Most of our leadership team from Westside went to Northpoint Community Churches conference. It was a really extraordinary time for all of us.. These guys are on the leading edge of leadership in the church in America.
Andy Stanley, their senior pastor, spoke at most of the main sessions with only his father Dr. Charles Stanley speaking in one. (He speaks with the kind of authority that makes you think he came off the mountain with the Ten Commandments. "Yes sir! Whatever you say sir. And what else should I do with my life?" No wonder Andy and Louie Giglio came up under his leadership! The range of topics went from volunteerism in the church to systemic thinking to prayer in conflict.
I absolutely loved it. It's been a long time since I had such smart and practical input. I am planning to take my team next year so we can all share the experience.
I would try and unpack some of the things we learned there, but you would do better to read about much of it in Andys book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Ministry.
I'm sure I will be reffering back to ot over the course of the next year as I begin to (attempt) to apply what I am learning.