My wife Liz and I spent six wonderful years living in Dallas in the 1980′s and It was a delight to back in Dallas this past weekend for The Table Conference hosted by the Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement. The theme of the conference was Your Work: More Than A Paycheck and I had the joy of serving along with an outstanding team of thoughtful leaders who are committed to see the church more effective in connecting Sunday to Monday.
It was a special privilege to reconnect and serve with Dr. Darrell Bock who is an outstanding New Testament scholar and one of my Greek professors during my graduate studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Bock now gives leadership to the Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement and I am very encouraged by Dallas Theological Seminary’s growing institutional commitment to train pastors with a robust theology of vocation.
I also had the joy of reconnecting with Bill Hendricks whose warm friendship and good thinking on faith and work sowed some early seeds of thought in my mind twenty five years ago. Enjoying dinner with Bill and serving with him during the conference was a special delight. Bill continues to be invested in the faith and work conversation as well as is giving leadership in the area of personal gifting as he very capably leads The Giftedness Center.
David Greusel who is a gifted architect and a member of Christ Community also presented at the conference. David added a great deal of insight and value to the conference giving needed perspective regarding congregational culture and workplace realities. Every time I get to serve with David, I am always amazed at his gifted and Christ like leadership.
Liz and I left Dallas delighted to have connected with some seldom seen friends and encouraged by the good work God is doing there. Hats off to the entire Table Conference team for your good work well done!