The Blog of Darryl Dash

This blog is about how Jesus changes everything. He changes:

Our relationship with God

Our relationship with others

Our vocations - how we live and work in this world

Our ministries

This blog exists to explore some of the ways that Jesus changes everything. It provides resources and articles that will help you think about the ways that Jesus can change every part of your life.

The Lord himself invites you to a conference concerning your immediate and endless happiness, and He would not have done this if He did not mean well toward you. Do not refuse the Lord Jesus who knocks at your door; for He knocks with a hand which was nailed to the tree for such as you are. Since His only and sole object is your good, incline your ear and come to Him. Hearken diligently, and let the good word sink into your soul. (C.H. Spurgeon, All of Grace)

Five Things I'm Learning

On January 15th, I moved from pastoring an established church to church planting. For the first time in over twenty years, I'm not pastoring a congregation. My new church simply doesn't exist yet.

Here are some things that I'm learning again:

  1. I really miss being part of a church community. I mean this. I've been speaking in a lot of churches, and we've attended quite a few, but there's nothing like being part of a church community.

  2. There's a big difference between being pastor and a guest preacher. When I show up to speak somewhere, I am the guest. It's a totally different experience from being the pastor, speaking to your own people. I still enjoy it, but it's a completely different experience.

  3. It's exciting to start with a blank slate. I love people who are called to existing churches. It is an important ministry, and I've been part of existing churches my entire life. But it's really exciting to make a fresh start and to work through what a church can look like from the earliest stages.

  4. Transitions expose idols. Want to find out what your functional idols are? Really shake up your life, and your idols will show themselves. They were always there. The transition just reveals what they are.

  5. I need Jesus. I find myself growing in my hunger for him. For all the advice on how to plant a church, I like what I heard from a church planter last week: "Focus on Jesus. That's the most important thing. If you have an infectious love for Jesus, people will see Jesus in you."