Archive | Church Planting

14 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Safety. Security. Comfort. Convenience.

A few days ago I posted this video from Alan Hirsch on Facebook. His and Frost’s book The Shaping of Things to Come has had a big influence on my and my dreams for the Church and my ideas for a local faith community. If you didn’t get to see it, it’s well worth the […]

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23 February 2011 ~ 2 Comments

To Be, Or Not To Be…Like “Them”

Earlier today I came across this post in some of my blog catching up.  This particular quote from Tim Keller about doing ministry in a post-Christian culture really grabbed me. Tim Keller: “My understanding of how you reach a culture is Christians have to be extremely like the people around them, and yet at the […]

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26 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Keys To Planting a Church

Early this year I was listening to some teaching from Francis Chan from the Gospel Conference they did for the folks at Cornerstone Church. As he was sharing his heart, I remember him saying that when they started Cornerstone, there were 5 things you had to have to start a “successful” church: Good teaching Great […]

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18 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

God? What Do You Want?

Several months ago I was sitting at a coffee shop sharing about our dreams and plans for Missio Dei Community with a friend. As we were chatting and I was honestly sharing my excitement and my fears, she asked a very interesting question. “Are you 100% sure this is what God is calling you to […]

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19 July 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Generosity, Unity, & ‘Kingdom Mindedness’

Is mindedness even a word?  Well, it is now anyway. In a culture that can often be all about ourselves and taking care of number one, it’s refreshing to see churches finding tangible ways to express unity and work together. Several months ago I got an email from my friend Sean.  He’s the pastor of […]

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28 June 2010 ~ 3 Comments

Who Needs ANOTHER Church?

A couple of weeks ago I’m in a room of people.  Just hangin. Someone asks what I’m up to in life and our church planting plans come up. And then it comes. From someone else in the room who heard about it the day before: “So, what made you think Santa Cruz needs another church?” […]

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20 February 2010 ~ 17 Comments

Help Me Pick A URL

I’m in the process of rapidly getting website and other info rolling for the new church. Our name at this point, which will most likely stick, is Missio Dei Community. Why?  Well, that’s another post that I’ll share soon. The quick and easy info…it’s latin and means “mission of God.” SO – I thought you […]

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17 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Converge USA

Today I drive to Tracy for a meeting with the church multiplication team for Converge, the denomination that we are partnering with in our church planting adventure (formerly Baptist General Conference).  This is where things will be officially finalized and kicked into high gear. Rachel and I have known for a number of years now […]

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09 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

…The Desire To Please You Does In Fact Please You

I’ve had this poem up on a tab on my internet for the past month or so. I was waiting to post it in the next couple of weeks when I start posting more about our church planting journey. I read it and it hit me right between the eyes because it expressed so well […]

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29 January 2010 ~ 5 Comments

And The Assessment Center Outcome Is…

First, some reflections. Wow.  It really was a long week. One thing that was told to us by someone who had been before was how stressful it was, yet they had never felt so loved and cared for. I can understand why they said that.  We were talking to one of the assessors who was […]

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