Mar
5
2014

Let What We Do In Here Fill the Streets Out There

stained glass

I am reading Worship and Mission After Christendom by Alan and Eleanor Kreider for one of my classes. I have enjoyed the book so far, but I was particularly struck last night by something I read: People asked questions, “Why do you…?” And the Christian answer, stated by Bishop Cyprian during the great plague of 251, was that the Christians were doing in life what they have learned in worship. These days, there is a great deal […]

Mar
3
2014

Creating New Rhythms in New Places

changes ahead

It’s been a fascinating few months. Three months ago Theresa and I loaded up all of our worldly possessions and headed for Texas. While we did drive through a minor snow storm, we got out just before the heavens opened up, creating one of the snowiest winters ever recorded on Long Island. Since then, we have been slowly settling into our new home and attempting to establish new rhythms for our life. We moved into our new home […]

Feb
3
2014

Portrait of Community: Lars and the Real Girl

lars

Friday night I watched a movie that I never would have seen, had I not received credit for watching it. The movie was called Lars and the Real Girl, and it paints a picture of community that is utterly beautiful. The film focuses on a socially awkward young man named Lars, who has serious struggles in the relationship department. For much of the film I found myself cringing at the awkwardness that is the character of […]

Jan
31
2014

Finance Fridays: Storytelling & Annual Reports

charts and graphs

Over the last few weeks, churches across the country have been putting the finishing touches on their annual reports and presenting them to their congregations. These reports, and the meetings that go with them, always intrigue me as they present an opportunity for churches to share the story of the church, how the church is making a difference for the Kingdom, and what is coming next. While many churches do a great job of this, […]

Jan
29
2014

The Rise and Evolution of the Executive Pastor

david-fletcher

Over the last thirty years the church has seen the creation and evolution of a new role: the executive pastor. While the role takes many forms, at its heart it centers on making the Senior Pastor, and the entire church, more effective in pursuing its vision. Earlier this week, I sat down with David Fletcher, founder of XPastor.com. David has served as an executive pastor for over thirty years in several different contexts, and currently […]

Jan
2
2014

The Obligatory New Year Post

Road sign to new year

Exit 2013, enter 2014. Bob Dylan pretty much summed up my life these days: the times, they are a-changin. When 2013 started I was neck-deep in coordinating Sandy Relief teams working on Long Island. Theresa and I were continuing to grieve the passing of her father, and we were beginning to think about what was next for us. Fast forward one year, and things have radically changed. As I write this post, I look around my […]

Dec
16
2013

And Then We Moved to Waco…

waco

It has been a whirlwind of a month for Theresa and I, but I am excited to announce that we have arrived in Waco. We close on our house Wednesday, and hope to get our stuff moved in pretty quickly after that (if this is new to you, read this). We will be making one last trip to Long Island this weekend for our community group’s Christmas extravaganza and to say our final farewell to […]

Dec
3
2013

Ministry Toolbox: Journaling, with Adam Feldman

Ready to work

Adam Feldman is a friend of mine from my Baltimore days. Adam planted Metanoia Church in Ellicott City, Maryland, and has been doing incredible work there through the years, intentionally focusing on creating disciples who make disciples. This week Adam released a great new book, Journaling: Catalyzing Spiritual Growth Through Reflection. While the book is designed to be a quick read, it is a deep read that sets up readers to really lean into the […]

Nov
26
2013

Is The Housing Allowance Going Away?

gavel

Last week a Wisconsin Federal District Court judge ruled that the pastoral housing allowance violates the establishment clause of the first amendment. This news can be quite upsetting for church leaders across the country as they try to figure out how to fairly compensate their pastors, and for pastors who need to rethink their monthly budgets now that a major tax benefit has been ruled unconstitutional. Yesterday morning, Todd and I had a conversation with […]

Nov
20
2013

Sic’em Bears, or You’re Doing WHAT?!?!

truett

Three and a half years ago, Theresa and I moved to Long Island in order to care for her ailing father. This has been an amazing time for us, and while it was not a season that I would wish on anyone, it has been a season of growth for each of us, both as individuals and as a couple. When Theresa’s dad passed away a little over a year ago, we agreed that we […]

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