A Better Version of You…

After 15 years of being a pastor and 10 years of working on a form of the “Grow to Go” matrix as an online spiritual growth plan, another tool has come along that I really like. We like it so much that we are integrating Monvee (@Monvee) into the Spiritual Growth Pathway where I currently […]

A commonly asked question, “What does it take to be a First Impressions / Assimilation Pastor?”

That might not be the question you are being asked; however, over the years it is a question that I am asked quite often.  Let me be the first to say I don’t believe in magic formulas, but there are a few things I’ve learned over the years that I believe will help you as […]

Church seems tough enough as it is, why make it harder?

Here are a couple of thoughts I’ve had running around in my head these past couple of months.  We (the Church) have made the steps for choosing Christ and the Church way to stinking hard. Through our best efforts in assimilation and first impressions we have complicated ones realization of their desire for God. We […]

Community: Can you Belong before you Believe?

Well, I thought I’d step off in this one early by saying I think you can belong before you believe and certainly before you behave and/or become.  I haven’t always had this perspective.  For years I was trained to teach persons to believe, behave, and then they could belong and become.  I even wrote about […]

“Figures” to “Faith” – a 10 year journey… the short story

A journey of living the past 10 years at or above 6 figures ($$) to living by faith.  God woke me during the night last night and began to have me write.  What you see here are my ramblings from last night. I have been needing to write this post for several months now; however, […]

Intentional or Natural Assimilation through the eyes of a Church Planter

Well, these past several months have been off the hook as we’ve planted  Hope Crossing Community Church in southern California with some dear friends.  Coming from the world of serving on staff with two giga churches over the past 5 years to planting a church from ground up has it’s own assimilation intricacies. My students […]

Hope Crossing Community Church – Christmas Eve Launch

It is hard to express to you in words the emotion we are feeling right now as we share with you the vision God has given us for Hope Crossing Community Church, a new church plant in the Ladera Ranch area of southern California. More details on our web site at Hope Crossing Webpage and […]

Super fellowship with LifeChurch.tv Wellington, Florida – GREAT ministry Team

This past weekend, Stephanie, the boys and I gathered with Life Church.TV Wellington, Florida.  We were so blessed to have worshiped with them.  We wanted to say thanks to the staff and ministry partners for making us feel so welcomed.  It is always a blessing to be greeted like family even when no one knows […]

Listening to God for Our Next Steps

This past week I spent several days in southern California with friends praying and talking about mine and Stephanie’s journey and listening for discerning words about our next steps in ministry.  You know that this isn’t always a comfortable place for me.  Being the tactical, church business administrator, developer that I have become to be […]

Journeying with Jesus often takes the road less traveled.

Over the summer months Stephanie and I have been on a ministry growth journey with the Christ Fellowship team, our mentors, our coaches, and family about life and ministry. We have come to a place in resent days where we believe God is leading us to transition from our position as Director of Adult Ministries […]