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top 10 reasons to go to church on saturday


We recently began a new Saturday evening service at Sun Valley Community Church. We were previously doing one 5:00pm service on Saturdays and the new service times are 4:30pm and 6:00pm. Here are a couple of the strategic thoughts behind the shift…

  • Doing two back to back services allows people to come to church one hour and serve one hour. Previously there were people serving in ministry at our 5:00pm service and if they wanted to attend a worship service they actually had to come back on Sunday. That needed to be solved.
  • Doing away with the 5:00pm service time and adding two new service times at 4:30pm and 6:00pm forced everyone on Saturdays to pick a new service time to attend. Otherwise if we had kept the 5:00pm service and simply added another service time, getting people to shift from what they were comfortable with would have been much less effective.
  • Saturday has been our fastest growing service time year over year. In fact this past weekend we were up 36% (year over year).
  • We communicated the change every weekend in the month of July, which led up to the launch of the new service times at the beginning of August. This gave us a couple of weeks to settle into 2 Saturday services before school kicked back in and the crowds were up.
  • For weeks we said, “All of the smart people go to church on Saturdays.” In fact that’s when my family attends. It’s easier to navigate the parking lots, getting the kids in and out of Children’s Ministry, and we don’t have to rush or fight to get the kids ready on Sundays
  • The video above is one of the creative methods we’ve used to communicate and encourage people to move to Saturdays.


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a fathers day interview with my dad


He’ll be the first person to tell you that he wasn’t a perfect Father, but he left his sons something that most Dads never leave behind. He left a legacy that’s worth repeating. From a long line of abusive alcoholics my Dad, a first generation Christ-follower, changed his legacy. This past weekend I had the opportunity to have the most influential man in my life on stage with me at Sun Valley Community Church for an interview, and it made for the best Father’s Day of my life.

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life on the run

What if Dr. Seuss told the story of Jonah? It might sound a little bit like this…

The Lord’s word to Jonah came quite unexpected:
“Go down to Nineveh. You’ve been elected.”

But he didn’t go. Instead he ran right away.
Listen up, don’t you mimic. It will ruin your day!

Cause, you can’t run away from the Lord. Jonah knew it.
In this series we will find out what occurs when you do it!

So proud of the work that the Creative Arts Team at Sun Valley Community Church is doing!

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how much is enough?

This past weekend at Sun Valley Community Church Lead Pastors Scott Ridout and Chad Moore gave one of the best generosity talks that I’ve ever heard! Complete with a full multimedia animation, thanks to the incredible Creative Arts Team. If you’re struggling with how to have the “money” conversation with your church, trying to build a culture of generosity at your church, or are personally trying to figure out how to be obedient to God with the stuff He’s given you, then you need to check out this talk!

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building a family roadmap

This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak at Sun Valley Community Church While I don’t typically post talks that I give, this one generated some serious conversations afterwards so I figured I’d share it with you. So here’s to hoping that God uses this talk and the resource below to place your family on the right trajectory!


Want to take this talk and put it into action? Here’s a great tool that I highly recommend to help you build your own plan for where God wants to take your family. Get your copy here!

Many parents want to lead their children on a spiritual journey, but they just don’t know how. “The Family Road Map” answers the question, “But how?” This workbook is designed to be a step-by-step guide for parents in planning the purpose and direction of their family. “The Family Road Map” will guide parents through creating a family purpose statement, establishing family values, identifying key mile-markers for their children, and thoroughly evaluating the yearly personal growth of each of their children. “The Family Road Map” will serve as a guide for parents in raising their children to become all that God wants them to be.

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