Wednesday, August 01, 2007

A New Slant on Leadership

Christian conferences have drawn from a range of speakers: those with TV audiences (Robert Schuller, Pat Robertson), those with mega-church credetials (Rick Warren, Bill Hybels), those with academic status (Martin Marty, Klyne Snodgrass), and most recently those who publish books (the list is too long). I don't think I have heard a conference speaker or seen a promotional piece for conferences with anyone who has NOT published a book. I just picked up a new book by Kester Brewin that is loaded with internal endorsements from other authors from the same publishing house. Do all speakers publish? Are all published authors speakers?
What if there was a conference featuring unpublished pastors from churches under 150 in attendance who have served faithfully for more than 20 years? Depth or yawn?


At 3:49 PM , Blogger Dan said...

hmmmmm... would anyone pay to attend such a conference? I have enjoyed seeing ECC pastors serving smaller congregations as seminar speakers at Midwinter.

At 8:17 PM , Blogger kent said...

I think there would be a market for that conference given the fact that that the vast majority of church are under 300 people. How does the world of the mega church connect with them? What lessons does a pastor who is leading a church of 10,000 and who has 25 on staff have for the pastor who is working in a church of 200 and has a part time staff person? Imagine what someone in as church of 300 and who has a good staff situation and is thriving in that situation has to teach others who are just behind him.

At 5:22 AM , Anonymous Kester said...

Hope you enjoy the book nonetheless. The UK version had no endorsements; it's a part of publishing I don't really like. For good reason - as you've picked up.

I actually do very little speaking. The only things I tend to do are Greenbelt Arts Festival in the UK, and Soliton in Ventura. Both because of the close relationships I have with people there. And Soliton has no 'platform' - it's a facilitation time really, so actually the majority of the speaking is done by people on the ground. Which is why it's so good.

Not quite the ideal you're suggesting (which is a great idea), but getting there.

At 10:57 AM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

Yikes! Kester thanks for chiming in. I did not think you would read my blog, but I appreciate your commenting back.

At 10:45 PM , Blogger Aaron said...

ah, amazing how what you say gets back to the author Don. I've done that many of times.

i speak at conferences, am not a published author (yet?), and always wonder why i get these gigs with other well-known published authors. i don't pastor a church of 150+, or even 100+, or even 50+ but i guess there are a few who want to hear what I have to say.

it's known. those in the speaking circuit, busy writing books are out of the trenches. its good to hear what's going on from the inside.


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