The OFFICIAL Podcast & Blog for Garretson!

Hi everyone! I have some really exciting news to share. As many of you know, about a year ago I began something called “The Blue Light Podcast.” The goal was to shed a light on the incredible community I call home. This year I had the opportunity to upgrade the podcast by streaming the videoContinue reading “The OFFICIAL Podcast & Blog for Garretson!”

Your Church NEEDS to Change in Three Ways!

The future is often stuck in a perpetual replay of the past. The events and attitudes of yesterday mold and shape tomorrow. Studying history can be incredibly prophetic in understanding the landscape of the 21st century. One of the books I am reading for seminary is called The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan Hatch. BeforeContinue reading “Your Church NEEDS to Change in Three Ways!”

Why all the denominations?

People are often puzzled by the incredible amount of denominations in Christianity – especially in the United States. Many of these denominations began in the 1800s as people began to apply the principles of democracy and personal freedom to religion. As people exercised what they believed to be God-given reason and logic, it fostered aContinue reading “Why all the denominations?”

We have authority issues…

I LOVE history. One of the things I find incredible about studying history is the direct relevance it has on our lives today. I’m currently reading a book called The Democratization of American Christianity. The book explores 19th century Christianity in the early United States. It has given me amazing insight into why we actContinue reading “We have authority issues…”

Three Ways to Shut the Backdoor of YOUR Church

This post is the fourth of a series posts of my reflections on the Small Town, Big Church Roundtable event I attended at The Rescue Church. I encourage you to read the first three: 1. It Takes ALL Kinds of Churches… 2. Three Reasons Your Church is Struggling Financially 3. Hiring Church Staff with No Money Every churchContinue reading “Three Ways to Shut the Backdoor of YOUR Church”

Three Qualities of a Go-Getter

This post was inspired by the classic book Go-Getter by Peter Kyne. Let’s be real. Many people in your organization, whether its a church or a business, are not go-getters. Everybody claims that they are… they just aren’t. A go-getter is someone who will accomplish an objective in the face of impossible and discouraging obstacles. AreContinue reading “Three Qualities of a Go-Getter”

Hiring Church Staff with No Money

This post is the third of a series posts of my reflections on the Small Town, Big Church Roundtable event I attended at The Rescue Church. I encourage you to read the first two: It Takes ALL Kinds of Churches… Three Reasons Your Church is Struggling Financially The pastorate can be incredibly lonely. This feelingContinue reading “Hiring Church Staff with No Money”

The Art of Conversation… for Introverts!

I’m an introvert. I’m also a pastor. In my role as a pastor, I am forced out of my comfortable and solitary box to form genuine connections with people on a regular basis. Those of you that are introverts understand how seemingly impossible this is for us! Being an introvert does NOT mean I’m shy. Shyness is one ofContinue reading “The Art of Conversation… for Introverts!”

The Importance of Mentors

In order to be successful in any area of life – family, business, religion, education, etc. – you NEED mentors. Mentors are men and women who are further along than you are in your respective field, and are willing to teach, encourage, and train you. The Apostle Paul understood this powerful concept. He wrote aboutContinue reading “The Importance of Mentors”

Why Seminary?

As some of you may know, I will begin attending Sioux Falls Seminary this Fall. I have received many questions and congratulations as I begin my new journey into higher education. With that being said, I also believe people have assumed certain reasons as to why I am going – some of them being trueContinue reading “Why Seminary?”