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A Wednesday Night Snapshot

Have you ever been at Ingleside on a Wednesday night? On a typical Wednesday night hundreds of people gather at our church for the purposes of growing stronger and deeper in our relationship with Jesus Christ and with one another. The gatherings are typically segmented by age, life stage, or purpose to allow us to focus God’s truth on the particular needs of each group or to sharpen our skills for serving. For example, on Wednesday night, February 6, . . . 65 adults gathered...

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No Passengers, All Crew

“So, how many ministers do you have at Ingleside?” the person asked.  I understand that this question is typically intended as an inquiry about the number of people on our church staff. But if answered in a biblical way, the number of ministers at Ingleside is more than 1,000! Think biblically.  A key passage of Scripture that informs our answer to this question and should shape our thinking about a healthy church says: 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the...

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Biblical, Balanced, & Blessed

Do you remember when you learned to ride a bicycle?  Did you start with training wheels?  Did someone who loved you run along beside you steadying the bike with their hand?  What was the key to success?  It was learning to be balanced. What about roller skating or skateboarding?  Do you remember learning how to position your feet and shift your weight so that you could stay upright?  So many nuances, but the goal was simple.  Stay balanced. A few years ago I took a surfing...

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An Acts 16:5 Church

As a shepherd of the flock at Ingleside, I turn to the Scripture again and again for direction and insight about how our church can be healthy and pleasing to the Lord. One of the verses that has left its mark on me is Acts 16:5.  As the Apostle Paul and his missionary partners re-visited the cities where they had shared the gospel on his first missionary journey, he observed: So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily. (Acts 16:5, ESV) Did...

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Three Snapshots

At Ingleside, we have long said, “We are a multi-generational church with a next-generation orientation.” The “multi-generational” dimension simply means that all ages and life-stages can find a home here.  Young or old, single or married, kids or no kids – you can find meaningful relationships and a place to grow into Christ-likeness at Ingleside. The “next-generation” dimension means that we make an intentional and significant investment in passing the baton of faith...

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Partnerships worth Celebrating

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in the church at Philippi, he made it a priority to celebrate their partnership. As the letter begins, Paul says: I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. (Philippians 1:3-5, ESV) Like Paul, I want to celebrate several dimensions of our partnership in the gospel today. Partnership in...

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Going with the Gospel

Everyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ should be involved in going with the gospel. Before he ascended to heaven, Jesus said: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20, ESV). Similarly, In Acts 1:8 Jesus said to his followers: “But you will receive power when...

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Is There a Place for Me?

Whenever newcomers check out a church, virtually all are asking some form of the same question: “Is there a place for me?” And for years our short answer at Ingleside has been, “Yes!” Our answer reflects the spirit of Romans 15:7, which says: “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (ESV). Of course, the specific questions newcomers may ask are often more detailed, nuanced, and personalized. Consider these possibilities: ...

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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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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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