Humbled to say the least at receiving the 2013 Community Leadership Award from the Sumner School District (SSD) at the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) today in Fife. Some more than kind words were said by Superintendant, Craig Spencer, and Principal of Liberty Ridge Elementary (LRE), Laurie Dent, reflecting on Open Life‘s impact through Big Give, Love Week, and our ongoing generosity towards the vision and needs at LRE and within the community as a whole. More is noted by the local online news source Patch.
The Director of the SSD STARR project and the Communities For Families Coalition, Marilee Hill-Anderson shared some grateful words for my investment in all that has been done for families within our the SSD as well as the potential impact Open Life can continue to have as we pursue future projects together within the community. (She gets the photo credit)
All that to say this; I feel like we are just getting started…by living out the values of being generous and present with our community for the past three years Continue reading
Many people avoid the church because they know a Christian! If that stings…keep reading.
I often offer to do coffee with those who have yet to experience faith in Jesus due to Christian’s impact within their life. There is something beautiful about the tension they experienced and the redemptive potential of their life.
More often than not the issue that chased them away from the church is they were prescribed behavioral changes before they experienced belief changes.
Someone intending to keep the church holy Continue reading
The Bible is so true, “the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few” Matthew 9:36-38.
This past weekend was one that will go down in the books. It was filled with God filling in the blanks in areas that were unexpected, but beautiful. Those moments that give you tears to remember and tears to be a part of.
Our pastors and spouses made our way to a home for our annual Staff Advance. We looked at questions like:
- What are your dreams for the future of Open Life? Next year…5 years from now…?
- How is business? What is attached to our 32% retention ratio and rapid growth? Continue reading
Every Sunday at Open Life we utilize a volunteer force that is full of amazing leaders who go shoulder to shoulder to make a church gathering happen in a market place worship environment. Some volunteer roles are easy for anyone to do, and others need very specific apprenticing in order to function flawlessly.
This Sunday we looked square into the eyes of a very precarious challenge. We had trained and empowered a new driver for our 7’ x 24’ trailer, which holds every item we need to do church within it. We just missed one detail, which made for an exciting hour with many leadership decisions that had to be made under pressure.
I got a call at 7:35am that the trailer would not hitch from one of my leaders, not the driver. I was in the shower, so asked if he could solve it. Set up usually begins at 8am in order to be good to go for service at 10am. After a couple attempts at a solution, we landed at success and had our trailer to the school by 8:40am.
Here are the mistakes we made and how those who go behind us can avoid them. Continue reading
Alexis Madrigal onstage at the 99% Conference. Photo: Julian Mackler / MACKME.COM
In an article on the99percent.com recapping their conference this year I was excited to see a quote from Alexis Madrigal, “Don’t found “the next big thing,” found “the next big culture.” It encouraged me because it was like a pat on the back that we at Open Life deserve by accident!
When we set out to launch Open Life we began in our home, then set our sites on launching a service in the Regal Theater in Bonney Lake on Jan. 10, 2010. One of the things we wanted to do was not launch a service but launch a movement, not a church but a “culture.” (Much harder said than done!) Continue reading
“Don’t count the seeds in the Apple, count the Apples in the seed”
I am continually being reminded by God lately to take into consideration His perspective. Jesus said, “Every good tree bears good fruit.” But within our fast pace “results now” world we are not patient enough to raise up an orchard and believe in the process Continue reading
Sunday was surely one for the memory book. Open Life had our largest Sunday to date with 139 people present for our Easter Experience, “One Day to Change The World.” So many guests made their way to Easter with family, neighbors, and friends. Honored to have them with us and hoping to see them again in the coming weeks.
We promised to give $5 to Charity Water for every person in attendance Continue reading
We are just 22 days 19 hours 13 minutes and 10 seconds from the Open Life Easter Experience, “One Day to Change the World.” Here is the opportunity before each one of us, Easter is the one time a year people are most open to considering what Jesus was all about. Continue reading
Almost one year ago I blogged about what God was stirring in my heart, to impact the areas of culture from within culture and specifically the area of music. Continue reading