Just returned from a quick trek out to Long Beach for The Idea Session at WFX hosted by Charles Lee and The Idea Camp.  I can’t say enough about the collaborative, creative ethos Charles and The Idea Camp foster — so much hope & inspiration to go and demonstrate God’s love to a broken world.

Tonight, we heard from Tony Kim of Newsong, Eric Bryant of Mosaic, and Mel McGowan of Visoneering about, “The Ethos of Creativity.”  Great insights all around from everyone and, in Idea Camp style, plenty of interaction from everyone who was there.  You can read my first attempt at a true live blog about The Idea Session here at Scribble Live.

A few of my favorite quotes:

The church is not here to meet our needs. We are the church here to meet the needs of the world. (Eric Bryant quoting Erwin McManus)

Fellowship is not just what Christians do for each other. It is what Christians do together for the world. – EB

As my wife and I co-pastor United, we are not trying to get people to sign on to fulfill our dreams, or to build something newer! bigger! cooler! — instead, our heart is to empower their God-given dreams to give themselves away on behalf of a hurting world with Jesus’ love (and, in the process, truly find themselves).

Keep an eye out for The Idea Camp DC, focused on compassion and justice — August 28-29, 2009. We’re looking to get Justice Ventures International involved (more news soon).

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A total bonus at the end of The Idea Session: we saw a video from James Pearson updating us on WikiChoice (the winner of the first Idea Competition).  Go check out WikiChoice.com and see how you can help “choose your world.”