Called Out.

This oneness seems to be elusive to many churches today. And I wonder if it’s because we are looking for the wrong thing when we look for a church family.

Jealousy: The Relationship Killer

I could feel it creeping up. That feeling that makes you almost feel green… like an alien in your own body. I watched her curl her brunette locks and effortlessly wind it up into a perfect messy bun (and this was before the time of the “messy bun…”). She turned with a smile, and in…

3 Pieces of Advice for Future Church Planter’s Wives

As we have planted, I’ve had many prospective church plant women approach me asking for advice. “What do I need to know or anticipate with church planting?” “What should I do to prepare for church planting?” This question was always hard to answer. Since I’m a person who needs to process things over time (to…

Competition: Part 2

The glow inside that rustic barn was almost magical… lights twinkled from barren trees that lined the room and gauzy gold curtains seemed to almost pour down the walls in glimmers of sweet light. The enchantedly beautiful bride and her nervous groom stood quietly holding each others hands at the end of an aisle covered in…

Competition: Part 1

This one has been a long time simmering in the back of my heart and mind. And honestly, I try to ignore and wish away this ugly truth. It goes against everything that Jesus spoke of; it has no benefit to the advancement of the gospel; and it creates hypocrisy in our churches that non-believers…

The Sneak and Attack

The serpent waits in the shadows. He watches and observes every slight movement you make, decisions, interaction with others and words that comes out of your mouth. Waiting. Waiting for that perfect moment when he can use your words against you. Waiting to divide the flock, isolate and then separate you from the flock. And…

Convicted.

Pain floods my heart often.   Ministry can open your eyes to the true horrors of the fallen world around us. I ask the intern, “What’s the best part of ministry so far to you?” “People…” he says. “And the worst?” “The hours…” he mumbles.  My answer? People.  People are both the best and the worst…

Into the Throne Room

My soul is at peace. My thoughts only reside on the One who sits seated on the throne in heaven. I feel broken and restored in the same moment. A song flows from my voice, but I cannot even hear it. All I see is his glorious face. Sometimes, He is smiling.  Other times, He…

Fruition of Worship at Thrive

Our first practice was a couple of musicians smashed into a corner of our children’s area while our warehouse was under demolition. As we straddled 5 gallon buckets of paint and boxes of tools, I played the keys on a $120 keyboard that I had inherited from my father-in-law and our worship leader strummed on…

Working Through Forgiveness

In the realm of planting, I’ve been forced to learn a lot about forgiveness. In the past 2 and a half years, I’m positive that I’ve emotionally injured people… and I know that I’ve been hurt by several people as well. In fact, I’m wrestling with forgiveness right now.  It’s a constant in my life now….

Prerequisites to Church Planters (From a CPW’s Perspective)

You have to be willing to get dirty. Church planting is literally dirty.  You may find yourself with paint, grease, dirt, urine and any number of disgusting things on your clothes, hands and under your nails.  Church planting is not for the faint of heart. If you hate dirt… this is not for you.  There…

When The Unexpected Happens

Our family had a great summer… lazy days… trips swimming, kayaking, biking, etc… and we highly anticipated a trip to Colorado for our family trip.  We had it all mapped out; spend a few days with my brother and his family (grab a soccer game), then a few days in the mountains exploring, mountain biking and…