Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia


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D28 – enjoying “small” in discipleship

Discipleship is essential for every single follower of Jesus. How are you involved in being discipled or in discipling someone else? Our church created a small group discipleship ministry called D28 that I have loved being a part of.

5 reasons to invite someone to church

Many Christians don’t have the skills or confidence to have even low-depth spiritual conversations with people of different beliefs. Asking them to invite without a relational foundation—it’s like kissing before the first date. It’s unnatural and awkward for all parties involved. “If you have not taken the time to get to know me, why do you think I’ll go to church with you?” Consider these five reasons to invite someone to your church.

Northstar Church’s 2016 highlight video

Check out the highlight video from Northstar Church’s 2016 year of ministry. It was shown at our annual State of the Church Sunday.

$1,000,000 for campus ministry by December 31!

Encourage your local campus ministry and/or the one that impacted your life the most! #givetwentyfive before December 31!

Are Southern Baptists the best denomination ever?

My faith “tribe” is Southern Baptist. I didn’t have a choice of what church to attend when I was a child. However, today I pastor a Southern Baptist church and am privileged to partner with other churches who align with the SBC. Here’s a few thoughts…

Nuff said: Pastor ponderings

“Nuff said” is a collection of saved entries from across the interwebs. Here are some interesting, provocative and fun things for your reading and viewing. This particular entry focuses on pastors and offers tips for encouraging your pastor and tips for pastors surviving ministry for the long haul.

Video: Northstar’s 2015 Highlight video

This is a seven-minute video featuring the ministry highlights and special moments of Northstar Church in Blacksburg, Virginia. My family and I are grateful to be a part of a group of Christians that genuinely embrace “being the church.”

Nuff Said: Bonhoeffer too popular? When $17.38 changes a life.. Churches & communication… The death of cultural Christianity… A college president stands up… Star Wars cast acapella

Nuff said: The latest random assortment of thoughts from the inter webs is collected by Jeff and includes: an article that questions whether Bonhoeffer is too popular. Also, read about how $17.38 can change change someone’s life. “Communication is the hardest thing we do,” as a church. The death of cultural Christianity (and why it’s a good thing). Finally, a college president stands up.. And, you’ve got to watch this Star Wars cast acapella medley with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots.

Our Story: From planting to growth

The next chapter of Jeff and Carolyn’s life adventure called “Our Story” features the development of Journey Church in Monticello, Arkansas.

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