Our Synod meeting kicked off bright and early on Monday morning. We were delighted to have 270 commissioners and almost 500 observers in attendance.
How refreshing is it that I'm actually excited about attending a Presbyterian conference? @eco_pres
— Mark Tumney (@mtumney) August 17, 2014
If I'm going to lead ppl, I can't need their approval. If I'm going to love ppl, I can't need their approval. -John Ortberg #2014NatlGath
— Jim Miller (@pastorjmiller) August 18, 2014
Lead with embrace, not theology. Don't close relational doors; people might think God doors are closed too. #2014NatlGath — Judson Taylor (@judsontaylor) August 18, 2014
Half the people I talk to say, "Let me pray for your church." And then they do, right there. #2014NatlGath — Sharon L. Holland (@hollandsha) August 18, 2014
I expanded upon the five important shifts we are seeking in ECO and shared more about the in-house resources we want to develop as well as the key partnerships we have, outside of our tribe, to help facilitate these shifts. Finally, I formally introduced Flourish—the sub-brand of ECO where these ministry aspects will be housed.
Flourish will primarily serve the needs of ECO, but by having ministries under a sub-brand, it allows churches outside of ECO to participate more easily. It also makes the facilitation of organizational partnerships outside ECO a little easier.
A few other highlights from the Synod meeting include:
One of the best things about this @eco_pres synod mtg is all the laughter. It's a sign of not taking ourselves too seriously. #2014natlgath
— Corey Widmer (@coreywidmer) August 18, 2014
Day One in the books at #2014NatlGath. Highlights for me 1) Ortberg calling us to love the Church 2) laughing at Synod 3) Singing w/ organ
— Jerry Fourroux (@jerryfourroux) August 19, 2014
What will I bring back? ECO is intended to be a movement that changes the world, it's not safe nor stale. #2014NatlGath
— mikeconan (@mikeconan) August 20, 2014
I am thankful to so many who helped make this 2014 National Gathering happen. I am grateful for the time and resources invested by individuals and churches to be a part of this event. I believe our three days together in Dallas will continued to strengthen our foundation as we look into the next phase of this movement.
If you were able to attend our Synod meeting in Dallas, we encourage you to take a moment to share your insights and take aways in the comments below. We'd love to hear your thoughts!