Archive for August, 2010

Even Pro’s Need Coaches

August 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Have you ever thought about the fact that even pro’s need coaches? Men and women at the top of their game, champions in their sports, and all of them submit to the authority of a coach.

I’m certainly not a pro when it comes to church planting, but I’m smart enough to learn from those who have been through the process. Although no two stories are alike, there’s wisdom to be gained from other peoples’ experiences.

That’s why I’ll be traveling to McDonough, GA on Wednesday and spending all day Thursday in a church planter’s coaching network with Ritchie Miller and his team at Avalon Church.

Once a month for the next 4 months, I’ll be getting coached up by the leadership of a church that is less than 10 years old but is making a huge impact for the cause of Christ in its immediate community and beyond! I look forward to learning from the mistakes they’ve made, as well as benefitting from the best practices they’ve successfully implemented.

As leaders, it’s important for us to realize that there’s always room for improvement. We can always learn from someone else. Even pro’s understand that everyone needs a coach!

T. J.

Categories: Growth, Leadership

Open & Shut

August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m not going to pretend to have the book of Revelation figured out completely. I’m just not that smart.

However, I’ve thought about Revelation 3:7 a lot during this church planting process. It says, “…This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open:”

In the New Testament, an “open door” often refers to opportunities to minister and serve:
Acts 14:27
1 Corinthians 16:9
2 Corinthians 2:12
Colossians 4:3

Jesus, who is holy and true, has the authority to open and shut doors of opportunity for ministry. As the Head of the Church, he determines when and where his people serve.

The New Church Launch Team has been begging God to open and shut doors related to when and where we will launch this church. I’m humbled and grateful to say that he’s answered our prayers.

What I originally thought would be our best options, he shut down completely. But he opened a door of opportunity that is immeasurably more than I could have ever imagined, and it’s all for his honor and glory!

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth

Partnership vs. Membership

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

At last night’s New Church Launch Team meeting, we discussed what we refer to as our Partnership Process.

At New Church, we’re about partnership, not membership. For some, this might seem like a matter of semantics, but for us, it’s a matter of culture.

We want to develop a church culture where commitment is a value, where people share in the vision and embrace responsibility for helping achieve the vision. We want people to feel invested in what God is doing through New Church for his glory!

It may seem ambitious to some. In fact, I’ve been told that it will be difficult to get people in this area of the country to shift from a consumer mentality to a committed mindset regarding church. But that’s one of the reasons we’ve adopted the slogan, “it’s church…just different.”

T. J.

Categories: Church

Blind Faith

August 13, 2010 Leave a comment

What if I told you your prayers will be answered according to your faith? Would that bring you concern or relief?

Jesus once encountered two blind men who begged Him for mercy through physical healing. His question to them was, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They replied, “Yes, Lord.” His response? “According to your faith will it be done to you.” The result? They were healed!

Maybe you have a need in your life that only God can meet. His question to you today is “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

T. J.

Categories: Growth, Leadership

Where’s the Love?

August 12, 2010 2 comments

I’m not saying Rick Warren didn’t make an error in judgment when he posted this tweet on yesterday’s timeline: “I challenge every church in America to match the spiritual maturity, godliness, & commitment of any 500 members of Saddleback.”

But I am saying the animosity he’s experiencing, especially from other Christians, as a result of his tweet is absolutely ridiculous!

One thing is for sure, some members of the body of Christ are sending a false message to everyone, including unbelievers, that 1 John 4:19-21 only applies to certain people in certain situations.

I’m not going to list Rick’s resume in an attempt to prove that he’s a godly man. You can research on your own how God has used him to impact thousands for the cause of Christ.

I am, however, going to make the point that Scripture is clear that our love for each other as followers of Jesus is what proves to unbelievers that we are his disciples.

What type of message are you sending? Make no doubt about it, whatever your message, it’s being received loud and clear.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth, Leadership

The Flow of Influence

August 11, 2010 1 comment

Webster’s defines influence as “the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command.”

Influence, in its purest form, just kind of flows out of us. It’s less about what we try to do, and more about who we really are.

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

So from our hearts (the core of who we are), flows our most natural ability to influence. How we influence others, and for what purpose we influence them, is largely determined by what, and more importantly WHO, is inside of us.

T. J.

Categories: Growth, Leadership

Certain Uncertainty

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Few things in life are certain. But God’s Word is certain, and it promises a certain level of uncertainty for those who follow Jesus.

When we decide to give everything we have and everything we are to advance God’s kingdom, the one thing we can count on in this life is uncertainty. But God doesn’t want us to wait until we have all of the answers before we take our next step of faith.

Psalm 119:105 says, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

So, even though we can’t see what the future holds, God’s Word provides enough light for us to take the next step in our journey with him.

The certainty of Scripture will help us navigate the uncertainties of life.

T. J.

Categories: Growth, Leadership