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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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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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