A few years ago, my wife Denira and I were fortunate enough to meet Tam and Brent Hodge through the Refine Us marriage coaching program (Justin and Trish Davis). We spent several months getting to know one another, chatting and learning best practices for our marriage. Continue reading
This past Sunday, I had an opportunity to do something that I have always wanted to do as a pastor. It is something that I have, for a very long time, thought was possible, but just never had everything line up to make it happen. Continue reading
I love listening to Podcasts. If I’m in the car, I’ll almost always opt for a podcast over music.
My array of podcast that I listen to has changed over the years. A few years ago, it would just be preaching that I would listen to. However more recently, I have started listening to a lot of other podcast that really don’t fit into a category. Continue reading
When we planted our church, there was one question that I HAD to know the answer to. The answer to this one question would determine so much for us as a church plant, and myself as a church planter.
I needed to know the answer. Others would demand that I know the answer. The answer to this question would be what would save me from quitting over and over again. And the answer to this question will not only help you get started if you’re planting, but also save you from calling it quits at some point. Continue reading
It’s no secret that I love church planting and those that plant churches. We planted a church in 2009 called Ridge Church. So I don’t just love church planting from a distance, I love it from the middle of it.
One of the questions I often get when meeting with pastors is “how do we get started with church planting?” For the record, I think every church should be involved in church planting. Let’s be honest; every church was once a church plant. God didn’t put 1st Baptist or 2nd Presbyterian here when he placed Adam and Eve. Someone had to start it. Continue reading
Six Fall Outreach Ideas
Fall isn’t over just yet.
The summer heat is over, summer vacations are over, the leaves are falling, football is being played and pumpkin flavored everything has hit the world. It’s fall. And the fall is one of the best times to leverage outreach in your church because of the gazillion things you could do.
One of my goals here on this site is to resource pastors, church planters and ministry leaders. Over the last several months, I have been working with Next Day Flyers to develop some ideas to help churches be a little more creative in their outreach approach. Last month I wrote an article about Slow-Drip Marketing.
I recently received a copy of Tripp & Tyler’s book, Stuff You Should Know About Stuff: How To Properly Behave in Certain Situations. Last week, my family and I were on a little fall vacation together at a cabin, so I decided to either read this or use it as fire starter. I liked it enough to not use it as fire starter.
Here’s what Jeff Foxworthy said about it, “Probably one to the top ten books ever written. I can’t wait to read it.” Continue reading
Next year, I will hit a sort of milestone in my life. One that honestly, had slipped right up on me. This upcoming summer, I will have been preaching for 18 years. I preached my first sermon (not sure you can really call it that however) when I was 17 years old.
Over the years, I have learned a TON from my experience prepping messages, studying the scripture, and how to deliver it. I’d by lying if I said had nothing yet to learn. I have a LOT left to learn. Continue reading
I can remember back when I first got into ministry, there was this debate about what best; expository preaching or topical preaching. I thought it was a dumb debate. And further, I thought expository preaching was only for one type of preacher, and I wasn’t it. I was wrong, at least about the latter.
The debate part about which is best, is well, debatable. I have preference, and it works for me, for several reasons. The point of this post is not to tell you one way is better than the other or that you’re dumb for being a topical preacher. I’m just going with what I know. Continue reading