I am the Lead Pastor of My Victory Church, a multi-site church with campuses currently located in Lethbridge, Okotoks, Lloydminster, and Claresholm AB Canada. Our broadcast location in Lethbridge is the founding church of Victory Churches International, a church planting organization that spans the globe in over 40 nations with 2500+ churches.
This is my personal blog. It’s purpose is to provide an “inside” look into our fast growing church. The topics covered will be designed for our staff and volunteers at any of our current locations. It is open to the public because I am passionate about equipping the church to reach outsiders and to do this more effectively we must learn to create a churches that unchurched people love to attend.
I write and podcast on how to activate the local church, it’s staff and volunteers, to effectively reach their community for Christ. I will cover topics such as leadership development, proper care and assimilation, church culture, systems, and on occasion stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into one of these categories. I am an avid reader, and I occasionally talk about the resources I am discovering.
My goal is to create insightful, usable content that you can put to work in your church, regardless of your theology or denominational background. If you are in a position of leadership in the local church – or aspire to be – then this site is for you.
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I have been a Lead Pastor for over 18 years. I began in ministry in Canmore, AB when I took over a congregation that was only a year and a half old. I was 23. I pastored Rocky Mountain Victory Church for 9 years and released it to plant a new church in Okotoks, AB, a small suburb community south of Calgary. The church in Okotoks began with 120 people in it’s very first service and within the first 6 months had seen 85 first time salvations. The church continued to grow over our 4 1/2 years there, and even planted a daughter church in Cochrane, AB.
In 2011, we released the Okotoks Church, to become the Lead Pastors of Victory Christian Fellowship in Lethbridge. Within the first year of our pastorate in Lethbridge, the church saw 380 first time commitments to Christ in the Sunday morning services, plus 13 salvations from it’s weekly television program and 26 salvations from the special events we hosted throughout the year. We also were able to baptize 110 candidates and saw the weekly attendance double.
Within the first 5 years of ministry in Lethbridge, the church has grown by over 400%, averaging 400+ first time decisions for Christ each year.
Besides pastoring I am a regular teacher at the Victory Bible Colleges in Calgary, AB and Sriricha, Thailand. I have written and taught courses on Proverbs, Renewing the Mind, How to Build a Ministry Team, Leadership Challenge, and many more.
I have been married to my wife, Joy-Lynn (follow her on Twitter @joylynnstickel), for twenty years. We have six children and one daughter in-law, Carson (Shayla), Kahl, Keenan, Shandeah, Kai, and Avery. We live in Coaldale, Alberta.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, working out, and coaching football.
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