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An Open Letter To Pastors

During the course of Riv’s current series on 1 Timothy, I am blogging about stuff I can't get to during the weekend services.  Today, I am posting an open letter to my brothers who pastor in Jesus' church around the world.  This is going to be a longer post than normal but I feel like I have to address something and it's going to take more than a few words to ...

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Mentors and Heroes

I remember having lunch with an older guy when I was in college. I didn't know him very well, but his commitment to Jesus was evident. At the end of our lunch, I asked him if he would mentor me. To my shock, he said, "no." I was floored. I mean, who wouldn't want to mentor someone? Of course, in my youthful naivete, I assumed this guy was just making ...

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The Nines

I have been super excited about The Nines (a free online conference coming up tomorrow), and not just because I am one of the speakers. :) Last year, I spent the day watching as many of the 9 minute clips on church leadership as I could. Some of the ideas I resonated with, some I hated, but they were all worth wading through. This year it's even better ...

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Iron Sharpens Iron

OK, this video is very interesting to me. It's a conversation between Francis Chan, Joshua Harris, and Mark Driscoll. You get the message pretty quickly that there was a topic they were planning on discussing but it gets thrown out the window because there is a more pressing issue at hand. Josh and Mark spend the time challenging Francis on a few things regarding ...

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One of the…

One of my favorite phrases is "one of the..." Let me use it in a sentence for you: "I am one of the pastors at XYZ Church." Not sure if it's me, but I am hearing this phrase more and more lately and I smile each time. It seems that perhaps we are beginning to recapture the often neglected biblical principle of a team of pastors/elders leading the church ...

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LEAD

Just wanted to remind you that our next LEAD event is coming up on September 18, 2010 from 9am to 2pm. This time around, we're doing it a bit different. We'll have a couple main sessions (one of which will consist entirely of music, communion, and prayer). We'll also be offering specific training if you serve with RivKids, Chaos, The Element, EPIC, Life ...

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LEAD

It's time for our next LEAD event at RivChurch! Here are some of the pertinent details: Who is this for? LEAD is for anyone who leads anywhere or wants to lead anywhere. What do you mean, "anywhere?" I mean "anywhere." This event isn't just for people leading at Riv or even for people who attend Riv. It's open to anyone and everyone who wants to learn more ...

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