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God Is Up To Something

Posted in life with tags , , , , , , on January 20, 2010 by David

Have you ever had one of those seasons of life where you just can’t help but know that God is up to something? Events fit  together, people are in the right place at the right time a fire has been lit within you and you are excited to see how God is going to fan that little fire into a blazing inferno.

A little over four years ago when hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast this happened to me. I was captivated by the event. It consumed my thoughts and  my life was changed through opportunities to be a part of the relief efforts. In fact it was that event that truly launched me into ministry.

As I watch the coverage of the devastation in Haiti I can’t help but feel many of the same  emotions I felt four years ago. The weird juxtaposition of wealth and poverty does something to your spirit.

It makes you feel blessed and guilty all at the same time.

It leaves you grateful and heartbroken.

And I think it’s those mixed emotions that create what Bill Hybel’s refers to as a person’s “holy discontent.” It’s that thing that keeps you up at night. The topic that consumes your mental capacity, despite your best efforts to disconnect it from your train of thoughts.

It’s the thing that leaves you feeling icky.

The thing that you want to avoid so desperately and yet the thing you know you need to push into the hardest.

I find that it’s in those times that God is up to something in my life. He’s challenging me to step up to the plate. It’s no longer time to take practice cuts in the on deck circle.  I need to dig in my cleats and take a big fatty swing at the pitch He’s throwing me.

I don’t want to strike out, but if I don’t get in the game, I will never hit the ball over the fence and that’s what I want to do.

I want to take the passion that is coursing through my veins like adrenaline and channel it towards whatever pitch God is winding up to throw me.

God is up to something and I’m ready to swing away.

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Excitement

Posted in The Crossing Internship Program with tags , , , on August 19, 2009 by David

Today is the beginning of The Crossing Internship Program and I am beside myself with excitement. Not only is discipleship my passion, the overall impact this program will have on The Crossing is huge.

I thought before I get going with the ins and outs of the internship today I’d jot down just a few specific things that I’m excited about. Thoughts to reflect back on at the end of this year’s program.

1. Personal Growth – I am so excited to see this group of interns grow personally, spiritually, professionally, etc. I believe a great deal of growth is going to take place and It will be so much fun to watch.

2. Momentum – The momentum that will be gained by having this group of interns will be huge. We will be able to establish a presence on 4 different college campuses, connect more effectively and regularly with people, improve the overall quality of the ministry, etc.

3. Ministry Growth – We will be able to reach more people, plain and simple.

4. Discipleship – To be able to have a group of people to regularly pour into is going to be a blast for me. This is what I love to do!

5. Ownership – I am excited to provide a group of passionate people, some ownership over the ministry that they are a part of.

This is going to be a fun ride.

…The ride begins in 60 minutes!

1 Pastor, 6 Interns And A Whole Lot of Excitement

Posted in New Life Church with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2009 by David

About a year ago, I was given the privilege to launch a young adult ministry – The Crossing. This was a pretty big step for us (New Life Church) because we had never had a full time young adult ministry and the though of adding this sort of ministry was not something that happened without a great deal of dialogue and thought.

Looking back a year later I am incredibly happy with what we have accomplished.

  • 70-80 college students and young professionals engaged regularly in ministry
  • 5 small groups
  • Small groups that go out and serve the community together
  • Regular events and service projects
  • An incredible group of leaders
  • multiple services each month
  • etc. etc. etc.

It’s been a great year!

But this coming fall is a whole new ball game. Here’s why…

  • at least 6 interns
  • weekly services
  • regular presence on 4 college campuses
  • increasing from 5 small groups to 7 or 8
  • Bringing in incredible guest speakers
  • the possibility of a weekly leadership class
  • new branding
  • the establishment of The Crossing as a community ministry, by partnering with other churches/young adult ministries

So while we have a great thing going, We’re kicking things up about 10 notches this fall. Oh it’s going to be a fun ride!

I’ve Been Doing Big Things

Posted in Connecting with God with tags , , , , on February 24, 2009 by David

I hate, yet love, those times when you have an epiphany about something and the significance is so great, yet you can’t understand why it didn’t come to you earlier.

In the moment when that happens you are so overwhelmed by your new found understanding, yet you feel a little stupid because it took you so long to figure things out.

For the longest time I have felt like God has called me to “do something big.” I’ve never known exactly what that meant, but deep down inside was the feeling that God created me to do something significant.

I always wanted that to be something in the spotlight, something that involved power and influence, maybe even a decent salary, if I’m completely honest with myself. To me that would be “big.”

Over the last 4 1/2 years, I have been in ministry and while I have seen the significance of it and while I have loved helping people dive into deep passionate relationships with Christ, I never viewed it as that “big thing.” I’ve always been waiting for something more. Something “bigger.”

Yet the other day I had the realization that there is nothing bigger than helping people come to personal, intimate, authentic relationships with Christ.

I know that sounds like such a duh statement for someone who is in ministry. But for me it was a profound realization. I think in my heart I have known the significance but intellectually I failed to make the connection.  I wonder how many other people like me get that concept deep down inside, but fail to realize it with their brains.

Realize that truly, there is nothing bigger, more impressive, more significant than helping someone develop and grow a relationship with Christ.

Lunch Buffet

Posted in life with tags , , , , on October 1, 2008 by David

I really enjoy getting together for lunch with other people in ministry. It’s great to be able to share wins. It’s equally great to be able to talk about frustrations and areas were we have missed the mark. But the greatest thing of all is simply knowing that you are not alone *cue Michael Jackson.* Seriously. It’s great to know that there are people all over who are passionate about changing lives. People who are passionate about making a difference.

I met with my friend Kevin today for a Round Table lunch buffet (classy) and we just talked about ministry and life and it was encouraging. It was real.

I think we all need those “real” type conversations over an all you can eat buffet. Conversations with someone who you can relate to. It gives you a little boost.

I look forward to those talks.

What A Team

Posted in ministry with tags , , , , on September 30, 2008 by David

Part of starting up a new ministry is developing a team that will lead. Over the course of the last several weeks that team has really started to take shape as we’ve begun to develop a core leadership team as well as a group of incredible small group leaders who are committed to taking small groups to the next level.

I can’t tell you how exciting it is to have a group of leaders who deep down inside have a true passion to see lives changed. It’s not just about being social or involved, it’s about making an impact, life change and relationships. Incredible stuff.

3 Years Ago

Posted in life with tags , , , on September 1, 2008 by David

Three years ago, I was volunteering with Hurricane Katrina aid…

Three years ago, God got a hold of my will through a natural disaster and broke it…

Three years ago, my professional direction changed…

Three years ago, I began pursuing full time ministry….

Three years ago, a foundation was laid for where I am today…

Hurricane Gustav has brought all of that back to my mind.

I am where I am today because of a horrific hurricane that brought destruction, devastation and death.

Three years ago, God worked in a mysterious way, knowing full well that Three years later there would be young adults in Renton WA, in need of a place to connect with each other and with God. Thus The Crossing.

It’s amazing what can happen in 3 years.