Category: The Naked Pastor

Battling Discouragement / part 2

Battling Discouragement / part 2

Following up on yesterdays post… Yesterday I started writing about discouragement. Near the end of that post, I wrote an entire list of the “types of people” who make me want to jump off a bridge…  The person who thinks it is their gifting to point out every problem when an idea is discussed. The …

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BATTLING DISCOURAGEMENT

BATTLING DISCOURAGEMENT

Discouragement / dis·cour·age·ment / disˈkərijmənt/ At some point, all of us face it… For me, there are plenty of days when I’m not hitting on all cylinders…especially lately. At times, COVID-19 has had me wondering if what I’m doing is actually making a difference. Back in March, I went from being a pastor to a …

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Reaching Millennials

Reaching Millennials

There was a big push for churches to reach “millennials.” Every leadership conference I attended had at least one breakout session that was supposed to teach us the secrets about how to reach this entire generation of desperately lost snowflakes. One session at a conference in North Raleigh felt more like a discovery channel commentary …

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You don’t like Jesus? What about our doughnuts?

You don’t like Jesus? What about our doughnuts?

Because of this, Oasis became a place where people truly belonged before they believed, and they were accepted even if they weren’t “behaving” like a Christian. Like you, I have seen plenty of churches advertise something like “belong before you believe” or something similar, but for me this phrase was so much more than a …

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Radically Inclusive

Radically Inclusive

Our church services were getting better and better. I was proud to invite my friends to church on Sundays. Joel and Matt were doing an incredible job building their ministry teams to accommodate the growth we were experiencing. There was one girl on the worship team named Kate who had been a contestant on the …

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The purpose of “The Naked Pastor” blogs

The purpose of “The Naked Pastor” blogs

Im sorry y’all My recent string of blog posts might be confusing, let me clarify. I’m not writing this to teach you anything or to motivate you in some way. In fact, you probably won’t learn anything except how inept and unqualified I am as a leader/pastor. My intention with these posts is to present …

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Act like you’ve been there…

Act like you’ve been there…

I was adopted in the eleventh grade and transferred from a large public school in the city to a small private Christian school in the suburbs. For the first time in my life, nobody got cut from the school baseball team. Everyone made the team, including me, and the other homeschool kid who was wearing …

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January 19, 2014 was huge.

January 19, 2014 was huge.

We followed the directions from all the church startup kits and training conferences. After a ton of marketing and Facebook hype, 396 people showed up on launch Sunday. I think most of those people were family members of the launch team from out of town, because 8 weeks later the church had less than 200 …

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It was the year 2013…

It was the year 2013…

It was the year 2013 and I was 29 years old. I was about forty pounds overweight, sporting a faux hawk, and babbling about my dream to start a new church that would supposedly change a city. After digesting all the online starter-kit training videos for church planters, I was convinced I needed a launch …

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