Day 1 -Soul Care Retreat

We ended the first night looking at Philippians 4. One of my first thoughts was ‘think how different you facebook feed would look if people took that whole chapter seriously. Or even just these 3 verses. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about...

Reading Your Mind

I am a very poor mind reader. I do it a lot. I’m just not very good at it. I think it is pretty safe to say, that you are in the same boat as me. You send an email, and a reply doesn’t come when you expect it, so your brain begins painting a picture. “Here is why that...

Getting Unstuck

I’ve been feeling a bit stuck lately. You know when you start to feel a bit foggy brained, and even simple things become big problems? That kind of stuck. There are certain things I know to some extent how to do. Some come quite naturally, others take a bit more...

So, How’s the Church Plant Coming?

We’ve discovered since we moved to Dublin that there has been some misunderstanding about our time line for church planting. The common thinking seems to be that we would move here, and immediately start working on the plant. So after talking it over with a few...

How I Stopped Banging My Head Against the Wall

I read an article by Thom Rainer this weekend and it got me thinking. In the article he lists the 5 most difficult challenges for a pastor. [read the full article here] Responding graciously to someone right before you preach. Knowing what do with a staff member who...

Focus

I have a lot on my plate right now. I am transitioning out of a church I planted, pastored and have loved being a part of for 13 years. In 3 months (and a few days) I will no longer be the lead pastor of the Ithaca Vineyard. My family is moving to another country in...

If I Could Start Over…

In early 2009 I began visiting a counselor on a regular basis. I was working a lot…I was usually stressed, and realized I wasn’t excited about the direction things were moving in my life. Working at Vineyard went from being something I loved, to something...

EHS Pictures

One of the two trips Elizabeth & I took while on my mini-sabbatical was down to New Life Fellowship in Queens to take part in the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Leadership Conference.  Part of the reason may be that it came right after the Pastor’s Sabbath...