Summer Lovin’

This morning was really a lot of fun. We had a great service… The band sounded awesome, and we had a ton of great people there! It was awesome to have the group from Camp Highlands come for a visit… I know they’re sort of checking out different churches in the area, but I sure hope they come back. I know summer is here and people are away on vacations, or out of town for whatever reason… Seems like the size of our group fluctuates pretty dramatically.

I am really having a good time with this marriage series that we’re doing right now. It is really a big challenge for me in several areas. Having been a youth pastor for such a long time, I’ve never really had the chance to do a marriage series before. I owe a big thanks to Patrick Lencioni, who wrote the great book, “The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team,” which has a bunch of the principles that we’re studying in this series. This morning, I asked people in our group to write some nuggets of marriage wisdom on cards and pass them in to me… Man, there were some great thoughts on those. I am looking forward to sharing some of them with the group next week.

Summer Lovin’

This morning was really a lot of fun. We had a great service… The band sounded awesome, and we had a ton of great people there! It was awesome to have the group from Camp Highlands come for a visit… I know they’re sort of checking out different churches in the area, but I sure hope they come back. I know summer is here and people are away on vacations, or out of town for whatever reason… Seems like the size of our group fluctuates pretty dramatically.

I am really having a good time with this marriage series that we’re doing right now. It is really a big challenge for me in several areas. Having been a youth pastor for such a long time, I’ve never really had the chance to do a marriage series before. I owe a big thanks to Patrick Lencioni, who wrote the great book, “The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team,” which has a bunch of the principles that we’re studying in this series. This morning, I asked people in our group to write some nuggets of marriage wisdom on cards and pass them in to me… Man, there were some great thoughts on those. I am looking forward to sharing some of them with the group next week.

Summer Vacation

The Dusek family just spent a week of summer vacation at Hunting Island, SC. We camped in the popup right on the beach, and had a great, relaxing week. I’m not one to blog too much about our personal lives… BUT, I can’t overstate the value of unplugging from the everyday schedule, and reconnecting with family. We’ve been pretty focused on launching The Orchard Church over the last 8 or 9 months, so there hasn’t been a lot of quality time for family, as you can imagine. This break was just what we needed. Long walks on the beach, exploring the island, fishing and more fishing. Zac caught a big shark! (we threw him back.)

I find myself becoming more and more aware of a season of life coming to a close. Zac is 17, and Lauren is 14, going into high school this fall. We probably only have a handful of family vacations left. Before long, their jobs and extended families will prevent our kids from being able to get away together like this. How can this all happen so fast? Weren’t they toddlers just last week?

So, I know a lot of you guys are away here and there for the summer. I hope that each of you get time to connect with those close to you. I really believe that God gives us EACH and EVERY ONE of our relationships SO that we can demonstrate CHRIST in them.

Summer Vacation

The Dusek family just spent a week of summer vacation at Hunting Island, SC. We camped in the popup right on the beach, and had a great, relaxing week. I’m not one to blog too much about our personal lives… BUT, I can’t overstate the value of unplugging from the everyday schedule, and reconnecting with family. We’ve been pretty focused on launching The Orchard Church over the last 8 or 9 months, so there hasn’t been a lot of quality time for family, as you can imagine. This break was just what we needed. Long walks on the beach, exploring the island, fishing and more fishing. Zac caught a big shark! (we threw him back.)

I find myself becoming more and more aware of a season of life coming to a close. Zac is 17, and Lauren is 14, going into high school this fall. We probably only have a handful of family vacations left. Before long, their jobs and extended families will prevent our kids from being able to get away together like this. How can this all happen so fast? Weren’t they toddlers just last week?

So, I know a lot of you guys are away here and there for the summer. I hope that each of you get time to connect with those close to you. I really believe that God gives us EACH and EVERY ONE of our relationships SO that we can demonstrate CHRIST in them.

Minor Improvements

Today, Doug Moore and I spent MOST of the day in the movie theater executing yet another upgrade on the big room. As you know, we’ve been using these really ugly light tripods to put our stage lights on. They sit near the front of the room, take up space, look bad, and get kicked from time to time. On Saturday, Darron Chastain hung some AWESOME light mounts on the walls for our stage lights. We couldn’t use them yet, because we had to rewire the room first. (again.) Today, we got it done! The new light mounts look GREAT, and free up seating space! Thanks for your help, Darron and Doug!

Also, you may have noticed that the projector image was improved on Sunday. The projector has been sitting on the ledge just over the entrance to the room, and has been throwing it’s image at a low, shallow angle. The result has been singers and speakers with their faces oddly lit. Well, no more! Kenny Crook constructed a new mount for the projector that raises it up to ceiling level! Thanks, Kenny!

Minor Improvements

Today, Doug Moore and I spent MOST of the day in the movie theater executing yet another upgrade on the big room. As you know, we’ve been using these really ugly light tripods to put our stage lights on. They sit near the front of the room, take up space, look bad, and get kicked from time to time. On Saturday, Darron Chastain hung some AWESOME light mounts on the walls for our stage lights. We couldn’t use them yet, because we had to rewire the room first. (again.) Today, we got it done! The new light mounts look GREAT, and free up seating space! Thanks for your help, Darron and Doug!

Also, you may have noticed that the projector image was improved on Sunday. The projector has been sitting on the ledge just over the entrance to the room, and has been throwing it’s image at a low, shallow angle. The result has been singers and speakers with their faces oddly lit. Well, no more! Kenny Crook constructed a new mount for the projector that raises it up to ceiling level! Thanks, Kenny!

Sunday Thoughts

It is Sunday night, and it’s time for another round of “Steve’s Random Sunday Thoughts!”

  • Six weeks in… triple digits in attendance!
  • Technical stuff- AWESOME this week. Transformers trailer was fun.
  • Music- I think the band just gets better each week. I am listening to the recording of the music from this morning right now. I loved their rendition of “Holiness.”
  • The whole “Reel Life” thing is great. I am really glad we’ve gone this way for now. We’re halfway through!
  • Tracy Crook is just awesome.
  • We were visited today by some old friends from “back in the day,” people that influenced me from when I was very young. Great to see you, Reagan and Pat!
  • Today was church planter visit day, I guess. We had a church-planter friend of mine from Tennessee come to check out what we were doing. Also, a great guy named WIll, who is planting a church in Brisbane, Australia hung out with us today! How cool is that?
  • 41 sounds OLD.
  • I liked the text message feedback thing. That worked well. What did you think?
  • P31X! It is the next wave to sweep the nation!

Over all, it was a pretty good morning. I felt like not only did everything seem to go really well, but I really felt caught up in worship during the music set. I really appreciate the band… I just felt like they got right out of the way and allowed us to have some quality time with God! Man, that was great.
We recorded the message this morning. I will get the podcast up later tonight or tomorrow.

The Proverbs Experiment

On Sunday, I challenged our group to do a 10-minute recharge each day from the book of Proverbs Today I was reading Proverbs 12, (on May 12) and I found a few great nuggets…

  • Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.


  • Worry weighs a person down; and encouraging word cheers a person up.


  • To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.


There is a lot more than just this, too. What have you found in your recharge time? Email me at
stevedusek@orchardellijay.com to let me know what kinds of things God is teaching you!

The Proverbs Experiment

On Sunday, I challenged our group to do a 10-minute recharge each day from the book of Proverbs Today I was reading Proverbs 12, (on May 12) and I found a few great nuggets…

  • Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.


  • Worry weighs a person down; and encouraging word cheers a person up.


  • To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.


There is a lot more than just this, too. What have you found in your recharge time? Email me at
stevedusek@orchardellijay.com to let me know what kinds of things God is teaching you!

Church Hop

Someone emailed me this week with a really good question. She says that she goes to one church on Sundays and another on Wednesdays. Neither of them “feels right” to her, and she had just received an invitation to come to The Orchard Church. She was conflicted, and didn’t know what to do about it.

I emailed her a response back, and I thought I would share my thoughts on this with you.

First of all, I never really liked the whole “church hopping” thing. I don’t think that is good for you. I am pretty sure it isn’t God’s plan for you, either. See, I am convinced that God creates each and every one of us with a specific purpose… A specific way that YOU will function in the Body of Christ. He couples that with a gift (or gifts) to be used intentionally for HIM. It is your ministry… The way you impact the KINGDOM. If you are a follower of Christ, YOU have a purpose… And it is all about HIM.

Your purpose in The Kingdom, and your gift is to be used as part of the Body of Christ, otherwise known as The Church. This is where we get tripped up. We think we “find a church that we like” and we “go there” to “get fed,” or whatever. With American consumerism, it is easy to fall into this trap of thinking.

The reality is that GOD places you into a local body on purpose. Your church experience shouldn’t be based on what “feels right” to you, but on where GOD has CALLED you to be. Has God called you to the church you are in now? How do you know? What is your ministry there? How is HE using you among those people?

If you aren’t in a church now, please, BY ALL MEANS check out The Orchard… But before you join our church, or any church… Seek God’s will on it. He won’t put you in a place by accident. He wants the BEST for you… And HIS BEST is always when HE is bringing out HIs best in YOU.

1 Corinthians 2:7 (Message)
God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene.

Romans 12:3-8 (NLT)
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.