Category Archives: Open Life

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

Holy Indignation

Church, there is something wrong with us if the most gifted people are leaving in order to make it to the top!

We love The Voice in the Huff family, but watching the first show in the third season tonight only took three performances to bring back a righteous indignation of what I felt last season.  Let me say it again: Church, there is something wrong with us if the most gifted people are leaving in order to make it to the top!

Continue reading Holy Indignation

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”

“Alternative;” a bad approach for marketing.

I love all kinds of music (just check my Spotify playlists).  So why would I seek out an alternative?  One station I find myself listening to has the worst marketing line ever, kills me every time I hear it.  “A positive music alternative.”

We don’t live in a world that wants the alternative to anything.  We want the name brand, the best in quality and we want it now.   We want the new technology, the new car and the new house in the new neighborhood.  Culture is defined by what is driving it, and those who are in the center of culture have a huge impact.  The heart of this approach of being an alternative is to create a “sub culture”.   Not desiring to be about what influences the masses, but still do something similar.  Sad things is the alternative is usually a bad version of the original. Continue reading “Alternative;” a bad approach for marketing.

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

Record day, amazing stories

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 Record day, amazing stories

This was a first!

This week I did something I have never done before, and it is for the benefit of soo many!  I preached my Easter message to our pastoral staff at Open Life.

What would make me do something like this?  Simple: I want to reach the broadest audience with a very clear, memorable and creative talk that adequately brings people from all backgrounds to a place of comprehending what Jesus did through the cross and resurrection. Continue reading This was a first!