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Archive for the 'Process, Policies, and Procedures' Category

Help and Hope in Jesus’ Name

As Hurricane Ian has stormed across Florida leaving great destruction in its wake, I know you have prayed.  As recovery begins, now is the time to help those in need. Cash contributions are an immediate way to help.  I recommend that you make gifts through Send Relief, the compassion and disaster relief arm of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. You can be assured that your gifts will provide immediate help and hope in Jesus’ name.  Save the...

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Is Big Wednesday on Your Calendar?

It’s Wednesday night, September 14.  If it’s not on your calendar already, circle that date now. Here are the details: Who? Every age and life stage! (Birth through age 4 in preschool ministry during worship; then with their parents for the social)  When? Wednesday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m.  Where? Worship Center & Livestream  What? Worship, Lord’s Supper, Baptism, and Ice Cream Social  Why? To encourage and strengthen our sense of community through...

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Full Worship Schedule Resumes this Sunday

After a summer shake up to our worship schedule in July and the completion of an overhaul of the HVAC system in our chapel, we will be back to our full worship schedule this Sunday, August 21. As a reminder, we will worship in five services as follows: 8:30 a.m.         Traditional Worship in the Chapel 9:40 a.m.         Blended Worship in the Worship Center 11:00 a.m.       Blended Worship in the Worship Center 11:00 a.m.       Contemporary...

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Back to School, Back to Church

Now that summer rhythms are giving way to school schedules, make sure that Sunday worship is in your weekly routine. Scripture is clear: God is honored, and we benefit when we gather with other believers to worship (cf. Hebrews 10:24-25). This Sunday, August 14, we will have three worship services:  9:40 blended, 11:00 blended, and 11:00 contemporary. Then, on Sunday, August 21, our traditional service in the chapel at 8:30 will be added back to the schedule. I’m looking forward...

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Leadership Matters

On May 3 and 17, our Nominating Committee met to select new nominees who will be considered for service as Overseers. As I left the meetings, my heart was deeply grateful for the quality and strength of the leadership God has given our church across the years. I’m convinced that one of the reasons that we have had strong leadership is because we have a good selection process.  It includes congregation-wide input, consideration by a Nominating Committee, personal interviews, and...

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Healthy Processes, Healthy Results

Not many of us get pumped up about processes, policies, and procedures.  Yet, most of us do care deeply about outcomes and results.  The truth is that the two are usually connected—even in the life of a church! Listen to the wisdom of the writer of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes: “The wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.  For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter.” (Ecclesiastes 8:5b-6a, NIV84) Eugene Peterson captures the spirit of this...

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The Right Time, the Right Way

Not many of us get pumped up about processes, policies, and procedures.  Yet, most of us do care deeply about outcomes and results.  The truth is that the two are usually connected—even in the life of a church! Listen to the wisdom of the writer of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes: “The wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.  For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter” (Ecclesiastes 8:5b-6a, NIV). Another version translates: “Yes, there’s a...

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Back to School, Back to Church

Now that summer rhythms are giving way to school schedules, make sure that Sunday worship is in your weekly routine. Scripture is clear: God is honored, and we benefit when we gather with other believers to worship (cf. Hebrews 10:24-25). I’m looking forward to being back in worship with our church family this Sunday, August 15, and I hope to see you too! From Attender to Member If you’ve been attending Ingleside for a while, I encourage you to take the next step and commit to...

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Next Steps begin Sunday, May 2

In today’s blog, I want you to know about: (1) worship capacity increases, (2) new pandemic protocols, and (3) how to make recommendations for the office of Overseer. Increased worship capacity.  As vaccinations increase and spread of the coronavirus in our region remains low, we plan to raise our worship capacity limits from approximately 33% to 40% beginning on Sunday, May 2. That means we will be able to accommodate 640 worshipers in each service in the Worship Center, 200 in...

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Leadership Matters

In a business, at a school, on a team, or in a church, everything rises and falls on leadership.  Leadership always matters! That’s why we have worked for many years to develop a healthy leadership culture at Ingleside. In ministry after ministry throughout our church, hundreds of leaders (both staff and volunteers) exercise their gifts in support of our common purpose: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the glory of God. If you are among those many Ingleside leaders, I am...

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