1 You really don’t care about leadership.
Last year, former ServiceMaster CEO Bill Pollard and EFCA Executive Vice President T. J. Addington told it like it is. I learned about setting up mission statements in business and ministry, how to find awesome employees and volunteers, responsible time management, balancing visionary leadership with servanthood—the list goes on.
2 You think ministry should be easy.
The speakers tell it like it is: it’s tough. Church-Planter “V” discussed the ins and outs of church-planting and overcoming cultural boundaries. Pastor Phillip Nelson shared his story of blessings and burdens. And when you’re in a room with 70 other ministers, missionaries, businesspersons, and students, you realize that no matter how many hurdles you’ve jumped, the bigger ones are still ahead.
3 You just don’t like diversity.
The ELC brought people from all over the world together for five days. This wasn’t just ethnic diversity; this was a nexus of different opinions on how missions should work, how leaders should lead, and how churches should grow. We discussed how our collaboration in the Great Commission influences our views on culture, gender, skin tone, music, age, marriage, justice, etc.
4 You don’t want to think.
This isn’t the only place you can think, but if you hate being challenged to reason from the Scriptures and love the Lord with your mind, you won’t enjoy the Emerging Leaders Conference.
5 You want to stay numb.
There’s something electric about singing praises in languages from every continent. A great stirring within takes place when you hear gentlemen like Doug Anderson and Dr. Jim O’Neill pray. If you’re not really into experiencing that intense camaraderie, that deep desire to lead well, that supernatural drive to love God more, the ELC will only disappoint you.