Hey PVC’ers, we’ve got some great opportunities to make an impact for Christ in the coming weeks. I would particularly ask you to pray about the Vegas opportunity, as we will be helping Verve Church launch! email Pastor Brent at firstname.lastname@example.org about serving in one of these…
Verve Church Plant (Las Vegas) – March 25th – 28th Join us as we help Pastor Vince Anotnucci pass out doorhangers and spread the word about Verve Church. Haiti Relief Trip – April 8th – 17th This trip will focus on construction and medical relief efforts, but anyone is welcome to attend. If interested, the first equipping is February 21st at 10:00 am Desert Edge High School, room C15. Local Haiti Relief Work – March 27th (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Palm Valley Church has partnered with the Haitian Disaster Relief of Arizona to help pack up relief supplies to send to Haiti. We ask that you commit to serve for at least
2 hrs, but are free to stay for all 5.
Loving the feel of this series, “The End of the World As We Know It”, one of my favorites we’ve done…
Keeping the end times simple is harder that I thought it would be going in
Bummer not having Saturday night services this week due to a dance at the school. Numbers remind us (once again) that we really do reach a different crowd on Saturday night.
Preached with bronchitis. Thankful for a great doctor and good drugs.
On the way to church I asked my son Jake, “what’s the best part about the tribulation?”. His answer is my favorite quote of the week… “we won’t be here”. Glad my son’s pre-trib
Getting tons of interest in our Israel/Rome trip this December. I’m pumped because it’s going to be an awesome trip! for info email my assistant Kathleen at email@example.com .
Loving the song “Glory to God”. The team nailed it this week and the crowd was singing off the hook on that one.
Loving how eager people are to learn about the end times stuff.
Big props to Sean Smith, Creative Pastor, whom I called at midnight Saturday to make changes for the morning. He jumped right on it and got it done, with a smile.
Our Small Group had baptism during our meeting last night. Awesome to baptize 7 members of our group declaring publicly their faith in Christ. That’s 10 members in my small group I’ve had the privilege of baptizing in the last year.
If you’re a Christ-follower and you’ve not gone public in baptism, what are you waiting for? It’s the first step of obedience, take it!
Pray for my bronchitis to go away, I want to be done with it.
Make sure you don’t miss the last week of this series this weekend, I promise it’s going to be awesome!!
One of the things I’ve learned as a Pastor is that I’m responsible for my own development in my relationship with Christ and ministry skills. It’s an important lesson; one that many Pastors fail to learn. This is why there’s such an epidemic of Pastors leaving the ministry, either from burnout or moral failure. I don’t want to join their ranks!
One of the ways I grow, and help our staff Pastors develop, is to attend conferences together. Each year we choose about 3 conferences to take portions of our team to. I love attending conferences for a number of reasons…
1) I get to worship — when i’m speaking at Palm Valley, I love to worship with our church, but I’ve still got my mind focused on teaching Conference are a great chance for me to simply worship with other believers and spend time reflecting on my love for Jesus.
2) I get fed — Years ago I chose conferences that revolved around ministry skills, church growth, etc… Now I choose conferences based on their capacity to nurture spiritual growth. As a pastor, when I go to church, I’m doing the feeding. It’s nice to sit and be fed.
3) I have fun — At conferences I get to hang out with our staff and laugh. Tonight at dinner Sean and Brent had a hot pepper eating contest (video coming soon); I laughed so hard I cried. I love the team I work with, and it’s refreshing to be able to just have fun together.
4) I network — I’ve developed great friendships over the years with Pastors who have become friends, mentors, and encouragers. It’s a great chance to exchange ideas, hear what God’s doing in other churches, and be reminded that the Kingdom of God is being built around the world.
So this week I, and many of our Pastoral team are at the Creative Church Conference. Last year at this conference I had an encounter with God like I’ve never experienced before. I knew His presence so strongly that I began to weep, and weep, and weep (for about an hour). He spoke some things into my heart, encouraged me, and challenged me in ways I still can’t verbalize.
Tonight I’m in Dallas with great expectation for what God is going to do in my heart this week, as well as our other Pastors. Quite honestly, I need Him to refresh me and encourage me. I’m tired this week. The past few months at PVC have been incredibly rewarding, but greuling: I’ve been teaching my heart out, we’ve experienced incredible growth, this past month I had to make some incredibly tough, painful decisions that were for the best of Palm Valley and honored the Lord, but came at a personal cost. In short, as always, I need Him to minister to me. I’m hoping to experience God in a fresh way, to know Him better so I might love Him more. I’m praying the same for our team.