One of the more original ideas for a pastor’s conference that I’ve seen. And not a bad one at that…
According to their website, the idea for this conference came from two sources: A blog post from J.R. Briggs, a pastor at Renew Community in Lansdale, Pa and the wildly popular site www.epicfail.com.
A few dangerous questions were asked:
-What if we offered a space that is gutsy, hopeful, courageously vulnerable for pastors to let go of the burden to be a Super Pastor?
-What if we could hold an event that was free from the thrills and frills of other pastors conferences?
-What if we came together as epic failures and sought not successful models or how-doâ€™s but instead celebrated faithfulness in ministry because of the reality of Jesus?
-What if we were reminded that weâ€™re not responsible for being â€˜successfulâ€™ in ministry, but we are responsible for being faithful to the calling that God has laid out for us â€“ regardless of the outcome?
-What if we had a conference that was not led not by famous pastors who are household names, but by scandalously ordinary ministers and leaders who are faithfully attempting to join with God â€“ even in the midst of glaring obscurity and anonymity?
That post attracted more hits than any other post that J.R. had written in seven years. People from all over the world began contacting J.R. through the blog, email, phone and text messages saying, â€˜Iâ€™m in! Where do I sign up?â€ We knew we had struck a nerve. We were on to something significant.
This excited us and freaked us out.
The result: The Epic Fail Pastor’s Conference. Check it out!
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