January 18, 2021

A Conference I Recommend

By Chaplain Mike

“…his reply has been, “My grace is enough for you: for where there is weakness, my power is shown the more completely.” Therefore, I have cheerfully made up my mind to be proud of my weaknesses, because they mean a deeper experience of the power of Christ. I can even enjoy weaknesses, suffering, privations, persecutions and difficulties for Christ’s sake. For my very weakness makes me strong in him.

• 2Corinthians 12:9-10

For years, when I was a pastor, I avoided conferences. To me, they were the equivalent of motivational pep rallies combined with business seminars touting “cutting edge” success models. Plus, places to drop a lot of bucks on books. I told friends and leaders in my churches that I would be much more open to going to a conference of “regular pastors” — folks involved at street level in small to mid-size churches who weren’t there because they had the answers and solutions to all ministry questions and problems, but simply to share stories and ideas, to enjoy fellowship and pray for each other, to admit our weaknesses and to find hope in the God whose grace is sufficient.

That conference has been planned. It will be held April 14-16 in Lansdale, PA. I recommend it to you today. Here is a brief video about the “Epic Fail Pastors Conference,” with full information below.

Epic Fail Pastors Conference from Epic Fail Pastors Conference on Vimeo.

When: April 14th – 16th. Registration will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, we will start at 7 p.m. We will be done at noon on the 16th.

Where: 3rd and Walnut Bar & Grill in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Why? This site wasn’t originally a bar. It was a church. In fact, it was the first church established in the borough of Lansdale over 100 years ago. It failed. They shut its doors thirty years ago, it was then sold to the Elks Club and ten years ago, it was sold once again to a bar owner.

Cost: $79. This covers the cost of the conference. You are on your own for food and lodging.



  1. saw this conference advert a few weeks ago on “Out of UR” and thought of my IMONK-ers immediately; thanks for the posting, and if I could, this is exactly the kind (maybe the ONLY kind) of conference I’d go to ….well, unless it was culinary school in Italy or Greece….


  2. “Hi, my name is Mike, and I’m a Pastor”

    Crowd responds “Hi Mike”

    “It’s been three weeks since I last had a drink of evangelical Kool-Aid”

    All kidding aside, it sounds like a great event. Let us know how it turns out.

  3. Seriously, we need more learning relationships and fewer talking heads. I’ve been on both sides at a lot of conferences (the speaker and the listener). The real learning takes place over coffee between the show. Let’s bring the coffee break to our routine learning approach and see what happens! Blessings on this approach.

    • “The real learning takes place over coffee between the show.”
      Tom, that’s true of just about any conference, whether religious or vocational or political.

  4. Will this conference focus on consoling pastors who’ve been involved in failed efforts, or in pushing back at the triumphalism that prevents others from admitting their failures?

    Either would be good.

  5. Back from the conference just in time for Palm Sunday!

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