Wednesday, March 26, 2014

3SIXTY School of Ministry

After years of dreaming, months of planning, and a few weeks of teasing the day has finally come where I can proudly introduce to you (drum roll please) The 3Sixty School of Ministry!

This 9 month accredited program is designed for young adults who are looking to go into full time ministry.  Combining hands on ministry experience right here at CLC with accredited Bible classes through The Logos Educators Network our students will receive well rounded ministry training not found at traditional schools.

The school of ministry is so much more than just classroom time and ministry training.  We have designed the school around a Mind~Body~Spirit approach.  Every week our students time will be split between developing in each of these 3 areas.  In addition to daily workouts, classroom time, and practical ministry hands on, students will also participate in a daily chapel, hear from guest speakers from the Christian world, and participate in local and foreign missions projects.

You can find more info including tuition costs, degree options, FAQ's, and more detailed breakdowns of what 3Sixty is at  

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Stop Dreaming & Start Doing

On the last Sunday of 2013 I had the privilege of preaching a message on patience at CLC (you can watch the full sermon below)  During the message I mentioned a project that God had placed in my heart several years ago and how instead of just sitting on it and saying isn't that nice, I began working on it during my off time.  Compiling ideas and research into a binder until one day my boss called me into his office and said "Brent if you could do anything what would you do?"  Without hesitation I reached into my bag and pulled out the binder slid it across his desk and proudly said "THIS"

Today we finalized a few more details and with a little bit of luck we may be able to go live with it this weekend so I can stop teasing you about it.  Until then enjoy the image above "wink wink" and take this to heart...Has God placed a passion inside of you?  What are you doing about it?  There is a big difference between waiting on God's timing and just sitting on your butt.  Maybe it's not time yet but I know there is something you can be doing NOW to prepare for what God has for you later!  

Stop DREAMING and start DOING!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Peyton Manning Victory in Defeat

I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that last night was a pretty bad night for Peyton Manning.  In fact it was probably the worst night of his career!  

I want you to think about the worst day of your life, how did you feel?  How did you treat people that day?  Where you pleasant to be around, or did you need to be alone for everyone's safety?

Now read this with those thoughts in mind...

Sunday night after the Super Bowl ended Peyton Manning and opponent Richard Sherman had a run in, this is what Sherman had to say about the exchange.

"When I was walking up to my press conference, well limping up to my press conference and trying to make it up the stairs, somebody taps me on the shoulder and extends their hand and asked am I alright. And my eyes trying to make it out to see who it is, and it's Peyton, fully dressed in his suit. Obviously, really concerned about my well-being,”

How incredible is that? On quit possibly the worst day of Peyton Manning's career, he had the character to show concern for his opponent. How many times have you treated others poorly and blamed it on "having a bad day"? I know I have. 

Thank you Peyton Manning for challenging me love others regardless of the kind of day I'm having!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Life lessons from a pie in the face

Today I took a pie in the face (twice) and here are 3 quick reasons why I did it and would gladly do it again!

1)  We set and met a goal.  Setting goals in life and in leadership is great but what is more important than setting goals is actually meeting them.  When you succeed in meeting a goal you have set you should take the time to celebrate it.  In this case we challenged our Kidslife 1st-5th graders to raise $100 in 4 weeks and they did it!

2)  It brought awareness to missions for our kids and leaders.  Missions is a huge part of my life (met my wife on the missions field) and it is a major part of my church.  The struggle is always in getting people outside of staff to buy into the vision and necessity of missions.

“The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.”
Henry Martyn

Anyone who claims to be a christian must also take on the mantle of missionary.  Over the last month we have gotten our 1st-5th graders to view missions not as something other people do but as something they are apart of!

3)  I did it with my team.  As a leader you should NEVER ask your team to do something YOU are not willing to do.  So today I chose not to just sit back and watch 3 of my team members take a pie to the face, I got dirty with them.  That is really what leadership requires.  It's not sitting back from a position of authority.  Leadership is tightening up your laces and getting a job done, while bringing others with you.  I love my team and I want them to know I'd take a million pies to the face for them!

See more pictures on our kidslife page

Friday, August 2, 2013

Day 5: 40 Day Draw The Circle Prayer Challenge

Yesterdays emphasis can be summed up with the phrase "the shortest pencil is longer than longest memory"  Mark Batterson eloquently emphasizes the importance of journaling your prayers and God's answers to those prayers so that you have a kind of prayer map where you can see that where you are right now may tie back to a prayer you prayed 10 years ago.

  I don't know about you but I love journaling.  In fact I love it so much I have owned about 20 journals in the last few years.  Sadly though I think I have only journaled about 10 pages.  Yeah good intentions only take you so far.  I can't tell you about the importance of journaling from the perspective of someone who is good at it, but as someone who wishes he had journaled more over the last few years I can plead with you don't make my mistake.  Grab a notebook or start an online journal today!

Thursday morning I really felt God directing me to start circling something in prayer and I want to briefly share it with you.  I have a friend who is in the process of adopting a little girl, however there are both medical and legal hurdles right now.  I know that it can get exhausting praying for the same thing over and over and over again and so I just really felt that this wasn't a burden he should face alone.  Will you join with me in praying this adoption through?  First pray for complete and total healing, that there would be no short term nor long term complications or issues.  Secondly pray for favor with the birth mother and DCFS.  And finally join me in praying for peace for my friends.

Thank you for praying with me!  Is there something I can be praying over your life during this challenge?  Let me know in the comments.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Day 1 & 2: 40 Day Draw the Circle Prayer Challenge

We (Christian Life Center) have embarked on a 40 day prayer challenge based on Mark Batterson's latest books "The Circle Maker" and "Draw the Circle"  You can pick up a digital copy of Draw the Circle for about $3 on amazon right HERE.

I'll be honest with 2 high energy boys at home (1 & 3 years old) and being stretched and tested in all new ways in ministry my prayer life is simultaneously both the weakest its been and the strongest its been....weird right?  It's the weakest its been because I haven't devoted the time into it that I really want to but it's also strong because the moments I do stop and pray have been some of the best of my life.  My prayers have become less selfish, bolder, and more faith filled, but there is always room for improvement!

Maybe your prayer life has been non existent or maybe you are the head of the intercessory team at your church, but my guess is you are something like me.  You have your highs and lows, your ups and downs, but in your heart you know you want more.  I want you to take this challenge with me.  Every few days I'll be posting about what God is doing in me through this challenge and I would love for you to leave feedback in the comments on what God is doing in your life.  You may have missed the first 2 days but I'm sure you can catch up quickly.  Take this journey with me and see what God will do in your life!

I'll leave you with this quote from day one 

"When you pray to God regularly, irregular things happen on a regular basis."  

Prepare yourself for the irregular!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Legacy: Outlive Your Life

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to team teach with our Family Life Pastor during our Generations series.  The message revolved around the idea that we are all transferring something to the next generation.  We took a look at two family lines, the Jukes family and the Edwards Family.

Max Jukes was a hard drinker, he was idle, irreverent and uneducated.  His descendants include 310 paupers, 50 women of debauchery, 400 physically wrecked by indulgent living, 7 murderers, 60 thieves, and 130 other convicts.

In contrast, Jonathan Edwards entered Yale college at 13 and graduated with honors.  He became a pastor, and his sermon "sinners in the hands of an angry God" started the great awakening, a revival that swept America, uniting the colonies prior to the revolution.  He later became president of Princeton college.  His descendants include 1 U.S. Vice-President, 3 U.S. Senators, 3 Governors, 3 Mayors, 13 College Presidents, 30 Judges, 65 Professors, and 80 held public office!

These two cases may be the extreme but we are all transferring something to the next generation.  My question for you today is

 "What is your Family Legacy going to look like?"

My favorite part about these families is that it can all be traced back to one person, either Max or Jonathan.  What that means for you is it doesn't matter what your family tree looked like yesterday, today you have the choice to change the path your entire family is on.  In 200 years when someone traces your family line back to you what will they say?  Were you the start of something great or just another bump in the road.