Craig Groeschel is coming to New York.

31 01 2008

craigheadshotI am so pumped I found out one of guys doing church I really respect is coming to our Youth Conference. I am very excited and can not wait to hear what Craig has to say. In typical Craig style if you have and should read his blog I will be short and hopefully insightful.

Why I respect Craig?

1. He is creative and doesn’t mind mixing it up.
2. He is passionate about the Kingdom as a whole not just his little corner of it.
3. He wants to help leaders grow. (He does this through is blog and books)
4. He is generous with what God has given him. He gives away all of his weekend service stuff.
5. He has a red hot passion to see people far from God come close to God.
6. He has a sense of humor and enjoys life.

Craig has really shown me that you can do church outside the box and be creative without letting your creative take away from your message. Out of all the blogs I read. Craig challenges the way I think especially when it comes to leadership. Thank you Craig for your contribution the the kingdom. We can’t wait to hear what God has for us.


YouTube Friday: Pluggety, plug, plug.

9 11 2007

I did do youtube Friday last Friday because I was working on video that is a recap/promo video for our youth conference.

Every year about 1800 young people come to little ol’ Utica, NY from all the northeast. In the past 11 years we have had some fantastic speakers. This last one was special for me because I got to meet Ed Young, who is one of my heroes.

Check out Generation Conferences web site. Email me with any questions. Hope you enjoy the video.

Shameless Plug

13 08 2007
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Leave the 99 and go for the 1

31 07 2007

This is my last post about the generation conference …..until next year.

If I were to take just one thing from this conference it is that God is passionate about people. We need to lay aside the things we think we need. We need to lay aside the things we want and pursue what matters to God. One thing I have been guilty of and I believe the church as a whole has been guilty of is that we stay with the 99 and leave the one. That is not where God’s priorities are. God is intensely passionate about the one. You and I need to be passionate about the one. We need to love God and Love others!

Below is the opening video to our conference I think that it illustrates at least in part where God’s heart is.

What I learned from Ed Young

30 07 2007

b-host-eym.jpgI had the wonderful opportunity to meet one of my spiritual heros at our generation conference. I was blown away by his humility and by how personable he was. It is very humbling for a Pastor who has 20,000 people in his church to not only listen to you but ask you questions to get your perspective on things.

What did i learn from Ed Young?

He truly has a passion for reaching people who are far from God.

He truly cares about people.

He is what he preaches. He exudes Authenticity.

He says that he loves asking questions and he really does ask a lot of questions. He never stops learning, I love that.

He has a way of talking the conversation and using it to find out more about you.

He is 100% passionate about the local church.

He lives the theme of our conference. He really does Love God and Love others.

Generation Confernce Wrap Up.

28 07 2007


All I can say is WOW. What a great 3 days. It was such an honor to be part of such an amazing event. God is so good.

Highlights for me.

1600 kids passionate about God – learning how to love God and love others more.

Hearing Joyce Meyer for the first time – she can preach. I was very impressed I think to often she is thought of as only being a woman’s conference person. She brought it Thursday night.

Hearing, meeting, talking, and getting my picture taken with one of my heros Ed Young. I will talk more about this in another post. I was blown away by Ed. I used to respect him after this week he took my respect for him to a new level.

Being part of a big team that belongs to a church with big vision.

The Jumbo video screens (the media geeek in me)

Knowing the video’s were projected by a mac (the Steve Job’s loving media geek in me)

Talking with old friends and meeting new ones.

Knowing that the next GenCon is at least 1 year away and not 7 months away like this one was.

Meeting Ed Young, He so nice I had to mention it twice. (If you have ever heard Ed speak, you know he loves to rhyme).

Live updates from the Generation Conference

25 07 2007


Here is a link for live updates of the conference. Generation Conference 2007 Live.

6 hours left and 5 videos left to make………yikes….