Category Archives: Leadership

What can the church learn from the Sounders?

Interesting how much we can learn from those who have found success in a different but similar market in our region.  I recently watched the below video about what has made the Sounders a successful brand.  While I was watching it I couldn’t help but think about how many of the lessons in this video would be great if applied in church world. Continue reading What can the church learn from the Sounders?

Starting Day 3

It is not easy making time to send these updates.  While we have not been that busy with ministry yet (that begins tonight for us), we have been busy meeting people and sharing life in Indonesia.

The jet lag is a brute.  It certainly can get the best of you.  We barely were able to keep our eyes open till 7 on Wednesday night and then last night we didn’t even go out to dinner until 7:30…needless to say the table made a good pillow for the girls to sleep on (see pic here)!

Some highlights from the second half of day one and all of day two.

  • The kids love the food! (see pic here), they have been saying that every meal is their favorite so far.  Think that is a good thing!
  • The roads take a bit of getting used to…certainly at night.  The motorcycles fly by you with little kids on with two adults.  It is dizzying to look at and you constantly feel like someone is going to die in front of you.
  • We have been inspired by the vision of ICA Surabaya.  From the 100 photo frames on the walls representing the churches they are planting to their heart for young people and raising support for them to further their education after reaching them for Jesus.
  • Jenna discovered “Lizzy”.  That is what we named the lizard that hangs out near the kitchen AC unit.  Needless to say she had a bit of a meltdown due to that.  I will try and post the vid later, but you can pray for her embrace of the 4 legged creatures that visit.
  • The US dollar goes far here…about 11,000 to 1.  So yesterday I spent $35,000 on a quad Americano.  That Add Shot was $5,000.  Painful, but fun.
  • A member of ICA invited us to use her pool at an Apartment complex.  The kids were refreshed as was I.  It was interesting as the pool had steps going down, three steps, but when you got to step 4 it was a 6 ft. drop.  Caught the girls by surprise a bit for sure.

Today we are making some gifts for everyone here that we brought with us, called Ole Ole, prepping for a youth leadership talk to some outreach teens, and finishing prep for Sunday’s talk.  Tomorrow we go to the graveyard ministry outreach and are excited to begin being busy reaching out to people!

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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

Until there are stories

I found myself saying this while teaching at a bootcamp for church planters called Starting Point this past week, “until there are stories, we won’t truly know if people are on the mission with us”.  Focussing our churches on leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus through whatever expression of that they see best fit for their context, city, etc; we really never know if it is working until we have stories.

  • Stories of life change
  • Stories of behavioral impact
  • Stories of influence
  • Stories of love in action

I feel blessed to have stories in my life, but have a greater passion every day to capture the stories of those we are leading.  In fact, I get greater pleasure out of hearing the stories of those active on the mission, than sharing those of my being active on the mission.

So…here it goes.  What are your stories?  Stories of connecting, serving and sharing your life and the gospel.

John 3:16 and 17

I never share John 3:16 without sharing John 3:17. I think in our current cultural reality the one needs the other for the sake of clarity and health.


John 3:16–17 (NIV84) 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

As I prepare my talk for this Sunday on the necessity of serving one another and that the source of service is love, this passage jumped out to me.  As I grabbed it to paste Continue reading John 3:16 and 17

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”

Ten Bites In

Last week I opened a box of Kix and poured a bowl full to begin my day.  About ten bites in…surprise! I saw something out of place in my bowl amidst the circular corn goodness, it was a 4 inch long yellow twistie-tie.  The yellow plastic kind with a wire interior.  This was just the beginning of my “Kid’s tested mother approved” moment. (and let’s ignore the fact that I had already had 10 bites in this picture…I know I exceeded the one cup serving size suggestion!)

What should one do when in this peculiar position? Tweet about it,

"Ten bites into my Kix, I find this! GENERAL MILLS what's up with that"

in fact, this was an instagram moment linked to both Twitter and Facebook for instant life sharing photo goodness.

Just one hour following my post I received a message Continue reading Ten Bites In