All In Discipleship

The theme of this year’s Leadership Retreat was All In.  I challenged leaders to go “all in” with discipleship.  Check out this video to learn more about a major NCC small group initiative for 2011.

Input vs. Output

This past weekend at NCC‘s Leadership Retreat, Pastor Mark talked about the idea of input vs. output, that we need to concentrate on the input (i.e. doing the right things) and let God focus on the output (i.e. how everything turns out).

The theme for this year’s retreat was Greater Things. In fact, this is the theme for NCC in the coming year, and so we’ve been thinking and talking about the greater things that we are believing God for. To tell you the truth, I’ve been having a hard time putting my finger on what these are for me.

I realized that right now I’m much more concerned about the input than the output. I’m more concerned about seeking God, investing in others, and supporting the team and fixing the facilities at Union Station than I am about seeing a very particular thing happen.

It’s a strange tension, because I do think it’s a good idea to set goals (and have set them), and I do have a large scale vision for what I believe God is going to do.

I guess it comes down to something like this. If I’m being the person that I’m supposed to be and doing the things that I’m supposed to do, then God will give the increase. He will make the vision happen. Otherwise, I’m probably doing it out of my own strength, likely trying to build some kind of personal kingdom for my own glory.

Greater Things

“Greater Things” was the theme of the 2009 NCC Leadership Retreat and is the theme of NCC as a whole for the coming year. So, what Greater Things am I believing God for?

I’m believing that God will use NCC to make a difference in Washington DC that is tangible and widespread, a difference that cannot be missed, a difference that affects everyone from the President to the poor, from the wealthy to the homeless. I’m believing that the city will never be the same again because of the impact that God makes through His people in this city and specifically His people at National Community Church.

Greater Things

NCC’s annual leadership retreat is this weekend, and the theme for the year is Greater Things. It’s all about the greater things that God will do in, through and for us and the greater things that He will receive from us as a result of what he has done.

I’m super-pumped for the weekend. To all of those who are joining us, so glad you’re coming. To those who aren’t, come lead a small group or ministry at NCC in the coming year, and you can come in 2010!

You can follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #Greater09.


So, I’m really behind on updates about our trip. We’ve got our annual leadership retreat this weekend at NCC, so I’m pretty busy for the next few days, but I’ll try to get some updates posted when we get back.

The Greatest Candy Decision

It has been officially decided, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are the Greatest Candy and the OFFICIAL Candy of the 2009 National Community Church Leadership Retreat.

(See here if you have no idea what I’m talking about.)

The Greatest Candy

The theme of NCC‘s 2009 Leadership Retreat is Greater Things, and we want to give people the greatest candy. So we’re taking a poll to find out which of these candies is the greatest, but this isn’t just any poll. We’re having a Team D (NCC Discipleship Team) showdown. John “Skittles” Hasler, Heather “Snickers” Zempel, and I each picked one candy for the poll, and whichever candy gets the most votes will be given to all of the attendees at the retreat.

In other words, PLEASE vote Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!