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



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


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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Please don’t pass out

Like many who have gone on before me, I’m moving into unfamiliar territory. The Blogging and Twitter-world are not arenas I’ve spent a lot of time in until recently. I must confess that I’ve been more comfortable with a face-to-face conversation over a cup of coffee, or a real tangible book that I can actually hold and turn the pages of. So when the idea was suggested that I should jump into this world I quickly spout back the typical excuses that most people do I suppose, “I don’t have time,” “No one wants to hear what I have to say,” and “No one is going to read it any way.”

But in the past few months that I’ve actually been building time into my life to follow different people on twitter and their blogs I’ve been energized by the exchange of ideas, the mutual push to continue to grow and learn, and the new relationships that are emerging. So great thanks for this moment, is due in no small part, to those of you who have encouraged me, harassed me, given me articles to read, pointed me to your favorite blogs, and even made fun of me for not doing this sooner.

And while I’ve received encouragement to tackle topics such as leading in times of crisis, staffing, power, tending to your soul, developing effective strategies, (as you can tell I’ve received a lot of suggestions) vision, family, and building a culture instead of a company; my hope is simply to add a small piece to a larger conversation, listen and learn from you, and of course continue growing as a husband, leader, minister of the Gospel, and simply as a person.  Looking forward to the journey!

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