For a year and a half a search team at Church of the Valley searched for a new Lead Pastor. But who would have guessed that the one that the Lord was preparing lived less than 2 miles away from the church campus and grew up in Santa Clara where Church of the Valley has been for decades.
In less than two months my family and I have started to feel at home with our new church.
Have you ever known someone who seems to talk so much that they not only seem to just want to hear their own voice, but they are constantly answering questions no one has asked? This not only seems to be a social problem, but a spiritual one as well.
"Tim, what are you doing now?" is a question that a lot of my friends tend to ask me. About 5 years ago I left a profitable business to focus full time on ministry, sharing the good news of Jesus, and training others to do the same. I am someone who isn't afraid to fail, but I always want to fail forward...
...For the greater part of the last decade, I have been involved in Christian ministry, where I have had the opportunity to grow as a minister and proclaimer of what Jesus Christ has done. I have enjoyed it a ton, as I believe that I was created to talk about, point people to, and dialogue about who Jesus is...
By God’s grace, I have been allowed to lead the nonprofit Compelled, which has equipped over 4000 people in the Bay Area, thus far, since August of 2012. Compelled Evangelism Training has been taught at churches, colleges, retreats, and as workshops. As we have taught it, my wife, Erin, and I have prayed that as many as possible would not just hear it and allow Compelled to become a program they have done, but a lifestyle in which they live. To connect, engage, and build relationships with those around them.
Back in May of 2013, my wife and I decided that it would make sense professionally and spiritually to take an associate pastor job at a church in the south county area of the bay. One reason for this was that it would be very informative (and sanctifying) to have a boss and to pastor full-time, getting to know even better what pastors of churches deal with day in and day out. Also, we thought the environment of this church would provide stability for our family, as it is hard being itinerant speaker who travels and isn’t in the same place every Sunday...
Being an extreme extrovert somehow means that many people I meet compare me to one of their friends. I often hear that I am “just like [insert name here].” I have a big personality, and I am not afraid of strangers, crowds, or new social situations.
1. I'm not going to sin anymore:
First off, yes you are . . . Now breathe. It's OK. The expectation you aren't going to sin anymore is stupid, and a bar that was never set for us. Jesus is the example that we have to live a life honoring to our Heavenly Father, yes . . . But, more importantly, He came to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He lived the perfect life that we could not live, so through His grace and mercy, we were made right with God—because of what Jesus did, not because of what we do.