Category Archives: Bonney Lake Church Plant

Halloween

kidstrickortreatOne word that drives me nuts, alternative. Something about the way I read the Bible leads me to believe I should be living life to the full and not living an alternative to life.

What brings this thought to the surface of my mind? Seems like every year we have conversations around the subject of what our church is going to do for an alternative. I tell people simply we are not about alternatives, but about being present with our community. We are about being present where life is happening and being a light right in the center of cultural norms.

That said…Halloween is not something to hide or develop a subcultural moment hidden away from our neighbors, but we should turn on the lights and Continue reading Halloween

Right Questions

I think the Lord is showing me something I have seen over and over, but missed for the last decade.  We are all in a group, but are we intentionally present?  Do we even realize we are in a group?  Do we understand our potential impact in the lives of those within the group?  How could we make an impact in the lives of those we do life with?

Here is what made me go over the edge and begin really pondering this thought path. Continue reading Right Questions

Partnership

I am continually amazed at the partnerships in Bonney Lake that we have been able to put in place.  To have people within the community genuinely excited to support our efforts in Surabaya August 19th to September 18 is amazing.

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All week this week June 24 through the 30th Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Bonney Lake is donating 10% of people’s total bill to our trip if they just bring in THIS FLYER (will print 4 to a page so you can give 3 away!).  We are working Continue reading Partnership

Presence Matters

Humbled to say the least at receiving the 2013 Community Leadership Award from the 971070_10200334207210350_1518716996_nSumner 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 Presence Matters

Belief before Behavior

Many people avoid the church because they know a Christian! If that stings…keep church helpreading.

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 Belief before Behavior

12 man time

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Open Life Changes Location for Sunday 01.13.13 – 10am 
Gathering will be redirected to Kevin & Christy Phillips house
3015 220th Avenue East Lake Tapps WA 98391

This Sunday Open Life goes 12th Man by encouraging you to be present with our community in one of two ways.

One, you come out to the fun 12th Man party we will be throwing at Kevin and Christy Phillips House Continue reading 12 man time

Praying for Workers

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 Praying for Workers

Leadership “hitch”

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 Leadership “hitch”

The Next Big Culture

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 The Next Big Culture