Left the Yellow Box this morning around 6 am to make the trek to mecca and be a part of the Willow Creek Arts Conference. You can take all the shots you want at mega churches and how we don’t need facilities (and I don’t think facilities are necessary, oly important), but Willow’s facility is remarkable! Eric and several other CCC staff were here yesterday. I guess Eric got his moment of fame on the main stage. Sounded like he was very funny – if you want to check it out, click HERE.
Eric and I just finished up a “cup of coffee roundtable” with a handful of arts leaders from across the country who wanted to talk to us about The Big Idea. Kinda fun. In about an hour we will be doing a break out for a few hundred people on The Big Idea: Creating A Healthy Relationship Between the Lead Pastor and the Lead Artist. Eric and I always have a good time doing this. I am the one who over prepares and he is the one who wings it. He always gets more laughs; but I like to think he needs a straight guy to get his laughs. So, I will be playing the part of the straight guy.
It’s still kinda weird to walk into some place and see a book you wrote on a shelf…particularly when it is right next to a book by Donald Miller.
Also, kinda cool – thanks to a friend at the WCA I got to meet Mark Miller who is the Vice President of Training & Development for Chick-Fil-A. He wrote a book with Ken Blanchard and John Maxwell titled, The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do. I have not read it, but I will. He offered to connect at a later time to discuss franchising. With 8 CCC locations and 13 NewThing affiliates, the more I understand about franchising the better.