Monthly Archives: April 2007

Click, Click, Click

This is a big (short) week as I’m believing God to nail down a bunch of question marks this week.

One Big One: We still need a worship leader.  I got the message on Saturday from the second guy I thought was coming on board.  So I’m trusting God is going to take care of this need this week.

At this point, the church planting experience feels a lot like when you’re on an old school roller coaster heading up the hill right at the beginning.  You hear the chain that’s pulling you up clicking along each tooth on the sprocket and you can feel every little thing.   But soon you know you’ll be flying down the hill… 

Even with a bunch of unknowns on the horizon, I’m completely stoked that there are only 25 DAYS UNTIL OUR FIRST MONTHLY SERVICE.  Iron City Church – peaking the top of the roller coaster on May 20.

I’m Back (2,700 Miles Since Last Wednesday)

I’m still a green blogger, so I didn’t make any time on our whirlwind trip around the country to update.  So here goes:

We had a good trip.  Got to spend a couple of hours with my sister and brother in law and my nieces and nephews in Jersey on Wednesday and Thursday. 

As usual, the guys at The Journey did a great job with the evangelism and small groups seminars on Thursday in NYC.  I feel a lot better about what we’re doing and got some great ideas as to how to generate and maintain a culture of evangelism at Iron City Church from Day One.

Thursday night and Friday were pretty tough – straight driving through to the ATL.  Got to spend Friday night and some time on Saturday with our friends Jeff and Leslie Mousa in Douglasville.  Jeff and I are in the church planting school at West Ridge Church together.  We had class on Saturday and then Amber, TJ and I headed out to our old stomping ground near Savannah.

Its been 5 months since we came to Pittsburgh and there were some wierd emotions going on when we returned.  I left there pretty burned out (mostly of my own doing) and our return brought back a lot of memories – some good, some not so good.  We stayed with our friends the Jenkins.  I spoke at Crossroads Church Sunday morning for my friend George Pabst.  They really have something special going there — I’m waiting to hear the reports as God brings explosive growth to this church because they’re being faithful with what they’ve got.

Another 12 hours of driving (TJ is the best 8-month old traveler I’ve ever seen!) and we got home last night.  A good night’s sleep in my own bed and here we are. 

Crazy Days

Its been a good week so far.  Not as productive as I would have hoped, but that is pretty normal most of the time.  I have a meeting in the morning with one of our local officials to share the Iron City dream with him.  I’m praying that this will be the start of a good relationship there.

After that – just after lunch Amber, TJ and I are heading to my sister’s house in New Jersey for the night.  I love getting to hang out with them (even if it is only for a few waking hours).  Cutting the distance in half to their house is definitely an added bonus of living in the ‘Burgh.

Thursday, we’ll be at The Journey church offices for a couple of seminars (one on evangelism, one on small groups).  This was a last minute addition to our schedule, but I’ve yet to attend anything led by Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas that wasn’t well worth my time.  They are painfully practical.  I like that.  These guys are doing it and want to share what they’re learning — that is definitely a BIG part of my vision for Iron City.  They’re in Manhattan with over 1,000 attending on Sundays (maybe more now – they recently launched their 3rd location), but the stat that trips me out is that they have about 1,200 in small groups.  I have a lot to learn.

As soon as the seminars are done, we’re heading southward.  We’ll stay with some friends in Atlanta on Friday night and I’ve got class at West Ridge Church on Saturday.  I’m finishing up at their church planting school (May will be our last session).  That’s been a great experience.  When I started going last September I had ABSOLUTELY no idea that we’d be doing this so soon!

After class, we’re on the way to the Savannah area.  This will be our first trip to the area since we moved.  It’s amazing how much Pittsburgh has become home in a few short months, but we lived a lot of life in Savannah — I’m sure they’re will be some wierd emotions going on.  Should be interesting.  We’re staying with friends and we’ll be worshipping with my friend George Pabst and Crossroads Church on Sunday.  They are looking to partner with ICC for a few years — sharing the dream gets me pumped.

Hopefully we can hang out with some friends Sunday afternoon and part of the day Monday, then we’ll hit the road heading back north.  We’ll get home some time Tuesday and be full tilt ramping up to our first monthly service on May 20!

Please pray that we’ll be safe as we travel the eastern seaboard all in a few days.

PS – There is one other reason I’m excited to be making this trip (I’m picking up my baby):


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