Guest Blogger: Beth Goff

This is a post from our Wellspring Partners Blog that my wife wrote. I thought I would share it with you and give you an opportunity to make an impact in Myrtle Beach.

Monday, July 20, 2009
We're Expecting!!!

We are opening our doors and launching on September 13th! There are a LOT of things that we will need before the BIG DAY and we need items for our nursery and childrens' ministry! So we thought we would register and that it would be a great way to get the word out and let everyone know of our needs.

We know times are hard for everyone financially so if you have not been able to donate to Wellspring maybe this would be a way that you can. Even if you want to get 4 of your friends to go in together to buy a gift that would be great! Anything you can give will help us provide a fun place to minister to the children that attend Wellspring Church!

Also, please don't feel like you are limited to these lists. If you find something at a discount store or a yard sale that is in good shape please know that would be wonderful too! If you live out of state and need to mail the items, email Beth at for the shipping address.

We desire to have a very child friendly, home-like feel to our childrens' area and want it to the a place babies, toddler, and kids will want to come back to week after week... YOU can make that happen!!

I really hope that you will take a look at our Target or Babies R Us registry and choose and item or two that you can donate to Wellspring Church! Gift cards to Target and Babies R Us would be wonderful too if you don't want to pay for shipping of an item.

**When searching the LAST NAME and FIRST NAME are "Wellspring".**


Tell those close to you about our church and what we are doing and see if they might want to donate as well! I cannot tell you how many times we have received support from people we don't even know BUT someone told them about us and God led them to give. So PLEASE tell those you know!!! You could send them a link to this blog by email, on twitter, post it on Facebook or do a blog post on YOUR BLOG.

We hope to have all items gathered by August 28th if possible.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

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Can a Pastor Mow the Grass With His Shirt Off?

So yesterday Beth, the kids, and I went to the beach in the morning. After that we went to the pool to rinse the salt off. We got home in the afternoon and my grass was seriously in need of mowing. So, I put on my shoes and mowed the grass. I had been swimming all day and I didn't want to get another shirt dirty so I just mowed in the old swim trunks. The whole time I was thinking though, can a pastor mow the grass with his shirt off?

First of all, I would like to apologize for the mental picture of me mowing the grass without a shirt on. Secondly, I would like to state that I am not typically a shirt off mower and I am vehemently opposed to the old fat guys in my neighborhood with their shirts off and their pants in need of a draw-string or belt. However, I am a utilitarian type and I don't want to add to my wife's (or occasionally my) laundry load.

So, can a pastor mow the grass with his shirt off? I don't know why I felt weird doing this. I was at the beach with my shirt off and even ran into some people from church and I didn't feel weird. I go to the pool 3 or 4 times a week and see people from church and don't feel weird. But when mowing my grass...

I think I get a bit of a pass most of the time for things I do. Why? Because a lot of time people don't think of me as a pastor (which I'm okay with). I've never been Pastor Goff or Pastor TJ. While other younger and even less experienced people I have worked with have been Pastor (fill in the blank) I've always just been TJ or Earring Boy. I've been the Music Guy not the Worship Pastor. You get the picture.

The overarching question of this post is how human can your pastor be? Do you want to see them in real life? Really? Do you want to know that they argue with their wives and cuss at people while driving? Or, do you prefer that they maintain a "Holy Distance." Some pastors work very hard to project themselves as having it all together. Others may be a little too open. My filter works this way. I'm a regular dude. If you want to be my friend you get to know a lot; if you want to hang out, a little less; if you don't know me well...

I will never pretend to have it all together. I struggle as a husband, a father, a son, a "Pastor," a man, just like everyone else. Any pastor who says he doesn't struggles with lying. So, I will probably continue to parade around topless when the mood hits me so be warned. I usually mow the grass on Friday afternoons.

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My New Favorite Thing

This is hilarious. However, I do not support drugs. Just say "No."

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