Lead with Love


Paul the Apostle led with love, while in prison, awaiting his execution, he wanted others to experience the freedom and peace that comes from knowing God. “And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become as I am except for those chains.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭26:29‬ ‭ESV‬‬ My friend, Dave Bassard died a few years ago…


Church: An Aircraft Carrier On Mission

SAN DIEGO (July 29, 2009) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 transits into San Diego prior to mooring at Naval Air Station North Island. Nimitz is preparing for a 2009 regularly scheduled Western Pacific Deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Released)

I’ve served in three types of churches over the last forty years of ministry. Each can be described metaphorically by the different kind of ships on the sea.  One church would be characterized by a cruise-liner, where the goal is to keep the passengers happy at all costs. Provide plenty of coffee and food and entertainment and networking for business contacts and childcare and programs to enhance friendships and everyone is…


Rooted Rally – September 11, 2016


Since the beginning of the year, we actively equipped 70 of our staff by taking them through an intense ten week Rooted Experience. Then we had two in-town retreats, where 285 of our Life Group Leaders devoted a Friday night and all day Saturday to being trained to lead Rooted groups. Finally we challenged our congregation to pay $50 each while committing to ten weeks in a group, five days…


Rooted – Coming to Real Life Church in September 2016


Rod Rooted PANNED AUDIO from mariners church on Vimeo. Rooted Intro Video – Caleb Anderson from Experience Rooted on Vimeo. Rooted Experience Rooted is a catalyst for life change. It provides the opportunity to connect with God, the church and your purpose in unexpected life-changing ways. Think of Rooted as a personal journey of faith. A journey with the goal of deepening your connection with God, biblical community and your…


Life in the Storm

Stan Lubeck Half Dome

Life is an adventure when we listen to and follow the leading of God’s Holy Spirit. I want to follow wherever the Lord leads, and I know that God wants my faith to grow stronger and that doesn’t happen when I play it safe. Playing it safe is risky! In “Whole Prayer” by Walter Wangerin Jr., Eugene H. Peterson writes, A favorite story in our home as our children were growing…



Fred Smith, “Leadership is both something you are and some thing you do. A mentor is not a person who can do the work better than his followers; he is a person who can get his followers to do the work better than he can.” Leadership in its purest form is found in the church among volunteer teams. There is no leverage, other than the motivation to serve for the…


An Intentional Life


Thom Rainer writes, “To have a simple church, leaders must ensure that everything in their church does fits together to produce life change. They must design a simple process that pulls everything together, a simple process that moves people toward spiritual maturity.” (Simple Church, Returning to God’s process for discipleship, Page 26) Like The Simple Church, I want to have a “simple, intentional life,” that is focused on making disciples of…


Connecting with Neighbors This Summer

Life Groups are not just for helping newcomers get connected and involved. They are a great place for inviting neighbors, friends and co-workers. The church is never more missional than when it leads members to scatter into spheres of influence outside the walls of the church. These are what we call “free market” Life Groups, people who are not waiting for the church to send them new members, but they…


Church Health


I love God’s church. After 38 years of ministry I am not naive about they ways that people (including me) can mess up a great thing that God established through Jesus. For some reason God chose to use flawed, sinful people to build His kingdom on this earth. He promised that nothing will prevail against his church. People have a long history of fouling up a great thing by refusing…


The Main Thing


Following an embarrassing loss, the Green Bay Packers followed Coach Vince Lombardi into the locker room. The odds were high for the players to be taken to the shed by Coach Lombardi. After a period of silence, Lombardi’s voice interrupted the calm, “Men, in all my days of coaching and playing I have never witnessed such a poor exhibition of football. We did not tackle, run, throw or catch the way…