Monday, July 26, 2010

Weekend Update

Here's an update on what's going on at PCC:
  • I'm really enjoying our summer series, SEVEN, which is a creative look at the 7 deadly sins. Yesterday we spoke about how God wants us to slay SLOTH and instead be people of diligence.
  • When it comes to work, it's not just about how much money I make, but about what I will become.
  • God uses my work to develop my character and spiritual maturity. Col. 1:10
  • Yesterday Kirk Graham led worship at PCC and he did an outstanding job. What an anointed man of God. I can't wait until he comes back to PCC in August.
  • We had 72 people in our membership class held last Saturday night following the service. The Spanish membership class is coming up this weekend. Vamos amigos!
  • I dedicated Olivia Block, daughter of Dan and Sarah, during the 9:30 Sunday service. She is precious. Dan and Sarah just adopted 'Liv from Ethiopia. We now have over 40 nations represented here at PCC. What a diverse and cool church.
  • I'm taking off a couple days this week to go to the shore with my family. We are definitely in need of some time away. Thanks to my friend who is giving us their time share. You are so generous! Love you guys.
  • I volunteered at the Mt. Pocono Carnival last night which raises much needed resources for our local fire department. I really enjoy volunteering and serving my community. I worked the french fry stand.
  • A young man in our church told me yesterday that he just found out his mother has breast cancer. I'm praying for that family. You just never know what people are going through.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Decisions That Define Your Church #2

Decision #2 - What's the vision?

Every church has to decide why they exist and how they are going to accomplish the God-given mission. The mission has already been decided in Matthew 28 when Jesus said "Go ... and make disciples." But how a church does that is up to the local leadership ... that's called vision.

The great thing about Christianity is that it can be contextualized. God built this into the fabric of our faith. Yes, there are certain non-negotiable beliefs and practices but there is enough flexibility for the faith to thrive in any culture or generation.

While there are a million different ways to "do" church, there is only "one" way to do it at PCC. Whenever you have more than one vision - that's called division. Churches that don't stand in unity around the vision will eventually implode and crumble.