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What is the Q Conference? by Q Ideas

People always ask me, “What is the Q Conference?” And I never quite know how best to answer.

When I’ve had to give Q a quick explanation, I’ve described it as “A convening of capable Christian leaders intent on learning and collaborating toward what the Church’s future role in society ought to be.” Then on cue, people’s eyes glaze over. At other times I’ve tried to distinguish it by describing what it’s not, “The event for leaders who hate going to events.” I know because that’s me. And the Q Conference was created with that disposition in mind.

Over the years, I’ve come to realize some things defy a tidy explanation for a reason. Q is one of those things. For a season here or there, my attempts to describe Q have resonated. But then something shifts—in the air, in the culture, in the larger conversation—and the dialogue Q is creating shifts too. My elevator pitch doesn’t quite capture the essence anymore. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

There are a lot of big questions in this life. And, while we’re all looking for answers—if we’re really honest with ourselves—we don’t want easy answers. Some things just aren’t cut and dried, black and white, this or that. At the Q Conference, those are the kinds of questions we ask and the dialogue we want to create.

From April 21-23, I invite you to join us at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Denver as we engage in the important conversations that will shape culture, faith and the church in the year to come. Together, we will celebrate what’s right, imagine what’s possible and educate one another as we seek to play a central role in God’s work to renew all things. Over the course of three days, these are a few of the more than 30 significant questions with which we will be grappling. Our team has worked carefully with more than 30 experts to curate ideas, collaborate on the key questions and shape their presentations for the most significant impact. These short and powerful 18 and 9 minute Q Talks combined with more than 20 interactive experiences will heighten your awareness and challenge your creativity as you consider your role—both as an individual and as part of the institutions you represent—in shaping culture.

Q is not for spectators passively soaking in what “the experts” have to say. There are multiple opportunities for relationship-building and community learning. Beyond after-parties and long meals, you will experience a sneak-peak at a few major films coming out in the weeks that follow Q; listen to your favorite musicians and hear what gives them inspiration; or watch as founders of new organizations pitch their company’s concept at our Praxis pitch night. In addition, our Q Learning Communities offer a personal encounter with topics you must engage.

With more than 34% of a new generation claiming no interest in faith, it’s time to re-evaluate how we express the greatest story ever told. For too long, Christians have focused on what’s wrong with culture. The Q Conference seeks to be an antidote to this by equipping Christian leaders of all backgrounds and in all sectors to live and lead faithfully in a secular culture.

Join us at the Paramount Theatre in Denver this April.