Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Influence Conference Recap



So, this will be the first post of many. How do I even put into words all that I experienced this weekend at The Influence Conference? Is it too awkward to shopleut from the rooftops "God is good! The internet is real! Jami Nato gave me a big time gospel spanking!"?

All truth.

I don't think I can explain to you what it's like to talk to these women on an almost daily basis and never meet face to face. More than that, what its like to actually meet them and be smacked in the face with the realization that this is a new tribe of women... this is a gospel centered community.. these are your people. Not once did anyone mention their stats, their numbers, or form any cliques.

If you know me, you know that I am a people person.. that I never let anyone stand alone in the corner or feel on the outside of things. But the funny thing is, even though I had my eye scanning for people who looked uncomfortable or left out I couldn't find anyone. This community had already taken everyone in with open arms and we were all looking forward in the same direction.

Toward the cross.

I realized that all of us have influence. Influence where we work, influence in our homes, influence here on the internet. Every word we say and write means something. Proverbs 18:21(a) says "the tongue has the power of life and death.." God has given us a platform with someone, or lots of someones, how are we choosing to use it?

The speakers were all amazing. I was thrilled to listen to every single speaker I chose and simultaneously wished I could hear the speaker in the other room. From the strategy side I came away with a few new ideas. I have some goals to set, some work to do, and some changes to implement. From the life side I came away rubbed raw and vulnerable by straight up gospel wisdom. I promise promise promise to share more on all of this over the next coming days.

I learned so much from my roommates who are incredible and godly women. I reconnected with old friends (even one from my China days). I met women who I consider a part of my little bloggy community and women I've never met before. I was honored to serve these women as a community leader but, to tell you the truth, I feel like I was ministered to by all of the Influence Conference attendees instead. We laughed together, cried like ugly cried together, and were really real with one another.

And the community isn't over just because the weekend is over. Big things are happening at http://www.theinfluencenetwork.com/ so seriously go sign up to be a part of what God is doing here on the internet. I am so excited to grow with all of you!

So, whether you went to the conference or just followed #influenceconf all weekend... what did you learn?

18 comments:

  1. I followed it on twitter this weekend and just felt so humbled and even uplifted reading some of you ladies posts. I never thought blogging could create such a sense of identity in my faith and that there was such a gospel centered community out there. You are right...GOD IS GOOD! He is working in blog land..doing big things. And your baby bump is so cute! Esp in that striped dress

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  2. I am late to the game but have to say I can not wait to hear all about this conference through your upcoming blog posts. It sounds like an amazing event. Wish I had heard about it before.

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  3. Looks like it was such a great time!

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  4. I loved spending time with you this weekend! You are an amazing lady! And super funny.

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  5. Amazing! I can't wait to sign up to go next year!

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  6. Such a fun weekend...once again you guys rocked the internet with your faith..it really uplifted me when I needed it..even though I wasn't there. I felt it. Love ya!

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  7. thanks for letting Courtney and I share some space in your room! It was great to meet you!

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  8. so excited to see all that He did during the weekend! And it was such a great blessing to see you, even if only for a couple hours. Just reading more about the conference and talking to you about it has kinda pushed me to possibly look into doing more with my blog in the future. We'll see... but anyway, I'm glad you had such a great time!

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  9. Sounds like a very cool conference!

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  10. Sounds like a great conference! I look forward to following more of the movement, I am trying to move towards being a more faithful person.

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  11. Andi told me I would love you and she was right! So fun to meet you and learn a little more about your adventurous dating days during our late night chat after worship. :) Adding your fab blog to my google reader! xoxo Bri

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  12. I so enjoyed meeting you in real life this past weekend! I mean it, you are awesome, beautiful (inside&out) and so authentic! I am so excited to still keep in touch via the blogsphere! Happy Wednesday, sweet lady!

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  13. I just love you even more now. You are AMAZING and it's an honor to call you my friend.

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  14. So so happy you had such an amazing time!!

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  15. Ok, ok...I WILL not shy away EVER ever again. Ugh. Please forgive me for not hugging your neck and asking for a photo. Lesson learned for this girl. Next year it is! NEXT YEAR!

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  16. Taking a peek around and living vicariously this evening.... so hope I can join you and everyone else next year!

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  17. Love reading the recaps from Influence. I hope to make it there next year. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  18. love this. love you! i'm so glad we got to meet.

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