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I don’t know about you, but I’m finding there is so much content out there available in so many different forms that it can sometimes be overwhelming. It isn’t that the content isn’t important or even that the delivery methods are flawed, but rather there is so much of it making it difficult to sort through it all. We have access to more information than any generation in history, and yet sometimes the inability to focus and process can be the enemy of learning and creativity.
This is why I’m a fan of conferences. Perhaps you could say I’m being somewhat self-serving since we do, in fact, host multiple conferences each year. But as I’ve reflected on the world of conference planning, I’ve come to view the conference almost like a vacation with a more specific purpose.
As much as we need a vacation from time to time, I believe that taking the opportunity to unplug from the day-to-day grind and investing in some focused content, staff relationships, and creative thinking can be invaluable to both our personal and professional lives.
For us, that means taking seriously the way we plan and organize the D6 Conference. We want it to be an opportunity for reflection on how the church and home unite in discipleship and the spreading of the gospel. We want it to be a place where new relationships can be formed and old ones can be strengthened. We want it to be an escape where creative ideas are planted that will produce fruit in your ministry.
In order to achieve these results, we’ve decided for the first time ever, our Two-Day Main Event in Louisville will include both main stage and breakout sessions. We felt that it was a shame for more than half of our attendees to miss out on the deep and practical truths fleshed out by our presenters and wanted to make these sessions available to everyone.
In Dallas, we’ve also added an evening session on Thursday night and allowed for more break time on Friday to let the event breathe a little instead of feeling like an all-day sprint. These are only two examples of the ways we continue to look for ways to provide a quality experience for our attendees while viewing everything we do through the lens of Deuteronomy 6.
I hope you’ll join us this fall. Our event won’t be the same without you. Either way, though, I want to invite you to take a look at some of our past content that will be available May 1-4 during our D6 Days event. It’s your chance to learn a little more about what we have to offer and to think deliberately about ministering to families, both yours and those around you. I think that’s something definitely worth your time.
- 3 Ways to Get Your Team on the Same Page for Family Ministry - March 22, 2016
- A FREE Conference for Your Team - April 21, 2015
- A D6 Thank You - October 24, 2014