Friday, May 2, 2008

Do you ever preach/speak at Ridge?

Partner with North Point:
If you have been to Ridge Church, then you probably know that we are in a strategic partnership with North Point Community Church where Andy Stanley is the lead pastor. One of the many perks of our partnership with them is that we are able to show Andy (a uniquely, and extraordinarily gifted communicator) on video as a teaching pastor for Ridge Church.

Lead Pastor Speaking?:
I have people ask me pretty frequently if I ever speak, or when will I speak again (maybe so they could schedule vacation for that week:-) The short answer to that is yes, and I will actually be speaking for a stand alone message we are doing this weekend called "Leverage."

From time to time I have people that say they would prefer for me to speak live more, to which my normal response is thanks, BUT " Seriously, have you heard, Andy?" He is literally phenomenal at communicating truth in way that sticks in your mind for weeks. He is masterful at explaining difficult subject matter in simple ways.

Filter for our decision making:
For us we decided early on that we would attempt to love everyone but not to make our decisions based on "who we were keeping, but rather on who we are reaching." The fact that we use Andy as a video speaker reflects that decision. People who are coming back to church for the first time in a long time, and many who were totally disconnected, absolutely love him. They never even ask about video. Peoples lives are being radically changed and we hear those stories constantly.

I love to speak and will continue to do so at Ridge, probably more in the days ahead than during these early days of Ridge Church. But for us-- this thing isn't about a person or personality. Not me, not Andy, not my staff. This whole thing for us is about " bringing God glory and reaching people." We want people to know how much their Heavenly Father loves them.

Come out this weekend. It will be a great night. Michael Johnston is leading worship.

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