Lessons From My COVID Experience

On Saturday, July 16th, I awakened to a headache, body aches, and dizziness. That afternoon, I tested positive for COVID-19. During my time in quarantine, I’ve had several thoughts about my experience and I’d like to share a few with you. It could’ve been worse.I’m vaccinated but remember, vaccination doesn’t prevent a person from contracting … Continue reading Lessons From My COVID Experience

Reclaiming the Moral High Ground

Our county is once again mourning the loss of multiple lives at the hands of misguided individuals. We are at a moral crossroad that must be navigated with care. We can either abandon the truth and retreat deeper into apathy, or we can reclaim the moral high ground and revitalize our community. I’d like to … Continue reading Reclaiming the Moral High Ground

Using Empathy: How to Help Members Return to Church

As churches look to recover from the separation caused by the pandemic, many pastors have lamented their poor church attendance. I've heard pastors say things like "we're back open but we only have a few people each week." Some have said "our members won't come to church but I see them everywhere else." I've considered … Continue reading Using Empathy: How to Help Members Return to Church

5 Ways to Build and Strengthen Our Church

Every church member is important. However, it’s not always clear how we can help make our churches better. Here are 5 ways every member can help build and strengthen our church. Make a commitment to spiritual development.“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the … Continue reading 5 Ways to Build and Strengthen Our Church

7 ways to be effective in the decentralized church.

The church has become decentralized. It is not focused on the church building any longer. Many pastors have expressed joy when reopening their buildings and sadness at the lack of attendance. Also, church isn’t focused on the 11:00 hour anymore as people engage with the church digitally at the times that fit their lifestyle. The … Continue reading 7 ways to be effective in the decentralized church.

7 Steps to Evaluate Post Pandemic Ministry

Things have changed in our churches and may never really go back to pre-pandemic standards. Sunday schools, missionary ministries, and special services may not survive the pandemic. Youth and children’s ministries will be unrecognizable as we adjust to new social norms. Small group teaching ministries and community fellowship gatherings may die out because of a … Continue reading 7 Steps to Evaluate Post Pandemic Ministry

Communicating In A Crisis

The final point in my sermon this week was “Communicate Everything”. During that point, I explained how Nehemiah made communication a priority during a crisis. There’s a story I wanted to share but the Lord didn’t lead me to share it at that time. So I’ve decided to share it now to emphasize the value … Continue reading Communicating In A Crisis

What do you mean, “white blessings”?

Earlier today, I watched a clip where a mega church pastor named Louie Giglio (@louiegiglio) suggested instead of saying "white privilege" he would suggest "white blessings". You can watch the clip here: https://twitter.com/namenzie/status/1272692946907824135?s=20 . This is disturbing for many reasons but I want to use an analogy to show why this statement along with "all … Continue reading What do you mean, “white blessings”?

Is it alright to pray angry prayers?

Is it alright to pray angry prayers? In my sermon yesterday, watch it here, I introduced the idea of praying angrily. I know this is not a concept we discuss much in church, but I believe we need to understand this concept in difficult times. Someone may be wondering “is it alright to pray angry … Continue reading Is it alright to pray angry prayers?

Tips for Lent 2020

Tip 1: Understand the time limit for your fast. During Lent, we will fast for 40 days, Monday – Saturday, each week. We will not fast on Sundays. Lent 2020 begins on Wednesday, February 26th, and ends on Thursday, April 9th.  Tip 2: Decide what you’ll be fasting from. One of the biblical definitions of fasting is … Continue reading Tips for Lent 2020