Speaking in Southern Maryland

In mid-November I spent 4 days in Southern Maryland speaking for a Disciple Now (DNow) youth event hosted by 4 partnering churches. They had long planned it, but their speaker pulled out a few months in advance. The senior pastor of one of the churches involved was Chris McCombs – I served with him in Northeast Ohio for 3 years – so he reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to step in and speak. Speaking for events like this isn’t something I do often, but it was a good way to serve a friend and his co-laborers. These churches do DNow together each year and they base the event around a theological doctrine as a topic. This year was the Atonement. I used the Creation / Fall / Rescue / Restoration framework to tell the whole story and show how the Atonement fits into the overall picture.

I certainly wasn’t expecting to find this on the wall in the host church!

We had a great crowd of students from these churches! 

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This is my good friend Chris – we all call him PC (Pastor Chris). He took me to Solomon’s Island to eat some amazing food and see the river. It was wonderful to spend time with him.

PC asked me to share about my calling, ministry, #NoPlaceLeft vision and #3Circles in his church – Lexington Park Baptist Church. 

See, Here is Water!

As seen in the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Official (Acts 8), baptisms can happen in unexpected locations. In the last few months we have had baptisms occur in the university pool (Video 1), a local hotel pool (Videos 2 & 3), and in the river (Video 4). Each one is marked by the simple joys of disciplers baptizing their new disciples and being surrounded by friends, family, and their new church family.

I’ve written about baptisms before here and here.

We cannot reproduce healthy disciple making, church formation, and leadership development if we are not giving away responsibility at every level as we go. This is a key value in the 4 Fields strategy that we are using.

My Story and Motivation (Video)

Last month, I spent 5 days at a Strategy Coordinator Training in Raleigh, NC learning from movement leaders from all over the world (US / Canada / South Asia / Africa / Haiti). I was asked to share a devotional to open the training for one of the days. Chuck Wood captured it so I thought I would share it here. He has some excellent content and resources on his YouTube channel, so go dig deep.

NCL Podcast – Grit Culture

Last month Anna and I were on the No Campus Left Podcast to share about our experience in BCM over the last few years. I didn’t even realize until shortly before recording the podcast that we had grit. When I listened to the podcast once it was released, I was really encouraged by the ways God has been faithful especially in the tough times of transition. The last two years were the hardest years of ministry I’ve experienced yet, but I’m thankful for them and how God has worked on the other side of them. I hope you’ll download it and listen!