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Jason Sampler
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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Second Annual Younger Leaders Meeting

Marty Duren, in his latest post, has announced that the Second Annual Younger Leaders Conference will be held on Monday, June 12 at 9.30 PM, the evening before the first day of the 2006 SBC Annual Convention in Greensboro, N.C. It will be a time to meet and fellowship with younger leaders, as well as a chance to hear Wade Burleson, Oklahoma pastor and IMB Trustee, speak on polarizing issues that affect our convention.

I'm hopeful there will be a time for questions and answers, as well as the distillation of information on the seminal issues. Make plans to be in attendance. I'll see you there.

posted by Jason Sampler at 7:06 PM


Blogger D.R. said...

Thanks for letting us know. BTW, if I go to the convention I may be alone. Maybe you and I and Kelly could get a hotel room together and save some money. At the least maybe Kelly and I could ride there together. Let me know y'alls plans.

10:09 PM, February 19, 2006  
Blogger joe kennedy said...

prolly not this year buddy. hotels are getting full, money's getting earmarked for larger endeavours, and i'm going to spend a lot of time this summer honing those multimedia skillz so i can start a side business- although i'm not sure what that'll be. marketing... maybe web design... graphics... who knows what (mainly because i don't know who will be involved, although i've talked to a few seminary friends).

all this to say... maybe next year- especially if the wade thing is cleared up by june. i already took gboro off my tentative schedule.

10:27 PM, February 19, 2006  
Blogger joethorn.net said...

I will be at the Convention. Is the YLS II going to be during the pastor's Conference?

6:43 AM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger Jason Sampler said...

From what I understand, the YLM 2 will follow the Pastor's Conference. It will be a one night 'gig' starting at 9.30 on that Monday evening, before the SBC begins on Tuesday morning (or afternoon). Hope that helps.

By the way, nice pic, Mr. Clean! All you need is a white tee-shirt and an ear ring, and a bucket of soapy water :) (I'm sure you've never heard that one before. I know I'm always so original!).


6:50 AM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger joethorn.net said...

Yeah, I get that. Actually my ears are pierced. People have also said I look like Charlie Brown. One year our church played the "Peanuts" theme and gave me the Charlie brown t-shirt, you know yellow with black zig-zag on it, for Pastor Appreciation (don't worry, they also sent us on a vacation). I have been told I look like Caillou, and way cooler - Michael Chiklis.

7:00 AM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger Jason Sampler said...

Well, I don't know who "Cailou" is, but you are right, Chikles is much cooler than Mr. Clean. Love the Charlie Brown story. That's great stuff.

7:21 AM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger joethorn.net said...

BTW, nice new layout man. I dig it.

7:57 AM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger Jason Sampler said...

Thanks. 99.3456% credit goes to Joe Kennedy. It's his template and he did most of the work. I just modified a few things.

8:36 AM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

A lot of us owe Joe for his template. I do like the look!

10:34 AM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger cks said...

I guess in a technical sense, balding 30-year-olds count as "younger leaders," so Jason is in the clear on that one. (I love ya, buddy!)

I haven't decided whether or not I'm going to Greensboro. At least for myself, the Younger Leader's Meeting isn't enough of a draw unless there is something useful that can be accomplished on YLM+1. So, Jason, just why should I attend?

Put on your fancy pants and tell us what we can do?

3:27 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger joe kennedy said...

DR, I was told today that the best and biggest statement younger leaders in the SBC could make is to bring 5000 of us to the annual meeting this summer. And then bring 8000 the next. And 12000 in 4 years. It's making me reconsider my decision to not go. But it's definitely something worth a shot.

3:52 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger Dorcas said...

cks and Joe -

I thought getting the chance to meet me was going to be reason enough for most folks to show up. Are you trying to tell me there's got to be a better reason than that? Perish the thought ...

7:11 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger cks said...

I thought getting the chance to meet me was going to be reason enough for most folks to show up.

Well, as a disaffected SB, let me say that meeting the one and only Dorcas is a slightly better draw than the so-far-imagined YLC+1. As a former evolutionist, former inclusivist, former annihilationist, and (as you can tell) former liberal Baptist, let me say that I welcome the opportunity to vote substance over style. But I need to know that my vote (in whatever form it manifests itself) is worthy of consideration at the SBC convention. I'm not at all convinced that this is the case as of right now. But I hope it is.

Meanwhile, I have a full-time job and at least three part-time ones. Yeah, I'll take time off. Maybe. But not simply to make an opinion known that is already permeating the YLM.


7:39 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger art rogers said...


I don't know you, but I assure you that you will have something substantive to vote on at the convention. In fact, I am sure that you will have seveal things that will need your presence. When you leave, you will know that you said something.

8:02 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger Jason Sampler said...

Trust me, Art, CKS needs no assurances that 'he has said something'. He says stuff ALL the time.

How was that CKS? And I didn't even need to put on my fancy pants for that comment. Touche'

8:16 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger cks said...


The alt-code you were hoping to mimic is ALT+0233.

It looks like this: touché.

8:26 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger D.R. said...

Kelly and Joe,

Listen guys you have a single chick who wants to meet you at the convention. That's reason enough for both of you to drive 500 miles. Take the time off and start making plans!

8:46 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger cks said...

OK. So Jason tells me that via phone communication (yeah, I know that's old fashioned) that IE didn't render my alt code correctly (ALT+0233 should render an "e" with an acute accent).

All the more reason for all ya'lls to switch to Mozilla Firefox, the people's choice


8:51 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger joe kennedy said...

Kelly, didn't work in firefox either, coach.

And hey, I was virutally ordered to go to Greensboro by a certain mentor-professor who isn't the same as Dr. Stewart (man when you ask God for one, he gives you three). He said if the younger leaders ever want to be a force in the SBC, they need to step up now. He said we have to have 5K this year, and 12K by 2010. Yeah. We'll see about that.

But I'm thinking about it.

9:40 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger Dorcas said...

D.R. -

shh...you're going to ruin my master plan. ;)

To the rest -

I agree with Art that this convention will be worth attending for substantive reasons. Of course none of us can give a money-back guarantee, but at least if it turns out to have been a waste of your time (which it won't), you can spend the month of July on your blogs talking about it ... and so it won't be a total loss as it will prevent writer's block at least.

3:31 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger art rogers said...

Nice, Dorcas, appeal to the blogging nature. Well done.

3:30 PM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Chris said...

I think that it is great that they are doing the younf leaders thing. i just wnat to knowwhy we have to be second class.

Why can't we just be leaders?

I know the answer to my own question.

4:46 AM, February 22, 2006  
Blogger P.T. said...

Sampler, I will be at the young leaders meeting. I hope to see many others there. From the way it sounds our old seminary dorm room well be well represented. Maybe I can get Benjie and Tank there...of course there needs to be chicken for Benjie to be there.

11:20 AM, February 22, 2006  
Blogger Jason Sampler said...

I am honored that the right reverend T-Bone has shown up on my blog! I can now die and go to blog heaven. I hope they have pie there :)

Yup, just think of the representation of me, you, D.R., Kelly, Tank, and Benji all showed up. It would be quite the party. Would that mean that I would have to eat lots of spagetti, you would walk around without wearing a shirt, D.R. would constantly spray himself with cologne, Kelly would be editing a manuscript, Benji would be preaching about Calvinism, and Tank would be hitting on all the ladies? Just like the good old days.

Now, if we can just find guys like Adam, Hugh, and Thomas and we could call it a Lipsey reunion.

12:42 PM, February 22, 2006  
Blogger joe kennedy said...

Hugh's in Houston. He said he's not coming back. So sad.

12:52 PM, February 22, 2006  
Blogger P.T. said...

Here's an update on those you wish to attend the conference Sampler Platter. I think Thomas is out carrying his cross (i.e. taking a nap or shall we say siesta). Hugh no longer believes the Bible, or so I hear. I am just glad Kelly believes in hell now. By the way, where are you in your doctoral studies?

1:52 PM, February 22, 2006  
Blogger D.R. said...

Yeah and I think that Tank would get in a little trouble with his wife if he were "hitting on the ladies." BTW, what is up with Hugh. Does any one have his contact info?

2:11 PM, February 22, 2006  
Blogger D.R. said...

BTW, Tony does your wife call you "Sweet T" like all the other ladies used to (or so you told us)?

2:13 PM, February 22, 2006  
Blogger joe kennedy said...

Hugh has a MySpace account. That's the best I can give ya. myspace.com/hughthethird. but you'll have to sign up for the evil thing to leave him a message or comment.

5:30 PM, February 22, 2006  
Blogger cks said...

WARNING: myspace.com is one of the most aesthetically-unappealing websites in recent years. I cringe every time I go there to read Hugh's little diary entries.

5:57 AM, February 23, 2006  
Blogger Jason Sampler said...


That's funny. I thought you always used to say that when you walked into his room, that it was one of the most aesthetically-unappealing rooms in recent years. Oh, it was too funny to watch him have 'cleaning' contests with you. I laughed every time. Good times with 'the belly'.

6:01 AM, February 23, 2006  

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