A Defining Moment

Fifteen years ago I was sitting in my dorm room at Western Kentucky University trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life when someone put a life changing book in my hand.

I literally don’t remember who gave it to me but I owe them a big hug. However, I do remember getting under the covers of my little twin bed, pulling up the green sheets, which I had somehow kept track of over four years of college (I washed them twice), and started to read.

I grabbed a highlighter on the very first page of “The Purpose Driven Church” by Rick Warren and I wouldn’t put it down until I closed the book some seven or eight hours later. I had never heard of Rick Warren. I had never heard of Saddleback Church. But I was so captivated by the vision of church Rick had laid out that I stayed up and read the book all night.

Page after page, chapter after chapter, I kept verbally saying outloud, “Yes. Yes, this is exactly the way I’ve imagined church could be.”

Several months later I would step out in faith with a handful of other Christ followers to start a church in the small town of Morgantown, Kentucky, using the highlighted, worn, pages of that book like an instructional manual.

With that story in mind you can imagine how excited I am to be joining Rick Warren in a few weeks to speak at his church leadership conference, Radicalis. I’ll also be staying over to speak at one of their weekend services which should be a lot of fun as well.

If you love Jesus, the church, and leadership then you won’t want to miss this one!

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Pete Wilson is the founding pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN and author of a new book entitled Plan B, his thoughts about what to do when life doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would. He is a frequent blogger on his popular ministry blog, WithoutWax.tv. Pete is married and has three sons.