Clarity During “COVID Chaos”

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”

Student Ministry Service Project July 2020

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

Try Not to Ignore this Moment

Pastor Bryndon Glass from SPAN Ministries and I during our first racial-reconciliation event together called the Crossover years ago. Dear Church,  It goes without saying that we are living in a troubling and polarized moment in history.  We have been locked down because of Covid-19, some have lost people they love and many are now without … Continue reading Try Not to Ignore this Moment

Our Mission is Still the Same, Coronavirus or Not

Pastor Josh checks in with everyone to let you know what's going on in our church and to remind you that in the midst of the pandemic, we are still the CHURCH. View his video message below, or scroll down to read an edited transcription. https://youtu.be/JoH3r6LyJGE Pastor Josh checking in with you. Edited transcription of … Continue reading Our Mission is Still the Same, Coronavirus or Not

Temporary Homeschool–Permanent Purpose

Everyone has now found themselves in completely uncharted waters, working from home while trying to manage a household, or still going to work while kids are at home on their own.

Who is a Good First Church Children’s Serve Team Member?

In the past, a Sunday school teacher often reminded you of a school teacher. They had to be skilled and creative at bringing the Bible stories alive as well as crafty and able to lead music. Now, we look for those who are willing to listen more than speak. We want small group leaders who explore the Bible for answers with the kids rather than have prepared answers.

5 Reasons To Join A Bible Study

When we moved to Northeast Ohio six years ago, the loneliness set in hard and I found myself longing for home and family. I had my first child shortly after we moved, and even though family came and visited there was still a void in our lives. We were new at our church and found, … Continue reading 5 Reasons To Join A Bible Study

Women in Ministry?

Yesterday Pastor John MacArthur made headlines for some very poorly chosen words about Beth Moore and her ministry.  I had a number of different people send me an article about his comments wanting to know what I thought about his comments and the topic of women in leadership positions in the church.   First, MacArthur's and his … Continue reading Women in Ministry?

The Belonging: Making sure young adults know that they belong in NEO.

In Northeast Ohio we are trying to reverse a problem that many of our congregations have been facing for years: young adults leaving our congregations and/or feeling like they don’t belong.  There are a number of reasons for this trend, a large one we’ve found is that once students graduate from high school, many churches don’t … Continue reading The Belonging: Making sure young adults know that they belong in NEO.

What I Learned from My Trip to Guatemala

Many of us have been in church when a missionary is home on furlough and is invited to speak. I’ve always enjoyed hearing about their experiences, viewing slides and learning what God is doing in tough places. I’ve often wondered what makes a good missionary, what does God look for in a person who He … Continue reading What I Learned from My Trip to Guatemala