Monday, May 24, 2010

Still Thinking Orange

Core Values @ NBWC are exciting to preach.
Seven down, one to go.

Our fifth value is:  Outreach & Evangelism
Our sixth value is:  Excellence in Ministry
Our seventh value is:  Discipleship that Grows Leaders

I'd love to have you listen to them and share your feedback.  Here they are...

Also, a huge shout out to all our volunteers from the past year!  Thanks for all you do.  We had a great time celebrating together; eating breakfast together (thanks Pastor Josh & co. for feeding us) and sporting out new think orange shirts.

We really are partnering together to revitalize the spirit of family and community by loving and serving through Jesus Christ.


It has been a long time since I have taken a monstrous road trip.  I did not realize Atlanta, GA was so far from North Branch, MI.  (Just a little FYI, it takes about 14 hours in a church van with 12 people.)
I'm still processing and enjoying the fact that I was able to go to DRIVE Conference '10 @ North Point Community Church.  Huge shout out to Keystone Community Church for helping make it possible to go.

A couple videos will serve you well.  They are both only a couple minutes in length.
The first one is a hightlight video of the 2 1/2 days.
The second video is one that is now circulating around online a bunch.  They showed it at the conference and after you watch it you'll see why people want to share it.  It's especially funny to anyone familiar with worship services.

DRIVE 2010 Highlight from North Point Media on Vimeo.

"Sunday's Coming" Movie Trailer from North Point Media on Vimeo.

Attending the conference, like any quality conference, left me with much to think through.  Josh and I went to the conference because we really like the North Point model and mindset of ministry.  I could list several items that stand out to me and several lessons learned but here is a biggie...

Yep, that's it.  Fun.  It is possible to take oneself too serious.  (even using the word "oneself" is an indicator of how serious you've become!)  And I am that guy.  I have been taking myself and our church too serious.  In the process I believe I have led people to take what we do too serious.  Do I still believe in the seriousness of the message of Jesus?  Absolutely.  Does it still plague me that 70-80% of students who grow up in the church will leave the church when they are college aged?  Yes!  And on and on...

At DRIVE '10 there was a culture of enjoyment.  Aside from the evidence of incredibly hard work to make the conference happen there was a noticeable atmosphere amongst volunteers & staff that they genuinely like being where they were and doing what they were doing.