Author Archives: Matt Dabbs

My Last Day as the Preaching Minister At the Auburn Church of Christ

The last few months have been a whirlwind! There really isn’t anyway to overstate how true that is. So many changes, so many adjustments…too many to even begin to try to recount. It was 45 days ago today that we announced that I would be resigning as the preacher at the Auburn Church of Christ.

Last Sunday evening the Auburn Church had a going away service and blessing for our family. It was moving…touching and very sweet. We are appreciative to see so many people show up and so many of our college students present! Words cannot express our thankfulness to each and every person who has shown grace to us and wished blessings upon us in our departure.

For us preacher types there is a lot wrapped up in the preaching role. It isn’t that I will never preach again, it is just going to be so different. Preaching ministry before large crowds can very easily become our identity. But what I know to be true is that our identity isn’t in a position but in a person – Jesus Christ and where He calls, we go.

We want to express how appreciative we are that God brought us to Auburn. We have grown so much. Our faith and our hearts have been stretched. Lives have been changed. The gospel has been preached. Friendships have been formed that will last a lifetime. We have much to be thankful for.

So today I pack up my office. Clear out the laptop. Shoot one final video in this space. And call it a day…looking very expectantly forward at what God has already set in motion with Backyard Church!

Here are my reflections on faith in transition and then the article ends with a blessing below.

Blessings on Auburn Church of Christ, on the elders and ministers and the congregation. May your tribe increase. May God’s face shine upon you. And may our Lord and Savior, through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit grant you success in your mission!

God’s Timing, Our Faith

When I told my elders I wanted 90 days before my resignation was final they came back with 45. And it was all God. I wanted 90 because that would give me time to get my ducks in a row with applying for non-profit for our new church plant, Backyard Church. 45 wasn’t going toContinue Reading

The Next Needed Shift on the Holy Spirit In Churches of Christ

The way we talk about the Holy Spirit today is far different than I remember it being 20+ years ago. Now, we acknowledge that the Spirit is alive and well…working in our world and in our lives. I have been very happy to see that shift take place. But we are still holding back. TheContinue Reading

Lipscomb University Lanier Center for Archaeology Hosts Free Virtual Reception Oct. 6

By Scott Sager & Scott Sager and Drew Bloodworth  Lipscomb University will celebrate the launch of its new Lanier Center for Archaeology at a special virtual reception on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. CDT. Attendance is free, but registration is required to obtain a link to join the reception. Register here. This summer theContinue Reading

When God Does The Shaking Up, How Do We Respond?

Have you ever driven somewhere familiar that when you arrived at your destination you didn’t remember the drive? There are seasons of life where you just feel like you are getting through the day. In times like that we need a good shaking up! Have you ever driven at night, dangerously tired…veering a bit toContinue Reading

COVID Church Mixed Messages

Pre-COVID we had a message – church is done at church. We knew we are the church. We knew it wasn’t the building but we still conceptualized as church being done together at the building. Enter COVID19. Everyone stays home. Those who are of the persuasion that church happens at the building starting feeling aContinue Reading

Study: Creating and Sustaining a Discipling Culture

By Micah Cobb I first learned about discipling and discipleship from a conversation with Gailyn Van Rheenan, Mission Alive’s former Executive Director. In my first conversation with him, he told me about Mike Breen and 3DM’s approach to ministry.  I studied Breen’s Building a Discipling Culture over the following weekend. The framework and insights containedContinue Reading

Why Churches of Christ Got More Focused On Church Than Jesus

Churches of Christ were started in the late 1700s to the early 1800s. At that time in the U.S. Some estimates of the religious landscape in the 1700s is that 80% of the U.S. population attended church. In short. They agreed on Jesus. What they didn’t agree on was church. Thomas and his son AlexanderContinue Reading

Mission Alive’s Discipleship Cohorts Are Making an Impact At York College

By Sam GarnerVice President for Spiritual Development, York College Though York College sits in the middle of the Great Plains, our students regularly arrive here from over twenty states and at least a handful of other countries. They represent a wide array of cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds, which contradicts our otherwise rural Nebraska setting.Continue Reading

Longing For Spiritual Growth in Your Life? Try This Resource

By Diane Reynolds “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18 Are you being transformed? I want to be transformed. I long to be transformed. I pray and plead toContinue Reading


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