One Year Anniversary - Jason Hill

One Year Anniversary - Jason Hill

Jason is our Pastor to Students at Rocky River Church and today is his one-year anniversary. I'm taking this opportunity to say that Jason has done a GREAT job this year. He cares as much about students and people as any youth pastor I have ever known. Travis Bush was our Pastor to Students when Jason first started working with our students as a volunteer leader. He told me back then that Jason has what it takes to go to the next level of student leadership. Well, Travis was right! Jason certainly does have what it takes to be a good youth pastor. Among other things, Jason loves students, is a great planner, has a HUGE heart for people in general, and he works hard.

Well done Jason! I'm looking forward to many more years of great ministry together.


Pastor: Grow Your Church This Summer

Pastor:  Grow Your Church This Summer

** WARNING** DO NOT read any further if you don't believe in reaching people for Christ, growing your church, working hard or you just like being an "average pastor."

For those pastors interested in maximizing their life and ministry, Nelson Searcy at Church Leader Insights/The Journey Church is offering a free webinar today at 2PM (EST) to help your church avoid the "summer slump" and actually grow this summer. Don't miss it! I was on the webinar yesterday and it was so good I signed up our staff to listen to it as a team today. Guys, why not get prepared for the summer? Why would you not take advantage of this information and practical help? BTW, if you do miss this FREE webinar because you're too lazy to make the effort or you are playing video games on your iPhone, don't whine all summer about low attendance and no money to do ministry.

Here's the link: SIGN UP RIGHT NOW! Gather your staff around this webinar. Grow yourselves so God can grow your church.

Way to NOT settle for average!

Testimony: Currently, I am in Nelson's Advanced Coaching Network, our Pastor of Community is in Kerrick's Executive Coaching Network, and our Staff Team is in Nelson's Assimilation Coaching Network. So you can tell that we believe in the coaching through Church Leader Insights. It is paying off for our church in BIG TIME. We will reach our goal this year of baptizing over 100 people! To me that means that God is honoring our preparedness. I cannot even tell you how much value this coaching has added to my leadership, our staff, our volunteers and our church. If you want to contact me personally to find out more about coaching and what it is like, etc., shoot me an email at


Hey! I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who came out today to help plant trees and work on the mulch at the church. You guys and gals did a FANTASTIC job! It is appreciated more than you know. Again, thank you and I love you!

"Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord..." Ephesians 6:7

I pray that the Lord will bless double your energy, time and blessings for your great work today!


Church Work Day - THIS SATURDAY

Church Work Day - THIS SATURDAY

Hey Rocky River Church. This Saturday we are having a church-wide workday to make some improvements to our property. For example, we will be planting a few shrubs, replacing three dead trees in the front of the building, and I think Jason is putting a basketball goal for the students and some other things too. There's going to be plenty to do and we could use all the help we can get. Will you let Jason Hill (our Pastor to Students) know if you can help us? Send him an email to Thanks in advance! God bless.

Boars In God's Vineyard

One of my favorite pastors for many years now is Chuck Swindoll. God willing, Karen and I will be going with him and a group of folks to Greece in August of this year to walk in the footsteps of Paul's missionary journeys. Anyway, he preached a message several years ago called "Boars In God's Vineyard." It was preached to a group of pastors but I believe it should be heard by every Christian - every leader - every churchman. Why? Because most church folks have NO idea the hell and havoc some people can be in a church for pastors and the pastor's families. Most church members have no idea that there are those (not many - thankfully) who make it their mission to make life hard on the pastor. And if he/she can't get to the pastor directly they will go after his family. I have seen this over and over again through the years to other pastors and their families and I have experienced it personally. This message has helped me heal over the past several weeks.

I could say a lot more but I'll let Chuck take it from here. He says what ought to be said much better than I can. As a pastor I plead to you on behalf of your pastor to give this a listen. But don't listen passively. This is too important. Satan attacks pastors and their families through these "boars." There are pastors being attacked right now - perhaps your pastor. He is hurting in ways that you perhaps cannot see. See, these boars attack the pastor and his family like one skilled in abusing. Like a father who abuses his child and hits her in places where clothes hide the wounds so that they are not visible, these abusers are skilled at keeping their slaps under wraps.

This is important to me. It is very important to me. It should be important to all of us because our churches suffer because of the hurt of a very few. One of my major regrets in ministry, not as a pastor but as a young deacon, is that I let a two boars roam free in our church. I let two men on our deacon board bully our pastor and his family. I should have protected him but I had known these men for years and respected them. On the outside - where everyone else could see - these men were loved and seen as "solid" churchmen. But they were different behind closed doors in meetings where the congregation could not see. Shame on me. Shame on our deacon board. And shame on all of us for letting the boars hurt those who heal us.

The Power And Presence Of God

I simply want to invite you to join us this Sunday at Rocky River Church. It is going to be a powerful day of faith. God is at work here. He is changing lives at Rocky River Church.

I hope to see you Sunday!

Rocky River Church Golf Outing This Friday (April 26)

Rocky River Church Golf Outing This Friday (April 26)

Hey Rocky River Church! I just wanted to invite you to our Rocky River Church golf outing this Friday afternoon at Charlotte National Golf Course in Indian Trail. This will be a two-man captain's choice tournament. Come alone or feel free to bring your friends with you. It will be a GREAT TIME! Oh yeah, this is open to men, women and juniors. In fact, I'll have my 13 year old son on my team.

Here are the details:
- Location: Charlotte Nation Golf Course - 6920 Howey Bottoms Rd. - Indian Trail, NC 28079.
- Time: 5:00PM
- Cost: $18 per person
- Format: Two-man, 9 hole tournament

We really need to know if you are playing by noon on Thursday. If you plan to play, call Les Tolley at 704-773-7422. Or, you can email him at

Hope you can make it!

A Quick Word For Today

Don't become like the person who hurt you. If a snake bites you, don't become a snake. We are to be like Jesus. Here's what He says about how to treat those who hurt us:

"27 But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you." -Luke 6:27-31

How To Face Criticism

Hey to all my pastor buddies out there. Nelson Searcy is giving away a free copy of his mini book "How To Handle Criticism." We all know that criticism - unfortunately - is a regular part of being a pastor. This mini book (less than 25 pages) is packed with practical, helpful information for handling criticism and it is available RIGHT NOW. Get your copy here BTW, it is only free until Thursday so don't wait. You guys can thank me later. :)



Hey Rocky River Church! Yesterday we made the BIG announcement that Jeremy Poole, who has been a high-capacity volunteer at Rocky River Church in our music ministry, has agreed to become our Music Ministry Coordinator. Over the past year Jeremy has done a phenomenal job giving direction and leadership to our worship ministry. He is a great guy, a high quality leader, loves Jesus and is UBER talented.

Here are a few words Jeremy gave me to share with all of you at RRC:

"I have been a part of Rocky River for approximately six years, and began serving in the band about four years ago. Through my time here I have learned just how special and how crucial each person is who volunteers each week. From the days of arriving at 6:30 am to set up, I have known that there is a special group of people at this church. I am thankful for each Sunday I get to be on stage and simply worship with them and the church as a whole, and to think that God has put me in a position to lead this group is both exciting and humbling at the same time. I am thankful for this opportunity and I am excited to see what God has in store for the future!"

Once again, WELCOME Jeremy!