From Sentralized in Kansas City
I arrived in Kansas City yesterday, greeted by some a couple of church planters AJ Vanderhorst (@ajvan) and Matt Maestas (@mattmaestas). Great guys. They picked up both Jon Huckins and I. I enjoyed connecting with each of these guys. I am close to finishing reading Jon’s book Thin Places: Six Postures for Creating and Practicing Missional Community and am looking to do a review of it soon.
After having some coffee at a cool Indy coffee shop in downtown Kansas City, we headed over to the Forge America Tribe Party. It was a great time connecting with both old and new friends. I had some rich conversations with Michael Frost, Dan Kimball, David Zimmerman, and Andrew Dowsett (who is one of the 15 finalists in the Great Forge Write Off). I also had the chance to reconnect with Alan and Deb Hirsch, Brad Brisco, Lance Ford, Ryan and Laura Hairston, Alan Briggs, Kim Hammond, Andrew Bronson, Sam Smith and others. I enjoyed meeting a host of new people as well.
The Great Forge Write Off had 67 entries. There are 15 finalists. They will be announcing the 6 finalist on Friday. I can say I have read a few of the 15 finalist book proposals and they look good. I’m excited to see what will happen with these various up and coming writers.
All that to say, I had an amazing time so far here in K.C. It was encouraging and I can sense a lot of energy as the Sentralized gathering is about to get started later today. I’m staying with Brad Brisco and family. Enjoyed meeting his wife and kids. That is my short report from Sentralized in Kansas City.