If you’re looking for some sermon ideas, here’s my sermon archives on our church website (which is about to be overhauled completely). I’m still at the National Outreach Convention in San Diego. If you have never attended NOC, you need to put it on your calendar for 2008. Lots of great resources, including sermon stuff — visuals, videos, books, websites, and a lot more. Have a great day Sunday!
The photo is a detail of a stained glass window at the Immaculate Conception Church in Old Town San Diego. The window is a tribute to one of the church’s outstanding pastors, known as The Last of the Padres. The Catholic “padres” were so influential in the early days of San Diego that they became honored in the popular culture as the San Diego Padres baseball team! Preachers do have an impact!
Ren, me and Gerardo at NOC07
I met a couple of great pastors yesterday at our small church affinity group meeting. Ren and Gerardo are both pastors of churches a couple of hours from San Diego. Both face the challenges of transitioning their growing small churches into the next level for ministry. Gerardo, Ren, Debbie and I talked about the differences in our small churches, but also found that a 150-year old church (ours), an 8-year old congregation (Ren’s), and a 2-year old congregation (Gerardo’s) encounter some of the same challenges.
NOC07 isn’t just a big conference. Outreach Inc. has done a great job of facilitating small conversations where everyone can tell their story and find encouragement in community. Outreach magazine also is providing free back issues here at the convention and I shared the small church issue with the group yesterday. Also, click over to my sermon blog for an interesting church connection with San Diego. More later as the fun continues!