Archive for New Life Church Renton

Having Some Fun Delegating Tasks To The Interns

Posted in New Life Church with tags , , on January 14, 2010 by David

I have to say, I have a lot of fun with The Crossing interns.

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More Power Than The Seahawks’ Offensive Line

Posted in New Life Church with tags , , on January 6, 2010 by David

New Life Church is almost into its new building. A building that has “more power than the Seahawks’ offensive line.”

Taken

Posted in New Life Church with tags , , on August 20, 2009 by David

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This is the branding for our “Taken” series starting this Sunday. It’s going to be intense.

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!

Plant Seeds, Grow Roots, Bear Fruit

Posted in New Life Church with tags , , , , , on August 12, 2009 by David

At New Life we are in the process of evaluating our mission statement, strategy statement and core values. It’s a healthy process and one that all organizations need to do every so often if they are going to maintain their effectiveness.

A church is no different.

Yesterday I jumped in the car with Troy Jones our senior pastor as he was running an errand just to get his ear and to share my thoughts on our key statements and values and to cast a little vision for The Crossing (the ministry I over see).  One of the things we talked about was our use of a house metaphor to convey the different types of environments we have for “Leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Front Door – Those environments that are a safe and easy first step for someone wanting to check out New Life or get involved.

Living Room – Environments designed to begin interaction, connection and teaching

Kitchen – Environments where relationships are really formed and more in depth sharing and studying takes place.

While this has been a great model, it lacks an “outwardly” focused environment and that’s where the rethinking begins.

As part of our conversation we talked about something very common place here in the Northwest, trees. We discussed how the church is very much like a tree or a fruit bearing plant, in that you initially plant a seed, it begins to grow roots and establish itself before bearing wonderful fruit, which in return will start the cycle all over again.

This metaphor is very representative of how we want New Life to function and is very commonly used in the Bible. We want to plant spiritual seeds, nurture them so that they begin to grow roots and spiritual maturity and in the end, bear great relational and spiritual fruit that will begin the cycle all over again.

This is a much more complete metaphor and one that if adopted will help keep us focused on producing good spiritual fruit. Fruit that should lead to the planting of more seeds that will result in more deeply rooted, fruit bearing followers of Christ.

…It’s the spiritual circle of life.

Thoughts From The “Man Up” Rally

Posted in Connecting with God with tags , , , on June 6, 2009 by David

man up rally

  • God isn’t looking for perfection, He’s looking for passion.
  • Sight comes from our eyes, vision comes from our heart.
  • Lead while you learn.
  • God can use failures to springboard you to success.
  • We need to be willing/looking for opportunities to move to a place of greater effectiveness.
  • Pray.
  • Look at prayer as a communication strategy.
  • When growth is a part of our lives, freedom is eminent.
  • Ask God to remember you.

Leavenworth

Posted in ministry with tags , on August 18, 2008 by David

I’m in Leavenworth (the city, not the prison) with a good portion of the New Life Team on a retreat and it truly is great. Not just great to be away, but great to be a part of such an awesome team. I work with some incredible people and it is so nice to be able to get away and just enjoy them as people rather than co-workers or spouses of co-workers.

I believe it truly would be hard to be a part of another ministry team after being apart of the team at New Life.