Pastor's Blog

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Pastor's Blog

A Healthy Church and Healthy Teams

In a larger church, one of the keys to long-term health and vitality is the leadership of a gifted and effective ministry staff in partnership with church members who are fully devoted followers of Christ. Under my overall direction, our Ingleside staff is led on a day-by-day basis by our Executive Pastor, Andy Johnson, and is currently organized into four teams: (1) the Worship Arts Team; (2) the Next Generation Team; (3) the Disciple-Making Team; and (4) the Operations Team. I want you...

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The Growth Bias of Healthy Churches

Jesus gave us our marching orders.  He said, “Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19, ESV). That’s why at our church we often say, “Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the glory of God.” It means that we have a “growth bias” when it comes to disciple- making.  We want to make disciples -- as many as we can and as mature as we can. By God’s grace, the disciples we are committed to making . . . Repent and believe the gospel, Are baptized as...

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Membership Class Sunday – 4:00 p.m.

If you are not yet a member at Ingleside, I hope you will consider coming to our membership class this Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Where? Just come in the east entrance to the Worship Center, and someone will be there to welcome you and point you in the right direction.  The class is in room F-300, just up the stairs from the Upper Gathering Area. When? The class begins at 4:00 p.m. and ends by 8:00 p.m., and we serve you a complimentary snack supper along the way. What to...

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Where Is the Line?

For every faithful follower of Jesus there is a line over which you cannot and will not step . . . no matter the cost. Often the line becomes clear when those in power attempt to coerce the conscience, convictions, and religious practices of those who follow Christ. For instance, early in the book of Acts, the authorities in Jerusalem commanded the apostles to cease speaking in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:18). But the apostles could not and would not be silent.  Though threatened,...

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Is There a Place for Me?

Whenever newcomers check out a church, virtually all are asking some form of the same question: “Is there a place for me?” And for years our short answer at Ingleside has been, “Yes!” Our answer reflects the spirit of Romans 15:7, which says: “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (ESV). Of course, the specific questions newcomers may ask are often more detailed, nuanced, and personalized. Consider these possibilities: ...

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Grateful for 30 Years!

Not many churches and pastors – the data suggests fewer than 3.5% -- have the privilege of doing what we have done over the past few days as we have marked a 30-year ministry milestone together. As Beverly and I reflect on this three-decade journey and the celebration of the last week, our hearts are filled to overflowing with gratitude.  We are eager to say with the Psalmist that the Lord has “dealt bountifully” with us (Psalm 13:6, ESV).  We know that from start to finish it is...

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Celebrating a 30-Year Journey Together!

“About six years.”  That’s how long the experts say that pastors and churches typically stick together in the United States these days (thomrainer.com; March 15, 2017). And it’s one reason why this Sunday, September 8, it seems fitting for our church family to celebrate.  We’ll give thanks that, by God’s grace and for God’s glory, we have walked this ministry journey together for 30 years. We will remember God’s providence in bringing our lives together, we will...

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A Fabulous Fall

As the calendar flips into September and school-schedule rhythms are getting firmly in place, I want to make sure that some key dates and events at Ingleside are on your radar. Of course, our weekly worship services, classes, and groups – especially on Sundays and Wednesdays – continue to be at the heart of our disciple-making process. In addition, however, please put these opportunities on your calendar now: Wednesday, September 18 BIG Wednesday, Worship Center 6:30...

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How Growth and Transformation Happen

Have you thought much about how significant growth and transformation occur?  I have. Words often attributed to Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) state the proven process succinctly: Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. Sowing and reaping.  It’s no accident that the primary metaphor for growth here is an agricultural one.  This is often true in Scripture as well (cf....

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Calling All Students and Educators

This Sunday, August 18, we will be recognizing and praying over all the students and educators in each of our Sunday morning services at Ingleside. So, no matter what your grade or degree program, and no matter what your role is as an educator (teacher, administrator, coach, counselor, professor, etc.) – I hope you will make plans now to join us. Services are at 8:30 a.m. in our Chapel (traditional), 9:40 and 11:00 a.m. in our Worship Center (blended), and at 11:00 a.m. in our...

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