UPDATE: We did it! A bunch of Small Church pastors got together, heard from great speakers, worshiped, then left inspired and better prepared to fulfill our calling. All by ourselves, without grown-up supervision.
Thank you to all the speakers, to everyone who helped put it together, to those who attended in person and to everyone who watched the live-stream.
It’s been the subject of many conversations, lots of speculation and a bunch of requests. (Cue the dramatic music)
For months people have heard rumors of it. But until now, no one knew for sure if such a thing was even possible. (Cue even more dramatic music!)
But. It. Is. Real!
Yeah, we’re gonna give it a shot. Here comes the Pastors’ Conference for the rest of us. On Saturday, November 9 2013, New Small Church will be holding our first ever Small Church Pastors’ One Day Workshop from 9am – 2pm (PST) at New Life Christian Fellowship in Laguna Niguel, California.
If you live in or near Orange County, California, we’d love to see you at it. If you don’t live in Southern California, we got your back. Technology is our friend. The sessions will be livestreamed right here at NewSmallChurch.com so you can get all the info as it happens. (Just click the box on the right side of this page).
The day will be packed with practical information from a line-up of speakers who have a passion for and experience in Small Churches.
I’ll be opening and closing the event. Along with re-establishing the fundamentals for those who are first-timers, there will be some brand-new material that I’ve picked up from this last year of working with Small Churches and Small Church leaders around the world. There will be plenty for everyone to chew on and take home.
Bob & Joel Kilpatrick – Worship & Social Media
Bob has spent a lifetime travelling the world performing concerts and leading in worship in churches of all sizes. But a couple years ago the Lord laid it on his heart to spend his time encouraging and promoting healthy Small Churches. He’ll be leading us in worship and sharing from his heart about Small Church ministry.
Bob’s son, Joel Kilpatrick, is the owner of LarkNews.com, the world’s leading satirical Christian news site. His lighthearted, good-spirited articles have won him lots of notoriety and a few awards, too. He’ll be sharing about using the internet and social media from a Small Church perspective.
Frank has pastored Hope Church in San Diego for 21 years. And now this Small Church is planting other Small Churches in neighborhoods all over San Diego. Networking is the key. Frank will share with us how a growing group of pastors and churches have overcome their differences and frustrations to support each other and do far more than they ever did alone. These are practical, hands-on ideas that can work anywhere – in any size church.
Gary has been my (Karl’s) youth pastor for 21 years. In that time, the Lord has helped us work together in some extraordinary ways. Gary and I will be sharing together how to keep a great staff relationship alive, how to recruit, train and encourage volunteers, and how to establish and run an internship program – all in a Small Church building and on a Small Church budget.
Small Church Pastor Panel Q & A
A chance for questions, comments and conversation with a group of Small Church pastors from a variety of backgrounds including church planters, church turnarounds, established churches, suburban churches, rural churches and more.
Jeff Hamilton, the pastor of New Life Christian Fellowship, will be our host.
Here are a few more details you need to know.
- It’s Free! Yep. No cost. We will take an offering, but we’re hoping to get enough sponsors in advance to cover all the costs for everyone.
- Lunch will be served. We’ll ask for a small fee (around $5) to cover that.
- Spread the word. Click the images below to download the front and back of the promo card to post on your Facebook page, your Twitter feed or wherever. If you live near Orange County, printed flyers will be available in October.
- Like the NewSmallChurch Facebook page or follow @KarlVaters on Twitter to be made aware of updates.
Pray for us as this gets closer. We’ve never done anything like it before. There’s no instruction manual. We’re figuring it out as we go along.
Our plan is to do the best conference we can, then learn from it to take this idea to other places as well.
Let’s get together. It’s time to stop doing this alone.
The Promo Card
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So what do you think? Are you going to be able to make it? Or can you watch online?
We want to hear from you. Yes, you!
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(Promo Card designed by Adam Gil)