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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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Connecting with our Community

The month of May has become a time when we connect with, serve, and share the gospel with our community in a significant way. As the school year comes to a conclusion, we host a number of end-of-year events at Ingleside.  This year, these include: Tonight, May 9, we will host the Academy for Classical Education Honors Program in our Worship Center. On Thursday night, May 16, we will host the Covenant Academy Commencement in our Worship Center. On Saturday afternoon, May 18,...

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TouchPoint: A New Tool to Help Us Connect, Communicate, and Care

As we follow Jesus, God intends for us to connect, communicate, and care for one another as members of the body of Christ. Of course, the tools we use to facilitate the connections, to enhance the communications, and to enable participation have changed across the years. When our church began in 1951, there were 203 people who made commitments as Charter Members.  They said, in effect, “I’m all in.  Count on me.  I want to be part of this church family.” As new members were...

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That Church, This Church, My Church

There’s more than one way to refer to and relate to a church.  Consider the following perspectives. That church.  “Yes, I’ve heard about that church,” a person might say.  “I’ve heard that church has great ministries for children and students.  I’ve heard that church is really committed to missions.  I’ve heard that church has spirit-anointed musical worship and solid biblical teaching.” But have you ever been there?  Have you ever checked it out and...

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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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