Today’s guest post from the BackSeat Leader Community is from my good friend Andrew Mason, Lead Associate Pastor at Thrive Church in Elk Grove, CA. Founder of one of the best small group ministry resources out there, SmallGroupChurches.com , he shares a little bit of of his own journey and Joseph’s on how to unlock and activate your dreams. If these insights encourage you, check out more… Read More »
There is a huge temptation to bring too much stuff with you on a short term missions trip. As I prepared to leave for India I succumbed to this temptation and wanted to let you you know what NOT to bring as you prepare for your next trip: 1) Don’t bring too many digital devices: This was the fist time I went on a missions… Read More »
Last week I left for India with a team of 16 others from my church. In preparation for this trip I’ve saw amazing sacrifice, confident faith, and direct answers to prayer for each and every person traveling with me. For many of our team members it was their first rodeo, so I’m looking forward to giving you a report as soon as we get back home,… Read More »
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog. Here were my top 5 posts of 2012 just in case you missed them… 1. Are You Chasing Your Storm? 2. Did You Preach Too Long this Sunday? 3. A Great Leader’s Last Words 4. Why Your Worship Should Go Beyond the Music 5. A Pastor’s Compensation Looking forward to expanding my… Read More »
In light of yesterdays tragedy if your looking for something that can help answer life’s toughest questions this book has been really resourceful for me.
When we hear the word meditation we often think of an eastern religion or a dark room filled with people participating in a yoga class. We pray, we read the bible, we journal, but meditation I believe has become a lost discipline in the life of the modern day Christian. We are shallow and empty, never taking the time needed to “soak” and saturate our souls in the fullness of… Read More »
I was asked this week how I prepare a sermon. I am constantly learning and gleaning from others on how to improve on my sermon preparation, but for the most part I have a pattern that I follow. This entire process is bathed in the prayer from start to finish. 1) Advanced Notice – Several years ago we felt God leading us to create a spiritual… Read More »
I had the opportunity to speak at Harbor Community Church in Folsom yesterday and encouraged the congregation as their leadership team was away on a vision retreat. Here is some of what I shared. In Numbers 13 Moses has sent his staff of 12 on a 40 day retreat to go check out the promise land and bring back to the report on their findings…. Read More »