Wednesday I head off to San Diego for my fourth year at the National Outreach Convention, known affectionately as NOC. I hope you’ll be there for all of the workshops, discussion forums, worship sessions, major speakers, and more. One of the really great things about NOC is the wealth of information, resources, and people that you encounter — all focused on outreach.
I’ll be leading a breakout workshop titled, Outreach in the Crises of Life. If you’re at NOC, drop in on Friday afternoon at 2:30 PM for 90-minutes of sharing about reaching out to those who are experiencing the most difficult situations in life. On Friday morning at 7:15 AM (bring coffee!) I am facilitating the Small Church Ideas Exchange.
Of course, I’ll see my friends at Outreach magazine, which I hope you subscribe to. Outreach publishes an annual small church issue, plus I write the “Small Church, Big Idea” column in each regular issue. Lots of small church stuff including good ideas that real people have used in real churches. I’ll be live blogging, and Facebooking some NOC events, so stay tuned!
Outreach in the Crises of Life is the title of the workshop I’ll be hosting at the National Outreach Convention in San Diego, November 3-5, 2010. This will be my 4th year speaking at NOC, and I’m looking forward to addressing this topic of reaching out to others during a life crisis.
I’m convinced that caring outreach is the most neglected opportunity for outreach for any church, large or small. But small churches particularly can reach out to those who are hurting with caring and redemptive ministry. And, one of the benefits is that this type of ministry is low-cost, relational, needed, and highly effective.
Life crises include sickness, death and grief, loss, trauma, divorce, crime, moving, job loss, loss of mobility or independence, and a host of other life incidents. I’ll be talking about when we can offer care to those outside our church, and presenting examples of churches that are involved in caring outreach during a life crisis. I hope you’ll be able to join us in November.
I know it seems early to be thinking about November, but that’s only 5 months away. Plan now to join us. If you’ve never been to NOC, you’ve got to experience it to believe the breadth of resources, and the variety of presenters that equip church leaders to effectively reach out to their communities. See you there!