If the Lobby Gathering isn’t already on your calendar, it might be time to stop what you’re doing and sign up. (but don’t stop reading this post… stop the other things you’re doing!)
Conferences are great, right? 2 or 3 days chock full of information that’s all wildly convicting, way over your head, and only semi-actionable? What a fun way to… blow up your brain?
I CAN’T SAY THIS LOUDLY ENOUGH: The Lobby Gathering is NOT your average conference. In fact, it’s straight up different. And that’s a good thing.
The Lobby Gathering is built on conversations, not just listening. And it’s geared toward networking, not just information.
The Lobby Gathering is our unique chance as small groups point people to connect deeply with others, get practical input and ideas about our actual ministries (not just how we wish they were functioning), and walk away refreshed and ready to take on the year ahead.
Enough small talk. Here’s what you’ll really miss if the Lobby Gathering isn’t a part of your 2018 calendar.
100 OTHER PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH
You’re probably the only person doing your job at your church. Even if you’ve got a team around you, there are challenges and stressors that only you carry. The Lobby is a place where 100 other people who ACTUALLY do your job come together, drop the act, take off the veneer of inflated numbers… and tell it like it is. We laugh together, we throw up our hands in desperation together… and everything in between.
THE OPPORTUNITY TO INFLUENCE AND COME ALONGSIDE SMALL GROUP POINT PEOPLE THAT NEED YOUR INPUT
We all know that community comes alive when people stop just trying to take from their group, and start investing in other group members. It’s the same way with the Lobby. YES, you should come to the Lobby because you’ll benefit. But no matter where you’re at in the Small Group world, you have something that someone else needs!
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A RETREAT IN PARADISE AFTER WINTER
Confession: I live just north of LA, so I’m not starving for paradise… I kind of already live in it. But if you live anywhere BUT here, do yourself a favor and book that “tough work trip” to Southern California. Your soul deserves a good long look at the ocean and the magical salty breeze, especially after the long winter months. Take rest seriously and consider this an investment in your emotional and mental well-being! (Check out Saddleback’s San Juan Capistrano campus, it’s BEAUTIFUL!)
REAL PHONE NUMBERS OF REAL PEOPLE THAT WANT TO KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING
After being at the Lobby twice, I have rockstar people in my phone. I’ve had the chance to sit down and pick the brain of men and women who are lightyears ahead of me in experience and wisdom. At the Lobby, everyone is ready and willing to share everything they’ve got with anyone that wants to talk.
TANGIBLE IDEAS TO IMPLEMENT RIGHT AWAY
Because of all the access to real life ministries going on in so many places around the world, it’s impossible to leave without an entire toolbox full of actionable, simple ideas that you can customize to your context.
To be honest, this is the one conference that’s on my “MUST GO” list every year. It’s refreshing, inspiring, and you’ll walk away with a toolbox of ideas that you couldn’t get anywhere else.
Tuesday March 13, 2018 – Thursday March 15, 2018