How the Church can Help Those in Recovery

How the Church can Help Those in Recovery

In my opinion, there is no greater environment with the potential to impact the world of those in recovery than the church. The church is for broken people. The church is made of broken people. If we could all come together to work mutually on our brokenness using God’s power, then nothing would be unachievable. However, the church and the recovery community haven’t always made for a healthy combination. Here are a few suggestions both logistically and congregationally that I believe would... Read More
Doing More Through Community Sports Centers

Doing More Through Community Sports Centers

In January 2011, the nZone opened its doors. It’s an 83,000 square-foot former Budweiser distribution center converted into a sports complex that now sees on average of 500,000 people come through its doors each year. What makes the nZone unique is that it is owned and operated by New Life Christian Church. New Life built the nZone as a way to serve the community. Having an indoor sportsplex was an expressed need of the community, so that is one of the ways we felt that we could best help our... Read More
Thinking About Christmas Now Could Impact Your Community

Thinking About Christmas Now Could Impact Your Community

Okay, I am not ashamed to admit this: I would put up my Christmas tree on Halloween night if I could! I am never offended by how early stores put up their Christmas decorations and I have been known to spend my birthday money (in November) on Christmas decorations. Isn’t it strange that we live in a culture where everything is supposed to be new and relevant but at Christmastime we are all in a hurry to go back in time and remember traditions of years gone by? It’s a holiday that brings out... Read More
How to Build Community Through Online Church

How to Build Community Through Online Church

As churches look to find ways to reach more people for Christ, online church is often brought up. What online church looks like depends on the church, but in this very digital and online world we live in, looking to use online tools to reach more people in your local community (and the world) is a great option to consider. One comment commonly heard about online church is that it isn’t “real community.” People who argue this point make it seem as if the only way to have community is through... Read More
How to Be a Church Where Pro-Family Equals Pro-Parent

How to Be a Church Where Pro-Family Equals Pro-Parent

Every parent—whether that person is the mother, father, stepfather, stepmother, grandparent-raising-grandkids, aunt-or-uncle-raising-niece-or-nephew, adopted or foster—wants to be the best parent. At least, that is what we choose to believe! Being pro-family requires that we are pro-parent, and that requires that we believe the best about every parent and what they want for their kid. After all, that is one commonality that too many parents share for us to believe otherwise. Being pro-parent... Read More