choose your own verge

October 21, 2009

In the last few weeks, I’ve been given a heads up about two different events that are coming up, both called Verge. I hope they don’t get confused with each other, because both look like great events. Here’s the rundown on each:

Verge LA 2009

Verge LA is being put together by my good friend JR Woodward and the Ecclesia Network. It takes place next month — November 13-14 — at the Fountain Room in Los Angeles.

JR describes the event this way:

The next big idea is about giving time to interact about innovative ways to partner with God in the renewal of all things. Unconference is about freely sharing creative ideas with one another without putting anyone on a pedestal. It is more participant oriented than personality driven, which is why there will be no lists of speakers. There is also no cost, because people share their gifts and knowledge freely.

Within a 24-hour period there will be twenty 14-minute presentations by 20 different speakers from 20 different churches on innovative ways to think and live missionally.

I will be in LA for this event. I love the format JR is putting together, and I’m going to be one of the presenters. You can learn more on JR’s blog or on the event page on Facebook.

Verge Missional Community Conference

The Verge Missional Community Conference takes place February 4-6 in beautiful Austin, TX. This conference is being hosted by The Austin Stone. I’ve had a number of great conversations with some of the leaders at the Stone and I appreciate how they are trying to redirect their large congregation into a mission minded community.

Learn from leading thinkers and practitioners of gospel-centered missional community over 3 days in February in Austin, Texas. Whether you’re a pastor, church-planter, or simply interested in the redemption and renewal of your community and city, the Verge Conference will give you the tools to build gospel movements wherever you are.

You can learn more at

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