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A Conference of Compassion

August 26, 2009 by

If you look at our calendar, you’ll see that there are a lot of conferences out there–one for everyone. There’s one right around the corner that sets itself apart for a number of reasons.

  • The price. It’s free.
  • The focus. The focus is on the participants, not the keynote speakers (and I’ve said before the speakers aren’t the best part). This conference positions itself as focusing on you the participant not the keynote speakers.
  • The topic. This time around the conversation centers around compassion. They’ll be talking about homelessness, immigration, water, and many other conversations about the Church’s role in showing compassion.
  • You don’t have to be there. This is the first conference I ever attended, that I didn’t attend. Through Twitter and video it was (almost) like I was there.

This conference is of course Charles Lee’s brain child–Idea Camp. This time around it is in Washington, D.C., which just seems so fitting. This is the second “camp” and already I’ve seen the effects of the first with many conferences now broadcasting live, and we’re bringing the conversational tone to Cultivate as well. But the biggest lesson I’ve taken from Charles Lee and Idea Camp is authenticity. This sort of thing isn’t faked, people would see through that. It is the real deal.

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Michael Buckingham


With the goal of making the church the most creative place on the planet, Michael founded Holy Cow Creative, the church’s creativity and design studio. He is also the creative director for the Center for Church Communication and Church Marketing Sucks. You can find him speaking at conferences such as HOW, Echo, and MinistryCOM. Check out his blog, Jesus Hates Papyrus, where he continues to help the church intentionally reflect Christ in how it communications.
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One Response to “A Conference of Compassion”

  • Ben Williams
    September 1, 2009

    The Idea Camp was an awesome time of collaboration and networking. Although I was mainly behind a camera, I was still able to meet many like minded individuals that were eager to see what possibilities could stem from the ideas we shared. I highly recommend that if you have a chance to go to an Idea Camp, dont hesitate!



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