You're Called to Lead! What Are You Waiting For?

When Jesus gave the mandate to disciple nations, He was not speaking to a select group of Christians. He was speaking to all who have committed their lives to following Him. The church was never meant to sit on the sidelines of history and watch it happen. We were never meant to passively watch others lead. We were meant to be actively involved in seeing cities and nations discipled and to see them impacted by the Kingdom of Heaven. If the church is to embrace this call then there must be a visi...

You’re About to See It!

Springtime is in full bloom here in Sacramento. As I'm watching new life show up all around me, I feel drawn to what God is doing in my heart as well. Anytime there is a change in the seasons in the natural I feel more attuned to what God is doing in the spiritual. I don't know what it is about seeing the evidence of His handiwork all around me that makes me do this. And yet I find myself thinking about how long those spring buds have been growing in the background, hidden beneath the appearance...

Why Leaders Need To Be Honest About Elitism

“Do I have to be a hipster to intern for you?” A student asked me a few years ago. “No!” I quickly answered, my heart sinking as I felt the sting of his question. It wasn't even about him asking me. I was hurting because my actions were somehow conveying the message that I was exclusive. While “hipster” doesn't outright mean exclusive, the implications of being identified with pretension and trends wasn't exactly my heart. Unintentionally, I had been putting out vibes to onlookers th...

Who Is Justin Jarvis

Who is Justin Jarvis A Jesus Culture Music Feature At first glance, Justin is somewhat of a quiet person. He's nice, genuine, and always down for a laugh. But after a few days of hanging out, it was clear that there was a mountain of psalm-like thoughts churning inside. And all it took was a delicious cup of coffee to let all those thoughts loose. Surprising notes? He's a self-described foodie and Dave Matthews Band fan, even though he hasn't listened to them in years. (Who isn't though?) ...

Who Are You?

As young people, we are constantly being faced with this enormous question: “Who am I?” Whether it's parents and teachers asking, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” or “What are you doing after you graduate?” or it's ourselves trying to figure out what makes us unique…in one form or another, it seems we are inundated with this question. This identity thing is a big deal. Our identity defines us and in turn, determines how we will act, what decisions we will make, what we wi...

What's Your Perspective?

Perspective. I am learning how important this word is. How much perspective changes everything, how much it adds, how powerful of an effect it has on…well pretty much everything! But let's back up…the other day I was at church and we were in a very sweet time of worship. God's presence was so strong. I wanted to focus on God and His goodness and love but all I could do was think about EVERYTHING else!!! Work was getting stressful that week, I had some stuff going on with my family, I was try...

What's Next for Your City?

Circuit Writers Francis Asbury is credited for recruiting and organizing a band of selfless and radical circuit riders, a group of rough yet broken wide-eyed revivalists. They would criss cross the landscape of America for decades, taking the Gospel to the most remote places in America. They did not do it for the love of money or fame, but were marked by Asbury's mission to see every home in America hear and believe the Gospel. Our heart at Jesus Culture is to see campuses, cities and nations tr...

What Is Your Dream?

Part of my job in raising up this new breed of revivalist is to help them identify the dreams in their hearts and call them to excellence and leadership. For too many years, the idea has persisted that God wants us to be mindless servants who don't get to think or care about anything except reading our Bibles and going to church. But as part of the new breed, you must pay attention to the dreams and desires in your heart, because they will help you get in touch with the invitation God is extend...

What Are You?

When I was 19 years old, I needed a car. My soon-to-be father-in- law called me up one day and offered to give me a 1985 Chevette he owned. I was completely ignorant about cars and thought any vehicle was better than none. However, when I went down to his house to pick up the Chevette I was in for quite a surprise. The Chevette was Chevrolet's attempt to copy the Ford Pinto. Imagine a football helmet with wheels and a steering wheel and less protection, and you're awfully close to the Chevette. ...

We Want The Fullness

Last night, I had a dream about a little boy preaching to a whole congregation of people in a huge church and on the stage was a choir loft of children who were cheering the boy on and praising God with what he was preaching. They were on fire. It almost seemed like there were more adults than children but every adult was incredibly attentive to what the boy had to say. When I awakened, one of the main scriptures that came into my mind was: “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will ...