Although I haven’t been a pastor for 30 year (only a little over 23), I found Thom S. Rainer‘s blog post, “Seven Ways Pastoring Has Changed In 30 Years“, quite interesting and accurate. Little wonder, the pastor drop-out rate is so high! Thirty years ago, most people in the community held the pastor in high […]Read more "7 Ways Pastoring Has Changed In 30 Years"
Last Sunday, at VALLEY Christian Church, I taught on the story of Gideon from Judges 6 & 7. It’s an amazing story where God gives Gideon’s army the victory despite being outnumbered 450 to 1! Gideon was victorious even though he had an Underdog mentality that said, “The Odds Are Against Me”. The climax of […]Read more "Monkey See, Monkey Do"
Read this post today and still have tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. If you need a good belly laugh, check out, “Accidental Worship Heresy“. My favorite from the list: “He is jealous for me, floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee.” #worshipheresyRead more "Accidental Worship Heresy"
A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Catalyst conference in Dallas, Texas with four other members of the church staff of VALLEY Christian Church. While there, we heard some incredibly challenging, insightful and thought provoking messages. Below are some of my notes from a lab given by Matt Carter, pastor of The Austin Stone […]Read more "3 Guiding Principles to Live On Mission"
Tomorrow, I’m headed out to Dallas for the Catalyst Conference with four other members of the staff of VALLEY Christian Church (Josh, Brossia, Nnamdi Oparanozie, Andy Sileno & Tommy Niblack). It will probably be hard to sleep tonight because I am so excited! Sometimes, it’s important to get away as a staff and take time […]Read more "Time To Recharge!"
A friend recently shared these simple words by Charles R. Swindoll with me and I thought they were just too good to not pass along: He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered. Proverbs 28:26 “This may shock you, but I believe the single most […]Read more "The Single Most Significant Decision"
Found this excellent article on The Resurgence today. Well worth the read for every pastor and church leader! 13 Ways To Grow Relational CapitalRead more "Relational Capital"
Here’s an awesome blog post from James MacDonald for Christian leaders of every kind: “A complex issue for ministry leaders is how to process the incredible amount of feedback that comes from so many sources, both in and outside the church. It falls into some basic levels, regardless of the source: General input (random and […]Read more "You – Shut Your Mouth"
Tim Keller brilliantly explains the necessity of a Christian leader (Pastor) to cultivate the inner life: “All the causes of either visible or pending failure stem from a failure to cultivate the inner life. Look at the list of the causes of fruitlessness. They are the results of failing to know ourselves, failing to believe […]Read more "Cultivating the Work of the Inner Life – Tim Keller"
“I’ve never met a mature Christian, only maturing Christians.” -Bill Hanks Jesus gave his followers a mission that he expected each of us to take seriously and to accomplish: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching […]Read more "Where The Rubber Meets The Road"