Monthly Archives: August 2013

Pastor to Community Developer

When I took the Associate Pastor position at Mountair Christian Church, we knew we would take it one year at time. The church was taking money out of savings to fund my position and we didn’t know how the ministry at the church would change. This summer, Trevor Lee, the Lead Pastor at Mountair felt called by God to transition to the Lead Pastor position at the church in Littleton called Trailhead Church.

So I transitioned into the Interim Pastor role at the beginning of August.

Over the last year, I have spent a good amount of time in Edgewater building relationships and learning about the needs and assets in the community. As I have developed relationships and built networks, I have realized the need for an asset based community development organization. Instead of just rushing in to meet needs, an asset based organization looks to connect the assets or strengths of a community with its needs.

So we started Edgewater Collective as a way to connect these assets and needs in seeking the common good of all in Edgewater.

I love doing community development. Ironically my senior paper at Taylor University laid out of dream of mine to do community development in a neighborhood just like Edgewater just south of where we are now. It took 11 years to get where we are now, yet this is the position I believe I am uniquely created for.

Our family is ready to jump into this new role in Edgewater.

Mountair Christian Church is starting to look for a new Lead Pastor and I will be transitioning to leading Edgewater Collective at the beginning of November.

You can read our letter to the Mountair congregation here.

We are excited to step into this role within our community. The open doors to invest in our community are amazing!

  • Today I began serving as a volunteer police chaplain with the Edgewater Police Department.
  • We are launching the Edgewater Literacy Initiative and sending trained volunteers to help K-3rd grade students read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • This spring I will be leading our community garden at the local high school and helping students sell their produce at the local farmer’s market.
  • We are working with the local high school to connect local business owners and students every Thursday morning later this fall. Our dream is to offer up to a $1000 Innovation Award to a high school student to develop a business idea in the community.
  • Hillary is a paraprofessional (teacher’s aide) at our daughters’ school and is learning first hand the needs in our local schools.
  • I am now a Planning and Zoning Commissioner in Edgewater and am learning more about how our city operates.
  • I also represent our area on the Jefferson County Schools Strategic Planning and Advisory Council.

As you can see this is quickly becoming a full-time effort! We need your help as I step into this new role with Edgewater Collective.

Here is how you can help:

Invest Time

If you live in the Denver area, here are some ways you can serve in Edgewater.

Invest Financially

We are looking to raise $14,000 by 2014 to launch these initiatives in Edgewater and allow me to work full-time in the community. You can donate to Edgewater Collective here.

Eating Like a Cave Man and Losing Weight

paleo-pyramid

I blame over five years as a youth pastor and endless pieces of pizza for my weight gain. I tried to exercise and even ran a marathon but losing weight was virtually impossible. According to my BMI(Body Mass Index), I was overweight and it really began to bother me.

My last hope was to change my diet.

I had heard friends talk about the Paleo Diet so I did some research. The idea of the Paleo Diet is to mimic the diet of early hunter-gatherers to optimize health and lose weight. So here is what this means:

 Can Eat

  • Grass-produced meats
  • Fish/seafood
  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

 Don’t Eat

  • Cereal grains
  • Legumes (including peanuts)
  • Dairy
  • Refined sugar
  • Potatoes
  • Processed foods
  • Salt

Taken from The Paleo Diet

 So basically I am limited to eating meat, fruits and vegetables. But the amazing thing is that since starting the diet in June I have lost over 20 pounds. For me it really comes down to self-control and the Paleo Diet really makes this manageable.
To be honest, I cheat a little on the diet. I drink beer and take half & half with my coffee. Once a week I eat sweets and pizza with the family. I don’t want to be one of those crazy, legalistic diet people.
So if you want to lose weight without having to count calories and feel better about what you are putting into your body, check out the Paleo Diet.