Friday, April 25, 2008

Meeting John Burke and Craig Whitney at Exponential 2008

I met up with Craig Whitney at Exponential 2008 while he was manning ELI's (Emerging Leaders Initiative) information booth. I initially connected with Craig via facebook and we exchanged a few e-mails discussing some particulars of church planting and ELI's vision, mission, etc. Ihad a chance to chat with Craig for a good 10-15 minutes as he shared additional info with me about ELI.

I had also read John Burke's book, "No Perfect People Allowed" which I purchased at last year's Exponential 2007. So when Craig invited me to a lunch time rap session with John Burke and himself on Wednesday I jumped at the chance. I hightailed it over to AP-1 (one of those modular buildings on FBC's campus) and ate my lunch while listening to Burke and Whitney share their approach to church planter recruiting, assessment, fund raising, etc. I enjoyed their openness and willingness to share their piece of church planting wisdom with emerging guys like me. This is one more tool in my church planting tool box which God is using to shape me. Thank you Craig and John for the info and the fellowship.