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How Do I Become a Member of Good News Church? What! You Don’t Have Formal Membership! Why Not?
I am really into long titles lately. The purpose of this article is to answer a question I’ve been asked many times since Good News Church began: How do you all handle membership? The short answer is “informally.”
Things Change As We Grow

Things Change As We Grow

September 19, 2019
by Mario Villella

There are things that I understand about pastoring a church now, that I didn’t understand eight years ago. Prior to pastoring Good News, I had spent about 12 years in ministry (mostly youth ministry.) There are plenty of things that happened during those 12 years that prepared me for what I’m doing now, but there have also been times when something related to church ministry has caught me by surprise.
Why Do We Preach Verse-By-Verse Through the Bible? And If It Is Such a Great Idea, Why Don’t We Do It 100% of the Time?
This is a great question. If you have attended Good News Church for a while (say, six months or more) you will have noticed that we teach through books of the Bible, but not exclusively. For instance, in the past three years we’ve taught through the Gospel of Mark, 1 & 2 Timothy, and the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. However, during those same three years, we also did series on the topics of marriage, church, work, and handling conflict.
I Wrote a Book

I Wrote a Book

September 11, 2019
by Mario Villella

I am pleased to announce the release of my first book, “Working Our Way through Life.” This book is based on the teachings that I did at church back at the beginning of 2019. It is a short devotional (only 50 pages; what an easy read!) covering twenty passages of Scripture related to the topic of work. It is designed to be read for one or two minutes a day over the course of 20 days, but can easily be read in one sitting as well.
Why Don't We Write Our Own Songs

Why Don't We Write Our Own Songs

August 15, 2019
by Kennon Bickhart

Every six months (give or take) this question is brought up to me, “Why don’t we write our own songs?”. Sometimes it’s more of a statement of fact, rather than a question. “You know, you should write your own songs. How great would that be?” Most of the time I just smile and nod, and try to change the subject to something else. However as I was thinking about this question recently, I figured it might be good to have some document to refer back to about why we aren’t doing this.
We Need Your Ordinary Help

We Need Your Ordinary Help

July 10, 2019
by Mario Villella

There is something within us that longs for the extraordinary. Many of us don’t want to live “normal” lives, but want to accomplish true greatness. Some people are drawn to adventure and difficulty.
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