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I really love people.

I do.

It’s just I’d rather be alone. Not always, but some of the time, not even most of the time—just some.

I know. Some people will wonder, and I have been asked, “How can I be a pastor and an introvert.” Continue Reading…

What’s on my mind this morning:

- I’m so thankful that I get to be the pastor of Ascent Christian Church
– I really love preaching.
– And I really love preaching through our current series–I believe it will have a huge impact on our church. Continue Reading…

This week I am at a Pastors/Ministry Spring Conference at a small Bible College in Boise, ID. Continue Reading…

About two years ago I discovered something about myself that I should’ve known all along because I demonstrated these strong tendencies as a kid—I’m an introvert at the very core of who I am, although I do have some extrovert tendencies.

To be frank (No. I’m not trying to give myself a new persona), I don’t really like to admit this about myself. In what I do—I’m a pastor, it is assumed that I am an extrovert and it is assumed the best people for what I do are extroverts.

Which both of these assumptions—I am finding are not true.

For most of my life I was coerced or lead to believe that I was an extrovert or that being an extrovert was necessary for me to be a leader and to achieve some level of success. This caused me to suppress my introvertness and tricked me to lose my identity of who I really am as a person—especially a healthy me.

My guess is that many of you find or have found yourselves in this situation.

Over the next two weeks I will dedicate a blog post to this topic and to my journey of discovering the freedom to be who I am.

But for now, I encourage you to read a blog post by Justin Lathrop: “I’m An Introvert and A Pastor—Help!

I think there are a lot of misconceptions about introverts in ministry. I don’t think it’s impossible to be an introvert and also a really good pastor. In fact, I believe we need introverts. Not only are they good thinkers, but they are really good connectors too. While extroverts can seem to be the most exciting person at a party, sometimes introverts have an ability to connect with a person one-on-one that an extrovert lacks. – Justin Lathrop (“I’m An Introvert and A Pastor—!”)


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Photo Credit: Pixabay

I just saw an advertisement on Twitter that struck me kind of funny. This advertisement was a promoted tweet, where a Christian resource company—they sell curriculum, books, and other stuff was having a huge sale on all their stuff… Continue Reading…


“We are proud of you. You have set off on a wonderful adventure. Who knows what God will do in transforming your lives?” – Wayne and Rolly Bigalow

Fina found a letter from Wayne and Rolly Bigalow, spiritual giants and ministry mentors in our lives, dated August 31st, 2001. Continue Reading…


“Ask God to burden you with something worth risking your career for.” – Andy Stanley

This is something I’ve asked a time or two throughout the years. I’m not trying to beat my own drum or make myself seem more spiritual than I am—those of you who know me really well, know this is definitely not the case. The fact is however, I have asked God for this a few times throughout the years.

I want to cut to the chase. I explain the full story in the rest of this blog post. It is unusual for me to write such long blog post, but I wanted to give you— my readers as much of the full story as possible. BUT for those of you who just want to know the current status of what is going on in the Puentes family, I will tell you up front…

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Something really cool happened after church this past Sunday. My son and I started having a conversation on what it means to be a pastor.

My son is a senior in high school and wants to follow in my foot steps and attend Ozark Christian College (My alma mater), and go into full-time ministry.

We talked about what the calling of a pastor means. We talked about how some of the things to remember is that ministry is about people. Programming and stage decorations and paint have their place, ministry is always about people.

And specifically the job of a pastor is to guide people back to the heart of God, and help them see grace operating in their lives.  Continue Reading…


Journeys are not something to be taken lightly. I remember when my family went on a journey to Joplin, MO it began over twelve years ago. We left all that we had and all that we had known back in Sonoma County, CA. We journeyed through the Southwest part of the United States on our way to the heart of the country. My wife and I had never ventured that far out of our motherland before, so we took as much safety and precaution as we knew how; and hit the road with our three little kids in-tow. Continue Reading…


joepuentes —  April 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

Now this might news to some of the readers of this blog, but I recently resigned my position as Lead Youth Pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church. Fortunately I am not leaving the church. I am transitioning out of the student ministry and into a new role at LifeBridge. Our church is moving towards a neighborhood emphasis and I will be one of the Neighborhood Pastors. I started this transition back in January, which will come to complete closure in mid-May. We have hired a new Lead Youth Pastor and I will assist in his transition as much as need be… I will write more about this transition later and about our journey of being a Neighborhood Pastor and our church’s emphasis in the neighborhoods of Longmont as we go…

Below is the resignation letter we sent to the staff, parents, and students. I did not add the portion that contained the bio of our new Lead Youth Pastor… Please pray for me, my family, our students, their families, Luke Pinder and his family (New Youth Pastor), our youth staff, and our church during this transition…

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