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Ben, we can't wait to partner with you on this! Thanks for pushing the envelope of creativity and innovation. It's going to be amazing.

Love the concept. Looks amazing. Pretty impressed with how you have obvioulsy been able to pull this together (concept, ideas, website, sponsors, etc) all while just coming off Catalyst West Coast. You must have been one busy bee.

Going to be amazing!

Very cool! After reading this and listening to the interview with John Saddington I can't help but think that this is going to be a big hit. Its cool to see you keep raising the bar!

First impression:


Second impression:

I only really know you through your blog, and one time I asked you for directions at Catalyst, but I have to say I'm a bit surprised to see this from you. Your blog is excellent. The posts are small, but meaty. Which is perfect for the content you are delivering about leadership and life.

So I guess that I have a stereotype about high-level business-type thought leaders and it is this... they aren't literary buffs. They care less about The Hobbit and more about The Seven Habits.

I'm intrigued and I wish you terrific success. I think story (narrative), as a literary device, is a proven mechanism to connect people with God.


ben i'm so excited for this and feel honored to work with you on it.

dewd - this is vintage arment. :) ben in his sweet spot, and an experience you won't want to miss!

- matt

Ben, This is going to be a huge GOD-THANG. Prayed for you this morning. Will continue to pray for you daily.

Looks like it will be amazing, great job Ben! I will be praying for an opening to be able to attend.

Awesome! So proud of you, bro.

BTW, you might want to update your bio here on your blog. :)

Ben- this is awesome. Hoping I can come.


oooh...barton designed the site! nicely done! thanks for doing the podcast on churchcrunch

im intrigued. i know im not really a "leader" in the church, but it still looks like something i would want to go to.... im highly enraptured by the idea of "story". Lewis's kind of story--the kind of life woven as a beautiful tapestry that is so much more colorful than your typical muted-color life. i dont want a muted-color life. i want to live boldly. i want a colorful story. and HIS story IS the greatest story....ergo, enter "colorful life"! so... yeah. all that to say, is this something that even official "leaders" would benefit from? (i mean, i lead a small group, and i lead on worship team from time to time. does that count?)

I'm amazed that just listening to the interview w/ John Saddington ( ) & visiting the website have already stirred some new ideas in me.

I missed White Board. I don't want to miss Story...

Love the "MYST" look of the site, by the way!

thats totally what i thought too, johnny, when i went to the site!! very MYST. i never could figure out that game...

I hope you have an "Eagle and Child" pub replica on we can experience classic literary "storytelling" firsthand. Dude, this is amazing. Don't settle for anything less than the extraordinary. Push every envelope...can't wait.

You. are. the. man.

The site is great Ben... just promise me you won't steampunk the stage!

Ben, this is just awesome. I am honored to know you personally.

I was nearly swept away just looking at the website and am almost speechless at how God is using your talent and helping you achieve your dream.

I'd love to partner with you in this endeavor somehow. You have my support.


Dude!!! Aurora, IL is right next door to my town (Naperville)! I'm putting this on my calendar now and will be forwarding this information on to my Pastors so that we can hopefully promote it at my church!

You rock my face off!

yes, graham, that's what I'm talking about.

and the mother's day photos were hilarious.

Looks amazing!

Thought you might find this concept interesting (related to Story):

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