Q Conference, NYC, Part 3

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Of all the things gained from the Q Conference, connecting with the amazing individuals around me has been the most valuable. It has been very refreshing to dialogue and many times just laugh together. I find that it’s easy to become myoptic in ministry and never have any awareness of life outside of that environment including the issues that affect us all. Every person that I encountered at Q extended my view of the Church [big “C”] and culture. Sometimes I need to get out of the Chinese Church. I very much enjoyed reconnecting with Tim Lucas [Liquid] and J.R. Briggs [Resonate] who I did not anticipate being there.

I also had the privilege of spending time with Asian-American leaders/bloggers at the Q conference as well as informal dinners sponsored by L2 Foundation. Among them Ken Fong [Evergreen], DJ Chuang, David Gibbons [NewSong], Charles Lee [Just4One.org], Ted Law [Access], Paul Wang [ECBC? Those Canadians!], Dan Cho [Veritas Forum], Greg Wong [Origins], Brian Kim [NewSong NOC] and Jason Ashimoto [Evergreen]. On the last night we debriefed a bit, encouraged one another and dreamed some.

Here’s some pictures of a few of us sharing some very expensive shaved ice at Koryodang.

Q Conference 2008 - Ken Fong at Koryodang Q Conference 2008 - Sharing shaved ice at Koryodang
Q Conference 2008 - Ken Fong at Koryodang Q Conference 2008 - Sharing shaved ice at Koryodang

David Gibbons presented earlier that day with a similar but equally compelling message that he gave at the Asian-American Leadership Conference in Fullerton, CA [See earlier post: AALC Blogging Part 3 Hype & Substance] The focus here was more on Third Culture and Adaptability.

Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend
The Theology of Bruce Lee.

David Gibbons at Q Conference David Gibbons at Q Conference

There’s some great blogging on this experience. I’ve got nothing.

If you want details on each of the presentations check out Scott Hodge | Chris Bell | Seth Kim
DJChuang live-twittered
Charles Lee has some provoking reflections


6 Responses to “Q Conference, NYC, Part 3”

  1. April 15, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Hey LT…I found you! I was doing a search on the Q blogs and your name popped up. Glad to see you! I hope you’ve recovered from Q and are beginning to process the lasting take-aways, like I am. I think for me the most amazing part of Q was talking to the other participants (like yourself) and seeing what they are doing to impact their world. It was great to see the large and small ways people found of working out their faith.

    I’m going to go snoop around on your blog now and learn more about your ministry.

    Again…it was great connecting at Q. Stay in touch!

    Marla Saunders

  2. 2 Pete
    April 15, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing about your experiences and honest insights about the conference, LT…


  3. April 16, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Hey Laurence. Great thoughts and reads. I’m adding you to my blogroll on wordpress if that’s cool. -big john

  4. 4 jeffshinabarger
    April 18, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Hey man – it was great hangin in the South Bronx with you. You should check out the follow up questions I sent to Majora Carter that I posted on my blog at http://www.jeffshinabarger.com

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