Cincinnati’s Vineyard Community church was the location of the Saddleback Small Group Conference on May 15 and 16. The weather was gorgeous, the people were friendly and the small group community was electric.
Almost 1000 pastors, small group point leaders and small group members came from 20 U.S. states and Canadian provinces for two days of learning and sharing. As in the earlier conference in Atlanta, one of the highlights for returning conferees was the Think Tank segment, in which small group point people gathered by geography for discussion and chewing on the leading issues of their ministries. The result was terrific synergy, highlighting the value of community.
The Purpose Driven Small Group Network was well represented, with many Area Point Leaders, State Point People and others in attendance. Cheryl Shireman, coordinator of the Network, drove over from Indiana to be part of the conference, answer questions and collect registrations by attendees wanting to take benefit from the Network. She also recruited several new Regional Point People to the Network. Interested in the possibility of serving in your area and holding your own “huddles” for other Small Group Point People? Contact Cheryl for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On September 11 and 12 the conference goes to Dallas, Texas. Put on your boots and “cowboy up” to Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall for two exciting days that promise to be a great finish to the 2009 NEXT Saddleback Small Group Conferences.
For more information on the Dallas conference, please visit the NEXT Conference Website by clicking here.