Preaching to the Unchurched

This past Spring, Journey Church made a major push to increase first time guest traffic. I began to mentally process the Easter talk I had written. I realized that it was a talk that simply would not connect with the people we had invited. It wasn’t the message of Jesus, His death for forgiveness of sin, or His resurrection from the dead that would be the disconnect. It was all about the way that I had planned to deliver that message.

Bulbs Create Light

Jesus talks about four kinds of people in the Kingdom when he describes the seeds sown on the soil (Matthew 13). Today I find there are these six types of people in the church with regard to how we handle our light (Matthew 5.14).

Jon Ferguson at the 2016 Network Gathering

Our Network Gathering Planning team is excited to announce our speaker for 2016 is Jon Ferguson.

Watch Out for Ding-ding-ding

All too often the problems we face today are caused by something we ourselves did long ago.

Small Groups: Changing the World, One Person at a Time

Lost people will only be introduced to Christ when we stop preaching at them and start relating to them. Disciples will only be built into the image of Jesus Christ as we build healthy relationships in close proximity with each other.  Lives will be changed for all of eternity to the extent that we can build healthy and close relationships with each other, beginning with the pastor.  The world will only be changed as the lives in it are changed.

No One Multiplies Alone

Lead pastors, associate pastors, church planters, campus pastors, and pastors wives are all at risk for dealing with the feelings of isolation and loneliness that can often accompany any kingdom role in ministry. Isolation and loneliness develop for one of three reasons.

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Getting Advice From Canada

Reading the many news articles, blogs and social media posts on the Supreme Court decision brought a variety of view points. I agreed with some, disagreed with others and wasn’t sure what to do with more than a few.

Here is the post I enjoyed the most from Carey Nieuwhof: Some Advice on Same-Sex Marriage for US Church Leaders From a Canadian. It doesn’t solve anything but it helps my heart.

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Information for Pastors Regarding the Supreme Court Ruling

The June 26, 2015 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage has sent the church world reeling. Questions like, “How can we protect ourselves as the church?” already have been coming to me. I’ve done a bit of reading on the matter and I share with you a free publication by the Alliance Defending Freedom that outlines what you can do in your bylaws and other policy documents to protect yourself if you choose not to perform same-sex marriages or from your facilities being used for the same purpose.

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Champions Banquet Makes Eternal Impact!

Eternity will be changed because of what happened tonight. A year from now, there will be people who know Jesus through these churches that don’t know him now. I do praise our Savior and Lord for working way beyond what we could dream or imagine.

Reflection

Because we are so digitally connected, most of us take too little time for reflection. Jesus’ life suggest that quiet and unhurried time for prayer and reflection is essential for living a God-honoring life. It would seem impossible to live the life we are called by God to live without reflection