The Start of a New Year
I’m starting 2012 over again, apparently. After kicking off the year with a trip to Indianapolis to meet with my Hope Partnership colleagues, I came home to discover my kids had acquired some interesting new viruses that their friends had picked up over the holiday break.
I won’t bore you or disgust you with all the gory details, but suffice it to say that my son Hayden and I have now been resurrected from a near-death bout of the flu mixed with strep throat. I’ve lost 10+ pounds (basically from not eating for four days), and it feels like a total reset.
But thankfully I’m on the rebound just in time to tell you about some of the things I have coming up, places I’ll be speaking and opportunities to perhaps cross paths with some of you around the country:
January 17-18 — Re-Mind and Re-New Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma — I’m excited to participate in this conference on renewal in North American Christianity with speakers from across the emerging missional church: Diana Butler Bass, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Chris Haw, and Craig Van Gelder. If you’re in the Tulsa area, please consider coming out and being a part of this fascinating conference.
January 20-22 — Wild Goose Festival planning retreat — I don’t know who all will be there, but I’m looking forward to participating in the planning process for this year’s festival. If you have thoughts/ideas/questions that I can help bring to festival organizers, please let me know!
January 28-29 — “DARE to Lead” events in North Carolina — This is our first opportunity, in partnership with the North Carolina region, to share what Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation is about and what we have to offer Disciples churches. I’m excited for this to finally be happening, and I hope many Disciples churches in NC will come out to this free event.
February 6-9 — Minister’s Week at Brite Divinity School — I’m honored to be able to give my workshop on “Missional Transformation” during the conference, and I’m also looking forward to co-preaching with Suzanne Castle at The Search in Fort Worth on Super Bowl Sunday. There are plans to do a theology pub that week, as well, so keep an eye open for that. It should be a fun week in Dallas/Fort Worth!
March 27-30 — Mission Planting Base Camp in San Diego — This new training event for progressive missional church planters is one I can’t wait to see get started! Spencer Burke is at the helm, with the support of Rich McCullen and the entire Missiongathering Christian Church community. These are some of the most creative, innovative church ministry people I know, and I’m thrilled to be able to help this new venture get launched.
April 23-25 — The River Gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico — I’m really humbled by the opportunity to co-lead this missional retreat with my good friend Rev. Phil Shepherd (The Eucatastrophe), organized by the Tres Rios and Hi-Plains areas for Disciples pastors in those areas (and beyond). The setting is breathtaking. It’s going to be a relaxing, refreshing few days on the bosque, experiencing this sacred ground. I can’t wait!
May 1-5 — Funding the Missional Church and Church Planters Academy — Two back-to-back events in my hometown of Minneapolis, where the Disciples are on the verge of doing some exciting new church planting work? Yes, I’ll be there!
Will I get to see you at any of these upcoming events? Let me know where you’re going to be by leaving me a note in the comments! I’d love to connect with you while I’m visiting these areas, especially if you’re interested in church planting/missional community formation.