Let me start by saying, this is not a plug for Dedicated2012. Though, I will say, I would LOVE for you to come! Anytime you can get Chad Veach, Carl Lentz, Chris Hill, Benny Perez, and Wendy Perez in the same room its guaranteed good things are going to happen! This blog is why I personally love conferences and attend many every year and why I pay for the travel cost and conference fees personally.
#1: Inspiration. As a leader you know that you can not put a price on inspiration. It is invaluable! Inspiration comes and goes so when it comes you need to capitalize on it. Every time I go to a conference I leave inspired, energized, and excited! If for nothing else you get to worship and hear the word in a different, fresh setting and that in itself will bless you.
#2: Relationships. I have met so many great friends through out the years at conferences. I can honestly say that most of my closest friendships started at a conference. Two friends come to mind off the top of my head. I was in Utica, NY freezing attending Mike Servello’s youth conference. I ran into two guys (brothers) Robbie and Ricky Hilton. We had an immediate connection and have been friends ever since. You know never when God has a Kingdom Connection waiting for you.
#3: Life Change. I was saved, called into the ministry, filled with the Spirit, met life long friends, and the list goes on and on at conferences! YOU should work hard in your budget (ministry and or personal) to attend at least one or two conferences a year. It is a total game changer! If that is a total impossibility because of finances then make sure you are a voracious reader and “podcaster”. Keep the information and revelation flowing.