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Church… Activity or Culture?

January 20, 2010 2 comments

Growing up I went to a reasonably stereotypical Southern Baptist church… We had our “contemporary” service early, and in a different room than the “sanctuary”, we had our Wednesday night potluck and business meeting, and everything happened according to plan. We even had the annual youth ski trip, where at least 1 person would end up with a broken bone. It was good, we were happy. We had our group of friends, and knew the schedule… But as I grew older, and more than that when I was living in Lynchburg, going to Liberty U. something in me changed. I grew this need to constantly and fervently be somehow finding ways to worship and be engaged in “church”. I had this idea that “church” was something you did, and that if you wanted to become closer to Christ you had to find ways to do more of it. So I did… I wrote a blog post about “Satisfaction in God” which you can read HERE, but this post I want to do something a little different.  When you read Acts you’ll notice that the early church “did” church but it never became an “activity” to them… It was their culture. They took care of each other, lead each other, stretched each other, and were able to grow and spread rapidly. What if we as Christians stopped looking at what we had to DO for our church and allowed ourselves to become wholly surrendered to God and to living a life of Christ and with him. This is the point at which we break through and church becomes, not an activity, but a culture. What would it take for your church to stop having activities, and start building culture?

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The Dysfunctional Team – Part 1

January 4, 2010 3 comments


If you work in ministry…or business…or are even a student in school, chances are you work with teams. It’s a way of life. The world today is functionally, or dysfunctionally built on teams. From the time we are small kids we learn how to function in teams and how to work together with people. From the soccer teams we’re on as kids all the way up through the teams we have in the work force we spend our lives working together for a common set of goals in order to reach goals and attain some level of success. In this series this week I want to take a look at exactly what it takes to function successfully with your team. I have 4 different angles I want to take on this, and I’m going to count on you to help me with input and extra points of view on these. They are…

1) The dysfunctions of your team.
2) Trusting your teammates.
3) Leading the dysfunction.
4) Both of us is greater than both of us.

I know, I know… Giving you the titles isn’t the best way to explain them but I promise they’ll make sense as we work through them. My personal experience with teams spurs from the many production teams, sales teams, college project teams, and marketing teams that I’ve spent time with over the past 10 years. I hope that as we take a look at how different aspects of teams are viewed we’ll all be able to come away with something to help us be better team members, team leaders, and build better teams. Tomorrow we’ll discover the dysfunctions of your team, and why teams work the way they work in most settings.

Church Canceled?

December 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Today a lot of the churches in our area, including mine, have canceled their services due to the amount of snow that we’ve gotten over the past 2 days and the complete lack of equipment that our area has to deal with all of it. Therefore I figured today would be a good day to just give you guys some options. I wanted to go ahead and give you a few of the churches that I on a semi-regular basis will log into to enjoy church from my couch. These are all phenomenal churches, and I challenge you to check a couple of them out. They have kicking ministries both online and off. So here we go…

North Point Online

Website: http://northpointonline.tv/

This is one of Andy Stanley’s churches, where you’ll always get some amazing worship tied into a very applicable sermon. Andy connects with his listeners in ways to show them God’s design for their lives. The service on North Point Online starts at 6 p.m. EST

NewSpring Church

Website: http://www.newspring.cc/

I log into this church every chance I get. NewSpring Church is lead by Pastor Perry Nobel. To put it softly Pastor Perry has no problem bringing it home. His church lives to see lives chanced and to help people far from God meet Jesus. Perry also has no problem sucking the air out of the room. His vivacious spirit and awesome preaching will continually challenge your walk, as well as push you to live an all out, head first, life for Christ. Services online here are on Sundays at 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST and 11 a.m. Pacific as well as Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST.

LIFECHURCH.TV

Website: http://www.lifechurch.tv/

Well, I dare say this is the church that started the online revolution and showed us how real church online could be. I can’t even list all the services they offer, so I challenge you to check them out! They have services going on CONSTANTLY. To check out service times go to http://internet.lifechurch.tv/times/ . I’m sure you’ll love Craig Groeschel’s awesome application as he brings a solid message and shows God’s love for us.

So there we go, check these guys out! Let people know in the comments if you have other live services going on that we might enjoy! Happy Sunday!

Satisfaction in God

December 16, 2009 2 comments

I had a close friend recently that asked me whether or not I thought we could ever be truly satisfied in God. His question was concerning a constant feeling of inadequacy in the knowledge of the Bible and a feeling of needing to learn more, pray more, and cry out to God more. The back story is because of people we’ve both been exposed to in our lives that have expressed this total discontentment in their own knowledge of the bible or time they spend on their knees. But it got me thinking…what does it mean to be “satisfied in Christ”?

Does it mean that we spend hours upon hours reading the Word? Does it mean that we spend hours upon hours on our knees in prayer crying out to God? Maybe it means that we spend every waking moment serving somewhere and pour all we have into a ministry without asking anything in return. I think different people have different ways they try to attain satisfaction in Christ but until we become content with our own journey I don’t know that we’ll ever get there… Matthew 5:16 says “Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Our job is to glorify God and magnify HIM! John Piper talks about this in his book Don’t Waste Your Life when he says “He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” This makes me believe that what we should be is totally satisfied in God. Not to become complacent but to become content in HIS glory and HIS might and HIS power.

Complacency causes us to become apathetic to our own personal and spiritual growth which is a dangerous tool that the devil uses to cause us to slowly slip further away from where we should be. Although we should become satisfied in Christ, that by no means that we should ever stop stretching and reaching to bring ourselves into an ever-closer walk with Him. As Brennan Manning said in The Ragamuffin Gospel “My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.” We must reach the point in our life where we are so engulfed by His grace that we are able to walk in satisfaction with Him and allow Him to guide our path. In the words of Julian of Norwich “The greatest honour we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love”. I love this statement because I think it engulfs the very essence of living in satisfaction of the grace and mercy that God has given us. By living in satisfaction with the grace he has given us we are truly bringing glory to His name and to what he has done both for us and through us.

Pastor Daniel Floyd

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Pastor Daniel is a personal one for me, not only is he an awesome pastor, leading a wonderful church but I consider him a good friend. He leads the church that I attend on Sundays as well as pour much of my energy into serving on the production team. He has a heart for those far from God and unashamedly preaches His word in a way that is easy to hear, and relate to while not watering it down or sugar coating the message. You can check out his messages on itunes or even on our church website at visitlifepoint.org. If you’re ever in the Fredericksburg area hit us up, and stop on by one of our production booths… I’m probably there somewhere! 😉

Work, my life as a tent builder…

December 3, 2009 Leave a comment

So the past few months have been some of growth and reflection unlike any that I have ever experienced. God has taken my views on so many different topics and begun to spin works in my life that I never even dreamed of. He has taken my dreams and aspirations and truly shown me that it’s not about ME but about HIM, and that it’s not about what I want to do, but what HE wants to do THRU ME. From what I want in my professional life, to what I want in my spiritual life, to what I want in my personal life, God has jacked me up. My professional life has taken a few turns over the past few months, from doing marketing for a diverse group of companies to being back in sales and consulting in the insurance industry for a small but very experienced agency. It’s been and interesting but extremely fulfilling move to say the least. I am finding that I love to be able to work with people on building their insurance and investment plans and make sure that people have the protection they need.

On top of that 2 other Christian men and I have been working and recently launched Media Procast Inc. a company that has been created to help churches broadcast their messages world wide as well as help them develop an online presence. Along side with being able to take a church that has no experience in internet podcasting and give them the necessary tools and service to bring them into the digital age, we also provide professionals and companies with podcasting and online training strategies. This company has been 2 years in the works and has the potential to blow the lid off of so many churches through out our country.

Finally, one other item that I am working on, I won’t tell you much about other than to say this… I am working on revolutionizing the way the Fredericksburg area goes about marketing and advertising strategies, and bringing together some of the best creatives both in the area and in the country to help develop strategies for some of the best businesses out there. I’ll have more information to come but what I can tell you is that it’s going to be AWESOME! If you have any connections to different creative types in the Fredericksburg area that might be interested in networking get them to drop me an email at clarkwithers@gmail.com. I have already had a tremendous amount of interest developed but I’m always looking for my next all-star.

So anyway, there’s the professional end of my life, and where it’s been headed over the past few months… Now I guess I’ll have to work on the next couple of topics… 😉 Check back soon!

Wow…This makes me think…

March 29, 2009 Leave a comment

So I recently read an article about a student from Brown U. That took a semester at LU to find out what it was all about. This is the trailer to the book that he wrote. I am definitely getting a copy of this. Check the trailer.