Conference = Overload. Consequently, I've learned to distill my takeaways to just a few so that I still have them a week later. At the last Leadership Summit, Bill Hybels talked about axioms (proverbs) as powerful tools to condense and distribute values.
So with that in mind, I've condensed my takeaways from the Gospel Coalition National Conference '09 to a few axioms. My hope is to retain the axioms even if I never look back at my notes. What follows are my axioms and the speaker who's message I derived them from. (For direct quotes I have, oddly enough, employed quote marks.)
People who see idols everywhere preach the Gospel well.
(Keller; this quote was the most valuable to me for ministry.)
"Son, none of this depends on you... and so take courage."
(Piper; this quote was the most personally meaningful to me)
The faithful servant leader does not fight to win. He fights for the Gospel to win.
He who always raises his voice is ignored in a real crisis.
"Misdirected love expresses itself in misdirected energies and pursuits."
"You can arrange the wood but only God can send the fire."
"The neurotic rooster believes the sun is comin' up because he's crowin'".
"Don't let the pulpit drive you to the Word. Let the Word drive you to the pulpit."
(By way of Keller--a Dutch proverb.)
"Even an apostle must read." (2 Tim 4:13)
(Spurgeon, by way of Duncan)
A faithful Gospel-centered life will not guarantee that you don't end up all alone.
The only flex in the Gospel is found in the sacrifices of the messenger's life.