Yesterday I heard a quote that has made my mind ponder for a couple days. “a neighbor I have been witnessing to”. That was it, but my spirit began to turn and ponder the reality that we are not called to witness to anybody, we are called to “be witnesses”. Continue reading Be Witnesses
Sitting in Starbucks watching the invasion of people in suits and it made me begin my people watching pondering…funeral or wedding? On second look it must be a funeral…on third look a church group. What does your church look like? Continue reading Funeral or Wedding?
What an amazing journey. As we have been on the road to planting this church, Open Life. I am continually amazed and declare with all confidence that Jesus is Lord. Ezekiel 36 says increase, provision and the drawing of people to the church…it’s so that we may declare this very truth, “Jesus is Lord.”
Here we are just 7 weeks from a soft launch in the Huff Home as we move closer to the January 10th launch of a gathering at Regal Tall Firs 10 in Bonney Lake for Northwest Family Church’s church plant, Open Life.
I thought it would be powerful to dialogue every once in a while with Pastor Warren and get his take on some of the heart and vision he sensed in the first stages of this church planting adventure. Here is our first take. Simply a WebCam in the office as we had a conversation Tuesday, July 28, 2009…check it out! Give it a view!
There are so many questions when it comes to church planting and we are finding that there are so many different ways to do it. Pastor Warren Bullock (pastor of Northwest Family Church who is the sending church for this plant in Bonney Lake) and I will be periodically posting a little nugget here on my blog to communicate just where we are at in the church planting journey. We will also explain some of the confusing elements to the whole church planting process, the terms and some of the practices.
So how about we start with the term Launch. Continue reading What is a Launch?
Sitting at starbucks, finalizing my message for Jake’s House in Arlington tomorrow. The observations get me to thinking…Life is done in the open!
Taking a look in the parking lot as I pulled up I saw there was a lot happening…many people have gathered at this watering hole called Starbucks, and on the inside you have a few scenarios.
- A father and daughter
- The newspaper couple
- The ladies in the soft chairs
- The fire fighters and law enforcement
- The husband and wife having coffee
- Those who are trying to beat the pace of the drive thru
- Oh yeah…and the guy on his laptop preparing a sermon for Jakes House (me)
So many life stories represented and being lived in the open, for all to interpret and observe. Gets me thinking…do we live life open enough for others to see an example that demands a gospel explanation? How about this…do we engage in life with others we engage in the faith with? When was the last time you spent time, just hanging with those you go to church with? Does your church foster these moments in the lives of those who call it their home, or does the schedule prohibit these moments due to business.
The father and daughter inspire me, very cool to see them determined to connect in a fast pace world. Slowing down in order to keep the lines of communication open.
Can’t say the same for the newspaper couple. Honestly this is the farthest from my ability to connect with. They are reading together and spending time together…cool, but they are not engaged with each other. It is just funny to me (although I am all about the fact that they are at Starbucks).
The ladies in the soft chairs exist in any Starbucks that has the chairs. Discussing life, connecting about their week and planning. Most of the time, if you listen in (which I do), they are just planning life. Nothing on an agenda…just doing life together.
The fire fighters and law enforcement are discussing community and life. It is amazing to see people who work together desire to hang out together outside of their work. Isn’t that the way it should be? That we not just say hello at work and walk away until next week. I long to do life like this, and give serious effort to it as well!
The husband and wife having coffee are totally engaged in conversation. They are smiling and enjoying a moment across a table looking each other in the eyes and learning more and more that they value and appreciate. Love it.
Then there are the drive-thru busters. They come in, get their drink and then they are out to their car. Really there are two different people in this line of about 10 at the counter. There are the people who would rather come in and connect with people face to face and there are the people who truly believe coming in is faster than the drive-thru. I personally come in so that I can be face to face with people. I love knowing names and getting faces vs. a voice through a machine. And I want to live life in such a way that they will remember me, connect, so we can someday engage on a deeper life way. I think those who are trying to go faster and more furious than those through the drive-thru are more like the traditional church attendee. They come through the doors, grab their product, but what did they really gain in life through that experience?
Must I evaluate the guy in the corner on his laptop? OK, if I must. This crazy pastor on his laptop so values knowing where people are at in life, that he would rather prepare his sermons in public places rather than sit in an office where there is no life distractions. I love truly being amongst those I am called to, verses guessing or using statistics alone. I must connect faces to statistics and challenge their accuracy through actuality.
Who would you most relate to? How much do you value doing life together with those you work with or go to church with? Are you willing to sit down and become a part of doing life out in the open for all to see an example that demands a gospel explanation, or will you be in a rush, missing true authentic community?
All that…by just coming to Starbucks…love it.
Have you ever sat in a pew with your Starbucks (has to be) Americano and thought, “boy I wish these things had cup holders.” Well, it is looking like the Bonney Lake Church Plant will have just that. We are in process to secure the Regal Tall Firs 10 Cinema for our Sunday gatherings.
“By the way you lead, are you creating an army or a nursery? An army conquers the enemy and takes their territory. A nursery feeds the children, wipes their fannies, and tries to get them to stop whining and crying.” Jim Putman Church Is a Team Sport
This past week I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Post Falls, ID that focused on the ever so important element of the church, relationships. Continue reading relational environment
This week was a great one. We had the privilege to go to our Northwest Ministry Network’s Annual Conference in Pasco, Wa. One of the church planters in this nation that I highly regard and love his blog, Mark Batterson, did some teaching and we were able to ask question and interact with him a bit. A real blessing for our future, to get some keen insights from those who are in the trenches of bringing lost people to Jesus.
Not only did the speakers and breakouts inspire and encourage us, but Continue reading a hero of the faith
“Does the church do to people what the zoo does to animals?” I remember when I began reading Mark’s book “Wild Goose Chase” and how this phrase impacted me at the beginning. We make church so Christian that the lost have a struggle finding their way in!