Next week I’ll be making my first ever visit to Louisville, KY and the campus of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Every other year, the council members of the Gospel Coalition gather for some kind of brainstorming/planning meeting. As I understand it, they discuss theology, ministry, culture, future plans for the Gospel Coalition, and pretty much anything else they want. And each council member can invite one other person to come along and observe. Jeff Louie, who teaches theology at our San Jose campus, is a council member, and he has asked me to come along this time. If you check out the list of council members, I think you can see why this should be a lot of fun.
The trip does come with two drawbacks:
- I’m only there as an observer. So I don’t get to participate in the discussions themselves.
- This is considered a private meeting, so I’m not allowed to blog, tweet, or otherwise publicize what’s going on in the meetings. (It’s kind of like not tweeting what’s happening in an elders meeting.)
Those are both unfortunate, especially since I like to update you all about the best parts of the conferences I attend. I may still be able to offer some overall observations from the experience, but we’ll have to see.
Nonetheless, it should be a great opportunity to see how the Gospel Coalition functions, what things they’re interested in, and how they process important issues. And, of course, I also get to hang out with some great people (which is the main reason people go to conferences anyway).
And, by the way, if you happen to live in Louisville, send me an email and let me know. I don’t know the schedule for the week, but maybe I can swing some time for coffee while I’m there.