Notes from the leadership journey!

A Significant Moment for Centre Grove UMC

On Sunday, April 19, 2015, Centre Grove United Methodist Church celebrated 200 years. It was a significant moment!

Leonard Sweet devotes a chapter in his book, Learn to Dance the Soul Salsa, to challenging readers to “Make a Moment.” He writes …

There is one day in your life that will be your best day. There is one day in your life that will be your worst day. It’s important to know when you’re having one of life’s best moments. And worst. Landmark both.

The anniversary celebration on April 19, 2015 was a significant moment.

We sought to celebrate God’s faithfulness, God’s greatness. I remember saying more than once, “We gather, not to celebrate our greatness or our faithfulness, but to celebrate the greatness and faithfulness of our God!”

We received tremendous affirmation from our Bishop (Jeremiah Park) and District Superintendent (Kathy Kind). At times, it was a little uncomfortable, but it was affirming. We know we have some real growing edges, and we know that the vitality we’re experiencing is fragile (life and vitality always is). We know we have some work, and some growing, to do. And with God’s help, we will do it. But right now, we simply need to mark this moment!

This Sunday, we will spend some time reflecting on the significance of what God is doing in this moment. Then we will move forward. But first, we need to mark this moment. Again, it’s not our significance that we celebrate, but rather, we celebrate the significance of what God is doing in us!

May God continue to work in us and through us!

I believe he will if we will stay humble, stay hungry, and stay in tune with God!

Core Prayers

Are there certain things you find yourself praying over and over, such as when you pray for yourself, your family, and your ministry? I do. I have a list of some things I pray regularly. These have become some of my core prayers. I’m sure there is no perfect list of core prayers, and I’m… Continue →

Think You’re Safe?

Yesterday, I read through Jeremiah 7, and I thought about people who think they’re “safe” because they go to church, or something like that, but really don’t walk with God or obey God. The prophet Jeremiah says on God’s behalf, “Don’t trust in lies: ‘This is the Lord’s temple! The Lord’s temple! The Lord’s temple!’”… Continue →


Ever since I heard about Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown, I was interested in reading it. I finally got around to it, and I was not disappointed! There’s so much in the book, it’s impossible to review it all here. But here are some of my favorite thoughts. McKeown describes the… Continue →

“Breaking the Missional Code”

I recently read Breaking the Missional Code by Ed Stetzer and David Putman. The book aims to help churches become missionaries in their communities. According to the authors, “breaking the code … means discovering the principles that work in every context, selecting the tools most relevant for your context … and then learning to apply… Continue →