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I am a follower of Jesus whose passion is to help others experience him and each other in community. I am a connector, a guide, a "Sherpa" on this great expedition of helping people reach the summit as vital parts of the body of Christ on earth today.
I am energized by biblical insight, sharing best practices, connecting dots, catching these principles in film and story, and being mentored by giants of history I have never met.
I also love a good glass of red wine, a day at the beach, the company of other transparent people, and the joy of laughing with my family. Come join me at the ocean or around my fire pit to talk about what makes the journey of assimilating into the community of faith the most defining journey of our lives.
Top Books to Read
"Church Growth Flywheel : 5 Practical Systems To Drive Growth at Your Church" is the best instruction book I currently know of to help your church reach more people starting today. If I was starting a church tomorrow, I would use this book to build into it the 5 systems he advocates, from the beginning so that assimilating guests would be a given.
Between its covers, my friend Rich Birch, has pulled together his own hard-fought experience leading within one of the fastest growing churches in the country as well as over 200 interviews with church leaders from prevailing churches. I was privileged to be one of them. Click on the book to purchase now.
A must read for all those who want to form a church of Sherpas....
What if a spiritual leader could design a environment that he knew would be remembered twenty years later? What if your team knew how to create an experience that would delight guests? What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for those God is drawing to your church?
This book delves into some fascinating mysteries of experience: Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience, as well as the last moment, and forget the rest. Why “we feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they’re not.”
Discover how brief experiences can change lives, such as the experiment in which two strangers meet in a room, and forty-five minutes later, they leave as best friends. What happens in that time? This book is even changing how we onboard staff at my church. Find out by clicking the book and begin reading now.
When it comes to interacting with guests and new attendees, churches typically gravitate toward one of two camps: shock and awe or unfortunate afterthought. On one extreme, a zeal to welcome guests inadvertently can make people the center of the universe. At the other, hospitality and a friendly welcome is effectively ignored in deference to the "serious business" of worship.
People Are the Mission proposes a healthy middle between these two extremes, one where guests are esteemed but the gospel is the goal. My friend Danny Franks, Pastor of Guest Services at The Summit Church, shows churches how to build: ministries that are guest-friendly from the outset and gospel-centric to their core. Danny shows not only how to effectively bring people in and convince them to stay, but also why our hospitality to honor the stranger is one of the best ways to represent Jesus. Click on the book to start reading.
Guests in church often decide whether to return or not before service even starts. It's crucial to create a welcoming environment for guests of your church--to ensure that their first impression is the best impression. Author Mark Waltz gives you practical strategies that have worked in his own church--that have worked in mine, and that you can easily implement in yours.
Learn how to make guests feel welcome the moment they pull in to your parking lot. Gain an understanding of the philosophy, strategy, and implementation of a ministry that focuses on welcoming guests. Get practical ideas that take your church "greeting" to a whole new level.