Leadership Institute 2008

This week is Church of the Resurrection’s flagship conference for pastors and church leaders, Leadership Institute.  Each year it ranks among my top highlights of the year because of the opportunity to serve and meet many new people from all across the country who are passionate about improving their church leadership skills.

This is my 6th Leadership Institute and the first one at which I am not presenting.  This has given me the opportunity to focus much more than ever before on the network, WiFi, and other aspects of our guests’ experience.  I will post tomorrow about our recent infrastructure upgrades and how it is faring under the load.  Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), only once a year at Leadership Institute do we have a major network load spike.  Each year we learn something new, but then we have to wait until the next year to apply the lessons and find out how much of an improvement we have achieved.  So Friday, when we have all 1,700 guests on campus, will be our moment of truth.

Not presenting this year has also given me the opportunity to take photos of conference activities all over campus.  Andrew Conard asked LI photographers to upload their pictures to Flickr and tag them with “LI2008.” Right now it looks like I’m the only one who has really taken him up on that.  Here are a couple of my favorites so far.

Paul Baloche and band lead a clinic for worship musicians

Attendees enjoying the presentation by Midnight Oil
Correy Trupp talking about Small Group ministry
Yvonne Gentile presents in the Wesley Chapel
Conference guests outside before opening worship
Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton interviews congregant Kelly Sisney

For more, check out my full Flickr set.