Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

The Value of a Warm Welcome

One of the challenges that face large churches on a weekly basis is providing a welcoming atmosphere to guests. In a church like ours, where 2,000 or so people worship on a Sunday morning, it can be easy for a newcomer to be lost in the shuffle. One of our goals as a church is for guests to feel warmly welcomed from the moment they pull into the parking lot until the moment they drive away. Perhaps a verse from Scripture would connect this practice theologically and put an exclamation...

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Improving Your Serve

  I’m not sure if you follow tennis, but the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon, is well underway this week. You might be amazed that over the course of the event more than 473,000 people attend, 23,630 pizzas are served, over 50,000 plants are on display, and that players have to follow a “predominately in white rule” in regard to their clothing and accessories. How about the fact that the fastest serve ever at Wimbledon was in 2010 when...

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Long Pastorates & Healthy Churches

In his ground-breaking book, The Purpose Driven Church (1995), Rick Warren recounts a study he made a few years ago of the 100 largest churches in the United States.  He writes:  “Although I discovered that large, growing churches differ widely in strategy, structure, and style, there were some common denominators.  My study confirmed what I already knew . . . :  Healthy, large churches are led by pastors who have been there a long time.  I found dozens of examples.  A long...

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June 30 – One Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.

This Sunday, June 30, we will have one worship service only at 10:30 a.m. in the Worship Center at Ingleside. Watch this 30-second video for a personal invitation. In 1 Peter 2:17, the Bible says, “Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor” (ESV). That’s just what we plan to do this Sunday as we celebrate our freedom, honor America, encourage one another, and worship God. I hope you will join us! Your Pastor and Friend,

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Church Picnic – Wednesday, June 26

I hope you have already marked your calendars and are planning to be at Ingleside on Wednesday night, June 26, for our annual church picnic. If you haven’t been to the picnic before, watch this short video and you’ll get a great feel for what’s in store! Where is the picnic held? Again this year, our picnic will be held on our church campus on Wimbish Road.  We will have huge tents set up on the west side of our worship center What time does it start?  Folks start to arrive...

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Be Baptized at the Picnic?

I hope you have already marked your calendars and are planning to be at Ingleside on Wednesday night, June 26, for our annual church picnic. If you haven’t been to the picnic before, watch this short video and you’ll get a great feel for what’s in store! Where is the picnic held? Again this year, our picnic will be held on our church campus on Wimbish Road.  We will have huge tents set up on the west side of our worship center What time does it start?  Folks start to arrive...

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Join Me at the Picnic

I hope you have already marked your calendars and are planning to be at Ingleside on Wednesday night, June 26, for our annual church picnic. If you haven’t been to the picnic before, watch this short video and you’ll get a great feel for what’s in store! Where is the picnic held? Again this year, our picnic will be held on our church campus on Wimbish Road.  We will have huge tents set up on the west side of our worship center What time does it start?  Folks start to arrive...

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A Summer of Spiritual Significance

For many families at Ingleside, the rhythms of life will be different as the school year comes to a close.  The demands of classes, tests, and extracurricular activities give way to a welcome change of pace. At Ingleside, the summer promises to be spiritually significant.  I want you to know about, participate in, and pray for the ministry and missions that will occur.  Here’s a summary: June 3-7 Xtreme Week (Vacation Bible School) June 9-14 Sessions Tour (Student...

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Leadership Matters

Over the first two weeks in May our Nominating Committee met to select new nominees who will be considered for service as Overseers and Deacons. As I left the meetings, my heart was deeply grateful for the quality and strength of the leadership God has given our church across the years. And, I’m convinced that one of the reasons that we have had strong leadership is because we have a good selection process.  It includes congregation-wide input, consideration by a Nominating...

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Start with the “Why?”

The key question that propels effective decision-making is always “Why?” Why should I consider a career move? Why would that person make a good mate for me? Why would that lead to a positive or negative outcome for my child? Why should I serve in a particular ministry? Why should I invest my time in this manner? This question is close to home in Scripture as well. If you read along with us A Chapter A Day the last two weeks you saw this in Nehemiah when he was confronted with...

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