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Intro


BRIDGING THE GAP

between God's people and His presence

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Intro


BRIDGING THE GAP

between God's people and His presence

Portfolio Resume

The Not So Cover Letter

 

A MAN NAMED JIMMY | A BAPTIST CHURCH | AN ELECTRIC GUITAR

These were the ingredients that started a life long passion for worship.  I accepted Jesus when I was 10 years old.  Shorty thereafter, a man named Jimmy, the leader of my Jr. High group, recruited & trained me on the electric guitar to lead worship.  In my 16 years of leading worship, I've worked for 6 churches, 2 of which were church plants.  My wife and I were instrumental in the discipleship, growth, and health of each of the plant churches.  We grew and lead our scrappy little team from just a few people, to more than 3 teams, each of which were made up of 5-7 instrumentalist and vocalists.  We managed this not with stellar strategy or precise programs, but by being highly relational and wildly vulnerable.  What we learned from this was that ministry is only as potent as your willingness to create genuine, bone fide relationships.  Significant growth of the church not only in members, but depth as well, is the natural byproduct of being relational.  Michael Scott, Steven Carells character in the series The Office famously said, "I want people to be afraid of how much they love me."  While I don't subscribe to the fear factor here, I do think he's onto something.  For Tiffany and I, being relational leaders was scary at times; It's messy and sometimes infuriating, but the blessings far out weigh any pain we experienced along the way.     

 
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Leadership Overview


Leadership Style

Leadership Overview


Leadership Style

Worship Approach

WE ARE LOST WITHOUT God's PRESENCE

There is an intrinsic bond between God's presence and worship.  The Old Testament Prophets knew this, and none better than Moses.  In Exodus 33, Moses pleads with God — do not send us anywhere without your presence!  Now, either Moses was being melodramatic, or he knew just how lost the Israelites would be without God's presence.  And not just God's omnipresence, but His manifest presence.  It's the difference between saying—God is everywhere, and—God is here.  You feel it...you see it...you can't always put your finger on it, but when God's presence shows up, everybody knows it, and everybody is captivated by it.  This is what I believe true worship evokes—the gentle, unbridled, unrelenting, splendid presence of God: where lives are changed, and people can experience more love in a single moment, than in an entire lifetime.

I WILL ALWAYS CO-LEAD

Planning and creating new ways for people to experience God's presence and His goodness brings me great joy and delight.  I believe God is just as much a part of our preparation as He is our spontaneity.  However, I also believe that God is our leader, and if He wants to take us somewhere that was not a part of our intended blueprint, then we must be willing and open to follow his guidance.  The position of Co-leader is exactly where pastors belong, because the moment we start to think we know better than God, is the moment we lose sight of Him.


Relational Leadership

Relationships Over Function

For a pastor, what people do must ALWAYS be subservient to who people are.  To do this, we must prioritize relationships over function.  God's gift of love was never predicated on what we have done, but on who He is.  If that is God's heart, then it needs to be ours or we run the risk of becoming performance driven, rather than grace guided.           

My Ceiling is Your Floor

I believe as pastors we are called to be a launching pad for leaders, but often because of unresolved insecurities or wounds, we see pastors hoarding their platform like a bear preparing for hibernation: it makes them swollen with power, it blocks what is meant to flow, and often it leads to long stints of stifled ministry.  To be a great leader, we must first deal with our own inadequacies — only then will we allow our ceiling to become another leaders floor.

When you get one, you get the other

This is pretty much my only non-negotiatble.  My wife Tiffany and I share the same passion for leading worship, and the same heart for seeing people's lives changed by it.  When God called me, he called Tiffany.  It is the greatest gift God has blessed us with: to be able to share the same calling, and to have such diverse yet complimentary gifts.  We work as one, and we know that it was part of God's design for us to lead worship together.  

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Fun Facts


Fun Facts

I LOVE coffee, I ADORE my wife Tiffany, I have a dog named after a Star Wars character (Marlie Wicket Bergman), I play 5 instruments, once I start eating a hamburger I refuse to put it down (it compromises its structural integrity), I'm a travel hacker, and I love worship & creative design!

Fun Facts


Fun Facts

I LOVE coffee, I ADORE my wife Tiffany, I have a dog named after a Star Wars character (Marlie Wicket Bergman), I play 5 instruments, once I start eating a hamburger I refuse to put it down (it compromises its structural integrity), I'm a travel hacker, and I love worship & creative design!

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1241 S. Cotta St, Visalia, CA, 93292