Disciple-Making in our Current Context

Almost two years ago, Jim Singleton preached at our church and called us to be like a hospital ship that rescues people. He pointed out that we live in a culture that needs the gospel, but churches too often do a good job of hiding it. The situation is drastic. The Pew Research Center reports…

One Team, One Dream

Today’s post is part of a series to help us take what we learn on Sunday into the rest of the week. These posts summarize the main points from the week’s sermon and include questions for continued reflection and prayer. The posts in this series are written by members of our church’s Adult Christian Formation…

Converge Responds: Las Vegas

The president of our church’s denomination, Converge, responds to the recent shooting in Las Vegas: Monday morning I made the long drive from Arizona to California to join our team at the Exponential West Church Planting Conference. Converge exists to help people meet, know and follow Jesus by starting and strengthening churches together worldwide, so…

A Response to Charlottesville Voilence

The change we need will take more than words. The president of our church’s denomination, Converge, suggests four responses. I grew up in Virginia. Specifically, I grew up in the western part, the Shenandoah Valley, where I lived the first 24 years of my life. The area is stunningly picturesque, particularly in October, when the…

Seeking an Associate Pastor of Discipleship…Together

As we re-launch our search for an Associate Pastor of Discipleship, Laura Range shares where we are in the process and how you can help. I’m currently participating in my third search for a staff member at NSCBC, this time leading the search for the Associate Pastor of Discipleship. After six months of active searching,…

Called to be a Deacon

“Would you pray about being recommended to be a deacon in our church?” I was asked about a year ago after I returned from my pilgrimage across Spain seeking God’s guidance for my life. See, I had just sent my firstborn off to college. (Yes, she’s only 2 miles from my house, but the reality…

Update from Your Elders: December 2016

Our twice-monthly Elder meetings always have full agendas with lots to cover, but one standing agenda item continually blesses these (long) evenings together: our devotional time. Devotional topics lately have discussed and explored servant leadership in the church, reminded us of our adoption through Christ and its implications, and recently explored “life through prayer” as the practical…

Who We Want to Be as a Church

We live in a context where the wider community does not always share our basic Christian beliefs and values. We have many friends, family-members, and co-workers who are either suspicious or apathetic towards the truth-claims of the Gospel. Culturally speaking, we are increasingly marginalized in the media, politics, and educational academy. We love the North…