SeaCoast Grace

Good Friday @ SCG

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to be part of the speaking team for our Good Friday services at SeaCoast Grace. It was a powerful time as we considered God’s great love for us in going to the cross. What I have especially loved about our Good Friday services is that the pastoral team, as well as the worship teams from the different venues, have all played a part in this service over the past two years. We truly have a talented bunch of teachers and musicians. If you weren’t able to attend the service, I encourage you to see it in its entirety below.

Standing Out in the Crowd

Tired of my promotional screen shots getting lost in the crowd of pre-service announcements, I decided to create some creative and thought-provoking stand outs to promote Small Groups at SeaCoast Grace Church. The result has been very positive. In fact, I’ve received many more comments and inquiries from these slides, which are rotated from week to week, than I ever did from any previous announcement slides.

In marketing, less is usually more! Therefore, we need to clear the clutter and make the message matter. That’s what I’ve tried to do with these pieces. What do you think? What’s your personal favorite?

 

Serving Along the Journey

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to be part of our speaking team during the services at SeaCoast Grace Church. For the last couple of weeks we’ve been on The Journey to Easter, talking about how to prepare our heart and mind for resurrection by discussing the purposes of Lent. This weekend we concluded our series, by talking about acts of service. As a pastoral team, we each unpacked amazing stories from those at SCG who have picked up the towel to serve the needs of those around us.

I invite you to grab a cup of coffee, sit down and be inspired by the faith of God’s people who saw a need, took a risk, assessed their gifts, resourced a need and told the Story.

How to Invite Your Friends to Easter

Easter is the biggest day on the church calendar! It’s the celebration of the resurrection of Christ, the defeat of death, the victory over sin and the grave, and the promise of new life for people everywhere. And, studies show that people are more likely to go to church on Easter than any other day because it’s such a big deal. So to encourage our people to invite a friend to one of our Easter services at SeaCoast Grace Church last year, we made a fun and entertaining video, How To Invite Your Friends to Easter, which we played in our services a few weekends before Easter.

What was originally designed to be a fun motivating piece to help our people move beyond their fears and to use our printed invitations to invite a friend, became a popular link on Facebook, which was used to invite their friends to one of our Easter celebrations. What happened was beyond what we expected. The video literally went viral and to date has over 6,000 hits!

I don’t know what our video and drama teams have cooked up for this Easter, but I hope it’s as fun and as well received as last years edition…

 

The Leader’s Edge

Last fall I started an online video training segment for our small group leaders at SCG called The Leader’s Edge. The purpose of the video training has been to offer bite size sound bits to our small groups on topics relevant to them in a format that would be quick and convenient for them to take in. The implementation of this video training was a shift in our small group leadership development strategy, because it had become clear that trying to do an additional 2-3 workshops a year was unnecessarily taking our leaders away from their families and/or their groups a few more nights a year. So after discussion with the team, we decided this was the best stewardship of our leader’s time as well as the churches resources.

None of our online trainings have been more than 10 minutes in length and each training addresses the needs, issues and topics that small group leaders consider relevant. The purpose of these segments isn’t to cast vision, but to provide timeless training segments that can be watched and listened to at any point in the group’s development, especially as needs and issues arise in the group and the leader needs help and perspective in addressing them. And trying to crunch down a topic into 8-10 minute segments forces us to make sure we’re clear and concise in our communication.

In this week’s segment of The Leader’s Edge, I talk about how to creatively integrate prayer into our small groups. If you’re interested, have a listen…

How Great Thou Art

One of the great blessings of being on staff at SeaCoast Grace Church has been getting to know an amazing community of musicians and vocalists. Our talented team is as good as they come. They have fun together. They do life together. And they lead each week with passion and excellence!

This past week one of our vocalists, Stevie Mackey brought us a beautiful rendition of How Great Thou Art, complimented with a amazing guitar solo by Ken Song! Stevie and I have done many a service together, and after watching this video, you will better understand why I don’t like following Stevie on stage!

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