Dating Your Spouse

“Did you date your spouse?” This question stares back at me each week as I fill out my staff meeting agenda. We have decided as a church staff that it is a priority. We know we should not sacrifice our marriages on the altar of ministry, work, or anything else. So, did my wife and … Continued

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When Depression Creeps In

When Depression Creeps In

I remember thinking, after struggling with severe panic attacks for over a year, that I would never be on stage again. I’ve always felt called to ministry, but I assumed this was God’s way of telling me that my role would not include public speaking. Generally, I see myself as more of a behind-the-scenes guy, … Continued

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Becoming More Valuable to Your Church

Becoming More Valuable to Your Church

I’m a yes-man. My “daddy issues” generate in me the desire to be wanted, and my generalist skillset allows me to be helpful in a number of different areas. This mixture means I say yes to entirely too many things. Often, I don’t even realize this is the case until I’m completely overloaded and wondering … Continued

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Our Top 5 Posts So Far

Our Top 5 Posts So Far

As we close out our first five months of writing about making disciples and planting churches, I thought it would be only fitting to revisit the top five posts we have had so far. If you haven’t read them yet, by all means, take the opportunity to do so now. If you’ve already read them once … Continued

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Serving God in Your Weakness

Serving God in Your Inadequacy

As editor of this blog, I’ve talked to a large number of people about the possibility of writing for us. Because Valley Life is made up of church plants that are largely volunteer-driven, many of those people have been our very own volunteer leaders. Some of them have been here for a long time, and … Continued

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Those Who Can’t Lead, Do

Recently after Sunday morning service, my team and I had an emergency meeting. The reason for the meeting was simple: I was doing too much, and they were doing too little. To be clear, it wasn’t their fault. It would’ve been easy to blame them, but the real problem was me. The reason I was … Continued

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Volunteer

The Two Marks of a Good Volunteer

Over the years, I have served in various positions with many different people. I’ve led a kids ministry, hosted community groups, played in worship bands, overseen communications, and more. One idea that I have found to be true about a good volunteer is that they only need to be two things: committed and concerned. In … Continued

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