a top-notch assistant

John Maxwell says that the first important hire that any pastor makes is a "top notch administrative assistant".  A really good assistant can make you or break you.  I am so thankful for my assistant, Jenn Tobler. After graduating from Elon College with a BA in Human services (and a minor in psychology, which helps…

Caught in the Mercy Fallout!

I have mentioned that whenever we sing "Caught in the mercy fallout" from "The Praise Goes Out To You", I’m not really sure what that means.  Well, here’s a great definition from Keith and Karen Jasmine: Mercy fallout? Hmmm… Mercy is a distinctive Bible word characterizing God as revealed to men. Mercy is (a) an…

Greetings from Grainger!

It boggles my mind that there’s such a cool church in the middle of a corn field!  The management team and I are getting to learn firsthand how technology and relevance works in a large church.  The conference is called "Innovate", and they know a lot about that.  Make no mistake, though, the message of…

Grainger

The leadership team is at Grainger Church in Illinios this week, they arrived yesterday.  I am going up today.  Mark Beeson and his team do a phenominal job at customer service, sevice technology, and excellence.  we will learn a lot this week…mostly we don’t know what we don’t know, so we’ll have to wait until…

More on Identity theft

Last night was such a great service! (even though Connie tells me that I got a scripture address wrong!)  Teaching on our identity in Christ can be challenging because we have to confront our religious thinking about who we have always thought we were versus who we really are in Christ.  I really do believe…

ID theft..Saturday Service

While we know that numbers aren’t everything, they are an indicator of how God is using a service, a vision that is cast, or support of a project.  I don’t have the numbers for the whole weekend, but 250 people came to our first Saturday night service!  It really felt different, and will take some…

Saturday Night Service is here!

For years we have been "incubating" the possibility of a Saturday night service, and finally, it’s here!  It’s a service identical to the Sunday services, but gives people an alternative time to be able to attend.  With so much going on in families these days, another option is going to help families to be able…