What I Hope to Learn at the NewSpring Unleash Conference
Today was one of those crazy days that started off a little foggy, then things just never rolled into a routine. I spent a good 4-5 hours on I-85 in the back seat of an extend-a-cab truck with four guys on our way to the Unleash Conference put on by NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC. My one instruction from Deb for this conference was to pick up a Clemson tiger for the dog but I am not so sure where in the world I would be able to find one of those guys. Anyone that happens to be in Clemson and is going to Unleash, and happens to have a spare (small) Clemson Tiger, that would be much appreciated.
Most of the staff here at Cornerstone Church made the trip out (in a few different vehicles) and as I write this in the back seat of the truck, one carload is in Atlanta, one is in Greenville, one is behind us by about 10 miles and we are about 2 hours before all of us meet back up at a restaurant for dinner. It is a pretty rare thing for all of the staff to be together in one place at one time, and I am looking forward to catching back up with each of them tonight.
On a side note, if you would like to follow us on Twitter you can do so with the following ID's for Unleash
- Rusty Hutson - @rustyhutson
- Josh Agerton - @joshagerton
- Jack Fisher - @jackfisher
- Brian Johnson - @bslash
- Amy Coxwell - @aecoxwell
- Julia Farrow - @farrowj
- Scott Fillmer - @scottfillmer
One thing that is really nice about traveling, when you don't have to drive yourself, is the time you have you wouldn't otherwise have to do those things you don't normally get to do, like read in the middle of the afternoon or just sit and listen to some music. I use to travel all the time and miss it quite a bit for the free time it provides by nature of traveling. Most that travel a lot get quite bored with it, but in the 10 years or so I did nothing but travel, I always loved it.
Going to Catalyst just a few weeks ago to shoot for the event got me really excited about going to Unleash because I wasn't going to have to drive. I could actually do something else, like write a blog post and try to finish up Killing Cockroaches (which I did not do). It got me thinking about how much I could get done if I was on vacation, but that sounds like an oxymoron (and I haven't actually been on an official vacation that I can remember).
One of the guys going with us posed a great question when we piled into the vehicle. What's the purpose and what are we supposed to learn from by going to Unleash? I starting thinking about what I really wanted to get out of Unleash and realized I hadn't even given it any thought at all before we got in the car to drive to South Carolina.
What I Want to Learn at Unleash
Communications and Technology - I would like to get a better understanding of how a larger church effectively uses technology to communicate to their church and those not yet at their church
Networking - since I have been working in ministry less than a year I feel like those who have spent their whole life in ministry (which seems to be a lot) already know each other, I don"t, but like every industry, it is a slow process. I hope to meet up with a few people I already met at Catalyst and make some new friends I can connect with once I get back to Auburn.
Leadership - these conferences are always about leadership in the church, but I am looking for some differences between what I have already heard before and what kind of leadership we are looking for in the church that hasn't made it out of school yet. I am looking for information about where the church body is headed as far as raising up and developing new leadership for the church that will take it into the next generation. I am already too old to make an impact as a young leader, but eventually I could make an impact on a young leader.