I know that attempting to summarize loaded week in just a few words seems like a futile exercise, but I will attempt to do so here. In fact, I think it is quite appropriate that words should not summarize or bring closure to a conference like this. Indeed, this past week was more than a conference, and thus it requires more than words. I have been told that is was unlike an other in recent years (this is only my second NFC) for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the live-streaming which included over 3,000 viewers with relatively little announcement (my blog, Tom’s blog, and the Founders website) the day the conference began.
The messages were great, and I encourage you to download them all. You can also catch up with the messages by perusing my live-blogging posts as well. Perhaps one of the most helpful times was an unscheduled extended meeting with Stetzer Wednesday where candid talk and genuine concern for church planting took place for the purpose of listening, learning, and hopefully one day leading a movement in the area of church planting in the years to come. I was also greatly encouraged by the time I had talking with Voddie Baucham and Andy Davis who instilled in me a desire to be more godly, to love the church more deeply, and give myself more sacrificially for the glory of Christ. The meetings, fellowship, and mealtime get togethers with guys like Doug Baker (whose podcasting equipment I lusted over), Don Whitney (King of the Fountain Pens), Phil Newton (whose baritone voice I envy), and Art Rogers was really refreshing as I heard of all that God was doing in place like North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
Lastly, I want to say a word about the men whose lives have shaped this movement for twenty-five years. Men like Tom Nettles, Fred Malone, Tom Ascol, Phil Newton, Don Whitney, Joe Nesom, and Bill Ascol–all who have endured much criticism and caricature and yet have continued to work for reformation within the local church–are men whom I consider my heroes. I don’t have many, especially in the SBC, but I am grateful for these that have taught me more with their lives than all the academy can muster with the sharpest of acumen and brightest of minds.
I suspect that in the future you will be hearing more of all that took place. I pray that what was implanted in the hearts of men and women will find fertile soil in the lives of His people and the churches they serve so that abundant fruit may be harvested for years to come.
Below are the conference audio (MP3), a compilation of my blogposts, and the podcasts I did with the conference.
1. Ted Christman on “An Exposition of Psalm 1″
2. Andy Davis on “Dangers in Reforming a Church”
3. Tom Nettles on “Biographical Sketch of Daniel Marshall”
4. Voddie Baucham on “Building a Solid Doctrinal Foundation”
5. Ed Stetzer on “Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes, Part 1″
6. Don Whitney on “Reforming Through Discipline”
7. Ed Stetzer on “Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes, Part 2″
8. Andy Davis on “The Importance of Filling Your Life With Scripture”
9. Phil Newton on “From Planting to Reforming”
Compilation of Posts:
1. A Primer on Ed Stetzer
2. NFC I: Ted Christman on “An Exposition of Psalm 1″
3. NFC II: Andy Davis on “Dangers in Reforming a Church”
4. NFC III: Tom Nettles on “Biographical Sketch of Daniel Marshall”
5. NFC IV: Voddie Baucham on “Building a Solid Doctrinal Foundation”
6. Dr. Nettles Bio Sketch of Daniel Marshall (PDF)
7. NFC V: Ed Stetzer on “Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes, Part 1″
8. NFV VI: Don Whitney on “Reforming Through Discipline”
9. NFC VII: Ed Stetzer on “Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes, Part 2″
10. NFC VIII: Leadership Dialogue
11. NFC IX: Andy Davis on “The Importance of Filling Your Life With Scripture”
12. NFC X: Phil Newton on “From Planting to Reforming”
** If you would like a PDF of all 12 posts together, you can download it by clicking here.
To view live-blogging posts from the 2007 National Conference, go here.