Every year we take one of the first portions of the year and dedicate it to prayer and fasting. It’s our simple way at Vortex to put God first as we enter in a new season. It’s interesting because, essentially those 21 days is a season within a season, a moment within a more significant, grander moment. There are lots of seasons within seasons. I probably enjoyed this year’s fast as much as I have any to date. My wife and I worked as a team. It really elevated our levels of c
During this blog series, I’ve shared what I didn’t know about planting a church when I started the adventure to plant Vortex Church in Albemarle, NC. Most guys who strike out to start a church come from a similar context to me: they were on staff at a church doing something awesome for Jesus. It’s so easy to overlook something that’s obvious: when you’re on staff at a church you’re typically surrounded with significant relationships. To be on staff at a church, the church wou
Anything worth doing is not going to be easy. That’s the truth in life, and that’s the truth in church planting. As I coach other church planters, I’ve noticed that that are a lot of us that approach this without a lot of respect for the work it’s going to take to sustain a move of God. Throughout history, all great moves of God have been a lot of work for the people involved. In the mid-19th century, the great preacher Charles Finney led revivals throughout the US in what be
When you start a journey, it’s always exciting. The first few steps of a run, the first few miles of a road trip… there’s always a sense of wonder and expectation. The same is true of the journey to plant a church. It started with good dreams: helping people find a meaningful relationship with Jesus, seeing broken families healed and the lost being found. I neglected to understand this important fact: to see all that happens we would have to gather a bunch of sinners together
One, primary lesson in dealing with pregnant women, as a man, is to never tell them, “I know what you’re going through.” You can’t compare the experience of having a child grow inside you to having a kidney stone, having surgery, or even having ate too much. A pregnant woman won’t have anything of the sorts. If you attempt such comparisons, you’re likely to suffer the wrath of a woman unlike you have ever suffered before. And for good reasons. What we experience as men, even
This Sunday we’re transitioning from ONE service to MULTIPLE SERVICES at Vortex! We desperately need to increase our capacity to reach more people, so this is just us trying to be faithful to what God is doing in our church. We want to reach more people, because we believe that there are more people who DESPERATELY NEED to be touched by the powerful, life-giving message of Jesus. I wanted to share a few things to expect as our services change… 1. Services will not be as long.