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Dave Proehl
Portland, OR
Pastor of Operations & Communications - Abundant Life Church (
Interests: playing golf, videography, singing, video editing, being a husband and father and shopping at Trader Joe's.
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An exceprt from Seth Godin's blog this week. Read it and share your thoughts here. More and more, we're finding it easy to get engaged with activities that feel like work, but aren't. I can appear just as engaged (and probably enjoy some of the same endorphins) when I beat... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 23, 2011 at Backstage:
Multisite Site churches need techies (not trekkies) from an article posted on killerchurch on 11 Feb (link to article below) I’ve had the privilege of serving in three great multisite churches and to interact with a bunch more through the consulting I do with Jim Tomberlin. This week I want... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 1, 2011 at Backstage:
The Gadget Show from Musion Systems on Vimeo. This would sure make multi-site church a more interesting proposition! (not the girl on her the video and think "Pastor George" at Sandy or Parkrose campus.) Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at Backstage:
Enjoy this funny little clip. Aside from the classic, "Did Adam have a belly-button?" what are the tough questions you've been asked about your faith? How do you answer them? Does the thought of a Q&A time about who Jesus is to you freak you out or fire you up? Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Backstage:
Contrary to popular opinion, Biblical manhood is not defined by the level of a guy's tesosterone, the size of his bank account or the length of his résumé. No, the people that God used or couldn't use in the Bible can be traced back to the presence or absence of... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 4, 2011 at Backstage:
Welcome to "Backstage:" This is the landing spot for thoughts, information and random ramblings of Dave Proehl - Pastor of Communications & Operations at Abundant Life Church. You might find a thought on a current event at our church, a link to an article I've read somewhere else, a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Backstage:
The Lord is my shepherd, my provider, my peace, my comfort and so much more. The question is, “What is the Lord to you?” or more personally, “What do you need Him to be?” Share your story of how God has revealed characteristics found in the 23rd Psalm in your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at My Cool Church Story
The January 2010 Haiti Earthquake radically changed the physical and emotional landscape of a land and people already devastated by oppressive poverty and spiritual slavery. Christ followers serving tirelessly in Haiti before the quake suddenly faced the reality of continuing ministry but in the wake of a catastrophic natural disaster, oppressive and corrupt government and now the threat of a cholera epidemic. On January 12th, the one year anniversary of the earthquake, much of the world will be disconcerted by what’s NOT been accomplished in the year since the earthquake. But, we are doing something different. DELTA Ministries, in partnership... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at Haiti4Him
Abundant Life is currently learning about some encouraging "four-letter words" from the Bible. The phrase "four-letter words" generally conjures up profanity, swear words, slang - you know - the kind of stuff that got your mouth washed out with soap. Well, you can put away the bar of Ivory. Many... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at My Cool Church Story
by Dave Proehl On this day of Thanksgiving, one of the many things I'm thankful for is the honor and privelage to have traveled to Haiti twice this year with DELTA Ministries to document first the disaster, then the slow and steady recovery that has been made since. Your support of the amazing pastors and organizations that are serving in Haiti IS making a difference. This week we will continue putting together their story and will be honored to share it on the anniversary of the earthquake, January 12, 2011. Until then, watch here for little clips documenting the effectiveness... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2010 at Haiti4Him
By Brian Heerwagen, CEO Praise the Lord for a very successful day in Haiti! This was our last full day here and we had so many things to accomplish. But we got everything done and it was better than we expected! Before I tell you about the ministry sites, I have to tell you about the place where we ate lunch. It was a crowded restaurant filled with cheerful people, and it had a sandwich bar, pizzeria, juice bar and bakery. It was fairly large and was air conditioned. What a great reminder that there a lot of different parts... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at Haiti4Him
By Brian Heerwagen, CEO Greetings from Haiti, Water? Did I say we got the water pump fixed? Well I spoke too soon because near bedtime last night, the water disappeared again. Not only did the pump stop working but the water spigot where we could at least fill buckets was dry. We do have bottled water at the Guest House and we take a case of water with us as we travel. But bathing is becoming an elusive privilege - one that we just can't seem to experience! Good thing we have an overnight in Miami on the way home... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2010 at Haiti4Him
By Brian Heerwagen, CEO Greetings from Haiti, Well, when you're in the States, and you're running a little late to a wedding, there's "fashionably late" or there's "cleaning crew." Unless of course, you're in Haiti! Then, there is "fashionably later" or even "fashionably very later." Yep, that last option was our van with the four of us and the other folks we picked up along the way. We left at 6 a.m. in order to attend the 8 a.m. wedding. After four hours of serious traffic, we finally arrived ... two hours late. But we still arrived at the church... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2010 at Haiti4Him
By Brian Heerwagen, CEO Greetings from Haiti, Today was unlike anything we had planned. At first, you may think it was a bad day, but let me tell you how we spent our day ... and how it turned out in the end. It really started last night, during our more than four-hour ride home (the distance should have only taken less than an hour), when our van started to make noises. It got worse throughout the drive. So this morning the van went in to the shop (had to have the bearings replaced). It was supposed to be back... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at Haiti4Him
By Brian Heerwagen, CEO Hello all, Well it's been a great day for video and interviews. The pastors and leaders here in Haiti are truly making progress. People are coming to know the Lord, houses are being built, churches restored. We've been together in the van today 11 hours and we have been crawling through bumper to bumper traffic for half of that time. Residents here concur that traffic has worsened significantly in the last month. Each speculates as to the cause, but slow traffic, dust, smog, and wall to wall people make going anywhere a long process. Our first... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at Haiti4Him
Please pray for Haiti in the wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake, and the aftermath of Tropical Storm Tomas. Pastor Dave Proehl & Chris Behnke from Abundant Life Church will be joining DELTA Ministries CEO Brian Heerwagen and Pastor Jerry Cole of Reno, NV on a trip to Haiti from November 7-15, 2010. Their mission is to re-connect with and encourage pastors and ministries leaders on the ground in Haiti working tirelessly to rebuild families, communities and churches in the name of Jesus Christ. The film work Pastor Dave will be doing, coupled with findings they gather will be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Haiti4Him
By Tory Ruark. Short-term Mission Director. Monday, October 18, 2010 I can’t believe I have been home a week and have not gotten a post up on here yet. I am so bad. I came home and hit the ground running with kids in school, church, soccer practice, a fundraising banquet, and so on. It is a reminder that life goes on here whether I am home or not—a common theme from our team get-together last night. The truth is, life goes on in Haiti whether I am there or not too. Many people returning from short-term mission trips have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2010 at Haiti4Him
by Tory Ruark - Wednesday, October 6, 2010 Tonight’s post will be a little shorter…I think…because, well, it is getting late and I am tired. The weather is almost as hot as it was in July and the nights are a little bit cooler. But getting good refreshing rest is difficult. Instead of unfolding my top sheet and putting it on top of me to keep me warm, I keep it folded by my pillow to wipe my sweat during the night. Most nights we get to bed somewhere between 9pm and 10:30pm. I am usually the last one as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at Haiti4Him
By Tory Ruark (October 4, 2010 - Haiti) Imagine for just a moment that you are standing atop a green fertile hillside. To the left is the big city—just 30 minutes away—to the right is your town and right in front of you is a brilliantly blue sea. You are standing in the middle of a new subdivision with an architect and construction supervisor talking about the 20 houses that are under construction. Phase one of the neighborhood is 20 houses and all the lots have been marked off. Most of the foundations have been dug and the walls are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2010 at Haiti4Him
Abundant Life Church is kicking off a new series the first weekend in October called "No Perfect People Allowed." Pastor George will be sharing this 7 week series, based on the book by John Burke. What's your "cool church story" about experiencing or giving grace? Here's another topic..."Do you find... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at My Cool Church Story
from Brian Heerwagen, CEO - DELTA Ministries We plowed the ground for a successful partnership between the Haiti field leaders and with DELTA and Missions Door. I'm happy to report that all of what Pastor Guillo and the field determined as strategy IS BEING DONE. In spite of some of the complications because Haiti is Haiti, they are making progress in every area. Praise the Lord for that and thank YOU for helping to pave the way. The one-year anniversary of the earthquake will be coming this next January. It is a sure thing that media coverage will dominate the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2010 at Haiti4Him
By Tory Ruark From July 9-25, two teams were working in Haiti at Trousable Baptist Church. I lead the first team of individuals from all over the US and the second team was from First Baptist Church in Fort Collins. As you probably have read, we spent a lot of time moving rubble so that the church building could be finished. Upon our arrival, they had just started putting walls up. By the time we left the walls were up and the roof was going on. By the time the group from Fort Collins left the roof was finished, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2010 at Haiti4Him
By Tory Ruark Many people on my team have asked me what has changed since I was last here in March. Hopefully you saw the CNN “6 months later” special (which I hope to see when I get back), but in case you missed it--here is mine: The biggest thing—THE HEAT! Somebody please go to the weather channel and check the high temperature for Port-au-Prince and post a comment telling us what it is. It must be 100 degrees and incredibly humid. I have never been so hot in my life! Sleep has been a difficult thing for all of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2010 at Haiti4Him
Growing spiritually is a lot like getting in shape physically. It takes intentionality, commitment and a willingness to embrace challenges. And it is likely to be a very uncomfortable process. However, in the context of spiritual growth, it's not about the end result but what you're learning along the way.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at My Cool Church Story
from Dave Proehl You're invited to watch this video as Tory Ruark from DELTA Ministries describes an area on the outskirts of Port au Prince, Haiti which is slated to be developed as a faith-based community for Haitians displaced from the January 12th earthquake. Pastor Paul, a Haitian church leader, describes his heart and excitement for how this newly acquired land (God willing and with our help) will be transformed into a thriving, Christ-centered community. Pass this along, and pray for our brother's and sister's in Haiti working hard each day to rebuild. Give - Pray - Go New Communities...New... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at Haiti4Him