For the past three years, each year, God has given me a Theme of the Year. This "theme" is often a directive from God for the upcoming year and season of my life. It also embodies the central focus of my goals for that specific year. As I now look back, I can clearly see … Continue reading Theme of the Year (part 1)
Sometime ago, Perry Noble, Senior Pastor of New Spring Church in South Carolina, posted thoughts on his blog about the four stages he's gone through as a leader. As I began to look over these thoughts again, I realized that I had finally made it to the fourth stage. #1 - I want to see … Continue reading The Fourth Stage
Yesterday we announced that I will be leaving EPIC Church in November. I will be heading home to Pontiac, Michigan to work alongside John Gunn and the Power Company Kids Club. You can hear yesterday's message in it's entirety, here. The decision to leave EPIC Church was not an easy one to make. I have … Continue reading Transition from EPIC Church
With the help of Bloglines, I am able to keep up with multiple blogs every day. The blogs that I follow include a variety of topics - everything from ministry to politics. Here are a few exceptional posts from pastors that I follow: Here is a great post from Perry Noble on why he believes … Continue reading Blogs I’m reading…
Check out this new segment from the EPIC Teaching Podcast and the EPIC Blog called, "Ten Minute Tuesdays." Ministry Vision: EPIC Church is a multi-cultural and multi-generational church in the KC metro area that exists to make Jesus famous, one life at a time. Ministry Target: the pre-churched and the de-churched. Ministry Approach: creative, casual … Continue reading Ten Minute Tuesdays
There is nothing like being involved in planting a church. The thrill and the joy of seeing a person come through the door and accept Jesus into their heart is unparalleled. We have had the wonderful privilege of leading several dozen people to the Lord in a few short months at EPIC and that is … Continue reading The Celebration of Salvation
Have you ever been told that you were weird? Maybe slightly different? Out of control? Out of shape? Out of color? Maybe even out of the ordinary? I have been told on more than one occasion that I am not normal. I am okay with that and if you are anywhere in the boat with … Continue reading Nobody follows the ordinary!
This week I have had the opportunity to spend some time back home in Michigan. It has been a great time of relaxing and rejuvenating. It has also been a great time of connecting and communicating. I have seen and connected with more people in Michigan than I have in years and it has been … Continue reading It’s all about people.
4. The importance of effective preaching -The enemy of excellent preaching is busyness; spend adequate time preparing and researching your messages. -Speak to the mind; help your people learn something new each week. -Inspire them in some way; speak to their heart. -Give them a specific example of how they can respond to the message. … Continue reading 7 Simple Principles (Part 2)
On Tuesday at an A/G Sectional lunch, I had the opportunity to listen to Adam Hamilton share a few principles on leadership in the church. Adam Hamilton pastors the largest United Methodist Church in the nation. Church of the Resurrection is located in Leawood, Kansas and is home to 12,000+ members. Here are a few … Continue reading 7 Simple Principles (Part 1)