I have a confession. I’m not much of an original thinker. Gasp! I know. Recently, our church leadership team took part in a 3 day strategic off-site. One of exercises we went through was something called the Thinking Wavelength. This revealed that I’m not an “theorist.” I don’t invent ideas. Rather, I’m a “finder”, which means I’m good at discovering brilliant ideas and well…stealing them. If the Thinking Wavelength sounds interesting, check out this link.
So, why am I telling you this? Good question! I think a lot of ministry leaders are “finders.” We know a good idea when we run into it. We easily understand what will work in our context and what won’t. But, we probably aren’t going to invent the ideas ourselves. This means we need places where we can find the great ideas. We need environments where we can collaborate and explore new ideas and fresh perspectives. For me, the best place to do this has been the Orange Conference.
Every year that I attend the Orange Conference, I come away with a fresh ideas. Honestly, this conference, and the organization behind it, reThink, have probably influenced me as a ministry leader more than anything else. If you haven’t been to the Orange Conference, this is the year! You should totally check it out! Registration begins this week and the price is greatly reduced. If you’re still not convinced, check out this video:
If you want to hear more about the Orange Conference, send me an email or leave a comment. I’d love to tell you all about it. And, if you want to give it a shot, I’ll be there! We should totally hang out!.