Press release from my friends at Exponential:
On the heels of Exponential ’13 in Orlando selling out and drawing 5,300 leaders on site and 40,000 to the live Exponential ’13 Webcast, Exponential has announced plans for an Exponential West 2013 this October. The conference will be hosted by Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., Oct. 7-10, and like the recent Orlando event will focus on discipleship.
For the last several years, Exponential has been asked to bring the annual event held in Orlando each April to the West Coast. However, Exponential leaders have been deliberately slow and cautious to expand, not wanting to lose one of the conference’s unique distinctives—a family reunion-like, highly relational environment fueled by the energy of more than 5,000 entrepreneurial church planters gathered together in one place.
“Overwhelmingly, the feedback we get from different leaders is that there’s not another experience like Exponential where the speakers are so accessible, just hanging out with everyone,” Exponential Director Todd Wilson says. “Where else can you walk up to Rick Warren at a picnic table and have a conversation? We have been very careful to not lose that dynamic. We’re now confident we won’t.”
Wilson points to the intersection of several variables indicating that the time is now right to expand to the West.
“With selling out the Orlando conference two months early combined with the tremendous response to the solid discipleship content on the webcast, we had to come face to face with the fact that we have a demand for more people wanting to come than we can handle.
Wilson draws the parallel to Exponential’s focus on reproduction and multiplication of churches and leaders. “We realize that when we reproduce to another Exponential, we reproduce who we are,” he explains. “And we don’t want to lose those positive things—the family reunion feeling and the energy of 5,000 planters. So we’ve been really careful about adding another conference until we were certain we could multiply with that dynamic. Ultimately, the customer for us is the church planting leader that we want to help accelerate. And we believe there is a large customer base in the West that we should be serving.”
To register for Exponential West 2013, click here.