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 →
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!
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 →
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 →
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.
Seems like every week I engage in a conversation with someone about life, marketing, business and faith. Some of these are actually in person, but often the conversation begins with something that was projected via a talk I gave, blog post, tweet or comment on a facebook post. Either way, the key to recognize is our communication begins a conversation. We must understand that the one way communication of yesteryear is over 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 →
Before reading, choose not to be offended…just process this, get your brain thinking!
Obama made a big step today by sharing his “personal opinion”. It just so happens that his personal feelings actually do affect more than just him, but that is beside the point. His statement in support of same sex marriage was in response to a ruling yesterday in North Carolina defining marriage as between a man and a woman and upholding a constitutional ban on gay marriage.
As a bible believing Christian I am completely familiar with this subject, especially when pastoring a church called Open Life! I believe every word written in the bible and it leads me to understand 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 →