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?
Before we can make any plans for the church, we must know the sheep well. Take every opportunity to become familiar with members of your church. Don't rush into your action plans too quickly. - from the book 7 Lessons for New Pastors, page 96 Matthew D. Kim wrote this helpful book after his first … Continue reading Book Review: 7 Lessons for New Pastors
I have been called a bull in a china shop...on more than one occasion! A friend, hoping to help, handed me this book to read...about four years ago. To be honest, at that time I wasn't ready to openly evaluate myself and how I used my physical presence to influence others. I was defensive and thought, … Continue reading Book Review: Making Room for Leadership
These past two weeks I've shared some thoughts on Psalm 23. Today, I want to look at the final section of this great song of David. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me … Continue reading Reflections on the Psalms: Psalm 23 Part 3
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
I love this picture. I think its a great reminder that even the most successful people in life have had their failures. But it is not the last word. We can dust ourselves off, learn from our mistakes, and move forward. The Bible says that for those who are in God's family, his mercies are … Continue reading Failure is not the End
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?
From nothing to Super Bowl champion. Wow. Did you watch the Super Bowl last Sunday? Man- it was a great game! But I think the most powerful story to come out of that game is the story of Baltimore Ravens offensive linemen Michael Oher. Oher, whose story was made famous in the Oscar-winning film “The … Continue reading From Nothing to Superbowl Champion
Growing up at a charismatic church, going to a Lutheran junior high, and graduating from a fundamentalist Baptist high school, I saw many different ways to worship. I love this "non denominational guide to official worship signals"! Brilliant!