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An Extraordinary Strategy for Your Family

This year at extraordinarychurch.ca our theme for our entire year is strategy. It is my prayer that everything that we do emanates from a place of deliberate purpose and diligent thoughtfulness. If our families are going to thrive, we must be remarkably...

Don’t Worry. Trust Jesus.

Jesus had a lot to say about worry.He came to an unstable and unpredictable world. He lived in an agricultural society where one summer’s drought could wipe out crops for the winter. He hung out with fishermen, who might fish all night long and catch...

A Handful of Ways To Read Your Bible (And Enjoy It.)

In our local church (extraordinarychurch.ca) over the last several weeks we talked about the Bible and its life-changing content. We explored some ways you can engage Scripture in a living, vibrant, revealing way, as opposed to something instructional or...
Your Mentor Is Right In Front Of You

Your Mentor Is Right In Front Of You

Those who know me well understand that I am naturally an introvert and have developed an aptitude to interact beyond my comfort level. However, new interactions can still be awkward for me. I hope that this isn't obvious through my body language or words. If that's...

EXPOSURE “Becoming a Multi-Cultural Church”

EXPOSURE “Becoming a Multi-Cultural Church”

It was 1984 and my parents decided that they would rent an RV and explore America with their kids. Tough to fathom with today’s prices of gasoline, huh? I was along for the ride and had very little control of where we went. Honestly, at that age, I was consumed with...

EXPOSURE “Becoming a Multi-Cultural Church”

It was 1984 and my parents decided that they would rent an RV and explore America with their kids. Tough to fathom with today’s prices of gasoline, huh? I was along for the ride and had very little control of where we went. Honestly, at that age, I was consumed with...

Things Thompsons Don’t Say

It’s been said that people judge you by the words you use, and this is true. Some of my readers may not agree with this statement, however, if you do, then you understand the importance of choosing your words with prudence. Words have power! Words shape our worlds!...

Events That WIN!

Planning an event can be very overwhelming. The timeline, the details, the cost, marketing strategies, location… this is just the beginning. Often times the stress of making the event happen can lead you to a place in which you ask yourself, “What am I even doing?” I,...

Jehovah-Jireh, My Provider

II Chronicles 16:7-9 7 At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him: "Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand. 8Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty...

Two Church Finance Tactics To Help Grow Your Church

"Money, money, money, money… monnneeeeeeeey. Some people got to have it. Some people really need it." The O’Jays were right: Money is a big deal. Scripture declares that money answers all things. We are admonished to be good stewards of many things; our time, energy,...

Things Parents Need From Their Youth Ministry

The infancy of my faith was greatly influenced by youth ministry. I am indebted to youth pastors, youth workers, chaperones, and youth ministry as a whole. This is one of the many reasons my lifelong indebtedness to youth ministry has me continuing to pour into this...

What Do I Love About Ministry? Let Me Count The Ways!

My journey into full-time ministry was anything but strategically planned, at least by my hands. However, in hindsight (which always provides greater clarity) I can clearly see the providential hand of God carefully directing each step. The last 8 (almost 9) years...

11 Quick Tips (But Very Effective) To Be An Awesome Employee

As I’ve contemplated the journey of being an employee in a plethora of secular and/or sacred environments, I’ve realized there were a number of principles I embrace that have guided me through a process of not only becoming hire-able, but have lifted Him higher in...

5 Life Lessons Juicing Taught Me

We’ve all had moments in our life when enough was enough. You know those moments I’m talking about? When the clothes that once fashionably fit, now beg for mercy. When the allure of taking an afternoon nap is more appealing than galloping with your kids through...

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