What’s Up Right Now?

A Now Page is a place to describe where you are at and what you are focused during the season you find yourself in.

Updated: July 22, 2017

It has been announced. Our church, Real Life, is sending my wife and I to plant a church in Missoula, MT. We will be moving in 3 weeks on August 14, then take a week vacation to catch the Great American Eclipse, for which I am giddy. We will return to Missoula roughly August 22. For the next few weeks following, we will be on “sabbatical” adjusting to Missoula, getting our two boys in school, and unpacking. After that, we will start the process of in-depth demographic research, connecting with people, and generally getting the ball rolling. As of now, the plan is to have our first launch service in the fall of 2018.

A lot of my energy has been focused on church planting, including reading several books including People Raising, Launch, and It’s Personal. I am currently in the early stages of setting up raising support for the church plant. My wife and I are trying to wrap things up here in Moscow, ID as well as finding a place to live in Missoula. If you want to follow us in this journey, you can sign up for our newsletter down below.

As far as personal study, I’ve been enjoying the podcasts of Reconstruct, Depolarize, Mere Fidelity, Theopolis, The Art of Manliness, 5 Minutes in Church History, and Newsworthy with Norsworthy. There are some others but these are the main courses of my podcast diet. About 2 months ago I “read” the audio book version of Leadership and Self Deception. The book was so impactful I have successfully encouraged several others to listen to it as well. Great book for more than just leadership – marriage, parenting, friendships, etc. I have finished a couple of N.T. Wright books including How God Became King and Surprised by Scripture. In the dock for reading includes The Lost World of Genesis One. Other books I hope to get to quickly include Tools of Titans. I’m currently in a season, however, that will not afford me much studying.

As a youth pastor, my summer is full of camps and activities. We just finished our middle school camp which was great! I co-directed and co-spoke at it. The theme was Undone and we worked through the book of Acts. The main point is that book of Acts is undone and we are to continue its story. High school camp is the first part of August. “Camp” isn’t exactly what it is as we attend CIY: Move in Corvallis, OR. They have a great program, dynamic speakers, and high level worship.

During the month of July, there will be a lot of behind the scenes stuff happening that I will eventually share about when the time is appropriate but would appreciate prayers until then.

As of now, that is what I’m up to.

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