Relevance LEAD this week!

I’m doing something new at the end of this week. I’m going to a conference (well, that’s not new) in Las Vegas (well, I drove through on the Interstate once) called Relevance. (That. That’s the new thing!) Relevance LEAD follows the TED model — where current leaders in technology, entertainment, design, and more share brief (18 min or less) talks aimed at sharing ideas and making connections across disciplines and with interesting juxtapositions to our own situations and work. LEAD’s first incarnation is aiming to do the same thing with ministry; what new ideas are fermenting across the church, inside and out, and how can they collectively catalyze folks in our generation?

Relevance LEAD is the new kid on the block, actually. Its older sibling, the Relevance X conference, has been going on for several years now: it’s for young adults who are trying to follow Jesus and make a real difference in the world. I’m going to get to see some of that action also, before I hop on the plane home so I can preach on Sunday.

While I didn’t get chosen to be a LEAD speaker this year (but watch out for next year’s killer speaking app!), I am pumped that I get to play a small assisting role in the conference, helping to facilitate social media. Here’s where I am looking for some help. (Ha! You knew there would be a catch!)

First, if you’re coming to either part of Relevance2012, then you should have gotten an email from me with information about blogging, facebooking, tweeting, flickring, and the like. Start sharing the news now–how’s the packing going? What are you most excited about? Will there be reunions with friends? That kind of thing. Use the tags & your own social media platforms because trust me, your friends, followers, and connections are going to want to hear about this.

Second, if you’re not going to be at Relevance, then I could use some help knowing what would be the most beneficial information we could share, as well as what channels we should be using to share it. Short videos? Tweets? Instagram? Write me some ideas down in the comments!

Finally, we’d appreciate your prayers. Gathering young adults and young leaders is an incredible task, and out of these gatherings I wouldn’t be surprised if we began to see seismic changes. These aftershocks, however, start in God’s hands–not our own. We need those prayers.

Look for more information, livestreamed videos, and much more from Thursday – Sunday at – I’ll keep you posted here too. See you there!

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Aren't we what we repeatedly love? My wife, being GeekDad to the 4 superkids, United Methodist pastoring, Texas, science fiction and other nerdy pursuits, words (speaking, listening, writing, reading), Britain, music, camping, tech, baseball, practicing theology. Jesus. Coffee.


  1. Sounds like a great conference! Have a wonderful time! – Brianna Lewis


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