How One Church Body Responded to Its Community’s Needs by Not Building a Church

How One Church Body Responded to Its Community’s Needs by Not Building a Church

New Life Christian Church in Northern Virginia has been around for over two decades operating as a mobile church meeting in schools for most of its history. However, in 2011, when given the opportunity to open a church building of their own, New Life Christian Church decided to open the nZone instead. What’s the nZone? Simply put, it’s a 85,000-square-foot sports complex. What the what?!? Why would they do that? Simple, New Life didn’t want to open another church, they wanted to open something... Read More
What Happens When Churches Love Each Other

What Happens When Churches Love Each Other

I remember as a child visiting my grandparents’ farm in the tiny town of Jonesboro, Texas. A gas station served as the only neighborhood grocery store, and the post office and feed co-op partnered together in a cinder block building next door. A single schoolhouse down the road welcomed elementary, junior high, and high school kids. Driveways to farmhouses were shared, and everyone used the back roads rather than the sprawling highway that had sliced its way through the middle of the farming... Read More
Live to Serve: It’s About “We”

Live to Serve: It’s About “We”

A few years ago my friends, Sue Miller and Adam Duckworth, wrote an amazing book called Not Normal, just for volunteers! One of the chapters in the book is titled “You, Me, We.” I love this chapter. It hits on so many things that I love. I am a team player. I enjoy doing things with people. I work harder, smarter and better when I am doing ministry with others. And yet, too many times in ministry I backed myself into the “you vs. me” corner—where I didn’t want to be. In that corner I would... Read More
How Physical, Mental and Cultural Changes Affect Kids

How Physical, Mental and Cultural Changes Affect Kids

Every kid, in every phase, is changing in six ways. They’re changing . . . physically. mentally. culturally. relationally. emotionally. morally. We can’t talk about all of those changes in this short blog post, but we do want to talk about a few of them. Let’s start with some of the obvious changes. PHYSICAL CHANGES As kids grow, some changes are easier to see than others. Like . . . when you see that preschooler take a step for the first time. When you could swear that elementary-aged kid... Read More
Orange in Small Town, USA

Orange in Small Town, USA

As we look at the life of Jesus, we see that He thought the idea of meeting with a small group of people was important. We see Him taking the time to meet with people, in their homes—not necessarily people who were the “power-brokers” of His time, but people like us, the everyday people. If Jesus thought meeting with people in this way was important, well, we believe it is too. If we want an understanding of how to affect the next generation for Christ, we must not only understand “city kids”... Read More