The Transformational Power of Volunteerism

The Transformational Power of Volunteerism

We are built for belonging, and created for community. It’s in our DNA to carry the load, to work hard, to contribute. We are crafted in the image and likeness of God—a God who delights in being creative in His approach to meeting needs and answering prayers. He has designed us to work together. He doesn’t twist our arms or shame us into joining Him in serving others. In fact, He doesn’t even obligate us or pressure us into saying “yes” to Christianity. That’s the unique beauty of our faith.... Read More
Leaving Well

Leaving Well

“So long. Farewell. Auf Wiedersehen. Goodbye.” If you haven’t said these words recently to an employer, give or take the German, you’ll likely say them before too long. Changing jobs is now a part of life. It’s inevitable. When, not if. In fact, you’ve probably heard, or have your own horror story. Those are the ones that spread, and are only funny if they don’t happen to you—either on the receiving or giving end. But if you’re reading this blog, you’re likely the type of person who wants to... Read More
Being Ready to Respond to Tragedy or Crisis in Your Community

Being Ready to Respond to Tragedy or Crisis in Your Community

Certainly no one wants to experience crisis or tragedy in their community. However, we live in an uncertain world; a broken world. Things happen, and many times they happen unexpectedly. Being ready to respond can make the difference between bringing light and hope to the situation or the darkness winning out. Be prepared It seems once crisis hits we’re three steps behind because of the very nature of it’s unpredictability. Although you can’t know for sure, you can be fairly aware... Read More
Starting with Strong Leadership

Starting with Strong Leadership

Though someone will likely have the title of pastor, churches that move from launch to momentum must have strong leadership, and that begins with the church planter. In fact, if pushed to prioritize what these new churches need most, I would select a leader, then a preacher (a capable teacher), and then a pastor (the caring shepherd), in that order. Leadership is a gift. It’s among the spiritual gifts listed in Scripture: “If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility... Read More
Mothers With No Babies to Hold

Mothers With No Babies to Hold

This past January I grieved alongside my sister the loss of my niece, our deeply loved little girl who was put into a body not meant for this world. Losing a child isn’t something that we talk about often because, really, what is there to say? When you lose a baby before they ever really come into your home, you don’t have a memory to go back to. You can’t talk about their life well lived. You can’t share stories about who they were. It’s a different kind of loss. And so often it becomes a... Read More