Today our BNI meeting was cancelled due to a regional meeting in Turlock. Chapter members from Modesto to Merced were invited to hear presenters from the Los Angeles area talk about networking. It was well worth the 30 minute drive.

I was the first pastor to join BNI in this region. So from Sacramento to Fresno, I was the only pastor in any chapter. “What do you gain from your BNI membership?” is a common question.

I heard recently that another pastor had joined. I didn’t know where or what chapter. But today I found him. He showed up at the Turlock meeting I attended. His name is Brian, and he is planting a church as well. I was amazed at how many things we had in common in terms of cultural understandings, methodology, etc.

The more I attend these BNI meetings, the more convinced I am that this is the best way to do evangelism. Just showing up, being a friend, and listening. It’s amazing what happens then.