Featured posts go in here.

#familyfirstin2015 #SGF #movetoMO

It has been a whirlwind of activity for the Stones over the last two weeks as we have moved from Boca Raton, FL to Springfield, MO. I wanted to answer a few questions for many of my Facebook friends, 2 Twitter followers, and 3 people who follow this blog (thanks Mom!)


We have been praying for several months about this move back “home” to the Ozarks. The main reason we have felt a calling back to the area is to help with the care of our parents. The older I get, the more I am understanding “honor your father and mother.” I used to think, as a snarky little kid, that it was just a verse to “try to keep a good kid down.” It makes sense that parents would teach this verse, right? But I believe the real power of this verse is the fact that you are always a son or daughter. We feel really strongly that we are making this move to be able to better honor our parents (both Jenny’s and mine.)

Here are all the details in a letter that was submitted to The Journey Church family in Boca Raton explaining the move.

Dear Pastor Nelson and The Journey Church family,

Almost a year ago, God called me to Boca Raton to be the Pastor of Families here at The Journey Church. When God calls us to a place of ministry service, it is often not a lifetime calling at that place.  He often calls us to complete a work and then we move to the next assignment He has for us. We believe God has given us a new assignment for the next season of our lives.

As many of you know, both Jenny’s parents and my parents live in Springfield, MO. Jenny’s dad is moving into the final stages of Alzheimer’s Disease as well as a newly discovered heart condition. These issues are causing a great amount of stress on her mother for his care.  In addition to my father-in-law’s condition, my mother is still not recovering well from her fall this past November and my dad needs some help caring for her.

After much prayer and consideration, Jenny and I are moving back to Springfield to help with the care of our parents. Therefore, I am resigning my position as Pastor of Families of The Journey Church. My last Sunday will be January 18, 2015.

I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve alongside you all over the last year.  I know that I have grown as a pastor and as a Christ follower.  It has truly been an honor and a blessing to be a part of the family at The Journey in Boca. Please pray that Jenny and I can both find employment quickly as well as a smooth transition in schools for the boys. Thank you for your continued love and prayer as my family makes this transition and we pursue God’s call on our lives.

In Christ’s Love,



In a word, FAMILY. In a hashtag #familyfirstin2015. We have been 20+ hours away from our family for four years and with the recent health issues for our parents, we just feel we need to be near our blood family for this next season of our lives. We have found over the years that our spiritual family has been there for us when we have been away from our blood family. However, it is time for us to be near our blood family full time. I have also been putting a lot of time and energy into my career in the church and I feel a need to spend more time with my family while I still can before it is too late. It’s good to be around our parents…and even better for our boys to be around extended family (Taylor and Tucker have already had a really fun time on Sunday with their cousins while they were “helping” unload the moving truck.)

Now What?

  • We will be moving to a family farm house outside of Springfield (Strafford, MO). Jenny’s grandparent’s left a house for her and her future family to have for a circumstance just like this–a place to live during a transition time. Pretty cool how all those years ago they made provisions for us.
  • The boys will be enrolling in school at Strafford.
  • Jenny and I will be looking for jobs.
    • Jenny will probably substitute teach some and will be considering going back to full time teaching in the fall.
    • I will try to find something that fits within my gifts and personality. Obviously, I am a people person, so I will be looking for a job that I can help lots of people. Maybe in sales or customer service? I have even thought about starting my own business (the entrepreneurial spirit hasn’t gone away, has it? Mr. Church Planter. Ha!)
    • I’m not opposed to serving in the local church at all, but it would need to be a really perfect fit for me to serve on staff right now for this season. I would love to get a secular job that would allow me to be a “civilian” church member and volunteer in the local church.
    • If that doesn’t work out, maybe I could be a swimsuit model…lol!

Thanks in advance for your prayers for our family. We are really excited about 2015!

Taylor and Bernhard Langer

Bernhard Langer was our guest at The Journey for our Men’s Day. It was really great to meet one of my childhood heroes speak about Christ. Bernhard Langer is the real deal and was more than gracious to everyone. I’m glad Taylor and Tucker got to meet him. It was a great day!

Thankful In Everything

It has been a very busy season around The Glades this fall. Sugar cane harvest, sweet corn and vegetables are being planted and harvested, fall sports of every kind, and of course, lots of activities at church. When things get so hectic, I know I tend to slack off on my relationship with Christ. You know the drill (or maybe you are one of those “disciplined” people, and therefore you don’t)…late getting up and around in the morning because I was up too late the night before because I was trying to finish up the things I didn’t get done during the day.  Rinse and Repeat. This turns into a cycle of loneliness and isolation from the Father. I have to be very careful or I end up in “a funk.” Read more

The Journey Begins

We have received and accepted the call today to be the new senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Belle Glade, Florida! We are very excited for the future and very grateful to Jesus for bringing us through a very difficult 14-16 months.

We feel like it is a perfect fit for us in a whole lot of ways. First, God had us both grow up in First Baptist Church in Springfield, MO and I served in two other Read more

Walk Toward The Bush

I have been thinking a lot lately about “how do I find God’s will?” This is nothing new, really. However, it has been kicked into high gear over the last year or so as we have been searching and praying for our next place of ministry service.

I am reminded of the story of Moses’ call experience in Exodus 3. He was out on the backside of the desert, simply doing his job (and running from God as well!), and this bush is on fire, but isn’t being consumed. Read more


Student Weekend at FBC Oronogo–Saturday Night I preached on the Disciple’s Identity: “Christ in you, the hope of glory” out of Colossians 1:27. The students had been out all day serving at Ronald McDonald House and Watered Gardens; which is really cool to see them getting out into their community to serve. Again, the worship time was really sweet.

I am reminded when I am at these kind of worship experiences of the “soundtrack” of our lives. Read more

Philippians Memory Moleskine

Monday is for . . . Scripture Memory. I have started a new Scripture memory endeavor that I am really excited about! I have been reading Tim Brister’s blog on my reader for quite a while now and decided to take the plunge and memorize the Book of Philippians with him with the “Partnering to Remember Moleskine.” Read more

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

I’ve been wrestling with this idea lately in “waiting on the Lord.” I know all the verses and everything about “those that wait on the Lord will they renew their strength,” but… the great theologians Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Read more

Who are you listening to?

Tonight was our first baseball game for Taylor’s team. I am managing his team this year and it has been a lot of fun. We played really well but came up a bit short tonight. However, one big thing that I know I personally learned was that we all need to learn WHO we should listen to–in baseball…and especially in life. Read more

Five Lane Bible Reading Plan

So here’s the deal. I am going to go for it and make my own read the Bible through in 90 days, or so. with the Five Lane Reading Plan. I am choosing to do the plan that has 15 chapters per day, 5 chapters from 3 of the 5 sections. Again, you can go here and join me if you would like. Read more