Category Archives: God

Drive Session 1

Tonight opened up with the band & Steve Fee performing a cool song (I think it’s called Typical).  Then Andy came up and set up expectations for the event.  Cute video about church staff road trip then into Andy.  Once again, Andy did a great job presenting a topic that for some will be brand new and others might be a topic they’ve already studied.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  As leaders we need to choose to Trust and be Trustworthy.  I liked the way that Andy is able to speak for the senior leader to the staff and share some tough statements that staff might likely hear better and let it sink deeper coming from Andy at a conference as opposed to their own senior leader.

Bottom Line….(as a leader in the middle)

Our leaders need to trust us:  When the senior leader finds the gap between what they expect and experience…they need to trust.  When there is suspicion, they need to trust.  When trust is eroded, they need to come directly to us.

We need to be trustworthy:  We need to do what we say and when we don’t…we need to tell our leader.  We need to not over promise and under deliver…but, if it looks like we’re headed that way…we need to tell our leader.  And, if we’re confronted about the gaps we create…we need to tell the truth.  

When we tell the truth and go directly to our leader with and issue…we will build confidence.

Final Question…..nail in the coffin….

“Are the relationships on your staff worth exporting to your congregation”?  or  How will you feel when you see the people in you congregation building relationships like the relationship on your staff?

Session ended with a powerful worship set led by Steve Fee, Eddie Kirkland, Kristian Stanfill, & Todd Fields with back up by Candi Pearson-Shelton.  Now that’s a powerful line-up.  All this while the Jesus Painter is doing his thing.  Deep, powerful, emotional, moving, celebration, communion, love, and thankfulness.

As a leader, do you trust your team?  As a team member, are you trustworthy?

Small Group

Three years ago Andy (the guy in the middle holding the baby) and I committed to leading a group of boys through middle school at church.  I made it into the 7th grade with them before moving to Seattle.  Andy stayed with them all the way through middle school.  The plan here is to build a relationship with these boys so we can walk with them through this very important time of their life.  Our goal was also to communicate the love of Christ in a real and practical way with the guys in our group.  So, I was thrilled when I had a chance to check in with them yesterday.  They are all moving on to High School next year.  These guys are all the same age as my son Drew.  I wish I could have stayed with them but God had a different plan for me.  Great guys – great group.

What are you doing to invest in young lives that aren’t your own children?

Thus sayeth the Lord!

So, my buddy Fishburn is in Detroit this week on business.  Fishburn is in my small group.  For literally the last 4 months plus he’s been dealing with a bronchial/breathing issue.  Gone to doctors and they just give him an inhaler and send him home.  We’ve been praying for him but he still struggles.  Especially at night…thus no sleep….thus crabby pattie (nod to sponge bob).  Now, it could have something to do with the fact that my buddy Fishburn smokes his pipe every night…but….naw!

At the same time, he & his wife have been dealing with family challenges for the last couple years…yes….years.  Side note….please pray for this family.  They’re good people.

So…here’s where it gets really cool/weird/God/Cool!  Fishburn is on the flight to Detroit earlier this week.  Plane lands…taxi to gate…seatbelt sign goes off.  A lady (in about her 50’s) bolts past everyone to be first off the plane (i know…irritating).  When Fishburn gets to the top of the jetway…there is the little 50 year old lady standing in his path.  You’ve got to picture this….Fishburn is not a small man…so for 50 lady to be stopping him….wow!  So she says, “excuse me young man”…. and the conversation goes like this:

50..excuse me young man


50..God has a word for you…He knows what you’re going through and the challenges you’ve been facing the last couple years.  God is going to be faithful and take care of you.


50…And you need to stop smoking….


50..have a nice day (and she waddles down the concourse)

At this point…Fishburn is befuddled.  There is absolutely no way that this lady could have known any of this stuff.  She was sent to Fishburn by God to tell him to hang on and quit smoking.  Needless to say….Fishburn is feeling touched.  God has a plan for all of us…but I think he has a special plan for my buddy Fishburn.

What is God trying to tell you today?