There seems to be a knee-jerk response on the part of some Christians to the idea of remembering or even acknowledging Good Friday. It usually sounds something like this: “Why do we need to designate a day to remember the cross? We do it every week on Sunday when we gather as a church, right? […]Read more "Why Good Friday Is So Important "
Currently, my wife Susie and I are in Eastern Europe (Ukraine and Moldova) for two weeks of ministry. This is our second mission trip in the last two months. While on our flight across the Atlantic, I made a couple of notes about why it is important for us to take trips such as this […]Read more "7 Reasons Why We Go"
Yesterday, at Valley Christian Church, we set aside the current Summer sermon series we are in and instead, I preached a sermon addressing the racial tensions that our country now sees played out with regularity in current events. The name of the sermon was “The Reconciled Church”. Racial reconciliation has been a passion point for […]Read more "The Shame of Segregated Sundays"
For those of you who lead teams in business or ministry, here is an excellent post by Brian Houston of Hillsong, about values that create a healthy culture in any organization. Definitely worth the read! 10 Cultural Responsibilities of the Hillsong Leadership TeamRead more "10 Cultural Responsibilities of the Hillsong Leadership Team"
On January 23, 2015, 140 people, served on the Launch Team to start Valley Christian Church‘s Poughkeepsie Campus at Regal Cinemas in the Poughkeepsie Galleria. Yesterday, January 24, 2016 (one year later), 427 people celebrated, (at that same Poughkeepsie Campus) all the Lord has done in the last 12 months! I am in awe of […]Read more "It Takes Teamwork to Make the Dream Work"
Tonight, I’ll be attending a pre-release screening of the movie “Woodlawn”, and I cannot wait! Earlier this year, I met Steve Fedyski, the COO of Pure Flix (who produced the film) and we decided to partner together to make this all happen. Steve and I hit it off after he showed our group the trailer […]Read more "Faith and Football on Film"
January 25th, we launched our second campus of VALLEY Christian Church in Poughkeepsie, New York at Regal Cinemas. It was a HUGE success, as we saw over 200 first-time guests (and 376 people in attendance). Our desire, as a church is to always go “Beyond ourselves for those who haven’t heard“. It was an awesome […]Read more "Winning Takes a Team"
It’s really awesome when those outside the church recognize the incredible things going on at VALLEY Christian Church. In late November, I received a call from Andy McDonough, who writes for Church Production Magazine. He had heard about VALLEY’s approach to using technology and wanted to interview me and some of the rest of the […]Read more "Tech With Conscience"
I’ve got to just come right out and say it. It’s become a major conviction in my life over the years, and it is too important to stay quiet about any longer. So here goes, “I need coaching and you do too!” It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do for a career, […]Read more "5 Reasons I Need Coaching and You Do Too"
Recently, in a conversation in our staff meeting, we were sharing some awesome stories about what God is doing in our church. We’ve seen 97 people receive Christ in their heart for the first time, in a period of less than 18 months and are thanking God for every one. So, the staff at VALLEY […]Read more "5 Signs Your Church Is Reaching The Unchurched"