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"
Do you have a good sense of humor? Pastor, can you laugh at yourself? Here’s a hilarious post that is definitely worth passing on, “The 10 Commandments of Christmas Eve Church Services”. It’s guaranteed to make you chuckle (and make a few changes in your plans while you still have time)! You can check it […]Read more "The 10 Commandments of Christmas Eve Church Services"
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"
Feedback is a fact of leadership. Every leader is aware everyone around them has an opinion about the decisions and actions of a leader. That’s why a leader must be “thick-skinned” or they will never accomplish much. Too often, leaders run and hide from feedback rather than look for and even solicit honest and sincere […]Read more "Feedback: Friend or Foe?"
(Here are my notes from our second V3 (View of VALLEY’s Vision) gathering where we shared about the future of VALLEY Christian Church. Notice the “How Can I Help” section. It is so important for a leader to give action steps after sharing BIG PICTURE stuff! I hope these two posts help you as a […]Read more "How To Communicate Vision – Part 2"
At VALLEY Christian Church, we are rolling out our vision for ministry for the next 10 years. After countless hours of prayer, study and discussion, we began holding a series of gatherings for anyone and everyone who was interested in hearing more. We called these gatherings V3 (A View of VALLEY’s Vision). This post, and […]Read more "How To Communicate Vision -Part 1"
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"
Many pastors struggle with the question, “Why is the church that I pastor not growing?” This is especially the case in churches under 200 in weekly attendance (Nearly 70% of Protestant churches in America). The answers are NOT: a lack of desire, lack of prayer, lack of love, lack of facility or lack of technology. […]Read more "8 Reasons Most Churches Never Break the 200 Attendance Mark"