Spend Two Days with Rob Bell

Spend Two Days with Rob Bell August 18, 2012
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Via his website, Rob Bell has announced his next venture: For $500, you can spend two days talking and surfing with him.

Steve Horswill-Johnson attended a private version of this same gathering, and he reports,

“Two Days with Rob Bell” is the first event Mr. Bell has hosted since leaving the 7,000-member megachurch. The invited came from a variety of backgrounds and denominations. A commonality was age: Most were under 35. Many were pastors but also present were a physician, a security agent and an Amazon.com executive who recently returned from climbing to the top of an unnamed Himalayan mountain. Two openly doubted their Christian beliefs and questioned their pull to attend, including the Amazon executive. Their only explanation was an attraction to Mr. Bell’s message in his recent controversial book, Love Wins.

On the first session, I sat and took in the room. Near me, a large window was open to the sounds of the surf, just yards away. The participants seemed hip, smart, relaxed and focused Christian leaders. Not a tie or dress shirt in the room! And rarely did I see lots of paper. Instead, iPads and other tablets were being used to take notes and exchange ideas with those around. And lots of tweeting was occurring concurrently with the event. Most of the group wore shorts or khakis with untucked shirts and sandals.

My first impression was, “The United Methodist Church could probably use a few more of these leaders.”

Cathleen Falsani also reported on it for Sojo.

So, anyone going?

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  • I’d rather go duck hunting with Tony Jones.

    • Hmmm. Interesting.

      How much would you pay for two days of duck hunting with me?


      • I’d pay like 1500 easy. Totally worth it.

        But I’d need a scholarship.

    • Now that sounds like a good time.

  • Kenton

    I’m with you, Mike. If only Tony Jones would let me pay him $500 to go duck hunting with him…

  • DS

    I’d love to go. Rob’s work (and yours, Tony!) has been a huge help to me.

    But it’s not going to happen. I can’t afford it. Registration, the trip, none of it. That’s the rub of doing small-church ministry and being saddled with student loan debt (a story that’s been rehearsed by countless others, I know). That, and I’d have to take unpaid time off fron the other part-time job I have to work since ministry doesn’t pay the bills.

    I’m not complaining. Seriously. Just pointing out that this kind of stuff is geared towards the more affluent. Nothing wrong with that — that’s just how it goes, sometimes.

    Sounds like a fun weekend.

    • EDB


      I completely understand. I’d love to go, but been jobless for four months. When I heard about the opportunity, I told my wife, and her look was a I-wish-you-could-go-I’m-sorry-this-sucks.

  • Yeah. Well I’m sure this wasn’t the first or the last $500 event. I’ve been getting the “exclusive invitations” since January. I’ve heard rumors that a Groupon is in the works 🙂

  • ryan

    I went in June. It would have been worth it for $1000. I’m not a conference guy but when Rob Bell does his version of them I try to be there. That’s just me.

  • I wonder how much Jesus would charge for two days with Him?

  • Cost of hunting license included? I’m in.

  • Bjorn

    Ed Young Jr. use to do this for something like 2 grand. no surfIng thought.

  • Greg Gorham

    $500 is incredibly high for a two-day conference, especially since it doesn’t include food or lodging. Their suggested hotel was $175 a night as well. I’d love to go otherwise, but this is way out of my price range.

  • Carl

    Rob Bell must need the money. I guess there is no end to his narcissism.

  • Craig

    This is hilarious. I’d admire Rob Bell if he did something selfless with half of his profits. As for duck hunting, doesn’t it seem a touch brutal? While it’s surely an enviable lot for any food animal to fly free in the wild and in the end die in mid-air by gunshot, doesn’t the violence still seem a little bit off-putting?

    • Craig-

      Looked in your refrigerator lately? Eaten any meat?

  • Jay

    Rob Wins.