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What Does It Take to Lead Well?

What does it take to lead well?  Psalm 78:72 says of King David’s leadership that he “shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them” (NIV84). Did you notice the two qualities this verse highlights?  They are integrity and skill.  Or, put another way:  character and competence. Character is foundational to trust.  And, trust is essential to effective leadership.  Character is developed over time as a leader embraces personal discipline, makes wise...

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Save the Dates

As you are penciling in priorities on your calendar between now and the end of the year, I hope you will include these opportunities for growth, outreach, service, fellowship, and worship. October 7 – Fall Family Festival.  Invite a friend and join hundreds of Inglesiders and guests for a great night of food, fun, and fellowship with live music, games, and inflatables for the kids. October 16-17 – Women’s Event.  Our “Revive, Refresh, Renew” event for women of all ages...

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Back to School

From preschool to graduate school, by this point in the month of August virtually every school in Middle Georgia is now back in session.  And, literally hundreds of Ingleside families have now left behind the relaxed rhythms of their summer schedules and are engaging fully the more structured cadences of a new school year. So, this Sunday, August 23, in each of our morning worship services we will recognize and pray over students, teachers, coaches, counselors, administrators, and other...

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The Right Time, the Right Way

  Not many of us get pumped up about processes, policies, and procedures.  Yet, most of us do care deeply about outcomes and results.  The truth is that the two are usually connected—even in the life of a church! Listen to the wisdom of the writer of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes: “The wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.  For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter.” (Ecclesiastes 8:5b-6a, NIV) Eugene Peterson captures the spirit of this...

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Article on “Marriage and Children” Adopted

A biblical view of marriage and children is central to God’s vision for human flourishing.  It has been held for millennia by followers of Christ and has been taught at Ingleside since our founding.  However, our culture is changing.  It’s why our leaders believe it is now timely and wise for us to formally affirm this vision in our governing documents. So, by a unanimous vote at their regular meeting on December 16, 2014, our Board of Overseers recommended that the Church adopt a...

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“Town Meeting” on Sunday

Not many of us get pumped up about processes, policies, and procedures.  Yet, most of us do care deeply about outcomes and results.  The truth is that the two are usually connected—even in the life of a church! Listen to the wisdom of the writer of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes: “The wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.  For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter.” (Ecclesiastes 8:5b-6a, NIV) Eugene Peterson captures the spirit of this passage...

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The Right Time, the Right Way

Not many of us get pumped up about processes, policies, and procedures.  Yet, most of us do care deeply about outcomes and results.  The truth is that the two are usually connected—even in the life of a church! Listen to the wisdom of the writer of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes: “The wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.  For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter.” (Ecclesiastes 8:5b-6a, NIV) Eugene Peterson captures the spirit of this passage in...

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Healthy Teams

In a larger church, one of the keys to long term health and vitality is the leadership of an effective pastoral and program staff in partnership with church members who are fully devoted followers of Christ. Our Ingleside staff 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 to know each of the team leaders and the scope of their responsibility. Worship Arts Team.  Led by...

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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 meeting, my heart was deeply grateful for the quality and strength of the leadership God has given our church across the years. I’m convinced that one of the reasons that we have had strong leadership is because we have a good process.  It includes congregation-wide input, consideration by a Nominating Committee, personal interviews, and...

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How Many Ministers?

“So, how many ministers do you have at Ingleside?” the person asked.  If answered in the customary way the reply could have been somewhere between eight and thirteen, depending on how you count.   If answered in a biblical way, the number of ministers at Ingleside is more than 1,000! 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 evangelists, the pastors and...

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