My church office received an email today that called me out for what was printed in the local newspaper reporting on my involvement in the City Council meeting last Monday. A woman named Kathy wrote this: Dear Pastor Mikels, Reading the newspaper Tuesday morning, I felt quite sad to read about your objections to our community protecting […]
This is part of a series of posts aimed at supporting and encouraging the volunteers of Lafayette Community Church. Sunday Review Our past two Sunday gatherings have been truly refreshing to me. For one thing, Jake Steffes has been selecting our music, and he has done a great job of not only picking songs that […]
This is part of a series of posts aimed at supporting and encouraging the volunteers of Lafayette Community Church. Sunday Review What an incredible Sunday we experienced last week! Not only did we get the weekend started right with our Volunteer Refresh event on Saturday evening, but the whole weekend we were blessed to have […]
This is part of a series of posts aimed at supporting and encouraging the volunteers of Lafayette Community Church. Sunday Review Music http://grooveshark.com/playlist/2012+10+21+LCC+WORSHIP/78537924 What made the music for this past Sunday extra special and extra refreshing for me was that Jake Steffes took the lead on planning the setlist and coordinating the band practice. I […]
This is part of a series of posts aimed at supporting and encouraging the volunteers of Lafayette Community Church. Sunday Review Message On Sunday, I started a brand new series of messages I’m calling “f.i.g.h.t” to cover the five skills you need to handle any kind of conflict that may come your way. This is […]
This is part of a series of posts aimed at supporting and encouraging the volunteers of Lafayette Community Church. Sunday Review Before I report on this last Sunday, I need to apologize for not putting out a report for the previous week. I have no excuse other than I let myself get too busy with […]
Sunday Review Another week has come and gone, but this last Sunday, I felt like I was in nearly full health, and I also felt strong in what I had to say in our service. As a result, even though I went home exhausted after our morning gatherings, I was encouraged by the great things […]
This past weekend was a real answer to prayer. For me, the biggest thing was that all last week, I was out of commission with some kind of respiratory sickness. It was like a cold, but I was really, really tired. I spent most of Tuesday through Thursday sleeping, and during it all, I had […]
For many reasons, this Sunday was a special Sunday for me. It marked the first time in my life I have taught through the entire book of Romans, it marked the end of our summer series and the beginning of our Fall outreach season, and it was the Sunday before my wife’s birthday. That’s right, […]
For the past few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about how to be a better leader, how to do a better job of organizing and inspiring people around a common vision with healthy relationships, and one conclusion kept coming back to me. I need to do a better job of communicating what is […]
Earlier this week, a discussion among the worship band members at my church pointed to this article where Bill Blankschaen describes his frustration with worship songs sung in churches on Sunday mornings and tells us “Why I’ve stopped singing in your church.” As of this writing right now, he has 241 comments, and he only […]
Some Context This past week, a number of stories came out in my local newspaper reporting on and analyzing the arrest of a local pastor. He has been accused of placing and monitoring video equipment in the female bathrooms at the church. If you haven’t read the articles, don’t worry about not knowing the details. […]
With Everything (Elevation Remix) – by Hillsong United from Elevation Worship on Vimeo. The quality of music coming out of Elevation Church is truly remarkable especially when you consider many of the risks they take regarding instrumentation. Check out their Vimeo page to see more.
Leadership takes guts and authenticity. Lead well and you’re unstoppable.
Found at this other blog. Quoting the original article: This unexpected, spontaneous, and scripted dance (aka Flash dance) was performed by over twenty thousand people. How did they do it? Planners recruited 800 people using Facebook and Twitter Choreographers taught a simple dance to these 800 “dancers” Dancers were planted amongst the crowd, who then […]