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
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?
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
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.
As a new church plant, we've found a real benefit to sending out postcards that promote our new sermon series. We mail to everyone on our mailing list. I would recommend any church to do the same thing and let your people know what your upcoming sermon series will be and why they should attend. Gotprint.net … Continue reading Base Camp Postcards
Moving to Wisconsin and helping plant a church has been incredibly tough but also very rewarding. I feel like I have learned a ton these past 16 months. I would say the one truth that has become crystal clear for me is that... its all about people. So what does that mean? Well, here's what … Continue reading Its All About People
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!