Why I make Q a priority every year

Because it is as true today as ever, I am re-posting what I posted last year about the Q conference (with a few necessary changes).


One theme seems to be permeating our culture more and more today – we are busy.  Just ask someone, “How are you,” and you’ll probably find out that, among other things, they are “busy.” Or maybe they are “super busy.” Despite my many efforts to slow down, my life unfortunately is no exception to the tyranny of busyness.

So with all of the “noise” in this world competing for my time, energy, resources, and attention, why am I spending three days next week in Nashville at Q? What makes a conference identified by only a letter and describing itself as “a place for Christian leaders from every channel of society to become informed by and influential in the lives of one another” so special? With the thousands of conferences that I could attend each year, why do I make attending the Q conference a priority year after year?

Three reasons:

  • q-interviewQ inspires and challenges me to think deeper and better about myriad topics, some that I think about every day and others that I’ve never thought about before. The wide range of excellent speakers and experiences on topics from all areas of society, some of whom and which I strongly agree with and some of whom and which I vehemently disagree (and everywhere in between) with, stretch me to step out of my comfort zone, see the world from different perspectives, and engage in our world in different ways.  (I also love the 3, 9, and 18 minute time limits on the talks : ))
  • Q equips me to to be a better and more well-rounded organizational and thought leader through its speakers and conversations with like-minded innovators, church leaders, social entrepreneurs, and cultural pioneers.
  • Q collaborationQ is a hotbed for collaboration . . . from its intentional smaller number of participants with a common passion for advancing the common good, to intentional small-group reflection times, to small Q&As with speakers, to its “Experiences” and “Learning Communities”, Q provides an environment ripe for collaboration with people and organizations inside and outside my normal sphere of influence and involvement. It provides a rich environment to share ideas and opportunities with each other. Over the past couple years alone, my conversations at Q have resulted in meeting co-authors that have joined me on a collaborative book project, In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence, which released this week (one of those co-authors coincidentally is leading a “Learning Community” this year at Q talking about the perils of “Mission Drift”).

And Q offers much more beyond these things . . .

It’s not too late to join me and a few hundred other leaders at Q Nashville next week, April 23-25.  You can get more information and register at qnashville.qideas.org.

As the Q website so eloquently and succinctly has put it, if you join me there, you will engage in “an intense experience meant to expose, engage, shock, and deepen your awareness of current realities and opportunities.”

I hope you join me because it won’t be the same without you.