Highlights from Revive Church Launch

Alex Gilpin shared some great highlights from Revive Church’s launch this past weekend in Independence, MO:

It was a very special morning for team Revive. An overwhelming flooding of emotion as dream/vision became reality in a lot of ways.

This is a picture of our ribbon cutting today at Revive. We had reps from the school district, Van Horn, LINC, Ethnic Council, councilman, State Senator, Stadia, local businesses and the the chamber of commerce. Its good to be a part of the “network” in Western Independence.

We had 192 there to celebrate with us!

One quick story, Veronica Chavez and her husband are restaurant owners just north of the school at Palominos. We have tried to support her business and family by creating a discount for our Revive team to encourage our people to shop local. This is a family that does not go to church at all. They came yesterday for the ribbon cutting, stuck around and this is a Facebook post from her: “I really enjoyed today! I went to a great church service at Revive Church this morning. Feeling so blessed to have the church in northwest independence. I truly believe they are a great influence and I plan on going to Revive more often.”

Ok, another story: my friend Chris who is a councilman in our area. He’s actually a Community of Christ pastor. Chris and his girlfriend were there, stuck around and this was a text he sent me later: Great service. Great message. Just what I needed to hear. Your mission, vision, and execution are inspiring. Thanks for letting be a part of your launch!

California Church Feeds Thousands Before Launch … Part 2

Last month we told you about Elevate Church’s plans to feed thousands of kids in their community even before their first official service. In the post below, Elevate Lead Pastor Kurt Pflegl tells us how the event attracted 242 people and made a giant impact.

By Kurt Pflegl, Elevate Church Lead Pastor

10941824_660687817387042_2372395671899453500_nOk, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… We came, we saw, we packaged OVER 10,000 meals! Generosity Feeds was a testimony to God’s faithfulness on many fronts. One of the biggest was this; the preceding Monday, we had just more than 60 volunteers!… 60! Ron Klabunde (Gen Feeds President) called Kurt and said (in his very upbeat Ron-sort-a way), “Hey buddy, I’m a little concerned…” As were we. We had promoted and promoted and made ask after ask to every networking group and church we have connection with in the area. We had thrown a carnival and not once, but twice had hosted a booth at the SLO Farmer’s Market… and yet, 60 had signed up.

As Sunday approached, the numbers began to increase. As we reached Sunday, we had 242 people registered and about that in attendance! Individuals and families from all walks of life showed up to serve the children of SLO County. Aubrey Bridges put together hours of great music, and everyone on our team brought a great deal of leadership and servant-heartedness to our volunteers to help them succeed. The organization Gen Feeds made the execution of the task seamless… even beyond their own expectations. Ron and Kathy (both from Gen Feeds) had expected with 300 volunteers, it would have taken us about 2 hours to package all 10,000 meals. With about 240, we ended up packaging over 10,000 in just over an hour!

The energy in the room, the experience people left with, and the enthusiasm to do it again (multiple people asked why we were only doing this once a year!) made this not just a win for Elevate, but for the community of SLO County! God is good!

Highlights from Revive Church Launch

Alex Gilpin shared some great highlights from Revive Church’s launch this past weekend in Independence, MO:

It was a very special morning for team Revive. An overwhelming flooding of emotion as dream/vision became reality in a lot of ways.

This is a picture of our ribbon cutting today at Revive. We had reps from the school district, Van Horn, LINC, Ethnic Council, councilman, State Senator, Stadia, local businesses and the the chamber of commerce. Its good to be a part of the “network” in Western Independence.

We had 192 there to celebrate with us!

One quick story, Veronica Chavez and her husband are restaurant owners just north of the school at Palominos. We have tried to support her business and family by creating a discount for our Revive team to encourage our people to shop local. This is a family that does not go to church at all. They came yesterday for the ribbon cutting, stuck around and this is a Facebook post from her: “I really enjoyed today! I went to a great church service at Revive Church this morning. Feeling so blessed to have the church in northwest independence. I truly believe they are a great influence and I plan on going to Revive more often.”

Ok, another story: my friend Chris who is a councilman in our area. He’s actually a Community of Christ pastor. Chris and his girlfriend were there, stuck around and this was a text he sent me later: Great service. Great message. Just what I needed to hear. Your mission, vision, and execution are inspiring. Thanks for letting be a part of your launch!

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Church Plant Anniversaries February 2014

We are thrilled to celebrate the following church plant anniversaries. So grateful for the people who have partnered with Stadia to give kids in each of these communities access to the Good News of Jesus Christ. #everychildhasachurch

 

5th anniversary:

2/1 – CREE (Crossroads en Espanol) – Aldo Gamez – Manteca, CA

2/28 – Plaza Iglesia Cristiana – Cesar & Maria Salazar – Bakersfield, CA

 

10th anniversary:

2/6 – Crossbridge Christian Church – Shawn & Erica Grant – Tallahassee, FL

2/20 – One Life Church – Dave & Anne Milam – Concord, NC

2/27 – Epic Christian – Jim & Kelly Herzberg – Queen Creek, AZ

Free E-Book: Start a Movement … Plant Pregnant

 

Plant-Pregnant-Cover-640x1024Josh Burnett was a high school student involved at Southeast Christian Church when the vision for a church-planting church came to him. And at age 17, he began praying for God to move in this way. Fast-forward several years later–through Bible college, an internship with Southeast and four years on staff at New Life Christian Church–and Burnett says he has seen “God come through.”

As he and Sarah began to work on their staffing plan for the church they would plant, the only non-negotiable on the list was a church planter in residence. When they planted Revolution Annapolis in 2010, Scott and Amber Ancarrow were on board, and two years into launching, Revolution Annapolis sent out the Ancarrows to plant The Foundry in Baltimore–at the same time announcing they were now self-sustaining.

In this FREE eBook, Burnett shares his story and challenges planters and established churches to be churches who plant churches and instill that same DNA in the churches they plant.

“If we’re going to actually see a movement of church planting happen in America, then church plants will have to step up and plant pregnant,” Burnett writes. “If you’re part of an established church, you’re not off the hook! If you care about the people that Jesus doesn’t want to see perish (2 Peter 3:9), you also need to be involved in church planting.”

Burnett is honest about the tension that comes with planting pregnant and shares nine of the tensions he encountered, as well as how they continue to wrestle with them. He also offers five learned insights from his journey to plant pregnant. At this time, both The Foundry and Burnett’s church have church planters in residence on board. When those planters launch, Revolution Annapolis will have two grandchildren in less than seven years since they launched.

“If we are to accomplish the mission that Jesus has handed us,” Burnett writes, “we must work toward what so many of us talk about seeing: a church-planting movement that leaves a legacy of disciples.” Download your copy of Start a Movement–Plant Pregnant.

Key takeaways:

  • Why one of the best things planters can do is pray
  • Why stability can be a barrier to multiplication
  • Why leadership requires risk
  • Burnett’s fresh insights into 2 Peter 3:9 and its implications for church planters
  • The essentials for planting pregnant
  • Insights for navigating the potential financial aftermath after a church planter in residence leaves
  • The best time to send out a church planter
  • Navigating the tension of staffing the parent church vs. sending out a planter
  • Navigating the tension of proximity
  • Why you should expect spiritual attack when you’re planting churches
  • How planting pregnant strengthens a church

Download this FREE E-BOOK from the Exponential web site.