Creating a Place For Ideas

Ideas are like embers that spark in a fire and fling off into the cold night only to fade in the sand. I’ve known people who have great ideas, but manpower or leadership become a problem. Without a leader, an idea doesn’t have a chance to flame. Without the flame, volunteers aren’t attracted to it enough to commit to its long-term goals. In response to people who have great ideas, and understanding they need a place to share ideas, I created a site where people can use the teaching blog to share great ministry plans.

My goal is to gather all those creative people together to inspire the church body to serve online. We like to look at serving as only in the face-to-face world, but serving happens online, too. People are already online at church. They need only direction, urging, and patience to teach them how to use the social media they already have to reach their circle of unbelievers. Sometimes, it’s not the lack of knowledge of technology, but only the missing creative flair that comes from creative people.

This is all very time consuming though. It’s a joy to do this, but without the church helping to financially partner with me, my time available is restricted to Saturdays and Sundays because of the need to have a day job.

On Saturday, June 24 at 10 a.m. MST, I invite you to a Zoom meeting where I will walk you through what I do with WorldVenture. To get the Zoom address, please leave a comment and I will email you. 


How You Do a Disservice to Church

When you church-bash, it’s not just your voice on the internet saying you don’t like church, but others, too, the unbeliever hears in one unified voice. Our unity should be in Christ, not in disgruntled discontent. In reading 1 Corinthians 1:10,

“Now I encourage you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Agree with each other and don’t be divided into rival groups. Instead, be restored with the same mind and the same purpose.”

I sat in church on Sunday and thought about how Christians appear online as a divided group from their politics to their stance on border security and the refugee issue. We can agree on one thing: Jesus is the only way. We disagree on the methods, but you’d be surprised at the unity that DOES happen behind the scenes.

For instance, the pastors in the church in our area get together and pray almost every week. Missions organizations work together to help in real world issues. Countless volunteers work every week at their local churches to provide food, clothes, and manual labor to these nonprofits to benefit their church and community.

If you need to vent about church, talk to a friend in private. A group of strangers of more than 25 people online or a vent on social media to countless people isn’t harmless. When I am even tempted to get angry online, I think of these people who volunteer quietly, humbly, and who have positively impacted my life. That’s when the hurt or anger ebb and I realize that church is the family of God, not a building. We are a dysfunctional bunch! Without these great people, I wouldn’t be who I am today. Those faithful people who do the hard work, study the Bible, and call people in their time of need are the unrecognized heroes of the faith in our day and age, and this includes pastors and their wives.

Yeah, this is my family. My community!