How do you sharpen your leadership skills? For a decade of my life, I served on an ‘iron sharpens iron’ collegiate ministry team in Louisiana. Although I may have occasionally griped about the trip to our state’s convention for staff meeting, I knew that I would drive back to Ruston with something new. It was often a new idea for ministry, a book suggestion, a reminder of something forgotten in the busyness of the semester. I was sharpened by being with my peers.
You may experience this locally, in your state, in person, or through loads of connections possible through technology. You may not have these kinds of relationships with colleagues at all. Whether you benefit from this kind of leadership challenge often or rarely, it is needed in the life of every college minister!
The Collegiate Summit 2009 is designed to be this kind of gathering and more. It’s designed for collegiate ministers, by collegiate ministers, and is good enough to happen only once every three years. I hope your plans are to be at the Music City Sheraton in Nashville on April 30 to May 2, 2009. Key leaders include Thom Rainer, David Kinnaman, Jeff Iorg, David Platt, Dave Hunt, Ed Stetzer, and Mark Dever! There will be loads of practical, peer-led seminars and beneficial ‘iron sharpens iron’ hallway conversations as well. Full time, part time, intern, veteran, church based, or campus based, this conference is for you. Click on ‘events’ for additional details and registration information.
A hallmark of our Baptist work with college students is developing student leaders. Great!! Plan to sharpen your own skills as well. Pick up the phone. Facebook a respected peer. Actually read the book on your shelf. Register for the Summit.
You’ll be glad you did! : )