Mike Cope's blog

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Diane and I just finished a flight through the night to get to LAX. I canNOT sleep well on a plane at night. We've been at a "megachurch senior pastors" conference that is held annually by senior pastors of Christian churches. This year there were five of us (out of about fifty) from Churches of Christ. It was a good gathering. I'll try to write more later. But now I'm seriously tired.


  • Woo-hoo! First to comment. That's never happened. A mega-church conference, eh? I didn't realize that was an official "mega-church" qualification. Interesting. I never thought of Highland as a mega-church, despite it being a bigger church than most. I mean, it doesn't meet at a former basketball arena. Yet.

    By Blogger Kyle, at 2/09/2006 07:20:00 AM  

  • Mike, I knew you were getting older, but I didn't realize that you qualified as a "senior" pastor. ;)

    By Blogger Joel Maners, at 2/09/2006 08:12:00 AM  

  • Mike, I always thought the Red-eye flights would be a place to get sleep. Boy were we wrong.

    I am glad you are attending this conference. I still believe that Mega-churches are important to the advancement of the kingdom. Yet I continually hear from some of the COC church growth folks (or those who claim to be) that mega-churches are out. Up here in Portland they are the ones impacting the community.

    I'll look forward to reading how things went and what you learned.

    Ron Clark

    By Blogger KMiV, at 2/09/2006 08:24:00 AM  

  • Any flight through the night is so uncomfortable. It's even harder to watch the people in first-class turned on their sides, stretched out with a pillow & a polar-tec blanket snoozing away after having had shrimp & wine. It's hard to be a Christian in those moments/hours, don't you think?

    By Blogger annie, at 2/09/2006 08:41:00 AM  

  • Ron, I've heard the same, and not just from that circle, but a great number of more progressive postmoderns. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the idea that a massive number of people gathered to worship and serve the Lord is a negative, though.

    By Blogger James, at 2/09/2006 08:55:00 AM  

  • Chad and I used to take the red eye out of Anchorage in the middle of the night to fly back to Texas. Chad used to pop a couple of Tylenol PMs and he wouldn't know his name until we touched down in Houston the next day. Not me -- I like to stay awake in planes. I guess because if we're going to crash, I'd like to know about it. Weird, I know.

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 2/09/2006 08:58:00 AM  

  • Geof and I once flew through the night to Frankfurt. We thought we were blessed when we were upgraded to business class. Flights back then were still smoking flights. Did you know people smoke in the middle of the night? Talk about miserable.

    By Blogger Candy, at 2/09/2006 09:21:00 AM  

  • Okay...Hawaii?...don't even try to get me to show you sympathy...:)

    By Blogger Beverly, at 2/09/2006 09:31:00 AM  

  • OH man, I feel for ya...get some sleep..:)

    By Blogger Beverly, at 2/09/2006 09:40:00 AM  

  • Conference in Hawaii.

    Mike knows how to pick 'em.

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 2/09/2006 09:45:00 AM  

  • Okay, here is a redeye flight memory I will treasure forever.
    Our family was flying overnight to Brazil last summer with the group from Highland. One of my teenage boys has some pretty serious health concerns and he was having no luck getting sleep. His younger brother was sitting next to him and began to worry about the older one getting sick from fatique. Younger brother spent several hours walking around, standing pretending he was in line for the restroom, sitting in seats where someone had gone to the restroom and curling up on the floor under his brother's feet, so that his older brother could have two seats and lay down. I was not having as much trouble sleeping, and did not realize how long the younger one did this until the next day.
    (Please do NOT mention this if you know my boys, they would be horrified to know this was published in blogland.)

    By Blogger cathy moore, at 2/09/2006 11:25:00 AM  

  • Annie, Mike doesn't fly first class?

    By Blogger David Michael, at 2/09/2006 12:48:00 PM  

  • David, IF he does, then he better not be posting that he's seriously tired! I had no idea that cofc ministers were paid that kind of salary. Wouldn't that be considered poor stewardship?!

    By Blogger annie, at 2/09/2006 12:53:00 PM  

  • Lest David, or anyone else thinks my previous comment was serious, IMO, Mike Cope deserves to fly first-class everytime he flies. And especially when Diane is with him!

    By Blogger annie, at 2/09/2006 01:25:00 PM  

  • I note that Mike didn't immediately come clean on where he had been for this conference...just a reference to an overnight flight, that someone else outed him on. Hawaii, please...way to go Mike....and he's no fool, Diane did get an invite to this conference!

    By Blogger Paul W, at 2/09/2006 02:13:00 PM  

  • Hawaii, ha! I have a meeting in Little Rock, oh yeah, home of the ...uhm, land of the...well, uh, let's see...there's this neat little blues cafe downtown. Yeah, so there.

    By Blogger Fajita, at 2/09/2006 04:43:00 PM  

  • I love it! Who else was there representing the CofC?

    On a side note you should encourage Rick Atchley to blog.

    By Blogger JenniferS, at 2/10/2006 02:15:00 AM  

  • Rest quickly! We'll be waiting for your recap of the conference. :>)

    A personal aside, when people complain that a church is too big to suit them, I can't help but come back with my bratty retort, "I love it! I'm practicing for the crowd in Heaven." [told ya' it was bratty. :>) ]

    Welcome home, Mike and Diane. You've been missed!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 2/10/2006 05:20:00 AM  

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