A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 6)

Humility “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  (Micah 6:8) Throughout almost fifteen years of marriage, twelve years of parenting, and over a decade of pastoring, the... read more

A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 5)

Servanthood In February of 2005, I stepped into the role of a pastor.  I was 25 years old and found myself as the house dad of a community home consisting of 20+ people located in Isla Vista. The house was an old frat house that the church used for... read more

A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 4)

An Unoffendable Heart Every pastor has their own struggles, obstacles they must overcome to continue in the journey of faith and love in Christ. Some of those trials, tests, temptations are similar for all men, like Peter tells us, “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you... read more

A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 3)

Intimacy with Jesus If you told me at twenty years old that I would be a pastor one day, have five children, and be more in love with Jesus than anything else in life, I would have laughed at you…and told you that you obviously have the wrong guy.... read more

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... read more

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... read more

5 CORE VALUES OF LEADERSHIP

5 CORE VALUES OF LEADERSHIP These aren’t the only values we have for leaders in Isla Vista Church, but these are a handful that we talked about at our last leadership meeting: (1) We live from the Father’s love, not for the love of others. All our worth, value, and significance... read more

THE COST OF LEADERSHIP

I once had a mentor say to me, “Blessed are those who are called to lead for they will be shot down.” I could not agree more. At the time, I had not pastored long, nor experienced some of the challenges of leadership that I have faced today. I... read more

NOT THE “D” WORD

Discipline. Yes, I said it. A religious word in some circles of the faith, in others the only way to live the Christian life. I gave a sermon on discipline a few months ago. I shared how Paul told his boy Tim that it would be good for him... read more

NO LEADERS, ONLY SERVANTS

There Are No Leaders, Only Servants I’ve seen through my marriage God demonstrating that servanthood is a lot closer to leadership than I thought. In fact, I would even venture to say that there are no leaders, only servants. Yes, it’s a popular belief that man is the head... read more

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