March 19, 2009
So, it’s been a little while. I have found myself twittering more and more and blogging less and less.
Since I have posted last, a lot has changed. One major thing that has changed is my job title @ Church by the Glades. I am looking forward to blogging more about that transition: the ups and the downs. That’s for later though…
RIGHT NOW, I want to tell you about a book I have been reading. The book is titled “Killing Cockroaches” by Tony Morgan. Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer at NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC. It might be a weird title for a book, but it has really good content.
Here are some things I liked about the book:
- The title
- Instead of chapters, it has sections. Each section is only a couple pages long. For someone who doesn’t like reading or has a short attention span (like me), it’s perfect. In fact, the book reads more like a blog than a book (which was Tony’s intent).
- The sections are both interesting and practical. You are not getting a punch of useless information.
- Tony is pretty funny. His use of humor throughout the sections keeps things going and fun.
- He mentions a lot of other helps. He lists the people he learns from and freely shares where he got the info. This is helpful for any leader who is looking for help to better themselves.
- You don’t feel the pressure to read through the whole thing at once. You can use it as a reference book.
- The sections are in alphabetical order. I like organization. That seems organized to me.
Here are some reasons you might not like this book:
- You like your church being status quo
- You don’t like change
- You don’t like being challenged
- You have no desire to grow as a leader.
The moral of this story is get Tony Morgan’s book and read it!
September 25, 2008
I have had conversations with people who try to speak intelligently about “emerging” churches. However, most of them don’t do their homework to find out what “emerging” means. In addition, they have no clue that there is a difference between an “emerging” church and an “emergent” church. Because their knowledge is limited, they would just prefer to lump everyone who doesn’t do church the way they do into one category…emerging. However, that is not fair for the simple reason that there are “emergent” churches out there teaching all sorts of false doctrine and heresy, while there are plenty of Christ-centered, Bible-believing “emerging” churches winning people to Christ in droves.
After doing some research on the topic myself, I found this video from Mark Driscoll. He is Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. He does a good job of clarifying the discussion on “emerging” and “emergent” churches.
I find him to be a pretty creditable source on the subject because:
- He calls his church an “emerging” church, thus making him an “emerging” pastor.
- One of his biggest fans is John Piper…someone who would definitely have an issue with someone teaching anything but Orthodox Christian doctrine. Mark is actually speaking at Piper’s upcoming Pastor’s Conference.
Take 7 minutes, watch and learn!
August 29, 2008
I know its been a while…ministry and life has been calling and some things have had to take a back seat. My blog was ONE of those things…
However, I do like to keep you up-to-date on what’s going on @ Church by the Glades. Our latest series “The Cage” has been the most creative series we have done yet. If you have missed it so far, there are still 2 weeks left…so be there! To give you a quick glimpse of what you are missing, let me just say that there’s an actual fighting cage in the Worship Center. Where once someone was knocked out from an elbow to the face, both Pastor David’s teaching and Worship are being knocked out! It is cool…
At the end of last weekend’s service we played a video showing what Christ went through to save this world from its sin. The song, “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis was sung live by the worship team. The experience was surreal and powerful. Here it is in case you missed it…
Needless to say, don’t miss this weekend. You have no idea what you might miss. Speaking of that…there is something big in the works for September 6-7…I’m just saying…
June 18, 2008
From time to time, the staff here at CBG is blessed to sit down with some of the greatest minds in church leadership today. In the past, we have had the opportunity to be one-on-one with Perry Noble from NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina and Dan Southerland from Church Transitions. More recently, we had a chance to speak with Bil Cornelius from Bay Area Fellowship in Corpus Christi, TX.
Bil is a phenomenal guy with a heart for reaching people. He may have been one of the most candid pastor’s we have even meet with. He had so many great things to say that I thought I would write them down and post them here. This will serve mainly as my notes from the meeting for future reference, but I hope they inspire you too.
- If you will slow down your pace and walk with Jesus, He will speed up your ministry.
- People (including non-Christians) are looking for spiritual leadership.
- Failures when you are young do more to prepare you for the future than a lot of other things.
- When it comes to life, unchurched people are more honest…they don’t play any “church” games.
- When planting a church, you must have the right pastor, the right people and the right community. Relay on God for direction in each one of those areas.
- Your church won’t grow unless you are uncomfortable…unless you have to display FAITH in God in something…start getting uncomfortable
- What would take faith to do…that’s what you need to be doing.
- If you want to grow as a leader, you are going to have to listen to people who are younger than you…people you think know less than you. It will be like eating watermelon…you eat the good stuff and spit out the seeds.
- When you ask for blessing, know that persecution is going to come with that blessing
- New levels (of church growth) = New devils (that apparently originated from the Bishop).
- Inspiration doesn’t come during perspiration…you have to have some down-time as a leader
- Miracle Middle = the uncomfortable gap between who you are now and who God has called you to be. It is a difficult place to be, but will be the most rewarding as you make progress through it.
- Any small gap in trust with anyone will eventually turn into a gaping hole.
- Loyalty is the most important commodity on any church staff…in larger churches, splits happen when the staff is not unified.
- If you are anointed by God to do something, you can do it for less…example – Tiger Woods could beat Bil (not me) at golf with a stick because he has been “anointed” to play golf. Do what God has anointed you to do!
- You can learn more through betrayals than church conferences.
- Empower the people of your church to be the “church growth experts.” Equip them to win people to the Kingdom.
If you ever have the opportunity to meet with a church leader who is “doing it right,” you must take full-advantage of that opportunity. If you are wondering why you haven’t had the opportunity, it may be because you haven’t asked…I have found that some of these guys are more willing to sit and talk than you may think.
June 18, 2008
I just stumbled across this article (here too…). It is good stuff! God is doing some amazing things here @ CBG. This is just a testiment to that. Some may think, what’s the big deal about the number of baptisms a church does. To us, it is a BIG DEAL. Baptisms = changed lives.
In honor of the festivities, I will re-post one of my favorite baptism pictures. This is one of the 519 we baptized. Pastor Rod is serious about baptism. He makes sure people eat sand when we baptize at the beach.
May 29, 2008
I have to believe that there aren’t many churches in America where you will have this conversation:
Guest: (running down the isle before a service) Hi! I meet you at a wedding you did for a family member of mine. Do you remember?
Me: Of course, how could I forget! It was like being at a rowdy rock concert. (It really was…the guests heckled the groom throughout the ceremony. It was awkward and endearing all at the same time…is that possible???)
Guest: Well, after the wedding, I agreed to attend Church by the Glades with the newlyweds. I love it here. I am learning and growing, but I have one question, how can I experience everything? How can I be saved?
Me: Well, let me tell you…(From there, I shared the Gospel with her. She accepted Christ. GO GOD!)
I can’t tell you how regularly this story is played out here at CBG. Ask anyone of the pastors and they will give at least one of them. Pastor David likens it to shooting fish in a barrel.
God is moving is such a unique way here @ CBG that people are literally running down the isle to talk with someone about getting their life right with God.
For this specific guest, I gave her a New Believers Bible, a complete Bible (Old and New Testament) and spoke briefly with her about taking some “next steps” in her walk with Christ. I pray that she will take the advice seriously and take advantage of all that CBG has to offer her. If her excitement was any indication, I think she will.
May 13, 2008
I know it is past Monday…sorry reberto…but, as they say, “better late then never!” Ya’ know???
It was an amazing weekend @ Church by the Glades. People left astonished, challenged, greatful and generous. You don’t believe me? Check out www.MyGoBigStory.com. I could write a ton about it, but most of the details have been posted on the website already.
Basics: CBG gave away nearly $40,000 to help jump start the biblical principle of generosity in the lives of the people who attended. Some people received $5 while others received $10, $20, $50, $100 and even $1000. The people had to use the money they received to meet a need in the life of someone they know. They could not give the money back to the church. Finally, they had to report their story on the My Go Big Story.com website. The stories are rolling in. They are amazing. Check them out now!!!!!
I have to say, these past 2 weeks @ CBG may have been the most challenging and compelling weekends ever in the history of the church. The good news? We are just getting started. If you missed it, check out the messages here and here.
May 10, 2008
Well, I just got back in town from a mini-vaca with Melissa and some friends. We had a great time. Until I have time to catch you up on everything that is going on, I have this:
If you are reading this and attend Church by the Glades (or can attend CBG), you need to be there this weekend. Not only will we be celebrating moms, but we will also be doing one of the most risky and creative things we have ever done. Drop everything and go!
I wish I could give more details, but can’t. I will, however, have a recap of what happens by Monday.
Hope to see you there!
May 4, 2008
I have so much I want to write about, but no time to do it. I hope to get some stuff up this next week. Anybody else having a crazy week??? I will be in touch. Until then, long live the twitter!!!
PS – Worship and Pastor David’s message may have been the best ever this past weekend! You can check out the podcast here. Sorry…you have to be here to experience the worship…at least right now…
April 30, 2008
…Justin Thomas, CBG’s Worship Pastor, is now blogging. He only has one post so far, but that’s OK…you have to start somewhere. Go over and check out his new blog. If you feel led, give me some encouragement to keep the posts coming in his comment section. You will be blessed by what this guy has to say!