Tag: Friendship

Unwelcome at Church: Your First-Time Guests Need Hospitality

Unwelcome at Church: Your First-Time Guests Need Hospitality

People are Lonely. Many of them are #Unwelcome at church

Many people enter religious buildings on Saturday or Sunday morning looking for connection to God and to other people. Scores of them feel unwelcome at church. I put this into the “Isolation and Friendships” category because let’s face it: People in the modern Western world are lonely.

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Self-Made Man or God-Dependent Man: Forge Your Own Destiny? NO!

Self-Made Man or God-Dependent Man: Forge Your Own Destiny? NO!

How Fred, Ben and Asa will change the way you think about how you lead your family and church

I’ve been a self-made man for multiple decades. As a boy, I watched my amazing father navigate life on his own, and he did a great job, as he was (and still is) a great man. I watched other men who were strong, wealthy, charming, or lived great adventures and I awed at them. I idolized them. I wanted to be like them. Somewhere in my youthful ingenuity, I somehow turned into them. On the one hand, that’s a good thing. On the other hand, it has been the most crippling problem in my life as a husband, dad and pastor.

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How to Overcome Ministry Loneliness

How to Overcome Ministry Loneliness

How to Overcome Ministry Loneliness

Do you isolate yourself because you’re a pastor? When we talk about ministry loneliness, I am directly challenging the false assumption that we should. I am a Christian serving in vocational ministry. I refer to this subject from the vantage point of “we” and “us.” I have learned to overcome ministry loneliness after years of loneliness, isolation, burnout, lack of accountability and simply hiding from others, and I want YOU to as well! For the sake and length of this post, I’ll spare you that story for now. If you are interested in hearing more about my story, I’d love to share it at another time (message me or share in comments if you’d like me to write about that).

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Campfire Benefits

Campfire Benefits

Campfire hiking backpackingSitting around a campfire with friends or family often makes me marvel at what an amazing experience it is and why I don’t do it more often. I wonder if it’s because I busy myself with too much. Maybe it’s because scheduling a gathering around the fire is too much of a chore, or because I can’t stand the mosquitoes. Even though our reasons for not getting to the campfire might be a mix of all of those things, we still need to realize the value of the experience. When we start up a campfire, God starts some very interesting soul

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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.