Paul Jenkins

Category - The Gathering

The 1 reason you can’t afford to NOT be generous

I know. Everyone is asking for money this time of year, and it can be so easy to feel like all people want from you is a dollar (or twenty!). But there’s one YUGE (sorry, Donald) reason that you and I can’t afford to simply shrug our shoulders and walk away from “generosity opportunities” this time of year (or any time, for that matter): God blesses the generous. Now, before you whip out your cash and get ready to invest in God’s great pyramid scheme, let’s...

What a win!

One of the hardest things in church planting is defining the win. Wait, let me rephrase that. One of the hardest things in church planting is remembering how we defined the win. Yes, much better. Let me explain why. Most new organizations (and a church would fall into that category) don’t have a hard time defining the win early on.  Of course, most of those wins are on paper, which is worthless for the most part because it doesn’t actually count. (If wins on paper counted, the...

How we gave away a year in a day

[A lot has happened since I wrote about this in 10/12.  To read more about where this day has taken us, be sure to see the update at the end.] There are key moments in the history of all church plants that make the leaders stop and pause, and we’ve had a number of those moments at The Gathering already.  The first salvation, the first baptisms, the first Sunday with an overcrowded sanctuary. But this past Sunday was such an incredible moment that I have had to literally take a few days...

One Amazing Half of a Year

Most of the time, we pastor types don’t like looking at data, but I’ve got to say that this past week as we put the finishing touches on the 2011 Annual Report for The Gathering, I found myself reading, worshiping, reading some more, and thanking God over and over for the awesome opportunity that we’ve been given to serve our city and our county. I’m not going to comment about the report here, because you can just go to the site and read it for yourself, but I do want to...

Living in the airport

Well, here I go. Im at the airport here in Charlotte waiting to step on a plane for Chicago which will put me on a plane for Delhi, India. The thing about airports is that they arent the type of place where people stay. Theyre either coming or going. There are tearful embraces, some for sad goodbyes and others for joyful hellos. But no one moves here and lives here. Airports arent destinations. Theyre gateways. We arent citizens of this planet. Were here for a moment, sure, but were headed...