I am sitting in Verdugo Hills Hospital right now, looking at my 2 day old son, and trying to type quietly so as to not wake up his sleeping mother next to me. Having just been through it, I am reflecting on the difficulty of giving birth. . .
I Pastor a new church that has just completed its fourth year in the Thousand Oaks area called Lightshine. Our context is middle to upper middle class suburban. We are a small, missional church with a huge heart.
Our region has been on the front edge of the PCUSA with regard to starting new churches. For this, I am grateful and feel proud to be a part of such a community..To encourage our tribe to the next level, I would like to introduce the metaphor of a garden vs. a plant into our narrative.
Over the last 8 years I've been a pastor of some sort and now find myself as a church planter as well. Starting things gets me excited. Personally I love to see people and communities empowered to become their best and healthiest self.