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11.03.2010 / D.O.

Basic Training: Recap

What you see pictured above is an iPhone photo of some of the notes I (D.O.) took during the church planting conference we attended last week. The conference called “Basic Training” was the epitome of information overload. Thankfully, by the grace of God, it was also fruitful and we left those four days with a lot of good lessons learned and plenty of things to chew on.

Represented at the conference were about 10 church plants, each quite unique from the other: multi-ethnic churches, a military base church, an Indian reservation church, a motorcycle church, and the list goes on. The sessions that were presented covered topics like Vision and Core Values, as well as strategy concerning Evangelism, Discipleship and Leadership, Gatherings, Small Groups, Administration, Developing Partnerships and others. (Perhaps you can see how we might describe the conference as “information overload”?)

Since we covered such a vast amount of information and topics in a relatively short period of time, we obviously didn’t come away with each of the topics above entirely nailed down. The conference did, however, offer a venue in which we could begin having important conversations on these and other matters, and practically speaking, it allowed us to practice having such conversations, which will prove invaluable in the future.

We were also able to leave Basic Training on Saturday afternoon with a fairly concrete list of things we need to accomplish in the next 12 months, and an order in which they might best be accomplished. We would greatly appreciate your prayers as we work through that list, and for other things as well.


  • for much grace and unity as we discuss and establish our essentials, vision, and core values. (These were the top three items on our list.)
  • that our times in prayer and in Scripture, both individually and corporately, would be insanely fruitful.
  • for Jon and Leaza Tettleton, as they attempt to create a new normal here in Moscow.

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