This past Monday, I decided that it would be a great idea to leverage the efforts of our three boys to work on a yard project that has been on my mental to-do list for more than a year. We needed to treat our railroad tie retaining walls with a protective urethane.

I figured it would be a good project for them since we were outside, the chemicals would put some hair on their chest, and they really couldn’t hurt anything.

Problem was that I had a hard time finding enough tools for each boy to have his own. Finally, after taking it upon themselves to find more tools, they found a few brushes and rollers. It was the process of looking that became quite entertaining.

They began by going into the garage and looking for anything that resembled a tool. One of their first discoveries was a putty knife. My initial thought (to myself of course) was, “what in the world made them think that would work as a paintbrush?” Another discovery was a paint roller without the cover. Again, I love my boys, but at that moment, I wondered how they could even consider hard plastic and metal as an option to transfer liquid from a bucket to the retaining wall.

The final two discoveries were noteworthy. One was a high-quality roller that I had hidden, hoping they wouldn’t find it because I didn’t want to ruin it. And of course they found it…and of course, I didn’t have the heart to tell them not to use it. The final discovery was a vacuum brush. Of course, I knew it would be ruined if they used it, however for whatever reason, I let them give it a try….and to my surprise and amazement…it worked.

It worked so well, that by the end of the day, I was offering my paint roller to them so I could use the vacuum brush. Ultimately, the boys worked really hard and we ended up having a great day. They weren’t perfect…but then again, neither was I. We each made a few messes but we did much more good than harm.

My role as a leader in the project was to give them direction, support them in their pursuit of resources and to keep them encouraged, fed and in the end even paid :).3 boysa

There are similarities in what I did as a project manager on Monday and what I do as a pastor, Tuesday through Sunday. This Sunday, Pastor Dave is going to bring a sermon from 1 Timothy 3:1-7 on the topic of spiritual leadership. This is a part of our vision casting series entitled, “Going Deep, Going Wide.”

Leadership is vital in every facet of life…and it is especially vital in the church. I hope you can plan to join us for our service on Sunday at 10:45 am.

Have a great weekend,



Signed Jersey…

A few weeks ago I went with a friend to a breakfast for pastors. The featured speaker was Jamal Charles, Running Back for the KC Chiefs.

Or should I say, former running back for the Chiefs?

The starting time was 6:45 am. Since it was so early, I decided to wait until breakfast for coffee. Imagine trying to make enough coffee for more than 300 pastors? You would have thought that it was liquid gold. Pastors bunched in line, politely waiting for one thing…COFFEE! Don’t worry, there were no fights…everything stayed positive…but there is no doubt in my mind, there was plenty of people strategizing internally about how to get some coffee into their waiting cups.

Soon enough, breakfast was over and we were privileged to hear from some incredible people. And the testimony that Jamal Charles shared was simply amazing and inspiring. I am super bummed the Chiefs have released him.

Throughout the morning, there were several door prizes given away. In addition, there were awards for faithful pastors and ministry leaders.

Finally, the last speech had been given, the final question answered and there was one last door prize…a Jersey Signed by Jamal Charles. The name was pulled out of the hat and with my heart pumping, I heard the name, “Troy Campbell, New Life CityChurch” announced.


Jamal Charles Autograph

Not only was I fortunate enough to get a swig of coffee and hear some incredible speakers, I just won the Grand Prize for the day…a personalized signed Jersey from one of the greatest Running backs in KC Chiefs history.

Someone famous, once said, “Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re going to get.” And for the most part, he was right. Some days can be great (liking winning a signed Jersey) while other days are not so great and possibly even tragic.

So how do we navigate through days that are great and days that are not so great? Where can we find direction when life becomes unexpected and unpredictable?

This Sunday, James Cottier will shed some light on those questions with a sermon from 2 Timothy 4:2 about why we are people of the Bible. There are many reasons to accept the Bible as our authority for life, but one thing for sure is that the Bible is a firm foundation for an insecure world. Whether we win the grand prize or experience tragedy, we have the confidence that God’s Word never changes. And that’s even better than winning the grand prize…and I should know :). Have a great weekend,


Reminder: Tomorrow morning, we will have a men’s breakfast at 8 am. We will continue our “Stepping Up” video curriculum along with some good food (plenty of coffee) and friends. All are welcome.

Friends forever…


A relationship is a connection between persons.

Some relationships are limited to social media interactions while others are packed with investment of all sorts.

Last night at the dinner table, one of our kids was getting the bulk of attention (which is perfectly ok). However, after a while, one of the other kids made the observation that they felt ignored. So, we ignored the point that our child felt ignored. ­čÖé

After everyone pushed away from the table and began to disburse throughout the house, Leigh-Ann made the effort to connect with our child who felt ignored. She discovered that there were a few other events earlier in the day that contributed to our dinner table discussion.

Relationships are simply a connection between persons, but there is nothing simple about relationships.

This Sunday, Pastor Dave, James and I are really looking forward to sharing some concluding thoughts from Romans 14:1-15:13 regarding relationships within the church. Specifically, among fellow Christians, we will have different opinions on matters of preference and we must accept others without forcing them to see it our own way.

In addition to some shared sermon time, we are planning to spend time answering tough questions on the topic of relationships within a church.

I hope to see you on Sunday!