I was talking with my new friend Chris about church planting at my office this afternoon. And by "office", I mean the Starbucks I work out of Monday through Friday. I love my Starbucks! (In fact, someone even wrote an article about it and called me "The Starbucks Pastor"!) So there I was at Starbucks, … Continue reading Why Plant a Church with Converge?
A little over two years ago, God called us to leave our friends and family in Colorado and move 1,000 miles away to Madison, Wisconsin, to become Church Planters. I came on staff with Converge Great Lakes (formerly known as Great Lakes Baptist Conference and part of the Baptist General Conference) as a Church Planting … Continue reading Big Changes for the Lindeen Family!
Everyone has their own system for getting things done. However, some people are more effective than others! Your system is designed to get you the exact results you are currently getting. Maybe its time to try something else. Check out this great blog by author Donald Miller on his system for getting things done: Here's … Continue reading Getting Stuff Done
I'm feeling incredibly blessed right now. I have an amazing wife and two great kids. Super supportive parents and a great extended family. Lately, however, God has really blessed me. In the last couple of weeks, I have been able to upgrade from a VOX AC-15 (electric guitar amp) to a VOC AC-30 and to upgrade … Continue reading Blessed
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!
Forgotten God by Francis Chan: I read his more famous book, Crazy Love, a couple of years ago and had really mixed feelings about it. I have a few friends who loved Crazy Love and that book literally changed their lives. I struggled with it and thought Chan was taking some potshots at American Christians … Continue reading Book Review: Forgotten God
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?