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Monday Morning from Wicker Park

Sep 20, 2010

It’s Monday morning and I’m kickin’ it at Filter in Wicker Park (I love WP btw).  My eyes are tired and my body is moving SLOW.  Looking forward to meeting up with Ben Arment and Jarrett & Jeanne Stevens in a little while.  Hard to believe that STORY 2010 is already here.

Since I have way too much to say and not enough time to write it all I’m going to bullet a bunch of stuff….  Here we go.

  • Had the privilege of interviewing Dawn Schiller at The Orchard this past weekend.  If you’re not familiar with Dawn, you can learn more here.  She has an incredible story. The audio is up and available for download here.  See photos here.
  • Who’s going to be at STORY later this week?
  • Lots of stuff coming up this fall that I’m excited about.  Will be in Minneapolis, Rockford, Atlanta, and…..I think that’s it for now.
  • Enjoyed getting to know Mark Sayers last week.  Mark is from Australia and has some good stuff to say.
  • Celebrated the lives of two very dear people last week.  Charlotte and Bruce…you’ll both be missed.  Stirred my grief up a bit for my dad.  October 12th will make six years since he passed away.  Man…

That’s it….gotta run.

Book Recommendations: CHANGE

Apr 23, 2010
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Was asked in my Exponential session for a few book recommendations on the topic of church and organizational change. I've created an Amazon a-store where you can browse and purchase any of my recommendations.


Orlando…Austin…Atlanta…..and next, Uganda.

May 5, 2009

Ok, I'm diving back in to the blog.  It's been way too long.  My lame excuse: I've been running 200MPH since a few weeks before Easter with writing, travel, etc… and blogging just hasn't been that high on my priority list.  Sorry faithful folks.

So anyway…  Rather than try to knock out a bunch of amazing blog posts, I thought I'd throw out a few random thoughts of what's been happening over these past few weeks.  Here we go:

  • Easter.  This year's Easter weekend The Orchard was a record-breaking weekend!  Our teams did an amazing job and I think my head is still spinning after a HUGELY successful Helicopter Easter Egg Drop.  All I can say is WOW.  If you missed the video review, click here.
  • Orlando.  Had a great time at Exponential in Orlando.  Exponential is sort of a like a big family reunion (but without the weird uncle and the funky potato salad).  This is actually the largest church planting conference in North America and one that I would definitely encourage all church planters to attend in 2010.  Had fun teaching a session with Gary Lamb (did he really say "wanker"??) and then participating in some great conversations in the Exponential Lounge with guys like Erwin McManus, Francis Chan, Dave Ferguson, Craig Groeschel, Matt Chandler, and others. 
  • Austin. After a couple of days home I found myself in the amazing city of Austin, TX to be a part of Q.  Q is one of my favorite gatherings of the year.  It's small and all about influencing and changing culture.  Think TED format.  Loved connecting with a bunch of friends – both new and old.  People like Kem Meyer, Mike Foster, Jeff Shinabarger, Tim Stevens, Alan Hirsch, Kyle Zimmerman, John Burke, Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, Gabe Lyons, Mel McGowan, Charles Lee, and a bunch of other amazing people. Next year, Q will be here – in Chicago!
  • Austin II.  All I can say is – what a cool city.  And with a slogan that's all about keeping it "weird" what do you expect??  Check out a few photos I posted in Facebook.
  • Jackie Huba.  Writer, Author, Speaker, Blogger, Marketing Guru-ess, co-founder of the Society for Word of Mouth.  Forbes calls her work "the word of mouth gospel."  Anyway….  Had a chance to grab lunch with Jackie while in Austin.  That was worth the trip alone.  If you don't follow her twitter you need to. 
  • Atlanta.  Orange.  It's THE premier and the BEST family ministry conference in the flippin' universe.  Loved being a part of this and having the opportunity to share The Orchard's story and some thoughts/ideas on the topic of navigating change with a room full of Lead Pastors and Senior Leaders.  Just wish I could have stuck around for more than a few hours, but was glad to be able to hang with a few of our staff who were attending and introduce them to some killer Korean BBQ. 
  • Uganda.  In a couple of weeks.  More on this later, but looking forward to getting my heart messed up by this trip. 
  • Study.  It's what I should be doing right now.  So I'm done.  Hopefully back in the groove of blogging.  We'll see.  Thanks for the encouragement folks.

Exponential 2009!

Apr 20, 2009
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I'm in Orlando, Florida with my good friend, Ted Egly for this year's Exponential Conference.  For those of you who don't know, Exponential is the largest church planting conference in North America.  This year, almost 3,000 people have registered to be a part.  Check out a list of this year's speakers here.

A few things you need to know about…

Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 20th), Gary Lamb and I will be hosting a post-launch session entitled: "The Leader's Capacity to Stay on Course." Really looking forward to this!  It will be at 4:15pm.

I'm also excited about a new addition to the conference this year known as the Exponential Lounge – where I will have the privilege of hosting conversations with a bunch of great leaders such as Erwin McManus, Dave Ferguson, Francis Chan, Larry Osbourne, Craig Groeschel, Matt Chandler, and a bunch of others. 

The best part about the Exponential Lounge is that all of our interviews/conversations will be broadcast LIVE on our conference channel.  You will also have an opportunity to ask questions via text messaging thanks to our friends at Jarbyco

Some important links & info:

Exponential Channel (live interviews that I'll be hosting with some great leaders)

Twitter hashtag: #exponential09

My Twitter: @scotthodge

Texting Instructions: "EX + your question" to 24625

Here's Tuesday's Schedule:

  • 12:00pm: Erwin McManus
  • 3:00pm: Larry Osborne
  • 4:15pm: Efrem Smith & Mark DeYmaz

*All times are EST.

You can start texting your questions for Erwin at 11:15am EST tomorrow!

Hope you'll join us!

Alan Hirsch at Exponential

Apr 30, 2008

Alan Hirsch
Shapevine | Forge Mission Training Network

To be a creative organization sometimes you have to have your backside kicked…

The church has experienced the weight of tradition….theologizing…..

Sometimes God has to kick us in the ass.

Reality check – when you look at church in the west….  We are in decline in every western city.  Sometimes this happens very fast….  Visit Europe to get an idea of this.

We have to go back to something primal.  Recover a lost ethos…  The answer is not some new fad or new ideas…

Four areas that we have to recover in order to regain this ancient ethos.

1.  Recovery of the Centrality of Jesus in His own Movement

When you study movements, it is Christology that lies at the heart of the renewal of the church.

We must radicalize in order to missionalize.

"unChristian" – why?  Because we don’t look like Jesus.

It is Christology that determines missiology. 

Laodicean church – lukewarm because they live in a very rich culture.  Does this sound familiar?

God created us in his image and we returned the favor.

On the 7th day God created man…..and on the 8th day man re-created God.  “Wow Jesus!  You look and sound just like me!”

You know Jesus is like you when he hates the people you hate.

(Alan presented slides showing ways we have done this…)

Spooky Jesus….  The humanity of Jesus is at stake.

Buddy Jesus – no respect…  no divinity.  This is my buddy and I can do anything…

Sunday School Jesus – Jesus with little children and lambs…  If you want your kids to grow up safe don’t introduce them to Jesus.

Jesus is my boyfriend (stained glass embracing woman) – “touch me Lord".  He’s not my boyfriend – He’s my Lord.

Bearded Lady Jesus (chiseled face Jesus w/ dark tan) – Jesus done over by queer eye for the straight guy….  Doesn’t inspire a revolution…

Suburban Jesus – designing his cross….

We need to be committed to recovering Jesus.

2.  Recovering discipleship as our critical task.

Movements can grow only in proportion to their capacity to make disciples.

Discipleship is the basis of apostolic movement.  Provides the basis for transformation.

It’s quality control.  If you fail here, you’ll fail everywhere.

It’s only the disciples who can change the world.  Leadership is an extension of discipleship. 

Consumerism is killing us (from within)

3.  Recovering the Ethos/Structure of Apostolic Movements

What do movements look like?

What we need are missionally responsive, culturally adaptive, organizationally agile, multiplication movements. 

Agility is not what we’re known for, but it’s whats most needed.

Every believer is a church planter.  Every one carries the capacity for ecclesiology.  Why?  Because we carry the gospel and the spirit.

Is your model reproducible?  If it takes million dollar budgets, it’s probably not reproducible. 

If it takes 7 years, then maybe your leadership is not reproducible!

If you want a movement, it has to be a movement of the people of God.

Employ missional leadership and ministry modes.

4.  Recovering an Incarnational-Mission Impulse

Missional God

Incarnational God.

Missional church – going out.

Incarnational church – going deep.


Apr 29, 2008


"Yes, Dr. Keller, I understand that you are a speaker, but you and Todd Rhoades MUST have a badge to be in this area. So both of you please, go.  Now!"

Ok….that was my lame attempt at a caption for this photo of me and Todd Rhoades having a brief conversation with Dr. Tim Keller (author of The Reason for God and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC) at Exponential last week. 

So now it’s your turn….  Go.

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