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Who Cares How Much Leadership Experience You Have?

Pegs

Pegs – coloured – concepts  by Ruth LIvingstone

Yes.

And I mean it!

I recently realized something really simple that I can’t believe it eluded me for so long.

While I have been leading for many years…

While I was a youth pastor with a thriving youth ministry for over a decade…

While I have plenty of skills, understanding, and knowledge about how to lead a church…

While I have read multiple books on leadership…

None of that means that those I lead are at the same leadership level as I am.

So what does this require of me?

I MUST MEET PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE AT.

I realized that I have constantly expected people to operate at the same level that I am at.  To do the things that I do.  To understand everything I understand.

Notice that inherent in that belief is the thought that I know better than everyone else.

Hardly. 

But, even if I do, I cannot expect people to learn overnight what it has taken me years upon years to learn.

This would be nice in a fantasy world, but not in reality.

To see people understand what I understand and do what I can do, it takes…

Time.

Patience.

Grace.

Understanding.

Relationship.

And, with all of that in mind, I remember this:

We will grow together.

While those I lead are growing under my leadership, I must continue to grow too.  And, much of my growth will come from things that they teach me.

The people I lead don’t care how much leadership knowledge I have.  They care about whether I’ll walk with them in this journey of growth.

I’m ready.

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Posted by on September 18, 2013 in CityLife Church, Leadership, Life, Uncategorized

 

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Disciples

9-11-13 Disciples

On Sunday, CityLife had its first ever Vision Night.  With close to 200 people in attendance, I was blown away by so many who are solidly with us as a church and are committed to seeing our church have an impact in the city of Los Angeles.

And, the greatest part of the night?  Baptizing 5 people who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ.  It was amazing!

I gave a financial update about where our church is at and talked about our vision as we move forward.  I mainly used the text from the Bible that is found in Matthew 28:18-20.  It states,

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Ever since starting CityLife, I have had the opportunity to baptize around five people who I have personally led to Christ.  There is nothing that compares to being able to walk with someone who is crossing the line of salvation, giving their lives fully to Jesus!  It’s one thing for me to preach and see people come to Jesus…it’s a wholly different thing to personally walk with people as they encounter Jesus.

And, that’s why these verses are so important.  I could write a long post about those verses, but I want to focus on one simple concept:

Disciples make disciples.

Jesus, a little before ascending to heaven, pulls his disciples together and tells them to make disciples.  

Notice this: Jesus didn’t pull pastors together and tell them to make disciples.  He didn’t pull a group of prophets or teachers together and tell them to make disciples.  He didn’t grab apostles or even evangelists.  

He told his disciples to make disciples.

If you are a disciple of Jesus, then you are called to make disciples.  You are called to walk with others as they are on their journey of faith.  You are called to baptize them as they place their faith in Jesus.  You are called to continue walking with them as they too become a follower of Jesus Christ.

YOU.

Not some Super Christian or some theological genius.

YOU.

Not the pastor, worship leader, small group leader, or anyone else with the title or qualifications.

YOU.

Go for it!  You can do this!  God’s spirit is with you!

Go and disciple today.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2013 in CityLife Church, Life, Ministry, Uncategorized

 

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The CityLife Weekly

Hey everybody!

This has been a great week! We had our Dodger game this last weekend and we had a great Sunday together. Lots of good things are happening and I am so excited.

So, let’s get right to it!

1. Wednesday Night Live TONIGHT! We will meet together at 7pm tonight for a time of communion, prayer, an encouraging word, and celebrating volunteers. Meet with us at 10859 Burbank Blvd. See you there!

2. Vision Night! What do you do when you put a food truck, a special service, a talk about the future of our church and much more all together? Vision Night! This Sunday at 5pm at East Valley High School. Do not miss this! (Our morning services continue as planned.)

3. Baptisms! There is nothing quite like baptisms. This Sunday at our Vision Night celebration, we will also have baptisms. Various people are already confirmed. If you want to get baptized, send me an email at pastorjeff@citylifela.org.

Let’s continue our week placing our trust and confidence in Jesus. He is good!

Be blessed!

Pastor Jeff

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2013 in CityLife Church

 

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The CityLife Weekly

5-20-13 The CityLife WeeklyHey everyone!

After taking a break for a few weeks from blogging, I’m back!  A lot has been going on with CityLife and I am extremely excited about this upcoming season in our church.  So, here are some notes!

1. Thanks for inviting! So many of you have been inviting family members and friends to come to CityLife and it has been great.  Let’s keep it up.  There are still so many people who need to experience the love of Jesus.

2. Our LifeGroups are awesome! In conjunction with our current series called “Hello?”, where we are talking about communication with God, we also have special teaching that is only happening in our groups.  Reports have been great about what people are learning and experiencing in the groups.  God is good!

3. Our current series “Hello?” has been amazing! I feel so strongly about what we have been talking about the last few weeks.  If you haven’t heard the messages, or if you missed one, check them out here!

4. Vision Night is coming up on September 8th! We will have food, music, teaching, baptisms, and we will be praying over and sending out our first ever church plant from CityLife!  It will be an amazing night.  If you want to get baptized, let us know on Sunday and we will get you ready for it.

5. Dodgers! For those of you who signed up and are ready to go to the Dodgers game, this is for you!  We are going to have a great time.  And, I’m so proud of how many tickets you guys got both for people from inside and also those outside of CityLife.  It will be a great time of community, fun, fireworks, and hopefully a win by the Dodgers!

Be blessed CityLife!  I am thankful for all of you!

Pastor Jeff

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in CityLife Church

 

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The Father’s Day Video

If you wanted to see the great video that we showed at CityLife on Sunday, here it is!  Emotional, funny, interesting, and definitely honoring of dad’s everywhere!  Enjoy.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in CityLife Church, Life, Uncategorized

 

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The CityLife Weekly

5-20-13 The CityLife Weekly

 

Hey CityLife!

We had a great week this last week and lots is coming up with us!  So, here’s the update!

1. The Power of Offense.  This last Sunday, I talked about the power of offense.  The idea was that it is impossible for someone to offend us…we can only “take” offense.  This was an important distinction to understand so that we could walk in freedom from offense.  When I asked for hands raised to see who was dealing with offense in their lives, multitudes of hands went up.  We were able to pray for those who found themselves in those situations.  God is good!

2. Trip to Oklahoma.  We will be taking a trip to Oklahoma to help in the recovery efforts during the last week of June.  We will leave on Sunday, June 23rd, or early Monday morning, June 24th.  We will return late on Thursday, June 27th.  If you are interesting in joining us, shoot me an email at pastorjeff@citylifela.org!

3. Father’s Day is Sunday.  You need to invite EVERY father (and their families) that you know.  It is going to be great.  The rundown is the following: car show, competitions (with prizes), barbecue, and more!  Join us!  Also, with this Father’s Day, I will be continuing our Entourage series and talk about forgiveness.  It’s an important topic and I believe that on this Father’s Day God will bring SALVATION and HEALING to countless people.  Let’s do it!

6-13-13 CityLife Weekly (Father's Day Announcement)

 

4. Summer is beginning!  And, there is a lot going on at CityLife.  Check out the flyer below for more information!

6-13-13 (summer.at.citylife)

That’s it for today!  I’m so excited for what this summer has to bring!  It’s gonna be good!

Pastor Jeff

 

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“Offended” Video

http://www.boreme.com/posting.php?id=29555

Click on the above link to check out this video of comedian Steve Hughes.  This is the one I showed yesterday at CityLife.  It was great!  We need to take into account our ideas about being offended.  FYI, we did “bleep” out one of the words in our service yesterday (which is not taken out in this link).

Enjoy!

 

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