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Rob Hatch keeps asking for synthesis from my week at General Conference. I keep thinking that he’s asking for a good thing…and for more than I can deliver.
Here’s the challenge for me. I haven’t stopped to think since I got back, and I spent the time on the plane writing other things and the time on the layover talking with a friend from Fort Wayne who was on the same flight. And I spent part of the flight from Chicago to Fort Wayne talking with the guy next to me who was on the last leg of a flight from China.
And as I think about the week, I think about conversations.
On Tuesday, my social media friends started a virtual birthday party which kept me from sleeping. Actually, it was a real party.
I was sitting at lunch with friends from Fort Wayne and one mentioned a guy named Jim who I had wanted to meet. Wehen I asked my friend to introduce us sometime, he pointed across the restaurant and said, “That’s Jim”. We talked for 15 minutes and he actually knew what Twitter and facebook and pownce are.
I sat at breakfast and listened to a couple from Quito and a couple from the middle east talk about what breakfast is in each of their countries.
I talked with two guys from northern michigan about their church and structure and asked one about a topic and he said, “funny you should ask that” and I said that it hadn’t been my idea.
I talked with a guy from Fort Wayne and one from Florida, both pastors and leaders and both convinced that we need to stop doing church the way it has been done and start thinking about real people who aren’t in church.
I helped out with powerpoint and reporting on sessions and blog writing on two blogs and shooting and running sound.
I produced and presented a video which helped honor 30 people who have died in a different (for us) and yet effective way.
I had a bunch of other conversations.
And here’s what I know:
-the conversations accomplish far more than the business meetings.
-with wifi, there is little separation between home life and conference life.
-I am being stretched into social media in ways that I do not understand.
-Because we can only handle so many relationships, I have a feeling that my relationship base is shifting and I don’t what that means.
-I have absolutely know clue what Portland OR looks like.
Not much synthesis, Rob. Mostly listing. But does anyone else see any threads?