A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 2)

A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 2)

The Glory of God About 7 years ago, a bus load of over 40 students from IHOP (International House of Prayer) in Kansas City showed up at my house. They stayed with us for a handful of days to love and pray for our city, and ended up joining us for a conference on Identity that we hosted in my backyard. During one of the several prayer meetings that we held that week at the Isla Vista House of Prayer (which is strategically located behind the Jesus Burgers House), one of the students passionately told God that we want to make His name famous in our generation. Sometimes you can read or hear something that gives language to your heart’s cry. This is exactly what happened to me when I heard him utter this prayer of sincerity to God. In reflecting on over a decade of pastoring, I know I would’ve bowed out a long time ago if the fame of Jesus was not the highest reason for why I do what I do. All of us need to be reminded that we are alive for Him, and most alive when we are all about Him. Since saying yes to Jesus in 2001, I have purposed to live my life to make Jesus famous in the earth. It is my mission to lift His Name above all other names and remind the church family – and often myself – that life is way bigger than ourselves and what we are going through. That we really are not the main character in the story; and taking life personal will only result...
A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 1)

A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 1)

In February of 2005, I stepped into a role as a pastor.  Then in 2007 I became the Lead Pastor of Isla Vista Church. It was then, and still is now, an honor, privilege, and a death sentence in the best way. I didn’t know exactly what I was saying yes to when I agreed to be the house dad of 25 other people in a community home in Isla Vista, at the ripe age of 25 years old. Often, in our youth, people can tend to strive for more authority and leadership in the church. And not even out of impure motives, mostly just a zeal for God and His kingdom. However, I think what most people don’t understand, until you’re deep in it, is that the more authority you’ve been given in God means the more feet you’ve been called to wash. Leadership and servanthood are synonymous in the kingdom of God. Jesus often reminded his boys that leadership was servanthood, and being a servant was what a real leader looked like. I believe if leadership was taught properly in the church we would have less disappointed people in leadership. They would understand that mess is normal, you can’t always expect a thank you, and the reason you’re in leadership is to lay your life down for others. Paul told the church at Philippi that he found joy in the place of pouring his life out for their faith, “But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you...
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