in pursuit of jesus
a blog about student ministry, multimedia ministry, and leadership

Feb
11

I believe the single most problem in the church is the perpetual immaturity of the church

You must have alternate ways of discipleship besides preaching.

Reproduction is the measure of maturity.

Maturity isn’t measured by how you act at church, but how you live outside the church.

Attract an audience, then build an army.

Spiritual growth is not automatic just because you go to church.

You are as close to God as you choose to be.  Don’t blame anyone else, not your pastor, wife, etc.

Spiritual growth is a commitment that forces you to grow.

Most churches focus on one of these:
1.  Come and see (No commitment)
2.  Come and die (Total commitment)

Churches should have a process of moving people from come and see to come and die.
Spiritual Growth is a relationship.

Spiritual maturity is measured by love.

Spiritual Growth happens in community.  You cannot be a disciple by yourself.

To continue in the Word, you need a pathway (plan) and habits (disciplines).

Feb
10

Radicalis is a leadership conference at Saddleback Church and they are providing a live webcast here:  http://www.saddleback.com/webcast/radicalis/

Here are a few notes that I took while Dino Rizzo was speaking:

  • be the example
  • provide lots of opportunities to serve
  • marry discipleship with serving
  • unleash people to serve the one

“The integrity of your ministry is tested by how you treat the one.”

Feb
08

As I reflect on the last seven days, I am blown away by the greatness and faithfulness of our God.  He is faithful.  Christ-Life Church has gone from meeting in a conference room at a hotel to having our own building that we can use anytime.  We gone from setting up and tearing down each week to being able to walk-through the service the night before.  From video worship to live worship.

In just a few months, we gone from hopeless to confident that God is in control.  I can’t explain the all of the emotions that we have experienced this week as volunteers have painted, cleaned, loaded and unloaded, built, and come together to for prayer in preparion for Sunday.  Realizing that the dream of having our own building a few months ago had become a reality brought tears to so many of our eyes.

As Pastor Mike was beginning to make his final point, a family of eight walked in the door.  His point was that we have to trust God to bring in more people and build our church.  Most of the people there responded to the altar call.

Greater things are yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this city.  I am confident that God has is taking us on a great journey as we trust in Him!

Feb
06

24 hours later…and things are ready for Sunday morning!

Feb
06

I snuck into the new building of Christ-Life Church so that you all could see a preview.  There’s still work to be done, but I can’t keep it to myself.  If you live in Enterprise, come out to our first service on February 7th at 10:30 am.

Feb
01

These are some books that I plan to read in 2010:

I don’t know if I will finish all of these.  If they don’t grab my interest, then I will move on.  I will probably add a few more to these as we make it through 2010.

What are you reading in 2010?

Jan
08

I had the opportunity to travel on a Love In Action Ministries weekend trip to work with the Life Church of Memphis in December of 2009.  The campuses of the church are locating in suburbs surrounding Memphis.  Not having a building downtown has not stopped this church from ministering to the homeless.  They set up in a parking lot that is in close proximity to large homeless population.  On Friday night, we served the homeless chili around portable kerosene heaters in the parking lot.  The homeless were able to get warm, fill their stomachs, and have encouraging conversations with LC volunteers.  We could tell that they have established trust with the homeless population.

We were surprised to find out that the shelters in Memphis charge the homeless $4-6 a night to stay there.  These are for-profit shelters force some homeless to choose between eating and shelter.

On Saturday, we set up again in the same parking lot.  Although it was raining, the homeless patiently waited to get to the front of the line to try on a pair of boots.  We were able to give out about 300 pairs of boots. We also had mittens, socks, and a variety of other items that help the homeless survive the winter.  As we were packing up to leave, I noticed that several pairs of worn-out shoes were left behind on the top of a dumpster.  Shoes and socks are always in high demand by the homeless, because they stay on their feet so much.

Joe and Kelli Carson, who lead the homeless ministry for Life Church, truly have a heart for the homeless.  While we spent the weekend at their house, a homeless man also stayed there.  They would like to establish a dream center in the heart of Memphis to facilitate their ministry to the homeless.  Joe and Kelli spoke proudly about their sons that are away at college and very involved in ministry.

Saturday night we enjoyed upbeat worship and a challenging message by guest speaker Priscilla Shirer.  As we were getting ready to leave the church, one of the staff pastors blessed us with several sermon series and books.  The Life Church of Memphis made us feel right at home.

I had a blast serving with Joe, Kelli, and all of the Life Church volunteers.  Ministry is so much more fun when you enjoy the people you work with.

Dec
21

I had the privilege of going on a Love In Action Ministries weekend trip to Baton Rouge on October 16-18th, 2009.  We ministered with No Place Outreach, a ministry of the Baton Rouge Dream Center and Healing Place Church (HPC).  The Cooking for Christ Team of HPC cooked some delicious chicken penne & chili.  They had some containers that kept the food hot.  We gave out bowls of food, socks, and boots to homeless people who were waiting at the Roselawn Warehouse, where No Place Outreach does their Thursday morning breakfasts.  After we served the homeless there, the NPO team took us out to where the homeless live.  We went to the levee, under the bridge, and many other stops downtown.

It was obvious that they have built strong relationships with many of the homeless.  Vincent, Franco, Craig, and the other volunteers have shown the homeless consistency by being there every Thursday morning and serving breakfast.  They have also done a great job of learning their names and stories.  They live out the gospel, as much as they preach it.  No Place Outreach intentionally focuses specifically on the homeless.  Instead of just encouraging the homeless to come to them, they also go and seek them out.  The No Place Outreach team also knows how to have fun while doing ministry.  I felt at home with the NPO team.  After we unloaded the boots, they loaded us up with water and gatorade to use in Dothan.  For all of these reasons, I love the ministry of No Place Outreach.

You can find out more about No Place Outreach here:

http://www.noplaceoutreach.org/No_Place_Outreach.html

http://noplaceoutreach.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/noplaceoutreach

Dec
17

There are some ministries that over the last few years I love.  Some of these ministries I’ve had the opportunity serve with, some I’ve admired from afar, and others I’ve used their resources.  The next few posts will tell you about them.

Love In Action Ministries, based in Dothan, Alabama, ministers to the homeless and poor throughout the United States.  I have had the opportunity to go on short term mission trips to NY, LA, Atlanta, Memphis, and Baton Rouge.  I am amazed at how much God has blessed this ministry in the last year.  God has blessed us with a warehouse that has been transformed into a ministry center.  Love In Action has always specialized in evangelism, but now there is effective in discipleship as well.

Love In Action has no paid staff, so all funds go toward helping people in need.  Donation of items, such as food, clothing, and appliances, are given to those who need them.  Ken and Martha Tuck lead the ministry with integrity and a tremendous heart for people.  Martha recently said, “That’s when I feel alive!” referring to doing ministry to the homeless and those in need.

Love In Action Ministries partners with churches and local ministries, so that people who accept Christ can be connected to grow in their faith.  We have seen churches of many different denominations come together under the banner of Jesus to reach the lost.

Serving with Love In Action is a blast!  For more information, check out these links:

Dec
15

I’ve heard Craig Groeschel say, “To reach people that no one else is reaching, you have to do things that no one else is doing.” In his talk, he goes on to say that in order to do things that no one else is doing, you will have to stop doing what everyone else is doing.

This applies to businesses wanting to reach new customers and churches wanting to reach new people.  The applications are widespread.  So now the question is what can you do that other churches/ministries/organizations/companies (at least locally) are not already doing?

I don’t know about you, but I want the organizations that I’m a part of to grow!