This week I was honored to be named to the Rejuvanate Meetings “40 Under 40 Class of 2012.” Essentially, it’s a list of 40 people under the age of 40 who plan faith-based events, conferences, and meetings. I appear on the list as the director Echo alongside people I look up to: Scott Harrison, Jon Acuff, Tripp Crosby, Lecrae, and others. Again, it’s an honor, and I’m grateful.
It’s a funny thing, though — an individual honor related to what is first and foremost a team effort. See, Echo happened last week, and so it’s still fresh on my mind. Knowing firsthand what it takes to plan and execute a conference, I started to get a little uncomfortable with being singled out for my work.
I’m the director of Echo, but I’m not Echo. Echo is a community experience comprised of hundreds of people — staff, volunteers, speakers, teachers, sponsors, vendors, and of course, attendees. On the planning and execution side, Echo doesn’t happen without a great church partner like Watermark Community Church—from top to bottom, the Watermark staff serves our conference in an incredible way.
As I said, I’m grateful to Rejuvenate for the profile. At the same time, I’d be crazy not to publicly express how grateful I am to be a part of the Echo team year after year. Together we make something that I believe to be a special experience, and I can’t wait to do it again next year.