Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Movies in the Park recap

This past Saturday we had the first Movies in the Park of the summer. I didn't know what to expect since it was Memorial Day weekend. Well, it was incredible.

First off, the Hub City team and the All Saint's team did such a great job working together. We got setup faster than we ever have. I saw people jumping in to do whatever it takes to get ready. (I'm a HUGE fan of a "whatever-it-takes" attitude).

Second, we had a great crowd. I'm thinking somewhere between 1200-1500 people.

Third, our team worked hard to fix the one problem we had for the evening. We came up with an OK temporary solution, but know what to do so that we won't have the same problem come June 18.

A big thanks to everyone who served and worked hard to make Movies in the Park a success.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Why we do what we do

I posted yesterday about this coaching network that I'm in. Yesterday we talked about vision/mission, staying focused on the vision/mission, and doing the unique thing that God has called me and our church to be and do.

I know it sounds strange, but I need to be reminded of our vision/mission. I need to be reminded on a regular basis. And so do you.

Hub City Church is all about making disciples who make disciples. A disciple is someone who hears from God and does what he says. And disciples are made through intentional relationships.

The above paragraph is why we do what we do. It's the filter that we run everything through. It's why we only do a few things: Worship, Hub Groups, and serve in the community.

I figured if I needed to be reminded of why we do what we do, then maybe the rest of you Hub City Slickers needed to be reminded as well.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Today I had the privilege of being a part of something that I've wanted to be a part of for a long time. I began a pastor's coaching network hosted by churchplanters.com and Mountain Lake Church.

Myself, along with eight other pastors got to share life, struggles, successes, challenges and encouragement.

My only question is why I waited so long to be a part of something like this.

Now, why in the world would I be a part of a pastor's coaching network? It boils down to my greatest leadership challenge: Me. I know that I need to grow as a leader. I know that for Hub City Church to be all that God wants it to be that I need to grow.

I'm looking forward to growing over the next 6 months of this network. If you're a part of Hub City, and even if you're not, I'd ask that you'd pray for me over the next six months. Pray that God will grow me as a leader and pastor. Thanks.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Confessions of a pastor

A new series beginning this Sunday, May 29.

It should be fun... at least for you. Might be a bit uncomfortable to me.

Here are the confessions:
  • Following Jesus hasn't gotten me where I thought it would.
  • I have to work hard to resist temptations.
  • I'm often scared to death.
  • Sometimes I want a new life.
Invite a friend. See you there.

Friday, May 20, 2011

I memorized it

I am challenged what Francis Chan says here. May we alway be about Making Disciples. May we be hearing from God and doing what he says. May we be helping others to hear from God and do what he says.

In light of the end of the world

Monday, May 16, 2011

Great reminder

Just had to pass along this post from Mark Batterson:


I have a friend who used to be a pastor and now he’s a banker, but the truth is that he’s still a pastor. Instead of pastoring in a church he’s pastoring in a bank. And the truth is,he’s having far more influence pastoring a bank than he ever did pastoring a church.

I don’t care if you’re a doctor, an actor, or teacher. You are called to pastor the people around you. What if you viewed your colleagues as your congregation? What if you played the role of pastor? What if you started looking for opportunities to pray or preach or counsel? God has called has to be salt and light where we work. After all, that is where we spend the vast majority of our waking hours! But too few of us view ourselves as pastors because we haven’t been to seminary or we don’t pastor a church. We need a paradigm shift.

I happen to pastor a church, but I think that some of the greatest pastors aren’t even viewed as pastors. They are entrepreneurs and entertainers and athletes and professionals who love Jesus Christ with all of their heart and understand that God has called them topastor the people around them. They have turned a business, a film crew, a classroom or locker room into a church.

Start pastoring!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This is a problem

I came across the following today on this guy's blog. This is very disturbing to me. I think it should bother you as well. Would love to know your thoughts.

The Problem That Currently Exists In American Churches

  1. Christians are giving at a 2.5% per capita or tithe. During the Great Depression, they gave at a 3.3% rate.
  2. Today, 33-50% of church members, those who claim they have bought in at a deep level to your ministry, give nothing.
  3. If we were able to have our people increase their giving from 2.5% to 10% of their annual income, an additional $165 billion would flow into the Kingdom. To show the global impact those resources could make, consider the following:
  4. $25 billion would relieve global hunger, starvation, and deaths from preventable diseases in 5 years.
  5. $12 billion would eliminate illiteracy in 5 years.
  6. $15 billion would solve the world’s water and sanitation issues, specifically at places in the world where 1 billion people live on less than $1 per day.
  7. $1 billion would fully fund the Great Commission.
  8. $100 – $110 billion would still be left over for additional ministry expansion.

These statistics were provided by www.generouschurch.com.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Spring Fling

Spring Fling is this weekend.

Hub City Church gets to help.

We're partnering with Upstate Parent for the Mommy Makeover Scavenger Hunt.

We'll be escorting Mickey Mouse around promoting Movies in the Park.

See you downtown.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

What I'm learning - part 1

I feel like the past month God has been teaching me so much. I'm going to try and write out a bit of it on this blog over the next few days/weeks as a way of processing. And if you're a Hub City Slicker then you're probably going to hear a lot about this come June.

There's this story in Matthew 11 where John the Baptist is in prison. While there, he sends his disciples to find out if Jesus was really the one.

Now, if you think about it, that really doesn't make any sense. John knew who Jesus was before he even came out of his momma's tummy. John was there at the baptism of Jesus (he actually did the baptism) and he saw the spirit descend on Jesus and heard the voice from the father. If anybody should know who Jesus was it should have been John.

But John's life didn't quite turn out like he'd hoped or planned. I'm pretty sure he never planned on being arrested and thrown in jail. He was a man with connections to the Son of God for crying out loud, yet he ended up in prison.

So John did what any of us would do in that situation: He doubted. And he sends his followers to find out the truth about Jesus. Maybe he'd got it wrong. He needed to know for sure.

Look at how Jesus responds: “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me."

Now, these miracles weren't a big surprise to John. He knew what Jesus had been doing. Everybody knew what Jesus was doing. But it's verse 6 that jumps out: Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.

What the heck does Jesus mean here?

I think what Jesus is getting at is this: John, I know things haven't quite turned out how you hoped they'd turn out. Prison wasn't in your five-year plan. But blessed are you if you don't fall away when things don't turn out the way you think they should turn out. When following me doesn't get you where you thought it would... when following me doesn't get you an easier or better life... when following me leads to suffering... when following me is more difficult than throwing in the towel... when following me costs more than you thought it would....

Honestly, following Jesus has cost me more than I thought it would. Planting a church has been way harder than I thought it would. Things haven't turned out like I thought they would. Maybe they never will. I'm not who I thought I would be. Maybe I never will.

But I don't want to fall away on account of following Jesus.

I take comfort and get motivation from Hebrews 12:1-3

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

That's all for today.

Something special...

I love this quote:
"It’s a very specific type of Hero’s Journey. It’s told over and over again, and it works, over and over again. Dorothy Gale, Buffy Summers, Harry Potter, Charlie Bucket, Luke Skywalker, even Peter Parker, they all fit a very specific pattern. They’re living a life, sometimes a fine one, often a troubled one, but certainly one governed by ordinary rules, when suddenly the curtain is pulled back and a whole new world, or a new set of rules of this world, is revealed. And what’s more—and this is the important part—in that new world, they are something special. They are The Chosen One." ~ Jane Espenson

Monday, May 02, 2011

Tornado Relief

"I love it when a plan comes together." - Hannibal Smith, A-Team.

"I love it when a plan comes together, the church makes a difference, the church gets good press, and it was led by non-staff, followers of Jesus, who are passionate to put their faith to work." - Me

That's exactly what's happened with Hub City's tornado relief effort. Our church stepped up! And we made the front page of the Herald-Journal! You can read the article here. (That's the second time our 2 and a half year-old church has made the front page!)

Really proud of the Hub City family. Frankie did a great job. Shaun stepped up. Many contributed. Way to go guys!