus director of Transit (middle school). Tom’s passion involves working with campus directors and their teams, as well as recruiting and developing the hundreds of volunteer small group leaders it takes to pull off Transit at the five churches of North Point Ministries. He is the co-founder of UthMin.net, a place for middle school ministers to gather. Tom also co-wrote Lead Small with Reggie Joiner, a resource for children and student small group leaders. Tom and his wife, Julie, live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three children, Mac, Joey and Cooper.