Category Archives: Blogging

I’m back . . .

I’ve been gone for a bit . . . deciding what to do with this blog.  Originally my intent was to use this blog for personal use as a repository for bits and pieces of Christian thought from around the web.  That worked for me, although I don’t think that was understood by all as some may have thought I was simply copying other bloggers and posting here.  That’s simply not the case.

Regardless, the focus of this blog is going to change and I’m going to try to post to it a few times a week – regarding my own personal meanderings and whims related to my Disciples Journey.  While you’re waiting for that first post – feel free to take a look at my NPC 2007 blog and read about my recent experience at the 2007 National Pastors Convention.

I’ll be back soon . . .

Simple and Effective

I was just listening to a Podcast from Ergun Caner.  If you haven’t listened to him I recommend it.  Passion flows from his voice and although he may be controversial, in what I’ve listened to he is spot on.  On his web site I found this phrase which spoke to me this morning:

EVERYONE PREACHES…
EVERYONE IS CALLED

Simple and effective. [period]

2006 In Summary – I simply could not agree more . . .

I have a growing appreciation for the sovereignty of God. Nothing is too big. Nothing is too small. In a nutshell: my sense of destiny grows stronger!

The Batterson Blog – Thoughts on Life and Leadership

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Some followup for Ideas

The 25 Most Innovative Churches in America

Outreach magazine organized a panel of twelve ministry leaders and experts to help determine which 25 churches in America are the most innovative. The list is as follows:

  1. LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK) :: Craig Groeschel
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  2. Granger Community Church (Granger, IN) :: Mark Beeson
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04 & ’05
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘06
  3. North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA) :: Andy Stanley
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  4. Fellowship Church (Grapevine, TX) :: Ed Young Jr.
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  5. Mosaic Church (City of Industry, CA) :: Erwin McManus
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  6. Seacoast Church (Mt. Pleasant, SC) :: Greg Surratt
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  7. Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL) :: Dave Ferguson
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘06
  8. National Community Church (Washington, DC) :: Mark Batterson
  9. Mars Hill Church (Seattle, WA) :: Mark Driscoll
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  10. New Hope Christian Fellowship (Oahu, HI) :: Wayne Cordero
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  11. Mars Hill Bible Church (Grandville, MN) :: Rob Bell
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  12. The Potter’s House (Dallas, TX) :: T.D. Jakes
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04 & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  13. Crossover Church (Tampa, FL) :: Tommy Kyllonen
  14. Church of the Open Door (Maple Grove, MN) :: David Johnson
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
  15. Redeemer Presbyterian Church (New York, NY) :: Timothy Keller
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  16. Healing Place Church (Baton Rouge, LA) :: Dino Rizzo
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘06
  17. The Journey Church (New York, NY) :: Nelson Searcy
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘05
  18. Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, CA) :: Rick Warren
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  19. North Coast Church (Vista, CA) :: Larry Osborn
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  20. Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL) :: Bill Hybels
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
    — the 50 Most Influential Churches in ‘05 & ‘06
  21. Imago Dei Community (Portland, OR) :: Rick McKinley
  22. Christ the King Community Church (Mt. Vernon, WA) :: Dave Browning
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04
  23. Radiant Church (Surprise, AZ) :: Lee McFarland
    >> other achievements include being one of
    — the 100 Fastest-Growing U.S. Churches in ‘04, ‘05, & ‘06
  24. Living Word Christian Center (Forest Park, IL) :: William Winston
  25. The Sanctuary (Santa Clarita, CA) :: Marty Walker

If you are a pastor looking for some innovative ministry ideas, these 25 churches are a great starting point to begin your search. Visit Outreach magazine online for more on how this list was created and for profiles of some of these innovative churches.

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Skilled and Faithful Church Marketers Needed

NSR – What do you see as a crucial topic facing the evangelical church at large today?

MB – I think one of the greatest challenges we face is that we are known more for what we are against than what we are for. It breaks my heart. Christianity is misunderstood & misaligned in so many ways. I think the Church needs to take a look in the mirror & instead of saying we are against this & against that (& I am not saying that there are not things that we shouldn’t be – there are things which we need to take a moral stand against, but we need to offer better solutions). The Church needs to find creative ways of communicating to culture – who we are, what we’re about.I think the Church right now has a serious perception problem. We know the reality that Jesus is the Son of God, crucified for our sins, & rose from the dead. He’s going to return & we have eternity to look forward to, but somehow it seems that we aren’t communicating the message of the Gospel in terms that are resonating with our culture in ways that they could, or should. We have the greatest message, we need the greatest marketing.

The Preface: 10 Questions With…Mark Batterson

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Hmm, isn’t that interesting . . .

Things I learned from my horse trainers #42:

Practice saying, “Hmmmm… how interesting.” Say it when you’re frustrated. Say it when you’re mad. Most importantly, say it before you say or do anything else (including hit the “send” or “post” button).

It should be the first thing out of your mouth when things go wrong–or don’t meet your expectations–because:

1) It inserts a pause and gives you a moment to think before you react.

2) It keeps you from taking things too personally

3) It helps you ask more questions instead of jump to conclusions.

Church Tech Matters

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Keeping "Real”

Admittedly from a pastor but good advice for me!

So, how do you “keep it real”—in spite of what your congregation may think?

Groeschel: No matter what I do, some people (maybe a lot of people) won’t like me. For too many years, I lived to please people and meet their expectations, which of course is impossible. My goal—one I don’t always achieve, by the way—is to be who God created me to be. Anything less is hypocrisy and compromises the integrity of my ministry.

Ministry Tools: Too Much Information?

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