Weekly Newsletter: Finding Your Church’s Rhythm + A Philippians Series + More!

by | Oct 5, 2023 | The Reflectionary

Okay, this is the last week I get to plug this but I’m very hopeful it’s going to make a big, positive difference for the church.

The Church Mental Health Summit starts in just a few days! It’s free. It’s online. You can also pay for an all access pass to watch the sessions anytime or have others on your team watch them. But you’ve gotta register…

Register for the Church Mental Health Summit Here!

Finding Your Church’s Rhythm

I’m a big believer in simplifying the church’s structure and calendar so that fewer people feel used or burned out while serving and volunteering. That doesn’t mean there aren’t big moments that deserve an extra surge of energy. It just means it’s up to church leaders to discover the proper rhythm of activity and rest.

I wrote a whole article about this and wanted to pass it along…

READ: Building Rhythm Into the Life of Your Church

As for preaching this weekend, the Lectionary readings still have us in Philippians and I’m re-sharing the 8-week series I shared last week about Choosing Joy.

I hope your Fall is off to a good start, and keep on growing!


PS – I have some openings right now in terms of website development projects (my “day job”). If you’re in need of a new or redesigned website for your church, yourself, or another business or organization, I would love to have a brainstorming meeting with you!

Let’s Talk!


This Week’s Big Sermon Idea

Choose Joy! A Sermon Series Based on Philippians

Why is this image, promoting a message series about joy, seemingly so dark? Because it’s all about a letter written from prison by the Apostle Paul, and it’s a letter all about how to choose joy in life!

Read and Share the Series »


Creative Sermon Series Ideas from MinistryPass

My favorite resource for sermon series and message ideas, complete series graphics, and video bumpers (but NOT full notes) to get you started is MinistryPass! Each week, I’ll feature a series I would recommend checking out for the upcoming season of the church year. This week:

You Belong

From the Description:

This four-week series looks at the great invitation of the gospel: to join the household of faith and become a child of God. Over the course of this series, congregants will be inspired not only to go deeper into their relationship with God but also to go and proclaim the good news to others.

Check Out This Sermon Series »


Links for Leaders


The Latest from Walk Humble

Walk Humble is where I host an ongoing conversation about life, faith, and relationships among people brave enough to admit they don’t have life all figured out yet. Here’s the latest if you’re interested…

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Is It Time for a Website Redesign?

When I start a website redesign project – for a church, a nonprofit, leader/pastor/speaker, etc. – I get obsessed with the details. I want it to shine! And more importantly, I want it to show up in search results.

If your website feels “clunky” or disorganized, hard to navigate, hard to find using Google, or just outdated in its style, let’s talk!! This is what I do!

Visit my creative services page and use the form to let me know about your current site, what you’d like to improve, and the budget you want to work within and we’ll have a conversation!

Get a Website Redesign Quote


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