This March there will be a conference called Futuregen taking place here in Phoenix. I can’t say that I’ve ever been to a Christian conference but I know Futuregen will be my first. The reason being is because I’ll be an official “Conference Speaker”. That’s right folks. Read ’em and weep. Someone as completely unqualified as myself with no seminary degree and who dropped out of community college will be in front of room full of pastors talking about a bunch of stuff of which I have no clue. What’s the world coming to? A drummer of a secular rock band is gonna be propped up in front a bunch of unsuspecting pastors and ministry types and will be expected to say something worthwhile? Uhhhhh……mmmm……..well………yeah…..I guess.
As it might surprise some of you, my participation has nothing to do with my incredible theological prowess. The real reason for my involvement is the doing of my friend, Dan Kimball from Vintage Faith in Santa Cruz, who has asked me to take part in a few sessions with him. Dan is a great guy, an experienced pastor, and a published author. He has recently been digging deep into the idea that most people outside the church love Jesus but dislike the church, which from my perspective rings very true. I think we’ll be discussing something along those lines so it could be a really interesting time. I’m smart enough to realize that if it wasn’t for Dan asking me to be involved, I would probably not even know about this conference much less invited to be a co-speaker. It’s pretty funny when you check out the list of speakers on their site and my credit is that I’m in a rock band. I had to laugh out loud when I saw that. God indeed has a twisted sense of humor. Maybe my credit is that I don’t have any credit. That’s a role I can definitely fill. Nevertheless, I’m intrigued and excited about what this event will be like. If it goes well, maybe being a “conference speaker” will be my safety net when the rock and roll dream dies. Where’s my headset mic and my lazer pointer?
If you could talk to a room of pastors, what would you say? I need some material.