For the last eighteen months, I have had the wonderful privilege of serving in my church’s intern/resident program. It is a large church in Knoxville, TN, and I primarily serve on one of our two planted campuses, with my internship focus being on multiplication and church planting. This has been a great season for me … Continue reading 4 Ways to Maximize Your Church Internship
Worship Leaders (as with any vocation involving sinful humanity) are often tempted to transition the focal point of glory to themselves. Brothers, I am not immune. I would venture to say that the majority of my 14 years as a worship leader has been spent attempting to usurp the glory that rightfully belongs to God. … Continue reading Brothers, We are Not Performers: The Worship Leader as Disciple Maker
I'm sure you've heard the debate once or twice from some hyped up Christian on the "work out your own salvation" passage in Philippians 2. Well, here's the passage again - but with no debate - just simple application for your life today. Philippians 2:12-16 "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, … Continue reading “Working Out” is a Must!
For many pastors and church leaders there is a tension between evangelism and discipleship. This blog post addresses the tension ministry leaders face. Source: Are You An Evangelism or Discipleship Church?
The house is under contract, there are packing boxes everywhere, the moving truck is booked and it's all coming together now. I'm planting a Church; New City Church in Bath, Maine, to be exact. My family, together as a team, is planting a Church and we see God's fingerprints all over it. This does not … Continue reading Church Planting: A Shaping Matter
“What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient?” (Job 6:11) Show me a person who loves waiting and I’ll give you a million bucks. I don’t think you can. Whether you love it or hate it, it is part of the journey we’re on. But … Continue reading If You Love Waiting Raise Your Hand
Many Christians still do not know what the Great Commission is. Is this okay? Can the Church grow if we are not going in His name and doing as He says? Episode #6 is up and ready for your listening! http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/the-great-commission_87631
Since revealing the news that I'm going to be planting a Church I've been asked several times, "How does that even work?" "Do you even have a building yet?" "Who will come?" Now, part of me wants to tell them all the answers as if I know exactly how it's going to work. I mean, … Continue reading Three Things I Do Know About Church Planting (Though I Have Much to Learn)
We sat our children down for lunch and told them what God was calling us to do. "God is telling us to move back to Maine and plant a Church" I said. My wife and I have three Children. Their ages are twelve, ten and eight. That's old enough to be deeply affected by such … Continue reading Faith That Effects Our Children
The county fair came to town again and visions of funnel cake and caramel apples danced in my head. As I walked along the dirt path around the fair grounds with my oldest son we passed all the familiar sights and smells you would find at every good fair. The dart throw, the ring toss … Continue reading The Devil and The Dunk Tank