Tomorrow is a HUGE day in the life of my family and for me personally as a father. My wife and I (along with other family members) will watch our youngest daughter, Sophia, walk across a stage and graduate from Lourdes High School. The last few weeks and months have been a confluence of many […]Read more "Here We Go"
“In recent decades, ambient sounds have become omnipresent in church gatherings. Meetings start with a synth swell and every song after that is connected to the next with musical glue. Synth pads play softly behind prayer, Scripture readings, song intros, communion and, in some cases, the preaching. If you don’t have someone who can produce the necessary sounds, no worries. “worship pads” in every key are available […]Read more "No, Your Synthesizer Is Not the Holy Spirit"
There are 27,000,000 people trapped in slavery around the world today. I am NOT okay with that. Today, February 25th, is “Shine A Light On Slavery Day”. Take a look at the graphic below … Click on a few links … Become more aware … Let your voice be heard … “Shine a light on […]Read more "I Am NOT Okay With That!"
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"
Having coached a few Cadets when they played high school football, and having so many Cadets attend the church I pastor (Valley Christian Church) while they are (were) at West Point, and my father-in-law being a 20 year Army Vet (Bronze Star recipient), there’s only one thing left to say on this day: “Go Army! Beat Navy!” […]Read more "Go Army! Beat Navy!"
Saw this post and thought it was probably the most accurate description of the life of a Pastor that I have ever read … “I thank God for pastors. Pastors know things that are painful to know. Pastors keep confidences even though doing so leaves others to assume the worst. Pastors are routinely insulted, cussed […]Read more "Thank God for Pastors"
Here’s a great post by Rich Birch. Rich was instrumental in helping us adjust our organizational structure at Valley Christian Church, as we prepared to become multi-site just less than a year ago. Check out his post HERE.Read more "8 Observations from Young Life for Local Church Leaders"
Now that the rush of Good Friday and Easter has subsided, you might expect a pastor like me, to feel a little let down, but nothing could be further from the truth. Excited, doesn’t seem to really capture what I feel in my heart about our new series at Valley Christian Church called, “Four Cups“. I’m […]Read more "Fired Up For Four Cups"
One of the many things I love about VALLEY Christian Church, the church I’ve been blessed to pastor for almost 25 years now, is the commitment of the people in the VALLEY Family to reach our community with innovative approaches that think “outside the box”. Recently, as a church staff, we began to read and […]Read more "Thursday Is The New Sunday!"
As the BIG conclusion of the year is upon us, it’s really important for churches to leverage the Christmas season to reach out to the unchurched in our communities during this time. There is no other time of year, when the general population have hearts open to the Gospel like Christmas. So what are you […]Read more "Finish Strong – Christmas"