Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church (www.theaterchurch.com) in Washington, DC. One church with eight locations. NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations and meets in theaters throughout the DC metro area. NCC also owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse on Capitol Hill. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, If and forthcoming release, Chase the Lion. Mark is married to Lora and they live on Capitol Hill with their three children: Parker, Summer, and Josiah.




Our Biggest Regrets . . .

There are two types of regrets that we have, inaction regrets and action regrets.

Action regret is doing something you wish you hadn’t done. Inaction regret is not doing something you wish you had.

When you're younger, you roughly feel the same amount of regret from actions and inactions. In a massive study that surveyed people people on their death bed, 86% of their regrets were inaction regrets. The dreams we didn’t go after...the 500 pound lions we did not chase.

Definitions Of Boldness . . .

Boldness = Bold Decisions backed up by Bold Actions.

Boldness is:

  • There are two types of regrets that we have, inaction regrets and action regrets.
  • Action regret is doing something you wish you hadn’t done. Inaction regret is not doing something you wish you had.
  • When you're younger, you roughly feel the same amount of regret from actions and inactions. In a massive study that surveyed people people on their death bed, 86% of their regrets were inaction regrets. The dreams we didn’t go after...the 500 pound lions we did not chase.

The willingness to look foolish. Noah looked foolish building an ark. David looked foolish fighting a giant with a sling shot. Where do you need to be willing to look foolish?

The process of unlearning our fears. Psychologists tell us we are only born with two fears... the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. Every other fear we have is learned. John 4:18 says "Perfect love casts out all fears", so the more we grow in a love relationship with God we unlearn our other fears until the only fear we have is healthy fear, the fear of God.

Taking the first step before God reveals the second step. A God sized dream by definition is one that is beyond your resources and beyond your abilities. Sometimes we wait for God to move but we really should be looking to make the first move.

Being Bold Doesn't Mean Making Unwise Choices . . .

I don't think God honors dumb. Being bold doesn't mean that you should go and quit your job tomorrow. There is a difference between being rash and humble boldness, that God will provide.

Taking The First Step . . .

God doesn't call the qualified...he qualifies the called - take the first step and put it in Gods hands to do the rest.

Healthy Doses Of Fear . . .

Failure by itself is not a catalyst for success. The cure for the fear of failure is failure in small enough doses you build immunity to it.

Mark Batterson's Definition Of Success . . .

“Those who know you best, respect you the most...”

EDGE|X ranks as one of the most inspirational events I’ve had the privilege of being part of, and its impact goes beyond the speaking lineup. The heart behind the event is the multiplicative power of mentoring, which created a feeling of collegiality. It felt like ‘we’re all in this together.’ It felt like iron sharpening iron. At the end of the day, I was challenged to keep learning, keep growing, keep stretching.
— Mark Batterson
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Bob Goff is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of Love Does, and the attorney who founded Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India, and Somalia. Bob is a sought after speaker, inspiring current and future influencers to get to the “do” part of life. Choosing to live audaciously, Bob connects to audiences in a powerfully inspirational, yet down to earth manner.

Bob has pioneered the vision of Restore International to fight for freedom and human rights, working to improve educational opportunities and to be helpful to those in need of a voice and a friend. Restore worked with Uganda’s judiciary in bringing more than 200 cases to trial, as well as pursuing justice, intervention, and education for at risk women and children. Restore Leadership Academy in Northern Uganda educates more than 300 students with a focus on character and leadership development. Because of Bob’s vision and the work of Restore International, he serves as the Hon. Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States.



The Difference Between Castles & Kingdoms . . .

Our main purpose here on earth is to build the Kingdom.

Are we building castles to keep people out? Or building kingdoms to bring people in?

Be with people. “Go get some of them on you". We must love people like Jesus does, go all in, and get in the water with them!

Be Available . . .

If you want to lead people well, be available.

"People don’t follow vision, they follow availability."

How to Lead Effectively . . .

If you want to lead well keep your curiosity piqued and stay curious. We must always lead from a sense of constant anticipation.

The ultimate leader has a strong depth of scripture, is always curious, and keeps faith simple.

Be All In . . .

We must fail trying, and not watching. Try stuff that can only happen with Jesus at your back. Our job is to lead people home.

People don’t follow vision, they follow availability. If you want to lead people... be available. And that’s what I love about EDGE Mentoring & EDGE|X, they’re creating opportunities for leaders to just be available. Availability...access... those are things that will build the Kingdom.
— Bob Goff
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Founder and Co-CEO of Noonday Collection

Jessica Honegger is the Founder and Co-CEO of Noonday Collection, named by Inc magazine as the 40th fastest growing company in the USA in 2015. Noonday uses fashion to create meaningful opportunity for others. Jessica has inspired over 2,000 women across the United States to launch their own social selling businesses as Noonday Collection Ambassadors. Globally, Noonday partners with over 4,000 Artisans, empowering them to support their families through dignified work. Jessica has been nominated for Austin’s Under 40 award for entrepreneurship, was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has been featured in numerous other publications. When she isn’t gathering, inspiring, and leading, you can find her traveling internationally with her husband and three children, ages nine, eight, and seven. One of her children hails from Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills.



Christians Should Have Big Vision . . .

As Christians we should be the ones taking the most risk - our outcome is secure in Christ. That should allow us to dream up a God-sized vision for our lives.

Take The Leap . . .

Often times we are too afraid to fail which is why most people don’t have a vision.

Don't be afraid, God will not waste where you are right now. Where you are now often prepares and informs the vision we are called to live into, in the future!

Take the long view and focus on the impact that you will have when you're in the middle of living out your dream.

Definitions Of Vision . . .

Vision is aspirational and seemingly impossible and meant to be informed by a God sized reality.

Vision can be that still small prompting at your core and your guiding light.

The right vision is something that is only attainable through the help of God.

Vision = Confidence, focus and perseverance.

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Greg' McKeown dedicated his career to discovering why some people break through to the next level—and others don’t. The definitive treatment of this issue is addressed in McKeown’s latest project, the instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Frequently topping the Time Management book category on Amazon, this book challenges core assumptions about achievement to get to the essence of what really drives success. McKeown is the CEO of THIS Inc, a company whose mission is to assist people and companies to spend 80 percent of their time on the vital few, rather than the trivial many. Clients include Adobe, Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware, and Yahoo!.

His writing has appeared or been covered by Fast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, Politico, and Inc. Magazine. He is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn’s Influencers group, averaging a million views a month.





The Undisciplined Pursuit Of More = A Catalyst For Failure . . .

If you don't prioritize your life, somebody else will for you.

Action regret is doing something you wish you hadn’t done. Inaction regret is not doing something you wish you had.

When you're younger, you roughly feel the same amount of regret from actions and inactions. In a massive study that surveyed people people on their death bed, 86% of their regrets were inaction regrets. The dreams we didn’t go after... the 500 pound lions we did not chase.

Success Doesn't Beget Success . . .

The answer to why some people don’t break through to the next level of success is usually success. Options and opportunities come with success. Success typically leads to undisciplined pursuit of more.

Explore - Create Space For Less. . . .

Here are some tangible ways to begin your journey on becoming an Essentialist:

  • Quarterly: Take a personal off-site to reflect on where you are and what’s actually been essential and what should be.
  • Weekly: Have an essential planning session (20-30 min), so that you can highlight and identify only the essential items to be accomplished that week.
  • Daily: make list of 6 essential things that need to be done. Cross out the bottom 5!

Eliminate . . .

We have to create a different criteria and ask ourselves, "What is the highest contribution I can make?

What is the best use of me? We must then create a system or routine in life to make it effortless to do the things.

If achieved your influence will expand exponentially.

Ghandi's Supplies Best Definition For Essentialism . . .

Reducing oneself to zero.

Priority versus Priorities . . .

The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s and then it was singular. The original word came from Greek, meaning - the prior or very first thing. The word stayed singular for the next 500 years. It wasn’t until the 1900s that we came up with the pluralized term and started using the word priorities. But what exactly does the word mean? Can there be multiple very first things?

My time with EDGE|X was full of energy and light from beginning to end. In such a short time there was real camaraderie among the speakers together and with the huge turnout of people. Wonderful experience!
— Greg McKeown


Founder & CEO, Mainstreet

Zeke Turner left a job on Wall Street at the age of 25 to bring his entrepreneurial spirit and international experience back to his home state of Indiana. He founded Mainstreet in 2002 with only $10,000 and a mission followed to transform the way health care is delivered. 

Today, Mainstreet is the nation's largest developer of transitional care properties. Mainstreet's innovation and strategic vision, supported by access to capital, have been the keys to success. Zeke and his team took the Mainstreet senior housing and care portfolio public as HealthLease Properties REIT (HLP) on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2012 with an initial offering of $121 million. In November 2014, Mainstreet and Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN) finalized a $2.3 billion partnership which, in part, included HCN acquiring HLP.

Mr. Turner is a sought-after speaker and is regularly interviewed by trade publications and national media outlets, including Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox Business, and the Wall Street Journal. He has received numerous local and national awards.





Senior Pastor, Grace Community Church

Dave Rodriguez is the founding and Senior Pastor of Grace Church in Noblesville, IN. For the past 25 years, Dave has led Grace to advance the Kingdom of God in Central Indiana and around the world. Prior to Grace, Dave served in youth and music ministries in 3 churches in 3 states for 13 years.

Grace Church has led or assisted in planting 6 churches in the U.S. along with a church in London, England. Grace currently operates in 2 campuses in central Indiana with a third set to launch by late 2016. In addition, Grace operates a Care Center that meets the needs of over 500 families a week in Indiana through a choice food pantry, referral services, ESL classes and a Car Care Ministry.

Dave attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He also received an honorary doctorate from Taylor University in Upland, IN.




President & CEO, EDGE Mentoring

Dave Neff is the President & CEO of EDGE Mentoring. Dave has led EDGE full-time since February 2014 as it has grown from 80 in the program, to more than 450 mentors and mentees from over 30 states today. Dave has taken EDGE from a fledgling startup and built it to become one of the most influential millennial mentoring organizations in the country. 

Prior to EDGE, Dave was with Pacers Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) for four years as Director of Suite Sales & Services, working with some of the most strategic brands in Indianapolis. After PS&E, Dave worked in marketing with ExactTarget (now Salesforce Marketing Cloud) for 2.5 years as their first ever leader for the sports/entertainment vertical. Dave has a passion for developing top talent, creating strategic partnerships, building winning cultures, and fostering intergenerational relationships through mentoring. 

Dave was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2016 Forty Under 40 list, recognizing rising stars in Central Indiana. He was also named a 2013 Inspire Award Winner for his commitment to mentoring in the workplace and community.


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