This is a Guest Post by Eric Jones. He can be found blogging at Jonese.us. I find this post timely, especially since moving into Ministry and seeing the number of conferences made available to those “in” ministry. I think the rise of much smaller ‘unconferences’ is one manifestation of the growing need for conferences for the ‘regular guy.’
Has anyone else out there become aware of all the church conferences going on around the US? We’ve got leadership conferences, worship leader conferences, youth ministry conferences and more. It seems like every time I turn around I see a new conference popping up for my pastor, associate pastors, church staffers, worship leaders etc to attend.
I like to check out these sites to see what, if anything am I’m missing. The speakers are all people I typically am aware of and have much respect for. The topics are as expected, slanted towards church leadership and church staff.
But then I started to wonder, what about me? What about the church attender? Where is our conference circuit?
Look around and typically you’ll find 1 MAYBE 2 conference or “events” a year for the average church attender. At my church I know we have a yearly conference for married couples and a big weekend conference for the singles in our church.
These conferences are great, well produced and top notch. I’ve only attended the singles one but it was awesome. Music, fellowship, worship, great minds just pouring their knowledge and love for Jesus into us. The energy around you is electric as people engage in conversations spurred on by the topics of the day.
But then it ends. You go home charged up and ready to go only to have life face palm you. You do your best to keep the energy high but over time you can’t help but loose some of that spark.
So I come to you and ask, why aren’t there more conferences for the regular church attender? Why do we have to have 3,000 conferences for the Church Staff but only 3 for the flock?
Better yet why hasn’t the flock stood up and taken charge to create their own conference?