I’ve missed Willow Creek so much I’ve dreamt about it

Yes, it's true. Every now and then I have dreamed about my days at Willow Creek. Why? Because I loved being a part of Willow Creek. Loved being on staff. Loved having my family be apart. And, occasionally, I've dreamed about it. Let me back up When I was 21 years old, I watched a…

The Ministry of Panera Bread

Pretty frequently I use Panera Bread as my preferred office location. I do that because of a few reasons: 1. My home office is in my unfinished/unheated basement. But, I have a fireplace right next to my desk and that's awesome. But, it still gets cold. So, I use Panera Bread. 2. I wan to be…

Church in a Bar????

Yes, why not!?! On Sunday night, we had our 2nd ever worship service and yes...it was at a bar. Ok, it was in the bar's side room, but it's still a bar! And I love it. It has already communicated to some people that we're interested in doing 'church' differently. Actually, we might have outgrown…

You Can Help Start a Brand New Church!!

Yes, that's right... You can Help Start a Brand New Church.  Whether you live in Central MI, Upper MI, Lower MI, or another part of the Country...you can be a part! God has given us a giant dream and vision for this new community and I know God is going to bring the right people…

Why am I Launching a New Church?

Ever since I posted about being called to plant a church last week, I have had a lot of really fun conversations/texts/messages/emails this week! I mean, holy cow! They have ranged from... So incredibly excited for you I have the felt the call to do the same Can I be a part? You are crazy!…

Be a part of a Brand New Church!!

You're invited to check out the beginning stages of a brand new Church. That means...we're not quite up and running yet, but we're praying that God would send people who have a desire to help launch a new kind of church for the Central Michigan area.  Our area has a lot of really good churches! But, there is…

God has called me to Plant a Church in Central MI!

Wow, typing those words is a long time coming!  Actually, 15 years! It was 15 years ago that God first put the seed in my heart to someday plant a Church. I was on a youth retreat and was watching students be baptized and I remember that moment like it was yesterday. I was so…

Stop being Safe…BE BOLD

"Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness." ~Acts 4:29 I just finished Andy Stanley's new book, Deep & Wide and he talks about what the Church should be praying for at the very end of the book. It resonated with me greatly and so I decided…

Taking a Leap is Hard

I hate danger!  I really do. No roller coasters for this guy. No sky diving. No scuba diving. No fast driving. No heights. No zip-lining. No riding fast on a bike. No eating spicy foods. No looking over the edge on an elevator. I can imagine that taking the first step when you're doing any…

Acts 2:42

Acts 2:42... They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. I have always loved the local Church. I grew up in the Church, went to Christian schools and then graduated from a Bible college. When I was 19, a church hired me as their youth…