As 2020 comes to an end (and we say, “Good riddance!), it’s time to start preparing for 2021. Every year our church encourages you to live the mission statement of our church: Know God, Belong,Live with Purpose and Spread God's Love. Here are some practical ways to practice [y]our mission, as we all hope to … Continue reading Living Out [Y]Our Mission in 2021
This is the fourth installment in our series "We Love our Missionaries." In this post, Pastor Josh talks with Don Armstrong in Asia-Pacific. https://www.youtube.com/embed/enFX8jP1N2I In my interview with Don Armstrong we discuss what they enjoy most about their ministry and their challenges. I think it is interesting when Don speaks about what so many have … Continue reading Missionaries Remain in Thailand During COVID-19
This is the third installment in our series "We Love our Missionaries." In this post Pastor Josh talks with Paul and Kattia Jones in Bolivia. https://www.youtube.com/embed/TNTyUQfqPS8 Paul and Kattia serve alongside the national church through biblical and ministerial training of lay church leaders. Paul does regular itinerant preaching and evangelism at weekend camp meetings, known as juntas that … Continue reading Lay Leadership in Bolivia the Key to Growing Churches
Article by Carl Stagner, writer at Church of God Ministries. Recently Carl Stagner of JesusIsTheSubject.org reached out to me and other pastors with a series of questions concerning soul-care. I shared his article a few days ago. Below are more thorough responses to my thoughts on caring for your soul. Don’t neglect your soul. It … Continue reading How is Your Soul?
This is the second installment in our series "We Love our Missionaries." In this post, Pastor Josh talks with Danny and Kim Lopez in Guatemala. https://www.youtube.com/embed/7cPczDirFgY In this video we talk about his ministry, challenges, dealing with having Covid-19 while in Guatemala and what he enjoys most about his ministry. Pictured are Danny and Kim … Continue reading A Gringo Builds Trust to Build Faith in Guatemala
This is the first installment in our series "We Love our Missionaries." In this post, Pastor Josh talks with Dan and Christy Kihm, missionaries to Europe and the Middle East. https://www.youtube.com/embed/1H3docYLGQk Christy, Sofie and Daniel Kihm, missionaries to Europe and Middle East. I want to introduce you to Dan and Christy Kihm, missionaries who live … Continue reading Cheerleaders in the Middle East
Candid, honest and grace-filled conversation about race between two ordinary pastors. Open your hearts and listen. We do not have a moment to waste!
During what I call the “COVID Chaos,” it is difficult to keep up with everything and everyone. I want to take a moment to update you concerning our church and provide clarity on some topics I get questions about most often. Children’s Ministry Beginning this Sunday, September 13, we will offer a special children's message … Continue reading Clarity During “COVID Chaos”
Service Project Team left to right: Pastor Doug, Wade, Grace, Maddie and Susan. This year’s International Youth Convention in Orlando was canceled due to COVID-19. However, I didn’t want to cancel our service project in Tampa. We had planned for the students to help retired pastor and Army/Airforce veteran (and my Grandpa), John William, age … Continue reading Student Ministry Service Project July 2020
I write this post to get some quick thoughts out. Remember, they are quick and lack nuance but I think they are helpful for my church, and I believe after speaking with many other pastors they reflect many of their thoughts as well.