Author: Neil Schultz

I help church leaders and their spouses become resilient and healthy in their lives, families and ministries.
Matthew 16:13-20 (ESV)

Matthew 16:13-20 (ESV)

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

Peace-making at its finest

Peace-making at its finest

Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9) Sometimes, the only way we can do that as a nation is to go MAKE peace by using the tool called “war.” It ought to be a last resort, but it IS a viable option to make peace. May God still choose to bless America.

Finally Going… "Crunchy"

Finally Going… "Crunchy"

We bought a canner the other day. Wal-Mart… $16.88. Good deal.

Yesterday, we bought 24 more pint-size Kerr canning jars.

Today, we bought two boxes of blackberries, a box of flame peaches, and a crate of raspberries (add 3 cucumbers to round it all out) at The Berry Ranch in Nampa, ID.

We are conservatives going Crunchy. We Love it.

Transformed Life

Transformed Life

“Living the Bible, Not Just Knowing the Bible.”

(Romans 8:29; 2 Cor. 5:17; 13:8; 1 John 2:6)

We believe the Bible is God’s Word to our world. Therefore, as disciples of Jesus, we must live and practice the life changing principles we discover. God gave us His Word in order to equip us and change us for His glory and our benefit.

Come now… what’s the point of knowing the Bible inside and out but not doing what it tells us? If I say I’m a follower of Jesus, then the litmus test of my claim is found in my actions: obedience to Him and His word. John 14:21 tells us that if “anyone loves me, he will obey my command.” What’s that command again?

Do I want a transformed life? You bet! My obedience factor is the main test of whether or not I love Jesus, not necessarily my level of Bible knowledge.

Shared Ministry

Shared Ministry

“Every Member is a Minister.”

(Romans 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 2:5, 9)

We believe God has equipped every Christ-Follower with gifts and passions so they can become difference and disciple makers for Jesus Christ. We encourage everyone to use and develop their gifts and talents in service to their local church, community and world. We believe even leaders serve in community as a team of friends together.

Intentional Evangelism

Intentional Evangelism

“Lost People Matter to God, So Lost People Matter to Us.”

(Matt 28:16-20; Acts 1:8)

God demonstrated the high value He places on people when he gave His very best, His Son, to provide the gift of salvation. We intentionally purpose to individually and corporately, locally and globally share the message of this good news in all our spheres of influence.

Intentional Evangelism simply involves a desire, a plan and an action to love others enough to share with them God’s love through Jesus. Evangelism is simply telling others the good news that “Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead.” We tell with our words AND with our lives, love, friendship and helpfulness to others.

Relational Community

Relational Community

“Doing Life Together.”

(Psalm 68:6; Acts 2:42-48; 1 Thessalonians 2:8)

We believe real authenticity is best described as openness with others about our strengths and weaknesses. Through hospitality and Productive Fellowship, we help people find their way from anonymity into authentic relationships where people do life together. Come and find your extended family in a church where NO ONE stands alone.

A Church is a Relational Community: one where people from all walks of life come together under the banner of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to worship Him together, serve Him together, love each other practically and deeply, spread His message and enjoy Him forever!

A great way to do that by the way is by having a good old campfire.

Happy Healthy Holy Household

Happy Healthy Holy Household

“Happy Healthy Holy Household”

(Deuteronomy 6:4-6; Matt 19:14; Ephesians 5:21-31)

Shouldn’t households grow Happy, Healthy and Holy together? We foresee this happening best in an environment that fosters and coaches men/husband/father in his role as the proactive spiritual leader of his household seeking to lead, love and train those under his authority to follow Christ. We’re talking about raising men up, honoring women, building solid marriages, training children in godliness.

So… what does this look like on an on-going basis? How does a church help a family wherever it’s at get to the place where each member of that family can say, “I have a happy, healthy and holy household” with sincerity?

Does this seem like a tall order to you? As a church leader, we sometimes look to programs to assist us in that because either:

1. We haven’t been discipled OURSELVES by our own dads and don’t know how to lead our families spiritually

2. We haven’t been discipled by our church leaders to the point where we are confident, competent and loving disciple-makers ourselves so WE can help families on a personal level.

3. We trust in programs way too much to provide results we think God wants.

4. We are too tired to make the effort (let’s admit it: sometimes I have even fallen into this category).

Are programs bad/evil? Not necessarily. They have their place. They can be a great asset and support to even the godliest of families. Remember the medieval saying, “Don’t throw out the Baby with the bathwater.” Use caution in starting or promoting programs which could possibly become the tail that wags the dog.

Want a Happy, healthy, holy household? Start with Deuteronomy 6.

Creative Bible Teaching

Creative Bible Teaching

“Revealing Truth in a Relevant and Meaningful Way.”

(Matt 13:34-35; 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 4:2)

God’s Word is central to our Message, so we strive to communicate the truth of the Bible through various means in order to bring clarity, passion, conviction and understanding to its hearers in order to embrace God’s perspective on life.