A little seedling


When Pastor Jonathan,  prayed for Karissa and I on our last day at Northshore, he used an image of a seedling to describe the church that we feel God has called us to plant. In church planting lingo, the seedling image is often used. I actually like the imagery because I believe it accurately reflects the initial startup of an organic church. Our hope and prayer is that this little seedling that we lovingly refer to as Sojourn, will not just grow into any old tree, but that will be “planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:8. This has become one of my prayers for our little church. Feel free to join with me in this prayer.

Karissa and I are praying for a lead team of about 20 adults. We are asking God to reveal to us people who are feeling called by God to be a part of a missional church. Missional is one of those words that gets tossed around a lot in “churchese”, but for me it means a group of people gathering together in an organic way to actively express the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word, deed, and power (Matt. 9:35). For our little seedling this will look like meeting together as a large gathering twice a month for corporate prayer, worship, teaching, and a meal. The other two weeks will be spent in smaller communities we will call missional communities. COMMUNITIES – because the church will be made up of a collection of communities that will each have 10-15 adults plus kids. These communities will each have a community pastor and will have “church” together every other week in someone’s home. This will be the place where people will know others and where they will be known by others. These communities will be the heartbeat of the church. Whether the whole church is gathered or scattered, we are the church. MISSIONAL – because each community will adopt a mission, something that they can regularly do to bless their local community through the Word, deed, and power. For instance, if a group is located in Bothell, they may adopt the mission of taking care of the widows in their community. This might be yard care, housework, carpools, shopping, praying for, hospital visits, and more for the widows in their neighborhood.

As we get closer to planting this seedling, we will keep you all informed not only so you could pray for us, but also because you might want to join us in this adventure we are embarking upon. By the way, we came to the name Sojourn primarily because of the two definitions: 1. a temporary dwelling place, 2. a journey. We felt both of these definitions describe uniquely what it is like to follow Jesus. If you are wanting to know more about Sojourn, let Karissa and I know. There are many ways you can partner with us in this venture. Soon, we will be releasing a prayer letter of sorts to not only let people know about what we feel God is leading us in, but also to build a team of people committed to praying for Sojourn. If you know of someone looking for a community of followers of Jesus who would be interested in something like this, send them our way. Thanks so much for your prayers as we step out in faith.


Day 1

Thanks for all you who were wondering about how my day went. It was a good day overall, I had a chance to ride along with another field representative and got a great picture of what it looks like to go up to a home and do an estimate. I have much to


learn, in fact the learning curve is pretty high in identifying existing insulation, reasons why to updgrade to an R38, etc.

I know you were all hoping I had stories of my first encounter with the wildlife that can live under homes. Fortunately, in the only space we entered that had rats, we did not make any visual contact. The only real story I have is that the fella who I was riding on with (a great guy) accidentally left the tailgate open while we drove from Marysville to Seattle. As it turned out, the only thing that was lost was his lunch box. Lame for him, but it ended up in him buying me lunch at Wendy’s.  I tried to buy but he wouldn’t let me, hence the great guy comment.

The good news is that I bought my very first pair of coveralls! They look great, feel great, but not quite like a pair of new socks…they just aren’t as cozy.  Okay, the truth is they don’t feel great…but they get the job done and are comfortable.

A new pair of socks


If you are anything like me, you gladly skip the pre-wash on the new package of socks and immediately throw on a pair.  In fact, I enjoy getting new socks for Christmas because who wouldn’t want to walk around in new socks on Christmas Day?  I even have a friend who wants to be financially secure enough in life to one day never have to wear the same sock twice!  I won’t rat you out here, but you know who you are…

New socks are great, and I am hoping that this new job I start Monday morning sharp, will be as enjoyable.  For those of you who have not heard, I did finally land a job.  Thank you for your prayers.  God has provided a great opportunity for me in the insulation business.  You are reading the words of the newest sales rep for Clean Crawls.  These guys are the best insulation removal and re-installers in the Northwest.  They have been in the business longer than any other company around and take pride in their service, product, and quality.  And now for the shameless plug – If you need any work done in your attic, crawlspace, or added insulation in your walls (or know someone who does) AND you live anywhere up and down the I-5 corridor in WA, give me a call.  Now is a great time to make your home energy efficient.  Getting in crawlspaces and attics is now my full time job, so I can come by and give you an estimate.  I am about to get friendly with all the lovelies that live under our houses!  So far, I have heard stories of sales reps encountering rats, mice, cats, raccoons, and even an otter.  Needless to say, a large maglite will be standard issue!  

I am looking forward to this new season of life.  I just concluded 10 years of ministry at Northshore Baptist Church in Bothell, and am very grateful for the experience.  Karissa and I got married there, dedicated our babies there, and spent ten years loving and serving the families there.  I learned so much about God, myself, marriage, fatherhood, ministry, and the list goes on.  For all of that, I am grateful.  However, I am totally ready for the next ten!  I am praying that in the next ten I will continue to learn more about all of the aforementioned things, and then some.  Oh, and just so you know, pastoral ministry is not going to stop with me no longer being employed by Northshore…but more on this later.  This next season of life is upon us and it starts in about 10.5 hours.  Here’s to tomorrow feeling like a new pair of socks!