Reveal the Encounter Issue 10: A Life of Shalom
by Wayne Spencer on October 19th, 2021
Our oldest son recently started his freshman year of college. As countless parents have experienced as they sent their first child off, this time can be an emotional rollercoaster. We had checked marked off all of the boxes on our list of desires. He was going to a private Christian school that offered exactly the degree that he wanted and the school was even located in the city that was becomi...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 9
by Wayne Spencer on September 28th, 2021
I was watching one of my favorite movies from the 90’s the other evening, First Knight. It’s one of those King Arthur and Camelot movies that pop up from time to time. What I really like about this movie is how it focuses on the heart of the knights and the heart of Camelot. It stars Sean Connery as Arthur and Richard Gere as Lancelot. Not only does it have a great cast but it shows this beaut...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 8
by Wayne Spencer on September 8th, 2021
My last blog post brought forth a lot of questions. I pray that maybe it stirred some additional questions in your life and ultimately, that you felt a desire to start seeking some answers as well. We have to continually be stretching and growing ourselves. It’s not comfortable and its usually the last thing we want but the call of a believer is a calling to a way of life that requires stretchi...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 7
by Wayne Spencer on August 30th, 2021
I would like to take a moment to ask a few questions and possibly try to provoke some thought. I know that I don’t have all the answers, but I do believe that most of the time we don’t ask enough questions or even try to start some conversations. If we don’t ask questions, we will never discover the answers or even worse, become stagnant. We always say in the church that our mission is to “Buil...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 6
by Wayne Spencer on August 13th, 2021
I believe that a church can become so focused on not dying that they lose their effectiveness in the mission. Live or die, the focus always has to be on the mission of building the Kingdom.
Reveal the Encounter Issue 5
by Wayne Spencer on July 28th, 2021
Are you ready to see God move in this story? Are you ready to see Hope show up? I know I was and I will have to testify that when God shows you, you are never disappointed. You may be reading this story and wondering how a pastor could be so depressed, how a pastor could allow things to get to them in such deep ways. Aren’t we supposed to be so spiritual? Well, I have news for you. Pastors a...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 4
by Wayne Spencer on July 21st, 2021
Thinking about the following months that would follow the church vote to embrace and follow this new vision for ministry brings a mixture of emotions that I can probably never fully articulate. As I continue to unfold this story, my prayer would be that you can feel and understand the emotions and resulting actions that this local church experienced. The church may have voted the first part of M...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 3
by Wayne Spencer on July 13th, 2021
What things will God bless? This is the question I repetitively seem to be asking myself, not only in ministry, but in my own personal life as well. In the midst of trying to discern the future of our church and ministry, I had to keep asking myself this question. The reality was that we couldn’t do this by our own power, and the only way to get God to bless this local church was to do things w...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 2
by Wayne Spencer on July 6th, 2021
Have you ever stopped and looked back at your life in chapters like a literary novel? I feel that I am so fortunate to see how the different chapters in my life have worked together to get me where I am today. I didn’t see it at the time, but looking back, you can always see the course and movement in life. Now, don’t think that it has always been rainbows and lollipops. Some chapters have bee...
Reveal the Encounter Issue 1
by Wayne Spencer on June 28th, 2021
We are often told that the Christian’s path is not supposed to be a solitary one. Instead, it should be one that is with, and within, the Body of Christ, the Church. However, we are living in a technological age where we can access and connect with one another with a simple click and never physically see one another. This was becoming very popular before COVID-19 was ever a thought, but COVID ha...