Waiting… Waiting…

The Wifi is too slow. The shipping costs too much and can’t get it here quick enough. The traffic isn’t moving fast enough. The microwave can’t spin our food quick enough. We live in an anti-waiting culture. But what if I told you waiting is good? “From of old no one...

LAUNCH PLAN

In 2009, we sold our house and car in May, moved to Clarksville in June, started weekly park outreaches in July, launched a home Bible study in August, and opened the church doors in September. Here is the original Awaken Church “launch plan” (if you can call it that)...

Encouragement Challenge

We’ve been talking a lot recently about encouragement. Partly because it’s a weakness of mine I’m trying to improve on, and partly because the Bible commands it and exemplifies it. We’ve discussed the need for encouragement to be daily, strategic, and specific. But...

A Proverb a Day

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I say a Proverb a day keeps the devil away…or at least at bay. Today we launch an online reading group through the book of Proverbs and my book Better Than Gold. It’s not too late to join! You can order a book on my...

PUT THE “FUN” BACK IN “FUNDING”

Like it or hate it, resources are required to reach people. So where does the money come from? Good question. Here are a few things I’ve learned about church planting funding…   Be faithful now so you’ll be ready later. I remember going to lunch with a guy about...

Get Specific

“Buy spaghetti sauce.” That’s specific enough information for my wife, who regularly purchases spaghetti sauce, but not nearly enough specificity for me. Have you looked at the spaghetti sauce aisle recently? Who know there were 6,429 different types of sauces,...

Strategic Encouragement

I’ve done a few personality tests over the years, helping me determine how I’m wired and how I work (I’m an INTJ for anyone who knows what that means). One test I took recently was regarding empathy. Let’s just say I rate low on the empathy scale! I’ve known that...

CORE TEAM

Core team, launch team, interest meetings, preview services… I had never heard of any of those nine years ago when we were gearing up to launch Awaken. We just figured we would hit the ground running and assumed people would magically show up. Resources, strategies,...

AS LONG AS IT’S “TODAY”

The author of Hebrews (whoever he or she is) gives us a seemingly simple` concept that can be life-changing for you and those around you. Watch this… “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s...

He Moved So You Won’t

One of the biggest challenges of public speaking is avoiding “filler words.” “Um” and “uh” are often go-to words in between main points or thoughts. It’s a bad habit that can distract from the main point. God doesn’t use filler words. Every word that made it into the...