Mark Batterson @ Whiteboard

Mark Batterson kicked off the conference. Mark is the pastor of National Community Church in Washington DC. He is the author of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars and the soon to be released Wild Goose Chase: Reclaiming the Adventure of Pursuing God. I've been reading Mark's blog for a couple years and it was cool to finally get a chance to meet him and talk in person.

Here are some notes from Mark's talk.

Big Idea: Our dreams are too small

- we need lots of different churches because there are lots of different people
- God's favor: His ability to do something for you that you can't do for yourself
- Is 55:8-9...when you study the size of the universe it is comical to think that man will ever completely figure God out
- theological pride has a tendency to short circuit spiritual curiosity
- get alone with God and confess your small dreams, then sit quiet and let Him refuel and refine you
- the danger is that we do ministry out of memory instead of imagination (moving from right to left brain)
- the Great Commission = the Great Dream