#Echo13 is Over…What Now?

Another Echo Conference has come and gone and we’re all headed back to our churches and ministries. This was my 5th Echo Conference, and I can honestly say that I enjoy coming back year after year. The sessions are great, the content is invaluable, but I think what beats everything else is the simple opportunity I get to sit across from someone else who can truly empathize with what I’m going through. The genuine friendships I am able to form with other like-minded individuals is one of the most enjoyable takeaways from my time at Echo each year. So take advantage of that!

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So this was an awesome week, but if you’re like me, you’re going back to another full weekend. Because let’s face it, your church doesn’t stop just because you’re away at a church communication and media conference, and Sunday is coming. Before you know it, it’ll be Monday again, and you’ll begin another week without even even processing everything you’ve just heard at Echo. I run into this every year, so I want to help you as you go back to your church or ministry.

Here are three things you need to do now that Echo is over…

  1. Review your notes from the conference – I hope you took some notes of ideas that stuck out to you. If not, just checkout all of the notes that were taken by other people, like me.
  2. Write down 1 tangible thing you can implement this next week - This is one of the most important things you can do. I don’t care if you’ve taken time to process or not, just review your notes, and write down 1 tangible takeaway that you can implement in your church this next week. This doesn’t have to be anything groundbreaking. It could simply be a new way that you organize your time, or a new way to capture ideas, but make sure that you do it!
  3. Sit down with one person in the next week and process what you heard at Echo – Yes, it’s helpful to review your notes alone and generate some key takeaways, but there are some things that you can only realize when you get a fresh perspective on it, and that comes when you’re talking with someone else. This could be a co-worker, a friend, or a spouse. Just make sure that your processing everything you’ve heard this week with someone else!

So there you go. Believe me, I’ve been to enough of these things to have made the mistake of just going back to my church and seeing nothing change. It’s like going to camp as a high schooler…I used to get on this spiritual high, and then come back home and nothing would change. This shouldn’t be our experience here at Echo.

So go review, implement, and process this week!

What is 1 thing from Echo that you’re going to implement this week in your church, ministry, or job?

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