It was a Good Day

Malibu_sunset_20051229_700 I spent most of today in think-tank gatherings. Good stuff.

The first half of the day was spent on Pepperdine's West L.A. Campus learning and brain-storming with Dr. Ken Canfield and some other church leaders. We were trying to think of ways that Pepperdine's Boone Center for the Family could provide more effective and precise resources for the church in the area of family studies. Keep your eye on the Boone Center. My hunch is that they will become a signficant leader in providing resources for family life in churches in the years ahead. At NCCC, we've been busy as a staff looking at some new ways to better minister to families…many of whom seem to be breaking apart at an alarming rate. This was time very, very well spent.

The second half of the day was spent with Southern California preachers brainstorming ways to become more faithful and effective in our contexts. Much of the discussion stemmed from some interaction some of us had with David Kinnaman and his book, UnChristian…which will certainly wake up the reader. The SoCal preachers are a very intelligent, immensely talented group that, in my opinion, have immense gifting and leadership capacity. If we actually start cooperating and leading faithfully, God can do some amazing stuff.

The day finished with a drive down PCH at sunset with the top down. Most excellent. God is alive and working. It's good to see people sitting down and getting serious about ministry that is both thoughtful and effective. Now, it's time to eat with an old friend and talk ministry at one of Malibu's great places to eat.

Thank you, Lord, for creating such a beautiful world, and for letting me play on the field of ministry.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. I pray this ministry will effectively provide great resources to help families that are falling apart at the seems. God bless it!
    By the way, Tim, can you email me? I would like to correspond about church growth and ministry in the Northwest/ West Coast. The Northwest (including CO) is a region I am prayerfully considering moving to work in after finishing Sunset. Thank you. God bless.
    Zack
    blaisdellzack14@gmail.com
    PS. If anyone else reading this has any thoughts, feel free to email me too. Thanks!