Not Now!

Posted on: May 11th, 2016 by Jerry Shaffer

Not now.  I say that a lot!  But I have four kids.  Four kids who all want the latest technology, to eat out four times a week, need new clothes constantly, and have an endless stream of dances, games, graduations, spring break trips, health, and automobile emergencies.  So for me, “not now” isn’t a ploy […]

Deep Dive

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 by Jerry Shaffer

“Deep Dive” has become one of those cultural buzz phrases.  Typically it just means anytime your intent is to go further into subject or idea or process than normal.  So you can deep dive a brainstorming session, to push the envelopes of creativity or possibilities, or you can deep dive data, one of the original uses […]

Worshipping At Home

Posted on: April 12th, 2016 by Shari McCord

Have you ever considered the impact that music, and specifically worship music, has on your environment and everyone in it? I have worship music playing almost constantly in my house and 24/7 in both my boys bedrooms. Why? I love music, of course, and worship music is what I do, but it’s bigger than that. […]

The Grass is Greener on this Side of the Fence

Posted on: March 14th, 2016 by Michael Larson

We’ve heard it a thousand times. We’ve believed it probably as many. “The grass is always greener on the other side of the…fence.” Job. House. Car. Accomplishment. Vacation. You-name-it. We can blame it on culture or TV or Facebook or the Powerball, but in reality, it’s our innate make-up, it’s the voice of envy and […]

The Larger Vision of Giving

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016 by Jerry Shaffer

Finances, giving, and blessing have nearly become taboo subjects in the Church, and not without cause. Abuse, manipulation, and mismanagement have frustrated many within the church and been a large part of the mass exoduses from faith communities across the country. And yet, these are major themes within the Gospels and scripture as a whole, so how […]

Generosity: A Journey From ’Their Church’ to ‘Our Church’

Posted on: February 15th, 2016 by Michael Larson

Another lesson about money (collective groan, I know). Give me a few paragraphs anyway, you might be surprised. And even if you’re not, you were probably on your way to swipe through your Facebook or Twitter feed or something anyway, so I’d say, at worst, its a wash. You might think my perspective on giving […]

I Told You So!

Posted on: February 12th, 2016 by Jerry Shaffer

Earlier this week I told you that God is up to something BIG.  Well check this out: Since the weekend, we have had over 20 Wellers put lightbulbs in our Jesus Mural.  That means 20 plus people invited friends to a weekend service at The Well, a small group, or into a relationship with Jesus. And not only were […]

God’s Up to Something

Posted on: February 10th, 2016 by Jerry Shaffer

Forgive the air of mystery, but I just have this sense that 2016 is going to be amazing!  I know everyone is talking about wars and rumors of war, the market’s volatility index and continued financial instability on a potentially global scale, and displaced masses threatening to tip the balance of resources and civic rest…..but I […]

Let Your Light Shine

Posted on: January 22nd, 2016 by Jerry Shaffer

I am the founding pastor of The Well in Geneva, Illinois, a community in the far west Suburbs of Chicago.  I tell you this to acknowledge that I might be slightly biased when I say, “The Well is the BEST church anywhere!” and that “Wellers are the coolest and most inspiring Christians it has ever […]

Two places You Need To Be

Posted on: January 14th, 2016 by Jerry Shaffer

“And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.””  (Acts 5:42 NLT) The early church was marked by meeting together regularly for times of singing and giving thanks, worship and adoration of God, and prayer and training in God’s word.  They […]