Lancaster Newspapers’ “A Good Neighbor Policy,” and My Own Thoughts on Neighboring with a Purposeful Plan, Place and Presence.

Lancaster Newspapers’ “A Good Neighbor Policy,” and My Own Thoughts on Neighboring with a Purposeful Plan, Place and Presence.

On Monday morning, I enjoyed a conversation with Lancaster Newspapers‘ Staff Writer Earle Cornelius inside the lobby at East Petersburg Mennonite Church. I deeply enjoyed my time with Earle Cornelius – it was certainly one of the best times and interviews that I have ever had with a reporter. As we met and talked – I was presented…

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Practicing Wimber’s 7 Constants: Telling My Story, His Story and Our Story to the Merchandiser Community Newspaper

Practicing Wimber’s 7 Constants: Telling My Story, His Story and Our Story to the Merchandiser Community Newspaper

When John Wimber used to address church planters in the Vineyard, he had a list of important elements he encouraged them to live out. I remember encountering and learning these elements through conversations, during my time in the Vineyard. However, recently they have been pushed out again for us by Missiologists Ed Stetzer and Daniel Im.…

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A Series Exploring Intentional and Invested Presence in Our Neighborhoods

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A Series Exploring Intentional and Invested Presence in Our Neighborhoods

No matter where I have lived, and I have lived many places, I have loved learning to be really intentional and invested in the neighborhood, or area, that I call home. Some of you may have heard me say this before, but I love to intentionally; live, breathe, play, invest, work, eat, shop and worship as much…

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Free Movie in the Park with Secret Life of Pets, July 1st at the East Petersburg Community Park

Free Movie in the Park with Secret Life of Pets, July 1st at the East Petersburg Community Park

As many of you are aware, for the past few years I’ve been involved with the East Petersburg Events Committee. It is just one of the ways that I have found myself intentionally invested and involved in our local neighborhood. Each year the East Petersburg Events Committee puts on some great free events in the East…

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Photographs from An Impromptu Trip of Rest to Assateague Island and Ocean City Maryland

Photographs from An Impromptu Trip of Rest to Assateague Island and Ocean City Maryland

I have always been an impromptu individual. Prior to having kids, it wasn’t uncommon for Katie McLain and I to just go somewhere on the whim, when we could afford it. Prior to be married, I lived more out of a suitcase and by my thumb them any other way. There are times when life…

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Shipwrecked: Following Paul’s Seafaring Journey

Shipwrecked: Following Paul’s Seafaring Journey

On Sunday mornings at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, we’ve been in a series called Shipwrecked. Shipwrecked follows Paul’s seafaring journey as a sentenced prisoner in chains. I believe that Paul’s seafaring journey teaches us to faithfully depend on God and stay-the-mission, even in the moments we feel bound by our circumstances. This has been a…

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Spring Leadership Assembly Tonight! A Free Tool for Church Planters to Hit Your Target

Spring Leadership Assembly Tonight! A Free Tool for Church Planters to Hit Your Target

This evening, we start our two-day Spring Leadership Assembly of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference. Our theme this year is Missional Movement and Multiplication. Throughout the weekend, church multipliers will be talking about key aspects of church planting and localized missional engagement. As the Lead Pastor of East Petersburg Mennonite Church, I am super excited that we are…

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An Update From My Transitional Break

An Update From My Transitional Break

For the past few weeks, East Petersburg Mennonite Church has invited me to take a Transitional Break. This several week break was designed to give both me and the church a chance to own and mark my transition from Associate Pastor to Lead Pastor. This break started after Easter Sunday and stretches to Mother’s Day…

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Live from Exponential East in Orlando.

Live from Exponential East in Orlando.

This year, as I move from Associate Pastor to Lead Pastor at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, I was encouraged to mark the change by taking a little over three weeks as a Transitional Break. Thankfully, that Transitional Break has provided me with the opportunity to get down to Orlando, for the Exponential East Conference of 2017.  This…

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8th Annual Spring Kick Off Car Show Coming To The East Petersburg Park

8th Annual Spring Kick Off Car Show Coming To The East Petersburg Park

I want to invite you out to the 8th Annual Spring Kick Off Car Show is coming to the East Petersburg Community Park on May 6th, 2017. This is an amazing time put together by the Vagabond’s Rod and Custom Club and the East Petersburg Events Committee. If you have a vintage, classic or spruced up ride;…

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