Exponential 2010: Attend or Avoid?

Exponential promotes itself as “the largest gathering of church planters on the planet”. I was there a few years ago. It REALLY IS large, just like it says, and a great networking experience. Lots of my friends were there including some bloggers.

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1. Its a fun event and extremely well organized. Everybody enjoys it!

2. Buy Darrin Patrick a beer and make him feel like he is at church.

3. Meet all those church planting book authors.

4. Annoy Alan Hirsch at the Shapevine area for as long as you like.

5. Its really big and its in Florida


1. Verge was better. They had George Patterson and Exponential didn’t. Verge sold out. I told you.

2. The conference doesn’t look any different from last year or the year before.

3. The church planting movement doesn’t look any different than the decade before.

4. Global church planting leaders, working where most of the action is happening, are absent. See my next post.

5. Its really big and its in Florida


For those that are there, enjoy! It should be a GREAT time!

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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Given it’s in Orlando, you can go to TBN’s “Holy Land Experience” or Disney World. IMO, that’s a minus but some may see that as a plus.
    Two Qs I ask before attending an event…
    1) Is the cost sustainable so that most folks can attend (and if not, are scholarships and volunteer opportunities available) This event is $249 (includes lunch), which isn’t that cheap when you factor in the need to buy two of your meals, pay for hotel in a very touristy area (don’t see camping and couch surfing as options listed) and transportation costs.
    2) Is the event multicultural with some semblance of gender equality? I only see a smattering of female and minority voices here.

  • Hey dude…..
    I’ve got friends in Orlando…… so you can couch surf if you want. They are involved in a Church there called “The Bridge”…. i can give ’em a shout if you think your going.
    Just sayin.

  • Cathryn – Oh, if I go to something, I manage to find a place to crash. I’m noting that some conferences help out with places to crash, ride shares, etc. And I like that …

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