Archive for Church planting

Who and Why 2010

Yesterday I did one of the most fun things I get to do all year – write out my end of year giving checks.  J  Go ahead – call me a dork, lump me in with all of those crazies who get a rush out of paying bills or cleaning toilets, and I’ll be just […]

Posted by: Julie on Friday, December 24th, 2010

Helping People Find Their Way Back To God in Namyoya, Uganda

Today we went to Namyoya Christian Church, the church Community has supported through Celebration Generosity the past two years as a part of Community’s vision to eradicate poverty and help people find their way back to God one village at a time in Uganda, Africa.  Boy, is it working!! Through the work of Global Family […]

Posted by: Julie on Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Don’t give me none of that bad economy talk!

  The economy is bad.  That’s the obvious.  Now quit saying it and thus claiming it as true.  Rise above it.  Defeat it.  Generously give your way out of this bad economy and pour into a certain investment. This past weekend, Community did just that.  Across all of Community’s nine locations, over $410,000 was given away to […]

Posted by: Julie on Friday, March 20th, 2009

God is Hitting the Accelerator at Community!

Ok so have you experienced this recently?….You’re in the car and someone (maybe it’s you!) hits the accelerator rather suddenly and you kinda feel this “umph!” as you jet forward and continue in a rapid motion down the highway toward your destination… My personal favorite is when you’re in a golf cart and you’re in […]

Posted by: Julie on Thursday, November 6th, 2008

What Does Your Heart Break For?

We’ve been continuing in this great series at Community called The Leader Within.  In this four-week series we’ve been talking about the Heart of a Leader, the Vision of a Leader, the Struggle of a Leader, and this weekend we’ll be talking about the Legacy of a Leader.  Click on any one of these titles to view the message online. […]

Posted by: Julie on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

If Someone Gave $1 Million to NewThing…

This week I had the pleasure of spending time with our 17 NewThing Affiliates, our lead pastors from all 17 NewThing Affiliate churches across the country.  What an impressive group this is.  These guys are entrepreneurial, innovative, committed, and relentlessly devoted to catalyzing a movement of reproducing churches that help people find their way back […]

Posted by: Julie on Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Share It. All Boats Rise.

I had the pleasure of connecting again with a good friend of mine and esteemed colleague at Exponential last week.  I’ve gotta brag on him a little bit…. Brad Leeper is one of the senior fundraising strategists at Generis, one of the leading Christian fundraising consulting firms in the country.  I was introduced to Brad […]

Posted by: Julie on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Chinese Food, Collaboration, and Church Planting

What do you get when you put those three things together?  You get the picture to the left!  This is our crowd at the Exponential Conference last week in Orlando.  This year’s theme was, ‘The DNA of Reproducing Churches,’ so naturally our team had a lot to say – and a lot to learn from the […]

Posted by: Julie on Monday, April 28th, 2008

Risks and Opportunities…

Ok, I have to brag a bit on my new friend and esteemed colleague Ed Bahler.  Ed came out to Community this past Monday to lead us in a day-long vision/strategy session regarding an opportunity we are exploring in the nearby under-resourced community of East Aurora.  We gathered together a group of a few staff leaders from Community, a few […]

Posted by: Julie on Thursday, April 17th, 2008

A Learning Organization

I just read the March issue of the Harvard Business Review, and there are some terrific articles in there to check out if you are at all interested in leadership, organizational growth, strategy, authenticity, talent management, and much more.  This month’s issue is great.  This morning I read a particular article entitled, ‘Is Yours a Learning […]

Posted by: Julie on Friday, March 21st, 2008