Thursday, August 16, 2007

Kate O

I got to spend some time with Kate Obermueller this week. She’s coming on staff at ACL this autumn, and we hired her without the benefit of a face-to-face meeting. She had some amazing references, and we can’t wait to have her in London. Since she was traveling around and visiting family and friends before her move, we worked it out so that we’d be in LA at the same time.

I’m so glad we did.

We spent a full day talking about our lives and how we came to ministry. We talked about ACL, about a shared vision for ministry, about our responsibilities and dreams for the coming year. That night Julie joined us for dinner at a great local Mexican place, and she and Kate got to know each other. Today I took Kate to Fuller for a walk around and a look at the bookstore, and then Julie took her to Nordstrom Rack for a little pre-London shopping (yikes!).

The point of all this was to speed up the orientation process and get to know each other before we work together. The surprise has been how much we enjoy each other and feel comfortable talking about life, faith, ministry and, well, anything. Julie and I couldn’t be happier for this new partner in ministry, and ACL will be lucky to have her there.

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