Tribute to Small Group Leaders

The best life, community and spiritual growth happens at Grace Community Church within the context of our small group ministry. We have some amazing leaders of our small groups. I’m always encouraged by their willingness to sacrifice part of them to invest in other people. I know each of them would say, however, that they receive far more in return than they give up. Serving others is like that. [...] Continue Reading…

Reflections From a Father of a High School Graduate

Today is graduation for our youngest son Nate. His name once was Nathaniel, but I am trying to adjust and honor his new identity. Nate is the entertainer child in our home. He’s fiercely independent, yet at the same time cares very much what I think and for my opinion. Nate has been planning his future since he was about 3 years old, so we fully expect great things from him. You can read his blog at www.nateedmondson.com or follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nateedmondson [...] Continue Reading…

Small Steps to Spiritual Growth

Today I want to put a contextual spin on the issue for the area of spiritual growth. I know lots of believers, especially early in their Christian walk, who think they should instantly have spiritual maturity shortly after being saved. Spiritual growth is a process that takes years of discipleship. [...] Continue Reading…

How To Honor Your Pastor’s Wife

One of the toughest jobs in the church is that of being a pastor’s wife. No doubt I have one of the best in Cheryl. (I would say the best, but I have a co-pastor and he has an excellent one also!) Cheryl has a full-time professional job, is an excellent mom and wife, but the demands on her as my wife are often overwhelming. Still she handles it with grace and a smile. [...] Continue Reading…

What To Do When The Changes Needed Are Overwhelming

If you are like me you want to see consistent improvement in your organization. Sometimes I can be overly critical because I have such high hopes and expectations for us as a church. At times I can become a bit overwhelmed with all the things I think need to be tweaked, completely overhauled or killed altogether. [...] Continue Reading…

Can Non-Profit Work Encourage a Poor Work Ethic?

Recently I delivered a message to our church about the type of work ethic Christians should have. You can watch that message HERE or listen to it HERE. There were thoughts in preparing to speak that I could not fit into my time allotted for the message, but I felt were important enough to share. This is one of those thoughts. [...] Continue Reading…

Shai Agassi: Pursuing a Dream

Shai Agassi is a 40 year old wildly successful founder of Better Place, a company deep into the green energy production boom. He left a very lucrative career with software giant SAP just before they were to name him CEO to take a giant leap towards his dream. Harvard Business Review recently interviewed him. Here is an excerpt from that interview. [...] Continue Reading…

Exciting Staff Changes at Grace Community Church

Sunday night at Cross Street Live we shared the awesome news that we are adding a full-time staff person to lead Cross Street, our children’s ministry. Adam Bayne, the brother of our own Michael Bayne, will join our staff late this Summer in this role. Adam is currently a 4th grade elementary teacher and loves leading children. [...] Continue Reading…

Adoption Love

Yesterday we were blessed at Grace Community Church with a production crew filming for a new reality television show featuring families who raise special needs children. The Garcia family have hearts bigger than most of us can imagine. They have one child with downs syndrome, but their desire is to adopt another one. They already have the child placed on their heart and are just waiting until God provides the resources. You can read more about the Garcia’s HERE. [...] Continue Reading…