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big announcement.

May 6, 2012 — 16 Comments

Three and half years ago Erica and I moved to Santa Rosa, Ca with our little dog Cooper. We moved for a few reasons.

A picture we took while visiting San Francisco 6 months before we moved to Santa Rosa, Ca.

I was coming out of a difficult situation and wounded.

We knew we needed to get out of town [Fresno/Clovis] to rebuild.
I knew I needed to learn from someone [Andy] who was working in the North Point model.
We knew that one day we would plant a church.
We did not know where.
We did not know how long we would be at New Vintage Church.
We said, “We’ll give it two years.”
Three and half years later we’re making the jump.
We’ve seen incredible moments of life-change.
We’ve been inspired by the stories of people like Chloe, Dennis, Heather, Donna, Jessica, Laura, and Jerry (to name a few).
But the story to put us over the edge was Lori.

We are so grateful to being a part of a place like New Vintage, where people like Lori can come from a completely Atheist background, walk in our doors, find a relationship with Jesus and be completely changed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
It’s incredible.
But when we watched her baptism video, all we could think of were the people in Fresno/Clovis that we love.
And the question sparked in our minds… “Who is reaching the people we love in our hometown?”

Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

I’ve heard it said that you plant a church “because you love people.”
Every time I’ve heard that, I’ve thought, “How can you love all people, unless your God?”
But now I understand that statement. It’s not just a general category of “people.”
It’s PEOPLE… as in specific NAMES.
And that’s why we’re planting Two Cities Church. [Facebook / Twitter]

So, Erica, Josiah, Baby Foster and myself are moving back to our hometown.
I realize there are probably tons of questions and I’ll be blogging about this adventure frequently.
Ask away.

P.S. Here’s a little post about when we moved to NVC and why.



Today I got an email from Andy to the New Vintage Church staff and board.
In the email Andy asks us all to take an hour and watch this video.
He then asks us to email our take-aways.
I’m taking it one step further…
I’m giving you my take-aways as well.

1. God really does grow his church, despite the people running it (hahaha)
2. It’s good to hold new Christians to a high standard of living
3. Men need stones.
4. Even during rapid growth, a ton of the SAME people are working day-in and day-out to make sure it runs
5. Despite rapid growth, without boundaries in the lives of those leading the church – anger, resentment, and depression can live in their hearts
6. When they gained traction, Mark grabbed every “Godly, hard-working, Jesus-loving” man he could find to be a leader
7. “I remember sitting in a room with the Elders, praying for God to give us direction — and none of us were sure about what we were about to do (video teaching), but it was pretty much our only option and we did it, and we kept growing” – one of the Pastors
8. From the beginning Mark had clarity on the four things he would pursue and that drove the direction of Mars Hill
– Marry Grace (personal)
– Preach the Bible
– Train Men
– Plant Churches
9. “The last thing to be saved is a person’s wallet ” – Mark Driscoll closes with a challenge to his church, to be generous

my boss.

November 17, 2011 — 2 Comments

…he’s going to kill me. 🙂

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Defining Success

February 17, 2011 — 1 Comment

Tomorrow we have an all-day staff retreat with the staff of New Vintage Church. We’re going over the master calendar, talking through some leadership principles, spending time in nature (weather permitting) and talking about our personal measures of success.

Andy asked the us a week ago, “How do you define success?” He said, “Be very careful how you define that for yourself. Somewhere along the way someone defined success for me. In seminary a professor said that a church of 1000 is a very successful church. I let that define me for way too long. My definition of success has drastically changed.”

So, I’ve been thinking about it. What does it mean to be successful? One definition I found is: having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome. I like this definition because it’s not about hitting a benchmark or some arbitrary number, or cash amount… it’s simply “favorable.” But even this definition seems to be lacking something.

I feel like success that is defined by results is partially dependent on things outside my control. Sure, if I work hard, I will be rewarded… but sometimes despite how hard you work, the economy tanks and you’re out of work. I don’t want circumstances to define any part of my “success.” If I’m going to measure success I think it has to be more internal, character-driven. It has to be more about who you are becoming than what you’ve done.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. – Colossians 3:23

The attitude of working for the Lord changes how I work. It changes how I interact with my family and friends. What if every interaction was used for the glory of God?

So my success is “to live as if I’m working for the Lord, not for man” in every area of life.

Am I always successful? No. But I’m thinking more deliberately because I’m not letting life happen to me, I’m an active participant.

What’s your definition of personal success?

This is the season finale for season one of “Meet the VomSteegs.” We’ll be shooting a second season, but the release date is TBD. Be on the look out for a new short video series called “On Location with Seth” premiering next week.


Enjoy this webisode of Meet The VomSteegs. In this episode, Audra gets a driving lesson from Andy.

A new reality tv show has been released. A new episode every week for 5 weeks.

Andy shared some leadership notes that he took while spending time with Leith Anderson a few weeks back. I thought I’d dump them on here for you to take a look at. Help me process this stuff…what do you think about it?–

  • There are chapters in a church. There are times when a Pastor needs to close a chapter in the book and open another.
  • Church surveys tend to bring up the worst and they are not always reliable.
  • Keep the same sermon to keep the same DNA in every campus.
  • Brand control is the responsibility of the Senior Pastor. It is his responsibility to define who we are.
  • The larger the church becomes, the less models there are out their to copy.
  • Staff Meetings: Everybody writes their agenda on Friday and we discuss it on Tuesday in staff meeting. Everybody submits a report about what they talked about the last week and what they want to talk about the next week.
  • Every single visitor who writes something on a communication card is given attention in the staff meeting.
  • We want to answer your questions. We want you to feel like you heard and you got a personal touch.
  • Never read unsigned letters or emails. It immediately goes into the shredder.
  • At the beginning church plants need to be based on the planting Pastor. Then it shifts as it grows into small group focused.
  • Different chapters, do different things.
  • I always hire younger.
  • In America right now, there is a major shift of older Pastors retiring. There aren’t enough young pastors to replace them.
  • An amateur says what should I say? A pro says who is my audience?
  • Discipleship is customized.
  • When do people want to grow spiritually? When they’re ready.
  • If sermons are only good 2 out of the 4, don’t expect people to invite
  • Seize an opportunity, don’t try to solve a problem
  • All of the small groups have a ministry and mission. Whenever the small groups start doing things in the community, it engages the community in a new way.
  • Staff retreats, twice a year for a couple of days and 4 times a year we go and experience something together.
  • Old people talk about yesterday, young people talk about tomorrow because we talk about what we have the most of.
  • Everything we do teaches.
  • Everybody is a member. Every person who serves, gets hired, etc…becomes a member first.
  • Breakthroughs happen when you behave like a church larger than you are.