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…

Simple Time Managment System

This is a re-post from November, but it is back by request. Several people have asked me lately how I accomplish as much as I do. Here’s my plan:

If you aren’t doing so already, I want to encourage you to plan your week for efficiency. Every Monday (or Sunday night if you prefer), as the first thing you do, consider the week ahead. Follow this formula:
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Tribute to Church Volunteers

This morning something I already knew was reinforced. We have some of the most awesome volunteers in the world at Grace Community Church. It takes 150 or more volunteers each week to make a Sunday work. All our volunteers give selflessly to the vision of Grace from the parking lot, to working with children, to greeting and the stage crew. Their dedication each week amazes me. [...] Continue Reading…

An Example of Simple, Child-Like Faith

Recently some friends of ours 12-year-old pug was lost in their neighborhood. The dog has numerous health problems, so they naturally assumed the worst. They were obviously upset about it and asked us to pray. Thankfully a few days later they found their pug. I wanted to share the story of how their 3-year-old son reacted to the dog’s disappearance. [...] Continue Reading…

10 Steps to Raising Generous Children, Part 3

Perhaps the greatest thing a parent can do to help children succeed in life is to help them desire the things of God more than the things of this world. That is God’s heart for us as His children and it is the heart He desires for us to pass on to the children He’s placed in our homes. [...] Continue Reading…