During our Summer Bash, there was few minutes when Carey and I were alone talking on the top of a hill that overlooked the whole scene at the amphitheater. We looked out over the field and saw hundreds and hundreds of people playing, eating and enjoying the day. I was moved to tears as I said to Carey, "What if we hadn't obeyed God's call to come and start this church?" I know God would have used someone else, but I am so blessed to be part of what God is doing in Miami.
- All I can say is WOW! Today was unbelievable! - We had our 1st ever Summer Bash. One service in an amphitheater. Amazing!- Definitely one of our biggest services ever! - We underestimated the amount of people that were going to show up to this thing. - We had one service at 11AM. Then an all-you-can-eat BBQ. Then Mark and the band did a concert. - First time I've ever preached with sunglasses on. I felt like Corey Hart :) - Tons... I mean tons of 1st time guests. - This is normally a decent Sunday for churches, but churches can maximize a day like ... Read More
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The biggest mistake churches make in their by-laws is giving too much control to the wrong group of people. Too many church planters begin their churches by adopting the same by-laws their sending church had. This can be a great blessing if you've got the right by-laws, but can also be deadly to the health of your church if they are the wrong by-laws. There's nothing in the Bible that says we should have congregational voting. Why churches do it escapes me. If you're a church that reaches unchurched people, here's what they are expecting: for the leaders of the church ... Read More
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"While the worriers are worrying, the planners are planning & the accountants are figuring out why we can’t afford it, I’m busy getting started." - Walt Disney
At Calvary Fellowship, we operate from the position that God calls a man (The Senior Pastor) to lead the church under the Holy Spirit's direction. As we see with Moses leading the people from Egypt to the land of promise, he was the leader as he followed where God was leading. Because the Senior Pastor can't do it all, Assistant Pastors and other leaders are raised up to help carry the load of ministry. Getting to the question at hand, the board of directors at Calvary Fellowship consists of outside pastors who assist me in making the organizational and financial ... Read More
My wife and I watched the Season Premiere of "Jon and Kate Plus 8" last night and it was incredibly sad. I was saddened by what sin does. Sin doesn't just hurt us, it hurts those around us as well. In fact, many times those we love the most are the ones that get caught in the blast radius of our poor decisions. This is what I saw last night. Let me say that what's happening with Jon and Kate's relationship is not unique to them. Unfortunately, it happens all the time, even couples in ministry. I believe that couples ... Read More
- This week's Sunday stuff is going to be short because I didn't teach this weekend- Pastor John taught Revelation 6:9-7:17. Head he did an awesome job!- I took the weekend off to spend with my family- I've been traveling a lot (a least a lot by my standards) over the last few months that we needed some time away- It was great spending a couple of hours in the pool playing and getting some sun- You'd never know I live in Miami based on how white I am :)- Also was able to read a few books over the ... Read More