As I looked back over the last 12 months, I was amazed at all that God had done in our lives! He has proved himself faithful and walked with us through the dark nights and been there with us as we celebrated new life and growth and change. A few of the big changes in the … Continue reading What A Difference 12 Months Make!
I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it's a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. -Rob Bell I used to be a huge Rob Bell fan. In fact, he was my "pastor from a distance" for a while. A few years ago, I was working at a … Continue reading Rob Bell Continues to Sadden Me
This past Sunday our church went multi-site and we had over 200 people connecting or reconnecting with God! Less than two years ago, we felt God call our family to move from Denver, CO to Madison, WI to help change the spiritual climate of this city by planting churches. It has been a wild ride! … Continue reading Its Been A Wild Ride
More than 1,700 pastors leave the ministry every month. Wow. I ran across this blog that shared some reasons why good pastors leave the ministry: Here are 10 common reasons pastors quit too soon. 1. Discouragement. Fifty percent of pastors report feeling so discouraged they would leave the ministry if they could. Complaints speak louder … Continue reading 10 Real Reasons Pastors Quit
We all face seasons of doubt and discouragement. Its just a natural part of the journey of life. As a leader and a pastor- I know its normal to feel discouraged but it doesn't make it any easier! Some thoughts for leaders (including myself!) who might be facing discouragement: 1.) We Have an Enemy Helping … Continue reading Dealing with Discouragement
This is pretty epic. I especially like the youth pastor and church planter ones: Which one is your favorite?
Do or do not. There is no try. Or, at least, that what Yoda said. Here's the question- Are you reproducing yourself? Not- are you trying to raise up leaders? No- are you actually doing it? Wherever you are in life- its so important to train up others to take your place. To work yourself … Continue reading What Would Yoda Say About Discipleship?
At our church, we like to create "sermon bumpers" for each sermon series. These are simple, short videos that we play every week of the series just before the sermon. Check out this video I made for our upcoming series called "Base Camp." Base Camp Sermon Bumper from Ezra Church on Vimeo.