You know you’re becoming presbyterian…

… when you recognize the dive bar in the background image of a slide during the worship service and snicker with your friends at the newfound irony to the words. Certainly, the Tower Bar is a visual landmark in City Heights. It’s essentially a historic place in the city of San Diego. But it’s also…… Continue reading You know you’re becoming presbyterian…

Beg, Borrow, and Steal our Retreat!

That’s the goal of our high school ministries Winter retreat. I’m not talking about a cash neutral event to the youth budget. I’m talking about… we’ve got no money so we need to do this retreat for free. We don’t have budget money and our students literally have no cash to offset expenses. Here’s what…… Continue reading Beg, Borrow, and Steal our Retreat!

Front-loading ministry in the discipleship process

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7B27e8UJVM A couple weeks ago I shared a post about discipleship that raised some questions about how we do things in our student ministry. Most of the comments were affirmative. Some of the more critical questions which arose required some follow-up. With that in mind, I grabbed a few moments with Chris and Kathy, our…… Continue reading Front-loading ministry in the discipleship process

New Heights Project highlight video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yamq9Qmt90 A few weeks ago I mentioned something our youth ministry does over the summer. We hire a group of high school students to run our children’s ministry outreach program. Here’s a highlight video they showed in church at the end of their experience. I’m so thankful for the impact these students had on our…… Continue reading New Heights Project highlight video

Nehemiah vs. The American Church

I love the audacity great faith brings. It’s idealistic. It’s over-the-top. It’s incomprehensibly arrogant simplicity. It’s stupid fun to be around. And that’s why I love my church. This little church in the city truly believes they can be instrumental in seeing a new San Diego rise up to be an amazing place to live.…… Continue reading Nehemiah vs. The American Church

5 Things I Love about my Church

This Easter marks roughly two years since I turned in my Pastor Adam card and went from church staff to church attendee. (I was officially done June 1st, but it was during Easter week  that the offer to come to YS came, which completely changed everything.) In so many ways I’ve re-learned what it means…… Continue reading 5 Things I Love about my Church

3 Things I Love About My Community Group

When Stephen asked us to host a small group at our house, one week after attending Harbor Mid-City for the first time, we begrudgingly agreed. In fact, when he told us that Harbor was a church consisting of a few community groups… we were skeptical. My faith in small groups had been shaken. I was…… Continue reading 3 Things I Love About My Community Group