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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Catch & Release Leadership Development

I don’t know if you’ve ever had a chance to find yourself in a church or organization that is really, really good at leadership development. If you have, you’ll know that one of the marks of these kinds of organization is that they’re constantly losing talent. Churches and organizations that are truly effective in leadership development are constantly having to replace leaders – whether they’re a college football coaching staff, a business, a church or a non-profit organization. Even though it can often be inconvenient and difficult to keep building and ending relationships, healthy churches...
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churchINcomplete: Working toward Solving the Generational Hole

This webinar was recorded on: Wed, 11/07/2012 Many churches are now dealing with the reality of losing the Millennial Generation for good. If that seems unacceptable to you and your church, then there may be some options to help your church become more relevant to this tough-to-define audience. But be warned, this webinar is not for the faint of heart.

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YALT Hangouts Kick Off September 19

The Young Adult Leadership Taskforce (YALT) of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) kicks off a monthly web-based feature called YALT Hangouts this Wednesday, September 19 from 9-11PM EST . 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. YALT Hangouts will make use of Google+'s Hangout online webchat software, live streaming on YouTube and recorded YouTube videos for...
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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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Doctrine by Mark Driscoll

Just wondering if anyone has gotten a chance to read Mark Driscoll's take on doctrine according to a Reformed perspective: "Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe"?

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What Issues Do You Face in Modernizing Your Worship?

Okay, so let's get this ball rolling. There are those of us who have done "worship transition" (modernizing worship through music, technology, etc.) and have actually lived to tell the tale. Some of us have battle scars from doing it more than once (no names :)). If you find yourself in that situation, what words of encouragement or advice can we give you? Ask away.
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Small Groups and "The Least of These"

There is a segment of the "small group" movement that bothers me and I'm not sure if it should. See if you can pick up on it below and tell me what your take is. SYMPTOM #1: I attended the highly-touted missional community conference VERGE 2010 this weekend in Austin and there were some wonderful speakers and great thought-starters. In all, one of the best conferences I've ever been to. But I noticed one thing: I would guestimate that 75% (or more) of the attenders fit this exact demographic: male, white, college-educated. An only slightly smaller percentage also used Macs, wore Rob Bell...
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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...