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Can You Share Your Vision in An Elevator Speech?

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There are often crucial moments when we have an opportunity to be vision-casters with people, one-on-one. It may be a car ride making a visit, coffee with a fellow member, or a staff meeting with five extra minutes at the end. It begs the question, could I state my vision for my …

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Dream Bigger – Ask More

"You do not have, because you do not ask." (James 4:2 ESV) James the Apostle had the spiritual gift of bluntness. We've received the benefit of his brutally honest thoughts, such as when he answers a common question with such a common sense answer. Why don't I have? Because I …

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Pastor, What’s Your Timeline for the Next Year?

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When we started the work of planting Grace Hills, we developed a timeline to established what we hoped to be doing for the first six months - our "pre-launch" process. It looked like this (except it included July and August - couldn't find that version): Lately, we've …

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10 Ways to Raise the Spiritual Temperature of Your Church

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There is a cold, hard fact I remind myself of often as a Pastor. No one does more to determine the spiritual temperature of my church than me, the Pastor. It's part of shepherding. I'm the lid. I'm the limit. I define passion as the heated desire with us to do or to be …

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Why is 2013 Going to Rock at Grace Hills?

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2012 was an awesome year for Grace Hills! Angie and I arrived in northwest Arkansas with a big dream and have continued to be amazed at the great things God has done this year. We launched on January 15 with 176 people in attendance, far exceeding our goals and expectations. And …

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How’s the Dream Going?

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In the late spring of 2011, Angie and I spent a lot of time dreaming and talking about what Grace Hills Church would look like. I wrote our conversations out in a form that I later presented at our very first informational meeting about Grace Hills Church on July 17, 2011. Since …

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Think Bigger

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You know what my problem is? I think too small. Every time I expect big things from God, He surprises me with more, which is both a delight as well as a shame. I need to think bigger! In a recent ten-minute message I gave at a church planting assessment, I address this very …

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The Vision of Grace Hills Church

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Grace Hills exists to gather a community of people who are coming to know Jesus and serving others for God's glory. It's a grace place, where people can experience open arms, a second (or 77th) chance, and a real balance of grace and truth. In the last two months, we've …

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Casting the Vision for a New Church Plant

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This past Sunday was an exciting day for us. We've spent months dreaming and planning for the planting of Grace Hills Church. We hauled our belongings across the country, then stayed with some friends while waiting for the closing on our home purchase. We booked a storefront …

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Dear Church… Go and Multiply

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My friend, Stephen Gray, has recently made a comment on Twitter that has really hit home with Angie and I... Church multiplication is a spiritual decision of a church to put the needs of a desperate world before self-preservation. And that reminds me of another thought …

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