Archive for August, 2016

Welcome Chris Long

Earlier this month I was pleased to announce that the first of our four Prayers for Breakthrough* had been answered. Chris Long, a Next Gen Pastor serving until recently near Nashville, TN, has become our church’s newest pastor. Monday will be his first day on the job. You will have the opportunity to meet Chris, his wife Cindy, and two of their three children, Kyle & Abby, this Sunday. Their son Braden is back in Tennessee where he is starting his junior year at the University of Memphis.

In a few weeks we’ll have a Welcome Party for the Longs and treat them to our tradition of “carding” our new Pastors. Here’s how it works. Get a gift card – any kind: restaurant, grocery, hardware, department store, iTunes, etc. – and bring it to the party. Mark your calendar now for Sunday, September 11, at 2:00 PM.

Live bold,



* Prayers for Breakthrough

  1. For a Next Gen Pastor by the end of summer – ANSWERED!
  2. For a Student Pastor by Christmas
  3. For our resources to match our needs so we can finish our EXPAND Project by the first of the year
  4. For God to reveal where and when we should plant another BPF Campus and who will lead it

Close the Gap

On Sunday I made an exciting announcement: Chris Long, a Next Gen Pastor currently living near Nashville, TN will become our church’s newest pastor in a few weeks. We are so pleased our search for a Next Gen Pastor has been successful. We’ll have more information about Chris for you soon. I also reported our six month EXPAND Capital Initiative had ended well, but that a small gap between the price of the project and our resources remained.

One of the purposes of EXPAND is to add space to our Children’s building, along with more parking out front, and an expanded patio with an outdoor baptismal pool in back. At the end of our six month pledge period, we were only of $110,000 short of fully funding the $1.85 million project. I challenged our church to Close the Gap with a one day offering on September 18.

We have at least 500 homes represented in this church. If every family and single adult home contributes $200 we would nearly close that $110,000 gap. Some of you cannot afford $200, but you can give some. Others of you can give more. Together we can Close the Gap. Here’s some really good news. Several folks got an early start on Sunday and shrank the gap down to $100,000.

Let’s rise to the challenge and say yes to the next generation! Please begin praying about this and ask God to guide your heart to what you can do to Close the Gap on September 18th.

Live bold, give bold,


“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)

Say Yes to the Next Generation

This past Sunday, July 31st marked the end of our six month fundraising initiative to EXPAND our Children’s building and parking lot, and add a baptism pool to the back patio. It was also the official groundbreaking day! You didn’t know about that? Our kids did. You’ll see more about that this coming Sunday. Site work then began on Monday morning as a bulldozer scraped the top of the building pad in anticipation of construction that will begin as soon as we receive the building permit.

EXPAND is a relatively small piece of a much greater emphasis our church places on reaching the next generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Every Sunday hundreds of volunteers arrive on our campus ready to love the next generation toward Jesus. Once school begins in a few weeks scores more volunteers will meet with students’ grades 7-12 and college in small groups around the southern part of the county.

About the time we began the EXPAND Initiative our church’s leadership decided to create a new staff position called Next Gen Pastor. This pastor will combine our Children and Student Ministry Teams into a new Next Gen Team. They will guide all our Next Gen volunteers and provide support for parents as together we guide our children to take their next steps with God. The Next Gen Pastor search has been a challenging one for which we have called on God for breakthrough. I have an exciting update for you on that this Sunday …along with a challenge to continue saying yes to the next generation.

Live bold,