My name is Kyle McNutt, and I want to welcome you to my home on the Web. I am a follower of Jesus, who also happens to be a blogger, author and speaker. My passion is to help other Christ followers grow in fervent love for God! This is especially true for those who are frustrated, “burned out” or disillusioned. I am convinced that God has more for you. Much more!
For a number of years, I lived in a constant state of discouragement, believing that my weakness and failure were evidence that my desire to love and follow Jesus was illegitimate. I assumed that I was the only one who claimed to love God, but just couldn’t “get it right.” The result was heaviness, condemnation and shame. However, through numerous conversations with other believers, I have come to realize that almost all of us have experienced these feelings of illegitimacy, at least at some point in our spiritual journey.
This is not God’s desire for you!
Through this website, my writings and speaking engagements, I hope to help those who have put their faith in Jesus grasp the full extent to which they are loved by their Creator. I want you to be encouraged that you truly can be (and likely are) a legitimate lover of God. Instead of constantly striving to hide your shortcomings, my desire is to help you actually embrace your weakness as a platform for God’s strength. With these elements in place, you are then truly free to live in intimacy with God. Empowered by that intimacy, you can find joy in fulfilling the great commandments — to love God and love others.
I sincerely hope that you will consider joining me in my own pursuit of growing in passion for Jesus. Join the mailing list. Check back for my weekly blog post. Pick up a copy of my book. Connect with me through this site and/or social media. I would love the opportunity to engage with you as we venture to follow Jesus together!
Since we will (hopefully) be spending some time together, here is a little more information about me…
I have been involved in ministry since 1994, and I am the founder and Executive Director of encounterGOD, a ministry devoted to helping Christ followers develop a deeper level of intimacy with Jesus.
I began my journey as a volunteer in youth ministry at Trinity Church in Lubbock, Texas in 1994. During my seven years at Trinity, I served as an intern in both youth and children’s ministry, while also attending Texas Tech University. As a senior at Tech, I became the director of Frontline Ministries, a primary outreach/evangelism program at Trinity. With Frontline, I had the privilege of overseeing various efforts, including the weekly Adopt-a-Block outreach, Sidewalk Sunday School, and the daily after-school program for at-risk neighborhood children.
Shortly before graduating from Texas Tech in May 1999 with a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems, I met my future bride, Carey Taylor. Upon marrying in May 2000, Carey and I left Trinity to join Live Oak Community Church in Lubbock. We both spent several years as volunteers in the student ministry of Live Oak, and I eventually took over the role of Pastor of Student Ministries in July 2003. In March 2004, the elders of Live Oak felt led to license and ordain me, also honoring me with the opportunity to become a member of the teaching team for Live Oak’s primary weekend services. Carey and I remained a part of the Live Oak ministry team until our departure in April 2006.
In 2005, Carey and I attended the Onething young adult conference at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City, Missouri. This was a life-changing event for both of us, and a major turning point in our ministry. Never before had either of us heard the truth of a God with a ravished heart for His bride, a God who is tender with us in the midst of our weakness, or a God who requires repentance, but is quick to give grace when we approach Him with humility.
Shortly after returning to Lubbock from the conference, Carey and I connected with the IHOP in Lubbock, a small ministry modeled closely after the Kansas City IHOP. After attending weekly prayer meetings for several months, I eventually joined the volunteer staff. I served as a worship leader at the primary Tuesday night prayer meeting for nearly two years, taught regularly at IHOP weekend conferences, and served as director of the IHOP intern program. I also served on the board of directors until moving to Fort Worth in June 2014.
Out of my time at IHOP came the vision for my current ministry passion, encounterGOD Ministries. Founded in November 2006, the primary vision of encounterGOD is to see followers of Jesus become extravagant lovers of God as the first commandment is restored to first place in the life of the church. In addition, encounterGOD embraces various justice initiatives, specifically in seeing abortion and human trafficking eradicated in the name and through the power of Jesus!
Today Carey and I, along with our two girls, Brooklyn and Ashtyn, make our home in Fort Worth, Texas.