One of the gifts of The United Methodist Church is our connectional system.  We’re connected through our denomination to over 10 million people and in mission to 125 countries.  It’s been inspiring for me to re-connect with the thirty or so other pastors moving toward ordination in our part of the world (Northern California & Nevada).  We each bring such unique gifts to ministry.  I’m thankful for our time in Santa Cruz and for the diverse ministries to which we are called.