I’m leading the Small Church Idea Forum at the National Outreach Convention 2009 in San Diego, CA on November 4-7, 2009. The NOC09 blog tour is stopping by today to leave some questions in the comment section. Click on the tiny number beside the “quote balloon” to the right of the title of this post to see comments and add your own. I’ll re-post the questions and my answers here for Friday so feedreaders will pick them up.
The important thing is for you to start making your plans to attend NOC09, one of the best and most practical conferences you’ll ever attend. Plus, San Diego is always beautiful, and in November it is gorgeous. See you at NOC09 in November!
Here’s a montage of last year’s NOC — it really is a great conference!
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!