Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

Celebrating When We “Go”

North America. South America. The Caribbean. Eastern Europe. South Asia. No, I didn’t just tell you all of the “bucket list” places I’d like to visit. These are the “here, there, and everywhere” destinations we have sent mission teams to this summer. Nine trips in all, in fact. Perhaps you’ve prayed for some of these, seen pictures on social media, or partnered in some way with a participant. I think it’s appropriate to thank the Lord for these opportunities to be a...

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The Welcoming Church

One of the challenges that large churches face 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. Our goal as a church should be for guests to feel welcomed, comfortable, and clearly directed from the moment they enter our parking lots. In a recent book by Lifeway President Thom Rainer, he lists ten factors related to a happy guest...

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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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July 1 – One Worship Service

This Sunday, July 1, 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 from our Executive Pastor, Andy Johnson. 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...

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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 27 for our annual church picnic. Not only is there really good food, but there is also great conversation, singing, praying, sharing the Lord’s Supper, and the celebration of believer’s baptism. 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...

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Membership Class this Sunday

Did you know that “membership” is a biblical idea? Romans 12:4-5 says: “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (ESV).  The same truth is found in 1 Corinthians 12. Membership communicates your commitment to the Lord and to the other members of the body.  It says, “I’m all in.  You can count on me.  I will participate, give, and...

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Picnic and Baptism at Lake Ingleside

Every year one event that brings hundreds of Inglesiders together for a relaxed, joy-filled meal is our annual Church Picnic.  I hope you have already marked your calendars and are planning to be here Wednesday night, June 27. Not only is there really good food, but there is great conversation, singing, praying, mission team commissioning, sharing the Lord’s Supper, and . . . the celebration of believer’s baptism. Baptized yet? So, if you have never been scripturally baptized as...

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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: May 24-28 Denver Mission Trip May 26-June 2 Ukraine Mission Trip June...

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Will You Vote on Tuesday?

Tuesday, May 22, is election day.  I hope you are planning to vote. As you do, allow foundational biblical values to guide you in your evaluation of candidates and their policy positions. Here are some questions voters who follow Christ should ask: ... Character. Is this candidate a person of Christ-like character?  Do they have a track record of honesty and integrity?  Can they be trusted? Competence. Is this candidate a person with proven competence? Do they have...

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Leadership Matters

Over the past two weeks 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 Committee,...

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