Cal Jernigan – Lead Pastor Lisa and I spent time this past week in Chicago with a group of pastors and wives from large churches from around the country. We meet annually for the purpose of building relationships, learning best practices, spiritual support, and mutual encouragement. It is something we have done for the past […]

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Cassandra Moton – Children’s Programming Pastor My dad died earlier this year. It was a shock to my system at the time. Completely unexpected. But after the services, after I flew home, I jumped right back into life. Full throttle.

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Scott Jones – Gilbert Campus Pastor Can you remember the last time you experienced disappointment? For some of you, it just happened, which is how you found this blog. You went searching for some encouragement or direction after a big let down. For others, it’s been a while, maybe so long that you almost didn’t […]

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Blake Henry – Student Life Group Pastor, Mesa As a student life group pastor, I have the awesome privilege of meeting so many awesome students. One of my former students, Matt Hutsko, just graduated this past year and has now stepped up to become a leader in our Student Ministry. I have become very close […]

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Cal Jernigan – Senior Pastor What do you do when you really don’t understand what’s going on around you? You make something up, that’s what. You create a storyline.

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Emily Teterud: Associate Marketing Director What comes to mind when someone points out good leadership? Good speaking skills? Someone who can motivate and direct a crowd? Vision and goal-setting? Charisma? A dominant personality? Yes! I think of those things too. There are stereotypical characteristics that we tend to associate with the ideal leader. And rightly […]

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Perry Emerick – Mesa Campus Pastor When you are in ministry, there are times when you feel a bit elevated or pedestaled, where folks elevate your stature and perhaps hold you to a standard higher than most. It is something that most all of us have wrestled with, that simply because we work at a church that […]

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Cassandra Moton – Children’s Programming Pastor Today I was shocked. It’s Sunday and I was at church, doing my job in Children’s Ministry. I was sitting in our lobby at the front desk when I was smacked in the face with someone who believes to the core that males are superior to females.

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