What to Ask Your Friend

How to Share the Gospel with Your Friend

It’s an exciting time to be a part of Valley Life Church. New service times, jam-packed services, baptisms almost every week this summer. But I’ll let you in on the real action going on in our church. People are talking about telling their friends about Jesus. I’ve heard it several times in the last two … Continued

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Doing Theology Together

Doing Theology Together

Valley Life Churches are essentially a network of churches that choose to cooperate together. We believe that we can do more together than we can do apart. Of the things that make up our connection to each other like common vision and sharing of staff members, none are as important to who we are as … Continued

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Pursue Your Friends Intentionally

Pursue Your Friends Intentionally

Sometimes Jesus has you in the right place at the right time. Sometimes he lets you be in the delivery room, like recently at one of our Newcomers Dessert nights. A lady had expressed on her connect card that she wanted to be baptized. She inquired that night as well, and I asked if we … Continued

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Facing Three Common Ministry Fears

Facing Three Common Ministry Fears

At one time or another, God has said to most of his leaders, “Fear not.” God called them, inspired them, gave them a vision, filled them with his Spirit, performed untold miracles, and fought untold battles for them. We have good reasons to believe. But, often we don’t. Why? Why does a seasoned pastor fear … Continued

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A Necessary Change in My Preaching, Insider Language

A Necessary Change in My Preaching

Preaching for sixteen years in established churches afforded me priceless experience. Years of grinding out three sermons per week taught me how to prepare efficiently and communicate comfortably. In preaching, like most other disciplines, there really is no substitute for experience. For that, I am and always will be thankful. However, I also developed a … Continued

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Two Myths That Keep Us off Mission

Two Myths That Keep Us off Mission

One of the greatest hurdles to productivity is busyness. This is true for tasks and checklists, and it’s also true for discipleship and living on mission. I have seen two main myths keep me and others from bearing fruit for Jesus. Both the mentor myth and the Bible study myth fool us by keeping us … Continued

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Holy Spirit Church Planting

Holy Spirit Church Planting

Church planting is Holy Spirit work. It is the Spirit who empowers and equips us for the mission of Jesus. Our great temptation is to rely on our personality, gifting, and resources to plant our church. While all of these are used by the Lord, there is a “coming to the end of self” that … Continued

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Church Planting Is Not Mystical

Church Planting Is Not Mystical

We’ve all heard the stories of overnight success. Church planters who launched their church with no advertising and hundreds of people showed up on day one. This can leave us feeling that church planting must be a mystical work. Who can know if the church will grow and thrive into a self-governing, self-supporting, and reproducing … Continued

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Making Friends About Jesus

Making Friends About Jesus

Like most churches, our church does groups. We call them community groups. We believe the most beautiful place to be broken and to mend, tell and be told the truth, and show and be shown compassion is in a community group. Our vision for community groups is “making friends about Jesus.” Making Friends The basis … Continued

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