Lithuania or Bust!

Tomorrow morning Cheryl and I and another couple leave for Lithuania. For over a year our church has worked with City Church in Klaipeda, Lituania. (I love a church that has a website in multiple languages!) I talk regularly with the pastor via Skype and Tokbox and we share ministry stories, struggles and victories. The people of our church share the same struggles as the people of City Church and therefore we are able to help each other. My pastor friend Saulius and his wife Sanna will be our host and I will have the opportunity to preach in their church next Sunday. We will be dreaming of ways our two churches can broaden our partnership. […] Continue Reading…

Are You Planning For Your Church’s Future?

If we aren’t careful, church becomes a Sunday-to-Sunday routine process and we look up someday from the weekly grind and realize we never reached our potential. For most churches, when one Sunday is over they are planning for the next Sunday. The church addresses the ministry needs of the week, but little time is spent planning for the months and years to come for the church. The monotony of a repeating schedule can often replace long-term planning. […] Continue Reading…

I Am Glad To Be In A Man’s Man Kind of Church

I like that kind of guy. We see it in our brave soldiers who fearlessly defend our nation. We see it in the dozens of hunters and fishermen in our church. We see it in the football and baseball players and coaches. We see it in the guy who works an office job fighting his way through the corporate world or the factory worker who sweats 8 hours a day to feed his family. One thing I am so thankful for at Grace Community Church is that we have attracted a lot of men’s men who are tough outside, but inside they have tender hearts for God and their families. I love when a man leads his family to church. […] Continue Reading…

Strengths Finder 2.0 a Great Team-Building Tool

Strengths Finder 2.0 has proven already to be a great tool for my leadership. We are going to use this instrument with our staff in the coming months. I have been using Myers-Briggs Type Instrument for years and still plan to, but this is now another tool I plan to use to help build a healthy team. […] Continue Reading…

The Caution of Working with Friends

I believe in being friends with the people with whom I work. I consider the people on our staff to be friends. I hope we never hire anyone I could not also claim as a friend. Part of building a healthy team environment is getting to know team members and building close relationships…friends. That is the disclaimer statement, because this post is not about working with friends. Actually this post is the opposite. This post is a warning against working with friends; especially close friends. Well maybe not a warning, but definitely a caution. […] Continue Reading…

Great Things Often Come In Small Packages

The shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117. I have often wondered what was going through the Psalmist’s mind when he recorded his thoughts for this Psalm. Was he finished? Did he get interrupted? Was there something else he wanted to say? Was he satisfied with his work? (Obviously God was.) This shortest chapter has huge meaning. If we were to memorize just these two verses and implement them in our life, I think it may make a difference in our perspective on the world and the situations in which we find ourselves. […] Continue Reading…