About Me: 

I am the Lead Pastor of Sunrise Community Church in Austin, TX and leader of the Lone Star Church Planting Cluster (Austin/San Antonio). I also moonlight as one of the core leaders for YALT (Young Adult Leadership Taskforce) for the CRC.  I love God and the Kingdom.

 

Interests: 

Music, the Church, Missional Living, Sports, Good Food, Economics, Technology, Marketing, Administration, Weed Whacking

 

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YALT Hangouts Kick Off

YALT Hangouts feature new technology from Google that will enable well-known leaders from around the CRC to have open question and answer sessions with young adults and young adult influencers about the local church, young adults and the future of the CRC.

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re:kindle re:flection

After the event on June 8th, I was stunned at how many people aged 50+ came up to me with tears in their eyes, either mourning how their children had left the Church or overwhelmed by the purity in the exchange of the evening – generations interacting, worshipping and singing in unity. 

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Young Adults in the CRC

YALT, the Young Adult Leadership Taskforce, takes a look at some of the trends that have contributed to the problem of young adults leaving the CRC and sheds some light on how we might move forward into the future.

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Adding a Pinch of YALT

What is YALT?  YALT stands for the Young Adult Leadership Taskforce which was commissioned by the CRC's Leadership Exchange to investigate and begin the conversation about how churches could engage with young adults from CRC congregations, especially with reference to raising up a new generation of church leaders.

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Worship for Whom?

There’s an urban clothing company known simply as “FUBU,” which stands for “For Us, By Us.” Sadly, I wonder if “FUBU” might also describe the way many of our churches worship. Leave aside your dusty theology books for just a moment and consider the question: How would Jesus construct a church’s worship ministry? 

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  • Hey Graham.....yes, see the document attached to this article above.

    We (YALT) also disseminate LOTS of content through our three online streams that I would encourage you to follow:

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  • Great thoughts on reaching the "Alpha Cities" in North America. I agree whole-heartedly. Population in North America is increasingly urban, so that's the place to focus our resources, IMHO.

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  • Hey Rebecca....

    It was experimental and fun! You can get a flavor for the conversation here:

    https://vimeo.com/49844325

    https://vimeo.com/49869680

    https://vimeo.com...

  • Hey Andrew......

    A few of us down here in Texas are doing missional communities - two churches in Austin (Sunrise & The Springs) and three churches/plants in Houston (New Life + two...

  • I think I would define emotional health in terms of capacity. Emotionally healthy people are able to process and handle their own lives/situations as well as building into the lives of others. I...

  • Appreciate the response, John.

    I think for some, theological issues to come in to play. For a larger segment, practices and the relevancy of those practices comes into play. But our...

  • Thanks, Phil, for this post. Its something our church has been discussing for pretty much the whole time I've been here. That said, I think there's two things I'd like to add to the discussion:...

  • I like Wendy's line of thinking here. Maybe the issue is more systemic than we want to give it credit for. Could it be that the unfortunate division of word and deed at a denominational level is...

  • Hey Josh.....

    I'll answer 2 questions I heard you pose.......yes, I do use series (religiously?). We put quite a bit into each series (set design, video production, graphic design, website...