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2009 Band of Bloggers – From a Distance

April 22, 2009

For most people, going to lunch and paying $15 for your meal would sound like a little pricey.  For others who received $175 worth of books and two hours of gospel fellowshiping, that $15 is put in a whole new perspective.  Of course, I am talking about the 2009 Band of Bloggers meeting which was held today in conjunction with The Gospel Coalition National Conference.

When I was first approached by guys from TGC about doing a Band of Bloggers this year, I was rather opposed to doing it simply because of the work involved in putting it together.  BoB has not budget or staff and given my new ministry at Grace, I figured that it was a near impossibility.  Through the encouragement and support of TGC, however, I had a change of heart and moved forward last summer with the plans on putting this meeting together.  Today’s meeting would have never been possible had TGC not been so supportive and willing to partner so that it could be administered from a distance.

Shortly after the planning began, I found out we were having a baby whose due date was going to be close to the time of this year’s meeting.  However, I continued to make plans to attend, knowing that there was a possibility that changes could happen.  And, well, changes did happen.  Without going into too much detail, I was providentially hindered from attending this year, and for that I was really saddened.

From what I could tell by the tweets and correspondence of friends, today’s meeting went rather well, largely in part due to two great brothers: Owen Strachan and Ben Peays.  These brothers stepped in to invest time and energy for this cause that was beyond what I could have ever asked and embodied a kind of “togetherness” that animates the vision of Band of Bloggers.  I also want to thank Justin Taylor, Tullian Tchividjian, Tim Challies, Mike Anderson, Eric Johnson, Steve McCoy, and Tony Reinke for their presentations and participation in the panel discussion, and I look forward to benefiting myself from all that was discussed.  The crowded room and the generous support from the sponsors who donated 2,000+ books are a reflection of the continued success of BoB to fuel a gospel-centered vision in the blogosphere and network together for the spread of Jesus’ fame in both worlds–real and virtual.

People are already asking about Band of Bloggers for 2010.  More information and plans will be announced on the BoB website, but for now, if you would like to join this gospel-centered fellowship, be sure to join the BoB Directory where you will find a great list of gospel-centered bloggers.

Thanks to all of you who attended and was a part of the 2009 Band of Bloggers meeting.  While it was something held at a distance during this past year, my prayer is that it will cause us all to embrace the gospel and call to be Servants and Stewards.

2009 Band of Bloggers Books!

March 17, 2009

This morning, I just announced that 2009 Band of Bloggers will be giving away over $120 worth of books (1700+ pages) to every person who registers online (and attends).  Check them out and be sure to attend!

Announcing 2009 Band of Bloggers: Servants & Stewards

February 6, 2009

I am pleased to announce the 3rd fellowship of the Band of Bloggers will be taking place this year in conjunction with The Gospel Coalition National Conference. This meeting has been in the works for several months, and I am excited to see what this year has in store.

The theme for this year’s meeting is “Servants & Stewards” based off 1 Corinthians 4:1 which says:

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Here is the general information about the meeting. Be sure to mark your calendars and register early should you desire to attend:

“Servants & Stewards”
2009 Band of Bloggers Fellowship
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 :: 12:00-2:00
Rosemont Conference Center :: Chicago, IL

(in conjunction with The Gospel Coalition Conference)

Unlike the previous meetings, we are structuring the fellowship to address specific issues related to how we can be more faithful servants of Christ in what we write and how we can be more effective communicators of the gospel with which we’ve been entrusted. Here are the issues and those who will be addressing them (see also panel page for bio summaries):

1.  Servants and Stewards: Maximizing your blog in service to Christ (Timmy Brister)
2.  How can we blog for the glory of God? (Justin Taylor)
3.  Improving usability: How to write so people can read (Mike Anderson)
4.  How can you use your blog for the edification of the church? (Tim Challies)
5.  How can you make your site more accessible and visible? (Eric Johnson)
6.  Why should pastors blog? (Tullian Tchividjian)
7.  What is the place for art and culture in Christian blogging? (Steve McCoy)
8.  How can bloggers steward the teaching of the young, old, and the dead? (Tony Reinke)

Following these brief presentations, there will be a time of Q&A and discussion to go deeper into this theme.  One of the great benefits of BoB fellowships is the opportunity to meet and network with other gospel-centered bloggers from across the country.  Lunch will be provided during the fellowship as well.

A couple of new things that I’ve added to the website is a blog directory for the gospel-centered bloggers who have attended in year’s past, which will be updated on a regular basis.  Also, if you would like to help promote Band of Bloggers by getting the word out on your blog, you can get the code and/or images for your site.  There is a banner (800×216), sidebar button (150×75), and square ad (125×125).

In the coming weeks, we will be contacting various publishers, ministries, and organizations about partnering or sponsoring Band of Bloggers. If you would like more information about doing just that, contact me at thegospeltrust[at]gmail[dot]com.