Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to try to carve out the time it takes to attend a convention or a conference. In the last episode we had a great discussion with Bill Donaghy about the upcoming Theology of the Body congress. In this episode, I want to challenge all of us about the importance of setting a large block of time apart for spiritual growth.
Attending a conference isn’t fun or sensational, but it can change your life. It’s easy to listen to the devil’s distractions about how we don’t have time or can’t find child care – but instead I think we all need to think more carefully about just how much benefit can come. In this episode, I offer you some reasons to make that time.
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Episode 39: 5 Reasons why you should attend a conference this year
Last episode we had Bill Donaghy, who will soon be speaking at the 2016 International Theology of the Body Congress coming to California this September. I want to make it more general. Why should you go to any conference?
- break up the routine
- We are creatures of habit. Repetition dulls our senses
- Common complaint about Catholics – all the bells and smells lose meaning
- build community
- Pope Francis: “I was always looking for a community. I did not see myself as a priest on my own. I need a community.”
- We are meant to be the body of Christ, all together. It helps to see it
- These connections will last
- Ignite passion
- Find a conference with great speakers
- Don’t be surprised if the speaker that most connects with you isn’t the one you expected
- Personal Story: Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers left comfortable job to start ministry.
- Learn about more resources
- Talks, books, etc
- Programs that might be happening in your area
- Plan to spend a little bit of money – it’s good for you and for them.
- Become a witness for others
- Tell others you’re going, let them see how important it is to you
- Offer to bring them along