We met yesterday for the first time in eleven weeks. Most of us still watched online, but 75 of us ventured out. I trust each of us made the best decision we could. It was good to see your faces again.
As I reflect on my experience, I'm surprised at how hard it was to not greet people in the usual way. The joy of fellowship is more than a hand shake or hug, but it sure is expressed in it. Without those things it feels awkward. Once I caught myself forgetting to talk, like somehow wearing a mask meant I had to signal with my hands and eyes. It feels silly to admit that. And to admit that I felt a bit lonely in the crowd. But still it was good to be together.
The restoration of our in person gathering is a bit of a milestone, and it makes me thankful.
Thank you to everyone for adjusting so easily to the changes we've made over the past couple months, and then again yesterday. Thank you for following directions, following the guidelines, putting other people needs and opinions ahead of your own. In fact, this has been a great opportunity to demonstrate the "mutual submission" of Christian community where we look not only to our own interests, but each of us to the interest of the others. (Philippians 2:4)
In responding to this opportunity, my goal has been to create the safest environment for the most vulnerable among us. The strong should always care for the weak. In the midst of this uncertainty, we have taken precautions that may eventually prove to be unnecessary. But I believe we've been safe without being scared.
My goal has also been to cooperate with the governing authorities, that we would be a joy to serve, not a burden. Again, I believe we have shown respect for those who lead us as public servants.
And my goals has been to keep us connected around a common worship experience by making it available online. We did that.
Now that some of us have begun connecting in person again, I want to remember those who continue to connect online. I do look forward to the day our in person venue is filled with people singing again. But I hope that we will always see online as more than just an "alternative" to the "real" gathering. May it continue to connect us with people who wouldn't otherwise be able to, whether separated by quarantine or by geographical distance.
But why connect? Why connect with each other? Why connect with anyone?
Two scriptures come to mind:
Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV)
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
And Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
We need to connect! And the gift we've received the last couple months is the reminder of what we already knew: It's good to be together. But take away the possibility of gathering and we tend to find other ways to connect. It's human to do so. And it's Christian to do so.
Why do we connect?
Do you know anyone who needs any of those things? Try to connect with them.
Or perhaps you notice what's been missing in your own life. Or perhaps it reminds you of something that I didn't think to list. The thing is, don't neglect connecting.
I know it's hard right now, but do what you can to connect. People need you. And you need them. Connect in person if you can, or by phone, text, email, or video conference. Pray together, talk together, laugh together, hang out together if you can. Just be together and connect as people and as brothers and sisters in the family of God.
Until we meet again,
History will show that Sarasota Community Church went ten Sundays without meeting in person, from March 15 through May 17.
And I trust that it will also show how resilient the Church is, and how being Church is about way more than whether we get to "go to church" or not.
And yet the Spirit longs for fellowship and this is good. Something in us pulls us toward each other, whether in large gatherings or in small gatherings.
Last week some of us have started to meet again in small gatherings. It was good to see each other in person again.
Now, this coming Sunday, May 24, we are opening our auditorium again for the large gathering. If I didn't feel confident that we can meet safely at Church, I wouldn't open the doors yet. But I believe that we can meet safely if we do it thoughtfully.
So, effective this Sunday, not only does "Grace happen here," now "Space happens here." Be prepared to observe distancing protocol and follow the signs, and you will help keep it safe for everyone.
The tricky thing about this infectious disease is that you can't see it. So we have to assume it will be among us.
That doesn't mean we should live in fear of it. For me I just try to assume that the person I want to hug or shake hands with just had an infected person do the same thing to them. I'm not judging the person as unclean. I'm just realizing that I don't know who just violated their space. And you don't know who just violated mine. So let's just keep our space.
So as I keep saying, instead of shaking hands or hugging, just pat your heart as you say what you want to say. It's a bit awkward at first. Sure, it feels forced. But it works. Or you can wave or nod or whatever comes naturally to you. Just don't touch.
I believe that with these precautions we can meet safely at Church. And if we later learn that someone was there who tests positive, we don't have to wonder whether they came close to us, because we know that we kept our distance from everybody. And we also know that the facility is being disinfected each week.
So with those things in place, I believe we can meet safely at Church. Doors will open at 9:30 for a 10AM service. Hope to see you there.
On the other hand, many of us should not come to the campus yet.
Those who have any symptoms should stay home and watch online. Really. Err on the side of caution.
And those who have weakened immune systems should do the same. Really. Please don't risk it. Let's roll this out slowly. Don't rush. Let us come to you as we have been.
I realize this may feel like we are "meeting without you." But believe me, you will be near our hearts as we gather. If there's anything we've learned in the past ten weeks, it's that "online church" is a legitimate way to gather. So we will continue to acknowledge that.
Thank you for your prayers and patience during this time. Crisis often brings the worst out in people, and I just need to say that this church has been easy to lead! I believe God is filling us with love joy and peace to fill Sarasota with love joy and peace by sowing the hope of the gospel into every relationship.
A reopening of our doors may be a milestone in some regards. It's the question of the day: "When are you reopening?" Even though we can now answer that question with "May 24," it quickly becomes apparent that it's just a change of venue.
If this change of venue allows you to invite unchurched or dechurched people, please invite them. And please continue to use our online church to do the same. We are living among so many people who have so little love joy or peace in their lives, and we have such a gift to give. So whether safely at home or safely at church, let's be the Church!
I'm so glad to live here in Florida where it's hot and humid and sunny and beautiful. I love it.
And I guess the virus hates it! And that means some of our freedoms are being restored. We're not letting our guard down, but as we continue to follow the guidelines, they give us permission to meet. (Sorry northern friends!)
To be clear, we are not meeting in person this Sunday.
But I do think we're very close. Like, very close.
Now, if that makes you nervous for any reason, please don't come. Keep watching online. There's no shame in that. Like I keep saying, each of us should decide for ourselves whether the guidelines restrict us or give us freedom. When we open the church again it will be for those who can reasonable attend. But we also have some who shouldn't be out right now. So, if you're not well or if you have a weakened immune system, please continue to shelter in place. We will continue to stream our services at sarasotacommunity.online.church as we have been. I don't see this changing.
But for those who are able, start preparing your heart to gather again. Start imagining a Sunday morning where you get ready before church instead of after it. (Haha.) Start getting ready, because that's what our staff is doing. I'm not ready to say when we're opening -- not yet -- but I think it'll be soon.
Our goal is to create an experience where everyone not only is safe, but everyone feels safe. This is prudent to health, but also to hospitality.
And of course no handshakes or hugs. In fact, even if you feel good about hugging and shaking hands I'm asking all of us to go the extra mile in creating a safe experience for those who feel most threatened by gathering.
Just resist the urge to hug and shake hands. For some of us that feels rude, so I'd like to recommend something that I learned from a pastor friend of mine (Tyler Hartford, who pastors some of own our winter residents in Indiana). He learned it from another culture where it was just their way. And I think it's beautiful.
It shows affection and honor and warmth. It touches the heart. And it does that by touching your own heart! That's the gesture.
When we greet each other, let's just put our hand to our heart:
"So good to see you."
"So nice to meet you."
No hugs or handshakes. You can touch the other person's heart by just touching your own.
"I missed you."
"How are you doing?"
"How can I be praying for you."
Start trying it on for size. I think you'll like it. Let's see if it can become our preferred greeting.
I can't wait to see everybody. The Spirit calls us to fellowship. And love also calls us to prudence even in our zeal. I appreciate your prayers for wisdom and discernment, not only for these decisions, but always. It is the prayer of my heart.
See you soon,
How well do you know your neighbors?
Do you know their names? Can you name their joys? Do you know their sorrows, and what fills them with anxiety, or gives them a sense of peace?
Years ago, when we planted a church in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, we were led in a series of "Prayer Walks" through the neighborhoods we were hoping to reach. And we were given a principle that sticks with me to this day: When you pray onsite you pray with insight.
As Wendy and I walked those streets, praying conversationally with our eyes open and as if Jesus was walking with us, we would pass a house with kids toys and pray with insight: "Lord, we pray for the children in this house... We pray for the parents..." And we would walk by a house with a old beater in the driveway and could pray, "Lord, provide for their needs. Answer their prayers. Give them financial wisdom. Keep that car running for them." When you pray onsite you pray with insight.
Here in Sarasota I sometimes do prayer drives, even taking side streets on my way to some place so that I can pray through the neighborhoods. I try not to look suspicious (ha!) but I pay attention to the needs I see, praying onsite with insight. When I notice a blue tarp on someone's roof it gives me a sense of what they would like me to pray for. When I see a $50,000 car in front of a $200,000 house, it gives me a sense of what to pray for. When I see a boat that hasn't been touched for 20 years, or a couple brand new Jet Skis out front, it gives me insight about who might live there, and what they have experienced or are experiencing.
Many of us have taken to walking our neighborhoods during this shut in. What an opportunity to pray with insight. Pay attention and pray with intention. Open your eyes with an open heart and you will see the needs: A lawn that's overgrown. A car that hasn't moved in a long time. A car that's never home. Five cars in one house. Kids toys. A wheelchair ramp. Christmas decorations in May. You may guess wrong about the situation (maybe they just like Christmas), but even if the details are wrong, it still gives you a sense about what to pray for.
This is true even for those of us who still report to work, or can't get out and walk the neighborhood. Pray for the people in front of you at the stoplight. Pray for the people you're scrolling through on social media. Pay attention to the people you see and you will see needs. When you pray onsite, you pray with insight.
The Lord calls us to be a people of prayer.
Today, this week, next week, next month... As you have opportunity, do good to all people. Start by praying for them. This is where your heart of compassion finds clarity. And this is where anything else you do tangibly is empowered by the hand of God.
That Sarasota might be filled with love joy and peace!
Today we enter Phase One of the governor's Reopen Florida plan. For us that means we are planning to bring the worship team back together to lead worship from our worship center. I hope everyone finds encouragement in that, even if we don't meet together this Sunday.
We are watching how this first week of Phase One goes before deciding when we will reopen our campus to public activities. Phase One calls for "strict distancing protocol," and then Phase Two calls for "moderate distancing protocol." Meeting under Phase One poses some difficulty. Meeting under Phase Two, not so much. Again, we are not living in fear, but choosing to be cooperative, and exercise prudence, believing it in no way jeopardizes our faith to do so. But we are also looking forward to gathering again. To be together and encourage each other is part of the vitality of our faith. We will meet again soon, Lord willing. I'll let you know.
As we prepare, I want you to pray with me about the opportunities in front of us. It's like a reset button has been pushed, and we get to decide what we do now.
Think about how many times God's people have gotten to start over. The most obvious is the Flood where Noah and his family got to replant humanity. But even before that, when Cain killed Able, he was sent away to a new land to start over. And before that, when Adam and Eve sinned, they were sent out of the garden to start over.
But still Noah is the one we think about. God said he was tired of contending with humanity and its sin so he pressed the reset button. Took a few samples of what he had created and wiped everything else out. Then he put those samples on a mountain top and said, "Start over." And one of the first things we see is Noah getting drunk.
A few generations later and Abraham was called to leave his land and go start over. He had kids and they had kids and they had kids, and they all ended up in Egypt where they had more and more kids. They ended up enslaved to the Egyptians so God brought Moses to push a reset button for them. They had opportunity to go straight into the Promised Land, but they balked, so they wandered the wilderness until that whole generation had died.
Then God pushed the reset button again, and brought them into the Promised Land. They established themselves but during that time there was no king and everyone did as they thought best. And it wasn't best. They had priests and judges, but they sinned and sinned and sinned.
Eventually God pushed the reset button and brought a king, and another king, and another. The kings were good, then bad, then good, then bad, and so on and so on. There has never been a time that God's people were not encumbered by sin.
Finally, God pushed the reset button by sending his son -- by coming in the flesh. When he conquered death he pushed the biggest reset button of them all. And here we are living by faith, no longer under the tutelage of the Law, and no longer enslaved by our fear of death.
But even after Jesus, God has continued to push the reset button for us. Pentecost, the scattering of the Church by persecution, the evangelism of the Gentiles, the missionary journeys of Paul, the development of Christendom. In fact, if we look all the way back to the Flood we can see a major reset roughly every 500 years: Noah (2500 BC), Abraham (2000), Moses (1500), David (1000), the Exiles return (500), Jesus/The Church (0), The First East-West Schism and Reconciliation (500AD), the Great East-West Schism (1000), the Reformation (1500), and now here we are (2000). With each one we can look back at things that were lost and gained, some of it negative and some of it positive. And each was opportunity to do a new thing.
I don't think this Coronavirus Pandemic is on par with the Flood or the Reformation. But it is opportunity to do a new thing. Even if it can be hard to let go of old things, there's something refreshing about a new start.
This is on my mind and in my prayers, and I invite you to consider it with me: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses," meaning, people who have been faithful through time, "let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith." (Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV)
Pray for clear discernment about this. It's the right question to be asking. And if you get any sense of godly conviction or passion about it, like what you would be most energized to throw yourself into as the mission for your life in these times, let me know what you think by emailing me.
With love and faith,
There are a couple scriptures we quote often about gathering together.
The first one that comes to mind is Matthew 18:20 where Jesus said, "Where two or three are gathered, there I am in the midst of them."
There's something special about gathering together. It's inspiring. There's even a sense of the Lord's presence when believers are in each other's presence. When I surveyed our congregation last week you confirmed this. We're ready to gather again for worship. Many of us just can't wait.
I'm sure you're aware that this Monday, May 4, Florida officially enters Phase One of the reopening plan. For us to open we need to be able to maintain strict distancing protocols. We're also mindful that half of us are supposed to continue sheltering in place until after Phase Two. We will try not to make any last minute decisions, but I don't see us needing to give more than a week's notice so just stay tuned. And we will continue to meet online at https://sarasotacommunity.online.church.
Our decision is to be prudent and patient, but our desire is to gather! "Where two or three are gathered" Jesus is in the midst of us! So gathering is like a "gravity" that affects our decisions, as it should.
But did you know that comment in Matthew 18 was about prayer? One verse before that, in verse 19 Jesus says, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven." And then he says, verse 20, "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
The context is prayer. As we desire to be together, let it move us to pray not only for, but with each other. We can gather in the Spirit, even when far apart. But there's something about being able to agree together in real time about what we're praying for, so let's do that.
We've been hosting noon prayer meetings via Zoom. Next week, rather than just having a noon prayer meeting I want us to meet in groups of two and three for prayer. In its simplest form, call someone just to pray with them. If you haven't done that before, you might start with a text, "Hey, can I give you a call just to pray with you for a few minutes?" And then do it. Jesus said, "Truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
If that was true, what would you ask for? Talk about what you'd like the Father to do, find agreement, then ask him together.
In our noon prayer meetings we've been agreeing in prayer about individuals who are sick or have lost income, but also that the gospel would reach into every home, and that people would come to faith. Agree about that together!
But don't be afraid to get personal either. The context of this Matthew 18 passage is actually about helping people get rid of sin in their lives. In verse 18 Jesus says: "Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." And that's when he says that if two of us agree it will be done, and if two or three gather he is here with us.
It reminds me of the other "gathering" passage we think of. In Hebrews 10:24-25 we read: "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
Together, those two "gathering" passages call us to prayer and encouragement. Invite someone to pray with you. And if someone invites you, accept their invitation. Encourage each other by praying together. Pray that whatever needs to be bound would be bound, and whatever needs to let go would let go. Ask God for it. Pray it for each other individually, but also for us as a church, and for the people of our community here.
We will gather again, and we are deciding what all that means. Who will we be and what will we do when we get together again? Surely we will not be the same, will we? Surely this is a time to bind what should be bound, and let go of what should be let go of, isn't it?
Encourage each other. Pray for each other. The Lord is right here in our midst, and the Father will do what we agree upon in prayer.
How are you staying spiritually healthy?
To grow spiritually you need to apply yourself to several things. And in this shut in and slow down we can allow it to disrupt our healthy disciplines, or we can actually choose to refine our disciplines.
Worship Weekly. As followers of Jesus we are worshipers of God. As God’s people we gather. Like I wrote last week, we are a congregation. We congregate. And when we do, we praise God together, we pray together, we study the scriptures together, we break bread together. I know it’s different to come to church online. If all we could do was meet under a big Mango tree at a local park wouldn’t we do that? Even if the acoustics weren’t the same? Even if the seats weren’t as comfortable? Make it priority, even if it’s not “really” meeting together. We’ll gather again. In the meantime, I am thankful for the opportunity to get together and think about the same things at the same time, pray our prayers and singing (or listening to) our praises as the same time. To worship weekly is good. Make it a priority. Stay spiritually healthy.
Give Gratefully. Like I wrote last week, I am so thankful that so many continue to give. I can tell it’s in your heart to do so. And without telling people’s personal stories, some have been able to give considerably over and above their normal contributions during this time. Praise God. I usually talk about “generosity” in the area of giving. Sure. But cultivate a grateful heart. Then give out of that. Not reluctantly or out of compulsion, but joyfully, gratefully. Even if your income just dropped and your expenses didn’t, I understand that you may not be able to tithe (10%). But is there an amount you can give gratefully? Even if it’s $10? You may want to hide behind a non-gift rather than only give a few bucks. But cultivate a grateful heart that doesn’t want to hide at all, even if all you can give is a few bucks. Stay spiritually healthy.
Devote Daily. Did you read your Bible yet today? Did you stop to pray? Life competes with the discipline of a daily quiet time. Even though it’s my “job” to teach the scriptures and to pray (Acts 6:4), and even though I love doing that, there is always something else that seems more pressing! But a daily diet of learning and praying the scriptures is so much better at nourishing your thoughts and affections than just bingeing every now and then. Devote yourself to the scriptures daily. Read them and pray them. Yesterday I challenged you to read Psalm 131 to learn contentment. The reading part of that will take you less than a minute. So do it three times. Let it sink into your soul. Then pray the confessions I gave you. I learned them from that scripture. Remember, we don’t apply the teachings to our lives, we apply ourselves to the teachings. If you need a Bible Reading Plan, try the four-chapters plan I use. But devote yourself daily to the practice of scripture and prayer. Stay spiritually healthy.
Practice Peace. This is a spiritual discipline of choosing peace in your relationship with God, with others in your life, and even with yourself. It’s easy to see when we are not at peace with others. Either we feel they have wronged us, or they feel we have wronged them. Either way, peace is restored through a soft heart, confession, and a conversation where we drop our guard to be reconciled. Romans 12 says, “As much as it depends on you, be at peace with everyone.” Jesus said in Matthew 5 that if you’ve wronged someone, drop whatever it is you’re doing and go be reconciled to them. As a matter of spiritual discipline, practice peace with the people in your life. But also do it with God. Do you need to confess to him anything that stands between you and him? Do it. Ask him to forgive you. Then do the same thing with yourself. Sometimes we won’t let ourselves be forgiven by God. Pop culture talks about this as “forgiving yourself” but a better (biblical) understanding is to give God’s forgiveness authority over your conscience. Seek God’s forgiveness and then be at peace with it. Practice peace by asking yourself three questions (or finding a friend and asking each other): 1. Are you at peace with God? 2. Are you at peace with others? 3. Are you at peace with yourself? Practice peace as a spiritual discipline. Stay spiritually healthy.
I pray that as you practice the above disciplines you will stay spiritually healthy and experience much love joy and peace. I'm confident, that is God's desire for you.
Till we meet again,
“Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8 NIV
I trust that you have food and clothing, that your basic needs are met. We are here for you, as I’m sure you are available to others. Please let us know who is in need so that we can discern how best to help them.
Also, thank you to everyone who continues to support this church financially. I believe tithing is an expression of “godliness with contentment” that honors God. And some of you have been able to bless over and above your regular giving. I can only assume that God put it on your heart to do so. God always takes care of his church. Amen.
Jesus said to not worry about tomorrow, “what you will eat or drink.” The most practical part of that is trusting God enough to live within our means. That is our goal personally and as a church. We will need to make some difficult decisions if we do not replace the offerings that were lost when our winter crowds went home early. Right now our immediate needs are met, but we will feel the pinch in coming months. But I am confident that God can lead each of us in supplying the needs of the church that he wants supplied. I am content with that. Amen.
Thank you for your many prayers. We plan to follow the governor’s lead in entering Phase One, and let each person to govern themselves about what applies to them personally. Please also pray for wisdom and newness of vision about what church should and shouldn’t be when we are allowed to gather again.
So much love for you,
I usually talk about our church as a “congregation.” But what is a congregation that can’t congregate? What is an assembly that can’t assemble? What is a gathering that can’t gather?
I miss gathering. I miss being together. I miss singing together. I miss studying and learning together. I miss congregating. The old adage that “absence makes the heart grow fonder” is true, if the heart starts out fond. And my heart is growing fonder for the church in this absence of physical social interaction.
I recently posted a video on the church’s Facebook account of our congregation singing Great Is Thy Faithfulness. It sounded wonderful. It’s from February. It’s hard to believe how quickly things can change. I look forward to experiencing that again. I have great fondness for the congregation.
But there’s another fondness that my heart is actually enjoying: Solitude. Perhaps, like me, absence had made your heart grow fonder for that too? Granted, I don’t have complete solitude. I share my home with Wendy and Bekah. But this quarantine certainly isn’t the same level of social interaction that I had been living with. Have you allowed this slow down to create a healthy solitude? We can admit the need without undermining our desire to be together. I pray that you are able to rest during this solitude.
It doesn’t look like we’ll be congregating anytime soon. We plan to follow the government guidelines and re-congregate when it’s prudent. In the meantime we’re looking for how to create connection opportunities without interrupting the healthy aspects of solitude.
In Acts 14 Paul and Barnabas went back to the places where they had preached the gospel, and where people had believed. In verse 22 we read that they went around “strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith.” And their message was, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”
It’s tempting to look for proof that this Covid19 crisis is persecution against the Church. I don’t see it that way. I see it more like when Hurricane Irma shut us down for a weekend in 2017. Proverbs 27:12 teaches us, “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” I think those in leadership are trying to be prudent, not trying to persecute the Church.
That said, I’m sure there are people in leadership whose eyes are clouded with hatred for the Church, and are using this as opportunity to “defavor” the Church. I’m sure some are overstepping. But that’s nothing unusual, right? A longer, more considerate perspective is that the Church is always being pushed at and prodded by the Enemy. In times of war and catastrophe we notice it, but it’s also true in times of peace. In fact, you could make the case that in times of peace it’s more threatening because we don’t think about it. In fact, the greater threat against the Church is the battle for love and faithfulness in our homes, not for places to meet publicly for worship.
This threat is always before us, and will remain before us after this temporary crisis is over. Use this time to learn to pray with greater focus. Take time to pray for the people in your circle. Start with your inner circle of family and close friends. Then build out from there. Think about your neighbors who live near you. Remember your church family who worships with you. Think about the people you work with. And remember the leaders who make decisions that affect these circles. Take time to pray for them by imagining their fears and hopes, describing their sorrows and joys to God and asking him to bless them. Ask specifically that he would fill their lives with love joy and peace as they learn to open their lives to the Holy Spirit. Is this not his will?
Prayer is a great work, and it accomplishes much. But then look for opportunity to live out your prayer. Look for practical ways to be that ministry of love, joy, and peace to them, however the Lord inspires you.
We are not alone if together we are in the Spirit. He has not forsaken us. He is with us if we are in him.
Pastor of Sarasota Community Church since 2009.