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The boring world of church announcements

People zone out when it comes to announcements in church. The reality is, unless you’re a stand up comedian, your church announcements are boring and usually become nothing more than the half-time show in the worship service. What makes it worse is that there is no other avenue where the average person in America actually assimilates information by sitting down and listening to someone verbally rattling off bullet point information in a never ending series of announcements. In a day when people are addicted to sound bites, 140 character limited communication, and customized news sources and information the old school church announcements need to be put out of their misery. Understanding this, a couple of years ago we decided that instead of fighting reality we would start using the media tools that were available to us. We began prerecording announcements via video through out the week and showing those in our services, similar to the ads that you would see prior to a movie. The payoff has been worth the investment. Here are the top 6 wins we experienced by moving to video announcements:

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Posted in Creative Arts

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Cornerstone Team arrives in India

After 40 hours of traveling the Cornerstone Team finally arrived in India.  You can follow the team and learn how to pray for them at the Cornerstone Missions Blog or Jeff Gokee’s Blog.


Posted in Spiritual Formation, Volunteers

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Counterculture

Let’s face it, when interacting with the “real world,” most people in “church world” have the tendency to get a little weird.  We are typically known more for what we are against and for condemning the world; or on the other hand for simply embracing it and looking just like everyone else who does not know our Jesus in some strange attempt not to offend anyone. A couple of weeks ago I introduced a new series at Cornerstone in which we are attempting to teach through how to live counterculture without being against the culture. Check it out below and let me know what you think!


Posted in Creative Arts, Spiritual Formation

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Why 20 Large Churches went, didn’t go, and still might go Multisite

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit in a room full of over 20 Executive Pastors. These incredible men serve at various large churches across America ranging in size from 750 to over 6,000 in weekend attendance. Of the many issues and subjects that were tackled through out the week, one that we ended up drilling down on for considerable time was the Multisite Church movement that’s grown legs over the last decade. What made the conversation so complex and layered was that the room was full of men who represented churches that took the multisite plunge years ago and had multiple campuses in operation, while some had just launched their second campus, others had made the decision to go multisite but had not pulled the trigger as of yet, while still others had not seriously considered the option. It was that dynamic that made for some incredible push towards sharpening, affirmation, and learning. So the list below is for you. It’s comprised of the top 6 reasons (in no particular order) that these churches decided to go Multisite. My hope is that this will give you a peek into a great conversation and allow you the opportunity to go to school on others.

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What Jesus had to say to Church Leaders and why it should Freak us out…Part-1

It’s easy to read the gospels and cheer on Jesus when we view the Pharisees as the bad guys in the story. But what if we re-read the gospels, and inserted our name or title in place of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and religious leaders of the day? How would that change how we interact with and follow Jesus? How would we feel if it were us He was directing His comments towards? What if it were us He was dicing up and leaving lay bare?

Getting to the desired destination and becoming the kind of person you want to be, or perhaps better said the kind of person God has dreamed up for you to become, has a lot to do with learning to ask the right questions. Jesus directed the statements below to the religious leaders of the day, and I’m pretty sure that breathing in His words and the questions below could help keep you and me on the right trajectory.

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