Last year’s Buzz Conference was amazing. Just the kind of big event that begs to be followed up with a bigger event.
Instead of again dominating the multiplex at DC’s historic Union Station as they do every Sunday and as they did last year for the 2007 Buzz Conference, this year NCC is planning a much more intimate affair in their modest Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse venue.
Here’s what they say:
“Less Conference. More Conversation.
Unplugged: Two days of unplugged conversations on the five greatest challenges every leader faces.
Join Mark Batterson, Lead Pastor at National Community Church, and Jud Wilhite, Senior Pastor at Central Christian Church, for an unplugged conversation about the five greatest leadership challenges that every leader faces. Receive personal coaching and practical take-home principles from two pioneering and authentic leaders. Build relationships with other ministry leaders while you process personal challenges in this intimate and relaxed setting” [some links added].
– find out more here.
I just love this.
Some time ago, I complained in A Rhythm of Learning/Planning/Executing about how we tend to rely too much on the dispersal of information at such events. I suggested that at such gatherings we should spend less time on the acquisition of new information and more time planning out the application of what we learn.
How many times have you left a great conference, exited the auditorium after a penetrating sermon, or finished a fantastic book and reflected on how mentally stimulating the material was only to find yourself bogged down in the same ol’, same ol’ just a week or two later? What difference did your learning experience make?
It seems to me that Mark, Judd, and the great folks at NCC are taking us in the right direction.