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Simply Strategic Volunteers - Empowering People for Ministry
Tony Morgan and Tim Stevens

Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church
Nelson Searcy

Simply Strategic Growth: Attracting a Crowd to Your Church
Tony Morgan and Tim Stevens

The Life God Blesses
Gordon MacDonald

The Dwight Bobble Head!

I have to confess... I absolutely LOVE the sitcom show The Office. I don't know exactly what it is about it, but the humor is so unique and outrageous at the same time. I just makes me laugh.

No doubt, my favorite character is Dwight Schrute played by Rainn Wilson. His personality exaggerates (well not really by that much!) people I come across everyday.
My wife loves this character so much in fact that she asked me to get her a Dwight Bobblehead for her birthday last year. So I did!

I have no idea why... but every time I look at this thing, it makes me laugh! I think everyone needs a Dwight Bobblehead! It's a constant reminder that the world is filled with gullible yet passionate people that if you look at the situations at the right angle... they're quite funny!

New Facilities Launch

Wow!  If you were to try to pull me aside a year ago and try to get me to understand just how much goes into starting a new church facility, I would have never been able to even begin to understand the magnitude of that task!Sunday was our first official service in the new facilities of Heavenview UPC ( and I can honestly say that I have a new perspective on the infrastructure involved in a successful, modern-day church.  The technology laundry list alone required to be just "on-par" with what is expected in a "good" church is massive!  High-power projectors, multi-media display systems, Easy Worship, IR Repeaters, remote switching, sound systems (as if that wasn't over-simplifying it enough!), office systems, phone PBX systems, office computer systems, network printers, data networks, video capture and broadcast systems, fire/security… [Deep breath]!I must admit, it is tough for me to pace myself.  I want every…

The Giants WIN!

Last Sunday I preached… “The Passion of Superbowl Sunday”. I have to admit, I had a little fun with this. It was the Sunday morning before what was the most exciting Superbowl game I have seen to date. Okay, I know a lot of it has to do with the fact that MY team, the Giants not only were in the game, but WON the game! What a game!I just wanted to share the 5 main points of my message in correlating the passion of a sports fan to what I would like to see more oft in the Church. Oh yes, and I did predict a Giants win behind the pulpit in from of a couple hundred people. HA HA!! God is faithful!1.Sports Fans Are Faithful - They Don't Conform!
Romans 12:2
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”Sports fans usually identify with their team. They have hats, shirts, socks, even underwear with the logos of their favorite teams on them. They don't mind b…

Use It or Lose It!

Esther 4:1-14 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry; And came even before the king's gate: for none [might] enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth. And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, [there was] great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told [it] her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received [it] not. Then called Esther for Hatach, [one] of the king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it [was], and why it [was].So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, whi…