After church this evening, Rusty (my pastor) and I will be heading east. It’s about a 5 hour drive to Reston, VA where we’ll be spending our day Thursday at The Whiteboard Sessions. The conference is one day only with eight speakers each given 30 minutes to develop one idea.

Here’s part of the official description from the website.

We’ve invited 8 of the most inspiring leaders in ministry to share one compelling idea in just 30 minutes each. They come from different ministry circles and use a variety of methods, but they all have one thing in common: a love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a desire to see lost people reached.

I’m especially looking forward to hearing Ed Stetzer, Mark Dever, and Darrin Patrick speak. Ed Stetzer has done a lot of church planting and pastor training in missional contexts, which is something I’m very interested in. Mark Dever is pastor of Capital Hill Baptist Church in DC, and is a highly respected (by people I respect) author and speaker. Darrin Patrick is another church planter, he founded The Journey in St. Louis, MO, and he serves as Vice President of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network.

This should be an exciting day of worshiping with, and learning from these men. Rusty and I are hoping to take away and idea or two that we can bring home and implement in our church. I’ve been praying about how we can better serve our members so they grow spiritually and become missionaries in our town.