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Using A Sermon Prep Team [1]

i've been teaching weekly for about 16 years in the church context as well as conferences/camps/etc.  this has ranged from junior/high school ministry to college ministry to sunday morning services, from a mega church to a church plant.  i've tried many different things in my prep, done my notes a multitude of different ways...on and on.  in my pursuit to continue learning i recently tried something new: i put together a sermon prep team.  this team is made up of 5 other people that i meet with every week (i want to add some others too, actually).  so, i thought i would do a short series here about what i'm learning about using this format.  hopefully it will cause you to consider it at some level.  i think i will break this series up in the following ways:
1. benefits of using a "prep team"
2. types of people to have on a team like this
3. the format of our meetings - what we actually do
today i will simply start by listing out some benefits i'm finding with …

thankfulness at thanksgiving is easy

being thankful over thanksgiving weekend is easy.  it's every other week that my sense of gratitude can be lost. i would love to be able to say i never take things for granted and always remain grateful for what i have. but i can't, if i'm honest.
it's amazing how when we first get something we are thankful.  but then, if we consistently have it, we begin to take it for granted.  water whenever we want it.  electricity that works all the time.  grocery stores stockpiled with food.  we are not grateful for these things all the time.  the truth is we take them for granted because they are our norm and we rarely take a step back to think about what we actually have in these things.
this past sunday at Colossae i taught on Romans 5:12-21.  in this section paul is comparing Adam with Jesus.  his point is clear: they are two different people and each leads us in a totally different direction.  here is the comparison he makes between these two in this section:
Adam led to: si…

4 Thoughts For Reaching Millenials

on saturday i was speaking at the You Lost Me LIVE tour with my good friend David Kinnaman.  he had asked me to speak previously at their Seattle event and then again to join them here, in Portland.  if you haven't read his book, You Lost Me, i would recommend doing so.

anyway, he asked me to speak about reaching Millenials in the church context.  i shared 4 thoughts.  here they are in summary: View them as people, not a stat.  this may seem obvious, but it's sadly not as common as it needs to be.  this generation is talked about (which means they are looked upon) as more of a demographic than human beings.  i get how talking about a generation in general terms can be helpful and even necessary, but this balance needs to be watched very carefully.  if you view them as a target to hit, you will surely miss.Give them belonging.  a sense of belonging only comes in/through the context of relationships.  no sermon, no programming, music, black clothe or candles...none of this gives…

Thoughts on 2 Gatherings

Yesterday was the first time we had 2 Sunday gatherings at Colossae Church.  We had reached capacity, and probably beyond, for our current facility and were forced to either: move into a bigger space or add an additional gathering.  We obviously chose the latter.

Now, to be honest, I have a whole mess of different feelings with this.  Here were some of my concerns with this transition going into it:

Losing a sense of holistic community.  There is something really special to everyone being together and I didn't know how this would affect that.  The concern of becoming disjointed in ways was not small.  The life of Colossae is found in community, so keeping communities together is a priority.  With this transition people in the same community may join different gatherings and we wondered if this would negatively affect community.Putting the focus on Sunday mornings.  We have a very strong emphasis on embracing truths in every day life and doing so in the context of community.  This i…