Trip to Dallas x2

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Over the past month, I have had the opportunity to travel to Dallas twice. One of these trips was to share the story of Resurrection Online and what we have learned to a clergy development group of executive pastors from across Texas. It was a great blessing to be with them and share ideas about how technology might be a tool for helping connect people with God. You can check out the presentation that I prepared for them at On that trip, I had the chance to share a meal with David Alexander, one of the pastors at First UMC Mansfield.

The second trip was instigated by my membership on the UMR Communications Board of Directors. This is my first opportunity to serve in this type of leadership role. I have learned a lot over the past several months and am looking forward to several more years of serving. On this trip, I had the opportunity to meet Paul Rasmussen, who leads Cornerstone, a worship community at Highland Park UMC. It was great to met him and hear about the way that God has been at work among that community. It was a blessing then to connect with Kevin Watson and Bill Gepford. I met Kevin at Wesley Theological Seminary and Bill worked as an intern with Resurrection Online this past summer.

It was good to be present for church stuff. It was, perhaps, more valuable for me to build relationships with people who care about Jesus and the church – people that I care about. Renewal of the church will be built on relationships – with God and others.

A Sincere Thank You

It was a great blessing to work with Bill Gepford this summer at Resurrection Online ( Today he is headed back to seminary at Perkins School of Theology.

This summer, Bill pioneered online marketing, built community online each week, equipped simulcast worship locations and launched additional worship times throughout the week.

Most of all, I appreciated the spirit with which he engaged in the task and his sincerity in following Christ.

I pray the best for him in the days ahead. You will want to follow him as I believe God has great things ahead in his life.

Blog Recommendation: Bill Gepford

Bill Gepford is serving as the summer intern with Resurrection Online. It has been great working with him over the past few weeks and I look forward to the rest of the time that we are able to work together. Bill finished his first year at Perkins School of Theology and will be returning there in the fall. I invite you to:

@rezonline’s 2010 Summer Intern – @billgepford

I am excited to work with Bill Gepford. He started on Monday as part of the Resurrection Online team as a summer intern. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and finished his first year as a student at Perkins this spring. He will provide significant assistance moving forward the strategies and tactics of Resurrection Online for 2010. It is going to be a great summer!