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Today my family and I head to Cincinnati to hang out with my wife’s family for a few days. This will be a time of food, fun (catching a Reds baseball game) and relaxation. I plan on reading a couple of books on the drive there and back. I also plan to visit Crossroads Church this Sunday. I hear great things about them and love visiting other churches. Something tells me chili is in my future, too! I hope you have a great weekend, too.

Great advice, counsel and words of wisdom from my friend, Scott Williams. Please watch this and reflect on it. It can be revolutionary to your life and family.

Sister church in Haiti

Today I leave to lead a mission team from my campus to Haiti. We’re taking 8 men from my church to minister with an orphanage, school and to help do construction on our sister church that we support. I’ll be preaching the gospel there on Sunday. Pray for us!

Today, my worship pastor (Matt Rector) and I are in Dallas for the next few days for the ECHO Conference. I’ve spoke at and attended ECHO for several years and always look forward to what they offer. If you’ve never checked out the ECHO Conference or ECHO HUB, I encourage you to check them out. Plan on attending ECHO next year and start using the resources of ECHO HUB right now.

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Join us for the Catalyst Conference (www.catalystconference.comOctober 3-5, 2012 in Atlanta, GA, where 13,000 young leaders will converge for the leadership experience of the year, including high-octane speakers, powerful worship, innovative programming, and a leadership experience unlike any other.

Hear from leadership authorities including Andy StanleyPatrick Lencioni, Francis Chan, David Platt, Christine Caine, Craig Groeschel, Perry Noble and Matt Chandler, along with several innovative thinkers and practitioners like Emmy award winning executive producer of Survivor Mark Burnett, Harlem Children’s Zone founder and TIME 2011 Most Influential People list Geoffrey Canada, Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson, musician Israel Houghton, uber blogger and best-selling author Jon Acuff, , and best-selling authors and TED Talks sensations Susan Cain and Simon Sinek.

Plus, Catalyst Labs will feature innovative thought leaders like Reggie Joiner, Michael Hyatt, Mark Batterson, Tim Elmore, Lysa Terkeurst, David Platt, Carlos Whittaker, Eugene Cho, Bob Goff, Lynne Hybels, Tullian Tchividjian, Jen Hatmaker, Jon Acuff, and others. 

special registration rate of $199 is being made available to you (over $120 savings). To take advantage of this Exclusive offer, call 888.334.6569 to speak with the Catalyst Concierge team, or register at and use RATE CODE FOB.

This rate expires on Thursday, June 28th (TODAY), so make sure and register early. 


Two weeks ago we moved to Missouri and that took an entire week. Last week I was back in Dallas for Catalyst. Yesterday was the first “normal” day  I’ve experienced in a while. Things are busy and crazy as I settle into my new ministry position. I have many thoughts to share about what God is showing me. Please know I love being a Campus Pastor and know I’m exactly where God wants me. More soon.

I’ve been living alone – away from my family – for the past 3 weeks. Today, I fly back to Georgia to move my family to Missouri. This is a big week for us as we pack up our home, load up a truck and head west to our new home in southwest Missouri. Pray for us as we move this week. More soon!

Today, I’m meeting with a social media client in Atlanta and then hanging around for a board meeting with Parable Creative. I encourage you to get to know Josh Webb and the folks at Parable Creative, if you haven’t already.

Wednesday through Friday, I’ll be at the Catalyst Conference. If you’re going to be there, be sure to connect with me and say “Hi”. Saturday, I’ll be attending the West Ridge School of Church Planting. This week will be busy and full of meetings and late nights, so I’ll blog again when I can.

Today I leave for my good old hometown of Dallas, TX. I’ll be hanging out at the ECHO Conference for the next few days. If you’re going to be there, please find me and say “hello”. I’m looking forward to being back in a city that I love and getting to see several friends from around the country that are coming to the conference.

Friday, I’ll be leaving Dallas and flying to Salt Lake City, Utah to hang out for six days with my friend, Charles Hill (founder of The Sticks Conference). Charles is planting a church near Salt Lake City, Utah (which happens to be the most un-churched city in the US) and I’ll get to attend his second preview service this Sunday. I can’t wait to share with you all what God shows me from my time with Charles.

As you know, I have a big heart for church planters and church plants in general. I love all church planters, regardless of where they plant, but I’m very passionate about hard to reach and unchurched areas like the Northeast, Pacific Northwest and where I’m going to be in Utah.

I’m also praying through some big decisions these days and would appreciate your prayers, as I believe God is leading me to start a church planting movement. I’ll be blogging more about the vision of this movement in the near future, but for now – please just pray for me. I feel God is up to something and stirring something inside of me and I feel my time with Charles in Utah is going to mess me up (for good)!

Can you believe it’s almost August?

The following is a blog post from my friend, Terrace Crawford. If you can give anything (this week) to help him get to Philly – that would be awesome. Read his words:

Our team has been preparing for this experience for months on end now and we’ve been raising funds to help our team get there; however, we are falling short. I am personally trying to raise $1,000 dollars this week to help us meet our goal. Would you consider helping me? Any donation would be appreciated.

This week (until Friday at 5:00PM EST) I am designating all funds that come through for this mission. That means, any donation made through PayPal (through the donation link in the sidebar of his site) until 5PM Friday will be marked and used for this Mission.
God has been faithfully meeting my personal needs and I’m trusting Him to meet this financial need too. If you would like to give a gift by mail, please email me. If you cannot give at this time would you consider blogging, tweeting or linking to this via Facebook? I’d be so appreciative of any support you give our team. Thanks most importantly for your prayers.
To donate go HERE.