In August 2014 my wife and I left a steady and somewhat comfortable position to launch into the uncertain waters of church planting. Our former church financially supported us for four months, but we otherwise didn’t know how we’d survive.
There are a number of challenging messages we hear on a regular basis that make living a Jesus-centered way of life very difficult. Last Sunday I shared a message in our (Restoration Church) Vision Gathering, entitled, “Recreating: Cultivating Contemplative Spirituality.” HERE is the audio.
Challenges to living a Jesus-centered way of life include…
No wonder it’s SO difficult to follow Jesus… isn’t it!
Racial tension and conflict has flooded the news lately. Rather than point fingers and cast blame, I submit THE answer is quite simple. Not easy or quick, but transformational.
Racial (I prefer using the word ethnic) tensions exist in large part because we don’t listen to one another. It’s hard to understand someone who is different without knowing them. How many ethnically and culturally different people do we really know?
When I emphasize the DO-ing part of evangelism I struggle. I struggle to just DO it. There are a million things I’d rather DO than go out and talk to strangers about something most of them don’t want to talk about.
Can you relate? I’m sure you can. For one reason or another you just don’t tell people about Jesus. Or at least regularly. Maybe it’s been a minute since you brought someone new to a church service. Take heart, I want you to be encouraged!
Excited and scared! Those words describe how my wife and I feel about this season of our lives and ministry. We are excited to be on a church planting team, and to be raising prayer and financial support. We are scared as we step out in faith like never before! Have you ever felt that way? Here’s my personal update and a few lessons I’m learning that might help you navigate a similar season of life.
After years of preparation that included doctoral studies, reading stacks of books, attending conferences, church planting boot camp, and formal church planter assessments… we’re stepping forward to be part of Restoration Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland!
I’m excited and honored to speak at Mount Pleasant Church’s Sunday afternoon service. The third Sun of each month they focus on Evangelism and Missions.
My message will come from Luke 10:25-37, “Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing!”
|Date:||October 19, 2014|
|Venue:||Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries|
Life is full of transitions. From each stage of physical growth, schools, friends, marital status, churches, housing, and jobs. The last few months has been full of BIG transitions for our family. It’s a lame excuse, but that’s what’s kept me from writing. It’s been WAY too long since I’ve written a post! I apologize for not keeping you updated! This post outlines the transitions we’re going through that will culminate in launching Restoration Church in October 2015!
I wrote a master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation. By far the hardest part was to get moving, to get started! Once I got the ball rolling the pieces fell into place. How many great opportunities are missed because we fail to get moving?!
Three years ago my wife and I began to sense that God was leading us to plant a new church. Not wanting to miss God’s plan we went to a church planting boot camp, read books, and I was part of a D.Min. church planting cohort. All that was easy. But to actually plant a church I had to get moving. Not so easy!
If you’re looking for a book filled with the latest and greatest innovative fads do not read this book. However, if you believe, like Greg Atkinson, that God is the Chief Innovator, and your best ideas and breakthroughs will come from the Holy Spirit, then read on.
This book is FULL of Scripture! Every idea and principle is solidly built on this foundation of Scripture.
Strange Leadership is really a book about being in tune with God and His Spirit. Atkinson argues this to be THE key to innovation. In the introduction he says,
This is at the very core of being innovative—to be so in tune with God; his dreams become your dreams.
I love my wife! On our wedding day I made a lifelong commitment to love her… no matter what. Add to that as a Christian husband I’m to love my wife like Jesus loves His church. Ah, who can do that! Any husbands out there feel like a failure compared to Jesus??!!
As much as I strive to be an unconditionally loving husband I fail a lot! I love myself naturally. Loving others, even my wife like Jesus… not so much!
Thankfully I haven’t completely failed! That’s my biggest fear. I’ve learned some things from my failure (correction: I’m LEARNING) that may help you too.