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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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Is There a Place for Me?

Whenever newcomers check out Ingleside, virtually all are asking some form of the question:  “Is there a place for me?” And for years our short answer 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 questions newcomers are asking are sometimes more specific and more nuanced, even if they are rarely spoken aloud. Consider a few...

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See you at the Concert?

This Sunday night, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. we will be privileged to host Keith and Kristyn Getty in concert, live at Ingleside. An added bonus unique to our concert is that our Ingleside choir will be backing up the Gettys.  What a night of praise and worship it will be! So, get your tickets now.  They are available here online and in our Ingleside Bookstore. Save the Dates As you are penciling in priorities on your calendar between now and the end of the year, I hope you will...

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Two Questions

I’d like to ask you two questions this week. First, do you have your tickets yet?  Second, did you miss the huddle? Do you have your tickets yet?  On Sunday night, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. we will be privileged to host Keith and Kristyn Getty in concert, live at Ingleside. An added bonus unique to our concert is that our Ingleside choir will be backing up the Gettys.  What a night of praise and worship it will be! So, get your tickets now.  They are available here and in...

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On the Horizon

As we recover from the storm, I’m thankful to be part of a church that has shown love and compassion in concrete and tangible ways to so many in our community. As normalcy returns and school-schedule rhythms get firmly in place, I want to make sure that some key dates and events at Ingleside are on your radar. Of course, our weekly worship services, classes, and groups – especially on Sundays and Wednesdays – continue to be at the heart of our disciple-making mission.  In...

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This Will Change Your Life

Well, not really. Sorry about that. Have you ever seen a headline on a newspaper with an outlandish sounding title like the one on this article? Have you come across a link to a web page that just seemed too good to be true? Did a You Tube video ever cross your path with a name so peculiar you had to watch it? Some would call this “clickbait” or “fake news.” Others would call it hyperbole. You might call it a plain ‘ole lie! Maybe a reasonable way to describe these would be...

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