Today was the Bay Area Emerging Ministries event: a collection of church and ministry leaders in the Bay Area that come together for spiritual development, connection and encouragement. I always leave feeling refreshed. I cherish these events because they remind me that I’m not alone in the passions of my heart. Working for SOLD can often times be lonely: we have a tiny staff and therefore creative meetings happen too far and few between (although that’s in remedy with the establishment of our Northern California SOLD Advisory Group). After yesterday’s meeting I felt alive from stimulating conversation with wonderful people, new friendships, and challenges. Thanks to Nancy Ortberg, Bart Garrett and Mark Scandrette for wonderful presentations.