Reaching the Neighborhood Where God has Placed You

Reaching the Neighborhood Where God has Placed You

What would it look like if more churches started reflecting the culture of their neighborhood and stopped reflecting the culture of the churches they admire on social media? Let’s be real, there are definitely churches and pastors out there who set trends in church world. That’s not a bad thing. If God is doing things to accelerate another church’s vision and blessing them with growth, you should be a student of that ministry or pastor. However, God’s calling on your life and church is much... Read More
The Importance of a Small Group Culture

The Importance of a Small Group Culture

Memories of Sunday School I have sweet childhood memories of Sunday school. I remember sitting in the basement of the church early Sunday mornings (on a very cold, metal church folding chair) in a tight little circle. The room was tiny. There were several of these tiny rooms that went around the perimeter of the fellowship hall (that’s the place where amazing potluck dinners are held). Outdated décor was everywhere. A bulletin board did not make a big splash for me. Being taught a lesson from... Read More
Simple Reminders About How to Create an Environment of Appreciation

Simple Reminders About How to Create an Environment of Appreciation

I love my neighborhood, especially my neighbors, but this hasn’t always been the case. When my wife and I got married 10 years ago, we felt convicted to live in community with the people around us. We felt committed to reaching out and connecting with our neighbors. When we first moved from Texas to Clarksville, Tennessee, we made Texas-shaped brownies to give out as we went door to door to meet our neighbors. NO ONE came to the door. In one case there was a big window looking into the living... Read More
How Shopping the Clearance Aisle Changed a Community

How Shopping the Clearance Aisle Changed a Community

Walmart clearance aisle is my favorite place. Yes, you read that correctly. You see, one day while purchasing crafts and other items for respite, a lady approached me asking if I was a teacher. With a smile I replied, “Yes, but that this cart full is for a night called respite.” After we laughed about clearance, and after I explained what respite was, another woman standing behind me tapped my shoulder. She shared that she was helping to raise her grandson with autism and wondered if respite... Read More
Mobilizing Your Church to Reach Its Community

Mobilizing Your Church to Reach Its Community

November is here and Christmas is right around the corner. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year. It is so amazing to see all the sights and sounds of the holidays this time of year. Whether it is the Christmas music, the lights, all the great holiday parties with great food, it is a very joyous time of year. As great of a time of year it is for many, there are some that are going through a very non-joyous time of year. Maybe they have lost a loved one recently, or are without family... Read More