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Ren, me, and Gerardo at NOC07 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!