I have the privilege of working back stage at this year’s Drive conference hosted at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA. This conference is customized to be a one-stop conference for all levels of your church staff. From senior pastor to administrative assistants to youth workers, there really is something for all the key roles in your church.
If you’re attending this year, and you’re looking for a bunch of theory-craft, dogma, and untested ideological absolutes then you’ve come to the wrong place. This year’s tagline is: Drive, because we’re not there yet. This is a conference with practical, hands-on techniques that you can begin implementing on the ride home.
I am on staff at North Point Ministries and Andy had a special message for us to keep in mind as we make our final preparations and gear up for the next three days. As we prepare to empty our cups and do our best to share what has worked to help us lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, he wanted the staff under his leadership to keep one important thing in mind, in summary, “Don’t forget to listen.” He reminded us that the people coming to our conference are just as much a resource to us as we try to be for them. Ain’t none of us “there yet.” As we approach the coming days of meeting new people, sharing stories, and focusing on strategies and methods to effectively be Jesus in our respective contexts, we on staff here need to make sure we own the role of student. Andy said flat out, “In many, many cases the people walking through those doors have more to teach us than we do them.”
So, whether you are coming to Drive this year or not, look around you and ask yourself the following questions. Are you there yet? Are you teaching when you should be learning?
You’re surrounded by untapped resources placed there by your Father in Heaven. It’s up to you to use them.