Beach Baptism 2014 @ The Journey

Mom & daughter…very cool!

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Beach Baptism 2014 @ The Journey

Beach Baptism 2014 @ The Journey

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Tuck and Jake, The Journey Lion #easter2014

Jake…Jake from Journey Kidz! Our children’s ministry’s mascot showed up today to hang out with us. We had 139 kids in Journey Kidz in 2 services. Preliminary numbers show 104 1st Time Guests and 33 New Believers at The Journey…Amazing!!

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Gas Buy-Down sponsored by The Journey

Pump 4 Team–getting it done! Had a great day at the gas buy-down!

50 people from The Journey served on Saturday. It was a wonderful time, and those serving really loved it.

We pumped 1769 gallons of gas, served 120 cars, and touched hundreds of lives!

Two different television stations came out: WPTV (NBC, channel 5) and WPEC (CBS, channel 12). They plan to air stories about the buy-down tonight (5:00, 6:00, 11:00).

#bocajourney #advancethegospel

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And the new Journey begins…

And the new Journey begins at The Journey Church! #advancethegospel

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Update on the Stone’s

We are headed to Boca Raton, FL (about an hour east but still in Palm Beach County) to work at The Journey Church. I will be the Pastor of Families and Evangelism. Something was whacky with the last Pressgram/Twitter/Facebook techno-Whizbang thingy. Here is a link with lots of information, followed by a link to the church’s website.

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The Journey Continues

Almost 3 years ago, we began a journey to South Florida to be the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Belle Glade. Last Sunday, I submitted my resignation in order to join the staff of The Journey Church in Boca Raton. I will be the Pastor of Families and Evangelism. Read more

Monday is for Missions–James Calvert

When James Calvert went out as a missionary to the cannibals of the Fiji Islands, the ship captain tried to turn him back, saying, “You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages.”

To that, Calvert replied,

“We died before we came here.”

See: Galatians 2:20

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

If I Were Satan –

Great post! Starts with this quote:

If I were Satan . . .

I would focus on the churches. I would get members to demand their own preferences. I would urge them to complain about the length of the pastor’s sermons and the color of the carpet. I would set member against member to fight over the right worship style. And I would make the business meeting the time where the most carnal members spoke and fight and destroyed.

and gets better from there!!  Check it out!

If I Were Satan –

10 Ways to Ensure I’ll Never Revisit your Church

Sarah Mielke (@sarahemielke), our new worship pastor’s wife tweeted me a link to this post today from Ben Reed on Thom Rainer’s blog….awesome!  There are definitely things we do to ensure that people will be extremely uncomfortable and risk the possibility of them ever coming back to our church again. Here is his list…funny and sad all at the same time.

1. Offer no easy way to plug in to community.

Don’t tell me about small groups. Make me wait forever to plug in…or make me do extensive work to even figure out what kind of groups you offer.

2. Don’t be welcoming in the parking lot.

Just do your job, don’t speak to me as I walk in, and offer a bit of a “it-is-early-on-a-Sunday-morning” scowl.

3. Don’t acknowledge I’m in the service.

Give no head nod to “first timers,” “visitors,” or “folks just checking us out.” In fact, just speak to the inner core, the “members.”

4. Acknowledge me too much.

Call me out and have me stand up. Ask me to publicly share my name and darkest secrets.

5. Don’t give much thought or care to your kids ministry.

People don’t care if their children are safe, watched after, and learn the Bible. Nope. Let them run amuck.

6. Pass the offering bucket twice.

Or thrice. And shame me into giving you money.

7. Don’t share the Gospel, or challenge me spiritually.

Because that’s not why people come to church is it…to be stretched to grow spiritually, is it? Oh, wait, maybe that’s one of the main reasons they show up…

8. Ask me to give me your email address, then spam me.

Overwhelm me, starting on Monday morning, with news from every single ministry your church has ever offered.

9. Visit me at home.

Show up during dinner time, if you can. Or while I’m trying to put my son to bed. That would be ideal, please. Our generation loves the random church-member pop-in when we aren’t even sure we like your church. Love. It.

10. Pastor: disappear as soon as you finish preaching.

Go back to the greenroom. Or Starbucks. But don’t position yourself in the hallway. You are a diva, after all.

We are in a season right now at our church of where we are trying to get better at all of this stuff…I like to say we are “getting ready for company.”

What are some ways that you are “getting ready for company” at your church or business?

Check out the full post here: 10 Ways to Ensure Ill Never Revisit your Church | Life and Theology.