A Preacher of Preachers

The life, and legacy of Peter Jeffery

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My mentor of 25 years went home yesterday…

I stood on a balcony at a coffee shop in Atlanta crying like a baby after receiving the news from Wales.

When I was 19 years old, I ventured to Wales, the land of my Fathers with a backpack and a mountain bike. I deep dove into that country for 6 weeks, before cell phones, traveled hundreds of miles by bike, train, and truck. As I traveled the length and breadth of that great nation, I hosteled, slept outside, and stayed with families. Most importantly, I learned about revival.

I returned home, and drove to the girl I had a major crush on, now my wife, Andrea. While at her house, her brother told me that a speaker¬†from Wales “who took over for Lloyd-Jones” would be at his Men’s study in Aliso Viejo on Saturday morning. As he said it he was laughing. There was a catch. The Men’s study met at 6am. Having wicked jet lag from a transcontinental flight, knowing I’d need an hour, and assuming this was a practical joke, I decided to chance it and go anyway.

It’s funny how our lives are often hinged upon a minute decision.

That morning I heard something that changed the trajectory of my life forever.

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The Lollapalooza of Church Planting

Join Me for the Mobilization Track

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Remember Lollapalooza?

 

It was the ultimate bandfest where headliners like Radiohead, the Foo Fighters, Beck, Rage Against the Machine and Incubus took the stage in rocked the world as the Woodstock of the 90s.

 

Simply put, if you were into rock, it was the place to be.

 

Exponential is the Lollapalooza of church planting.

 

Hundreds of speakers are under one roof, at any given time, kicking down church planting wisdom applicable to various contexts, models, and methods.

 

But the thing I appreciate about Exponential the most, is that they get it.

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