Updates from the life of Mike

I haven’t blogged much lately because there are quite a few things going on in the life of Mike.  If you really want to know what’s going on in my day then you can check out my page on twitter or the sidebar on this blog titled What I’m Doing.  Here’s a quick sampler

New Downtown Church Building
We are completing renovations to the Galax Towne Centre building at 227 South Main Street in Galax.  It looks like we will plan on moving to the new facility the first weekend in October.  We have finished out 7000 feet upstairs and 3000 feet downstairs for church use.  The elevator has been the biggest holdup, but it is being installed and should be finished by mid September.  To save money, we are doing the audio/visual install ourselves.  We installed projectors and screens this week and the audio stuff will probably start being installed next week.  Everything from kid’s classrooms to cabinets to lights to furnishings is being picked out and put in.  I finally am fixing up my office so I don’t have to play musical chairs at home trying to find a quiet place to study.  I’ll try to take some pictures tomorrow to include on the blog.

Preaching and Planning
Sunday comes every week, and no one knows how much time it takes to prepare sermons unless you have done it.  In years past, it wasn’t hard to preach occasionally because there was always something exciting to share when you only have to preach once every month.  When preaching most every week, it becomes so important to stay in the Word and really listen to God.  I know that sounds like a cliche, but it is imperative that I continue hearing and learning from God if I want to truly share from my heart each week.    I like to stay planned out several weeks & months ahead, but with everything going on right now it is still week to week.

Pastor/Computer I.T./Counselor
We are currently evaluating several church management software solutions, so I am going through demos and webinars for that.  We also bought a used desktop computer to use as our main projection computer so I have been updating it and getting it ready for use.   On top of that, we ordered a new laptop for our church administrative assitant and the old laptop has to be prepared to pass over to our children’s ministry.   I have also been extremely busy calling, writing, and connecting with people who are going through some hard times.  I’m not the best counselor, but I feel I have a connection to a few people that I can’t neglect.

That’s a quick update so hopefully you can see what it’s like during a typical day for a small-church pastor.  It’s exciting to see many more people from the church get involved and I’m really thankful that God has chosen me and placed me at Cornerstone.  My reward for serving God is just that I simply am able to serve Him.  Think about that!


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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1 Response

  1. Trevor says:

    Hey, my name is Trevor and I work for Excellerate, a Church management software company. I notice that you’re looking at CMS software, so I thought I’d contact you to see if I can answer any questions for you. My email is trevor@excellerate.com and our website is http://www.excellerate.com

    Also, I see you’re working on how to design your projection equipment for your church, and I’ve worked with church AV stuff since i was 16, so I’d be happy to answer any questions you have related to that.

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