the national pastors convention is in san diego this week. this used to be a YS event, until this year, when we decided to refocus on youth ministry alone, and gave it to our partners, zondervan. but since zondervan has never run an event before, we’re helping to facilitate it — which means our reg dept did all the reg, tic planned most of the event (and is mc’ing the general sessions), and about 10 of our staff are helping to run it onsite. i have zero responsibilities there, but dropped by yesterday to reconnect with YS staff and see people. there’s a very cool emergent track, including an emerging church critical concerns course being lead by an amazing and varied panel of speakers: tony jones (moderating), doug pagitt, dan kimball, leron shults, scot mcknight, ryan bolger, and john burke. i wish i’d planned to attend it. it also made me a bit misty-eyed, realizing how much i miss the emergent convention, which would have been (in the past few years) running concurrent with the NPC right here and now. it was good to see doug, tony and dan, as well as other friends. i’m looking forward to having them over to my house (along with chris seay, who comes in today) for a bit of hot-tubbing on friday night. i’m taking scot mcknight to lunch today, which i’m pumped about — i learn so much from his blog.