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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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Back into Focus

It’s typically not good when a picture is out of focus. The photo will lack clarity.  Depending on how far out of focus it is, it may appear fuzzy, blurry, or even indecipherable. With a little effort and concentration, however, we can typically make another picture that is appropriately sharp and crisp . . . even stunning! Like pictures, leaders and their organizations – including churches – can lose their focus. One way that happens is when the agenda gets so broadened and...

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A Healthy Church and Healthy Teams

In a larger church, one of the keys to long-term health and vitality is the leadership of a gifted and effective ministry staff in partnership with church members who are fully devoted followers of Christ. Under my overall direction, our Ingleside staff is led on a day-by-day basis by our Executive Pastor, Andy Johnson, and is currently organized into four teams: (1) the Worship Arts Team; (2) the Next Generation Team; (3) the Disciple-Making Team; and (4) the Operations Team.  I want you...

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We’ve always said, “Yes!”

In our context, most people consider Ingleside a larger church. And, I suppose that’s true. Recently, from the pen of Thom Rainer, I saw a simple depiction of churches in the United States by average number of worshipers: 50% of churches average less than 100 40% of churches average between 100 and 350 10% of churches average more than 350 So, with 2,000 or so worshipers on average at Ingleside, we would be in the larger category for sure. And, this means that when a...

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New Children’s Pastor Joins Team

I’m pleased to announce that on Monday, November 13, Nick Wilbur will join our staff as our new Children’s Pastor.  In this role, he will provide leadership to our 5K – 5th grade ministries. Nick’s education and experience have prepared him to serve well on our team.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia (B.B.A, 2007), the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2012), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min., 2017). In addition, for five years...

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