greatest STORY ever told…


What can you tell someone to impact their life? Information? History? Details?

To make the most compelling impact, you need to tell your STORY. Yes, your story will contain information, history and details…but your story also holds your heart. It is unique, untold. Within your STORY lives a lesson for each of us. Will you tell it?

Last year, I had the great privilege of attending STORY, a new experience in conferences straight from the imagination of Ben Arment, creator of the  Catalyst conference. Creative elements and great stories collided yielding an impact on my heart that my story is important, and so is yours! If you couldn’t make STORY last year, good news! STORY is back – but don’t wait too long to register, it’s limited to 500 attendees and half the tickets are already gone! Check out the information below. Hope I see you there!

Sept 23-24
Chicago, IL

STORY is a conference for the creative class in ministry on September 23-24, 2010 at Park Community Church in downtown Chicago. The purpose is to fuel the church’s artists, writers and producers in communicating the greatest story ever told. You’ll hear from some of the best creative practitioners in both ministry and the marketplace, from filmmakers and authors to actors and musicians. Presenters include:

# Dan Allender – best-selling author, professor at Mars Hill Graduate School
# Charlie Todd – creator of Improv Everywhere in New York City
# Princess Zulu – AIDS victim from infancy, advocate for the oppressed
# Jason Fried – founder of 37Signals, creator of Basecamp, author of Rework
# John Sowers – president of Donald Miller’s The Mentoring Project
# Shauna Niequist – former creative director at Mars Hill, author of Bittersweet
# David Hodges – formerly of the band Evanescence, award-winning songwriter
# Leonard Sweet – futurist, author of 40 books, professor at Drew University
# David McFadzean – creator of Home Improvement, producer of Roseanne
# Richard Walter – accomplished screenwriter and professor of film at UCLA
# Sean Gladding – member of Communality, a new monastic community
# Andrew Klavan – author of True Crime (Clint Eastwood) and numerous novels
# Gary Dorsey – founder of Pixel Peach Studio in Austin, TX
# Music by Vicky Beeching, Kari Jobe and Carlos Whittaker

Seating is limited to just 500 attendees, and the event is scheduled on a Thursday and Friday so you can enjoy the weekend in the city. Following its inaugural event in 2009, STORY is now a two-day, main-stage event with no breakouts or workshops; just an intimate audience with the top creative minds. You’ll be able to ask questions during the event and continue the conversation after it’s over. Visit


Season of Transition


It’s been awhile since I posted and I hope you’ll understand. Transitioning off a ministry staff takes time, even more so when we are purposeful about making it a healthy transition. I am so very thankful to Greg Lee for this video post he made, first because I can feel his heart-felt appreciation, and second, because he does such a great job explaining my transition. I love how God has worked through Suncrest to help me grow. I am blessed by how Suncrest continues to care about people far from God and help them cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus.  Bill and I will continue to attend Suncrest unless God calls us elsewhere.

So, what am I doing now?

  • I’ve decided to take October as a month to unwind, reflect and recalibrate. I’ve learned many things about myself in the last 6 years doing ministry, both strengths and weaknesses.  I’m not going to go into those here, but would be disappointed in myself if I didn’t take time to learn from the experience.
  • I am involved in two weekly small groups right now, one at Suncrest, one online. Both challenge and stretch me. And even though I’ve chosen to have a month of separation, God showed me isolation was not the answer. I need these groups more than ever right now, and they just ROCK! Thank you!
  • trust-agentsI am also part of a blogging team for the book, “Trust Agents: Using the web to build influence, improve reputation, and earn trust” by Chris Brogan. I am convinced that the web is key for the next generation of outreach for the kingdom. The potential is endless and kingdom workers need to learn to navigate this tool so we can leverage it to God’s glory. Can’t wait to hear this group‘s input on the book. The discussion has just begun here.
  • October is crazy-full of church leadership conferences!  For the last five years, our Suncrest Group Leadership Team has enjoyed the GroupLife Conference at Willow Creek. I always loved getting away with my team to learn, eat, laugh and… eat some more. 🙂 This year I’ll have an opportunity to sit behind the scenes as part of Willow’s volunteer social media team. Hope to enjoy the view from this different ‘seat’. Then there’s the Cultivate09 conference (finally meeting my online group leader, Tony Steward, offline) and STORY (by Ben Arment – creator of the Catalyst conference). Both conferences look amazing, can’t wait to ‘tweetup’ with many twitter friends there. Plans are to live-blog as much as possible. Stay tuned!