Have you heard the news that the !deaCamp has been resurrected?
It is true; I’m thoroughly excited and a little scared. Why? Well, these sorts of things tend to require a lot of work.
It all started a few months ago when Lindsey sent an email saying, ” Hey, I think it’s time for another !deaCamp.” After an email or two and a quick conference call with Mike, Lindsey and Charles Lee, we decided to move forward.
We quickly agreed that his !deacamp should be held in Austin. I mean, the !deacamp and Austin were made for one-another.
Now, to be frank, the four of us do not need any extra work on our plates. And, you don’t need “just” another conference to attend, right?
But that is exactly why I’m thrilled to help co-lead the IdeaCamp. It’s so much more than a conference. It’s a community of sojourners, a tribe of people who gather every so often around a table and talk about issues that are meaningful to humanity.
That table is filled with practitioners, not just dreamers. These folks are already in the game trying to solve problems — big problems.
At this table, you get to hear conversations that might be typically off limits. At this table, you can ask hard questions, you can disagree freely and not live in fear that you are now an “outsider” at the table.
!deacampers love the hard questions; we thrive off the theory that the crowd has tremendous wisdom — not just the speaker. And usually we sit down at the table to discuss one key issue – church, justice, sex, orphans, ideas, and now human care.
We pour out our souls, we talk with passion, we connect on a deep level and we usually leave with new friends, partners and possibilities.
No superstars, no green rooms, no high paid speakers, no dominant voices, no “one-size-fits-all” mentality — that is not how we roll.
It’s life giving.
And let me be really clear — the table is when we gather formally. However, we always stay connected, we’re always rooting for each other, we’re always trying to find a way to help one another in life, business and ministry.
Are You Coming?
This September, you will laugh, you’ll cry, you may get angry, you may be a little sad, and you will eat lots of tacos and hear some amazing music.
This is why I said yes. This is why we made room in our schedules. These are the conversations that bring life to all of us. They breathe deep meaning and add much needed fuel for the work that needs to be done.
Hope to see you in Austin this September. Register here.