33 things I wish I knew when I started pastoring

• Vision leaks……so repeat it often (I define Biblical vision as an expression of how you make disciples within your context) (Proverbs 29:18) • The Sermon starts in the parking lot (Make sure you have trained greeters, etc) • Worship by definition is vertical (Psalm 99:5 ) • Get better not bitter – you will get hurt in life and ministry (Hebrews 12:15 & 2 Tim 4:14-15) • People come for worship and quality, but stay… Read More »

What Do I Do in Hard Times?

While difficult times vary in duration & size, everyone experiences them. Nobody gets to audit the class of difficult times. Whether it be an unexpected death of a loved one, overbearing financial pressure, marital tension, etc. – what would God have me do? John 6:16-21 (also Mark 6:45-52 & Matthew 14:22-32) contains the awesome story of Jesus sending the disciples into a storm and then coming to them in their need. You don’t have to… Read More »

5 Reflections on Easter Weekend

1. I’m so grateful to the incredible volunteers who serve. I love watching them love and serve people, most of whom they don’t know personally. Thank you parking lot attendants, greeters, ushers, coffee counter servers, Connect Group volunteers, children’s ministry volunteers, etc.! “Hospitality is the combination of two words: ‘stranger’ and ‘love.’ Hospitality at its core is the love of strangers… “Hospitality, when seen in light of the gospel, becomes more than just parking cars… Read More »