Let Me Introduce Myself, I’m Jeff

Hi, I am Jeff…this is how a friend described me when I ask him to write me a bio…let me know if this at all resembles me in the comments below…if you already know me, then you might want to go about your day because this might seem redundant…

Jeff Knight is the lead pastor of The Rock Church, a large and innovative family of believers in Monroe, Washington. But pastoral ministry is Jeff’s “day” job. His other job and his secondary passion in life is stock car racing. In fact, Jeff is a professional NASCAR driver.

Jeff became the lead pastor of “The Rock” in 2000 when his parents were tragically killed in a plane crash off the coast of California while returning from a missionary trip to Mexico. Joe and Linda Knight had established The Rock Church when Jeff was just a boy. But as the church grew under Joe and Linda’s guidance, Jeff also grew in the knowledge and the favor of God. And under tragic circumstances, Jeff assumed responsibility for the church shortly after his parents’ death.

Like most other people, Jeff has suffered his share of pain in life. But Jeff lives to win; he does not dwell in the past and he takes no satisfaction in merely surviving. In fact, he hates to perform below his potential. In his personal life, in his ministry, and on the racetrack, Jeff lives “full throttle” and he lives to win. He strives to achieve every goal God has set before him, and he tries to impact as many lives as possible while pursuing the prize. This explains why Jeff leaves his pastoral study every weekend to get his hands dirty in the real world. This explains why he leaves the familiarity of his church environment to purposely place himself within a subculture of people who are often removed from faith, yet who need the love of God.

Through the way he lives, the way he wins, the way he conducts himself within the racing world, and even the way he loses, Jeff is winning hearts and changing lives while steering people to the Lord and to his church. And through the way he presents the Gospel when the opportunity arises, Jeff is winning souls, too, and building a congregation of others who do the same. In fact, The Rock is a soul-winning factory and a fast-paced school of personal discipleship.

Along with his wife, Melinda, and his daughter, Seven Addison, Jeff is showing his congregants how to live triumphantly and with God’s favor in every aspect of their lives, and he is equipping them and supporting them as they impact those in their own assigned areas of influence. Conducting himself as an unabashed representative of Christ while on the racetrack, Jeff is commanding the respect of those inside and outside his church who formerly questioned his “double” lifestyle. By winning at ministry, therefore, Jeff is reproducing his own talents hundreds of times over in others. And by winning at life, Jeff is drawing individuals to Christ and influencing both his community and a subculture of American life that few believers can affect.

So there ya have it.  That’s me.  I want to add value to your life and help leaders who build better things.

I Got ONE!!!

My first email subscriber!  Woot-Woot…party over here at the jeffknight.com!

As you can see there’s some construction going on in the jeffknight.com world.  A year ago I started the process of hiring a web developer to take me to “new levels.”  Midway through the design process I balked, and stepped away from the traditional website!  I’m going to stick right here with my wordpress site.  I think I can offer more value right where I am at.

Let me Help You!

  • Join my in the cause of Helping Leaders Who Build Better Things…that’s my new slogan, but it was written after the Pits to the podium one, so you can see this is pretty fluid.
  • Subscribe to my email list.  It’s in the upper right corner right now.  I am gonna turn out some incredible value from this site in the next many months and years…you won’t want to miss a moment.
  • Leave a comment about your website, so I can go over and see you build better things.

 

FIRST THINGS FIRST IN 2014

What kind of year was last year for you spiritually?  I’ve talked to many who are ready to make 2014 a year of advancement.  People are talking about starting careers, new businesses and giving more of themselves to others.  There’s talk of studying the Bible, praying more and even attending a conference or two.  Some are set out to exercise, get fit, healthy and focused on their personal success.  All these great endeavors are noble.

Yet, how will we avoid the impact of the apathetic environment around us?  What will stop the inconsistency in our spiritual walk?  There is a required shift, a shift to being consumed!

First things First in 2014:

 First of the DAY:  Seek God

…O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1 NKJV

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

I have friends who’ve woken up every morning for 20+ years seeking God first thing.  What a marvelous discipline!  What a way to start every day.

 First of the week:  Worship

On the first day of the week we came together to break bread… Acts 20:7

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another… Hebrews 10:25

Since I was a boy my Dad always said, “While living under this roof you will attend church on Sunday.”  I didn’t always like going, but dad’s standard put a deep passion to be in God’s Church every Sunday.  I’d encourage you to make Sunday morning a priority, not because I am a pastor, but because without it most grow spiritually apathetic.

 First of the Month:  Tithe

A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. Leviticus 27:30

…Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. Matthew 23:23 NLT

Being a disciple of Christ means giving financially to His first love, the Church.  It’s not about the money, it’s about the first of everything belonging to Him.

 First of the Year:  Fast

Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord. Joel 1:14

But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:17-18

For many years now I’ve done a 21 day fast to start the year.  This year is no exception.

Well, there it is First Things First.  I am certain if you and I approach 2014 with these “firsts” in mind we will definitely achieve and accomplish all that is in our heart.  Make a new start in this New year.  Taking the time to talk it over with someone can help your next step toward putting God first in 2014!