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Annual Financial Report

  My Good Shepherd Family, Rachel, the girls and I are so thankful to you for wrapping your arms around us and making us a part of the Good Shepherd family. While it has been just over a year, the first six months were incredibly challenging.  As a family, we...

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Scheduling Long Periods of Unstructured Time

  This past week, five of the pastors traveled to Atlanta and Nashville for a time of coaching. Former Good Shepherd attender Kevin Marks invited our team to meet with Passion City Church’s leadership. It was a powerful day of talking with their pastoral team,...

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Chain Link

  The first time I met Mike Ely, I was struck by his ability to share Gospel-centered truths in a way that was fresh, casual, relaxed and fun. While he didn’t take himself too seriously, his faith in the Gospel was strikingly powerful. Little did I know that day...

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Ramping Up

I was just reflecting on the end of summer. It could not have ended better for the Bryant family. A sweet former GS family allowed us to stay at their home in Bend for the week, and my family had a great time. We boated Lake Billy Chinook, hung out in Old...

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“Take a Flying Leap”

Lately, you have heard about the “Leap Event?” The idea came from an excellent book on vision and leadership we have been reading - Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols by Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez. Instead of...

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the Makings

It begins this weekend! More than fifty Good Shepherd leaders, pastors and young families have been working for three months on our new series entitled The Makings. For the next eight weeks, we will explore the Mission, Vision and Core Values of Good...

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A Few Updates on Worship

We are thankful to the Lord for bringing all of our church family back into the South auditorium for worship. This was a high priority for the elders. While it was possible to lead in this direction, difficult decisions had to be made; the type of...

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Leading Worship

One area of interest I’ve always had has been in studying how the earliest churches worshiped. This past week, I’ve been reading in 1st Chronicles 6 and 16 about one of King David’s worship leaders named Asaph. We learn in 2 Chronicles 29:30 that both...

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An Essential Question

My previous church faced an essential question. It was one church with fifteen different campuses.  The essential question was how to unite fifteen different campuses as one church. This same question was asked during my initial visits to Good Shepherd as...

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Independence or Imitation?

As we have talked about before, imitation is one of the core biblical principles. We are called to imitate the example we see in Jesus. It is interesting to see how much of our human nature pushes back against this biblical value of imitation. Yet, God...

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