It’s Time – We’re Stepping Away from Grace Hills Church

It’s Time – We’re Stepping Away from Grace Hills Church

At this time ten years ago, Angie and I were just beginning to dream and plan for the planting of Grace Hills Church. We had walked through some brokenness and had found within our staff and small group communities at Saddleback Church a great deal of healing. It was...
Free Church Newcomers and Membership Class Curriculum

Free Church Newcomers and Membership Class Curriculum

We’re a purpose driven church, which means we believe in having a very intentional process for discipleship – for introducing people to each next step in their spiritual journey. For every church that wants to create this pipeline, I highly recommend...
5 Words of Wisdom and Caution for a Growing Church

5 Words of Wisdom and Caution for a Growing Church

Five years ago, Grace Hills Church was made up of about 35 of us. Last year, our final year meeting in a movie theater, we had an average worship attendance of about 240. And since moving into our current location in January of this year, that average has been 385...
How to Know When Sunday Was a Success

How to Know When Sunday Was a Success

This past Sunday, Grace Hills had our big Premiere Sunday at the Malco Pinnacle Hills Cinema. We had less than three weeks to prepare for the big move after making the decision to switch locations, so the last week or two have been fairly stressful, but when the big...
Grace Hills, Happy Birthday! You've Been Featured In a Magazine!

Grace Hills, Happy Birthday! You've Been Featured In a Magazine!

Well Grace Hills, you’ve been featured in a two-page spread in Ministry Today magazine (<- click that link to read this issue), which has a readership of somewhere in the ballpark of 100,000. It’s fairly appropriate that the magazine arrived in my mail...
Every Church Should BE a Recovery Ministry

Every Church Should BE a Recovery Ministry

Some churches don’t want a recovery ministry – a ministry that specializes in helping people deal with their addictions and pain – because of the messes they’d have to get involved in. That’s tragic. Most churches in this category are...

When Things Get Real in a Church Plant

A snapshot taken in our first official “second” service, 1/19/2014. I am humbled! Today marked the 2nd anniversary of our launch as Grace Hills Church. Today, we also launched a second morning worship service – something I’ll write about later....
Let's Make Disciples of All the Nations… Today!

Let's Make Disciples of All the Nations… Today!

Jesus told us plainly, don’t talk about a harvest happening someday. Look at the fields that are white for the harvest today. As long as we see the Great Commission as some far off, unreachable goal, we will remain far off from reaching our goal. Earlier today,...

Grace Hills – You're a Game Changing Church

This past Sunday marked the second week in our latest teaching series, Game Changers. With week one, we focused in on Jesus as the ultimate game changer who gave His life as a ransom for anyone who would trust in Him for all of eternity. Nothing and no one has ever...

The Power of Preaching a Limitless Life

Last Sunday, we wrapped up our teaching in the series Limitless Life, based on the book by Derwin Gray by the same title. The basic idea is that we are all limited by the labels we wear. Some of those labels were given to us by other people and others, we’ve...

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