I wanted to personally take a few moments to update you all on where we are at as a church. We have been meeting weekly now for about 3 months. We have been in testing mode, trying new things, sharing the vision and praying for those that God would have serve with us as we look to our Grand Opening date of August 8th, 2010. God has been faithful to connect the right people together and I am blown away to see Him bring the caliber of people he has. I would like to ask you to put this date on your calendar and begin praying for this day as well as praying for yourself and how God may use your life in His mission here at The Avenue Church.
Some current info on our ministry areas:
-Our worship and music team is incredibly blessed and God has supplied great people.
-Our leadership is growing and God has brought high impact people to help us grow people spiritually. We need more, PRAY!
Also, I am having conversations with others and I believe God is preparing the path for some other leaders to be here with us in the future. I believe it
with all my heart!
-Our media and tech teams are thin, meaning we only have one volunteer on each technical equipment. We need to pray for these teams to grow!
-Our Student Ministries, SWITCH, will be led by an incredible VOLUNTEER Leader Jordan Flores, who also serves as Creative Designer. We are making plans
and working through those details to begin the process of this ministry. If you are interested in Student ministry, please let us know!
-Our Life Group ministry, which is our small groups, has just started and the only group we have at the moment is at 4pm the 1st & 3rd Sunday’s of the
month, located at The Hoover’s. Directions are on our page: Go To DISCUSSIONS! We would like to start some more here in Social Circle.
-We are praying for a ministry leader for our children, LifeKIDS, ministry. I would ask you to PLEASE JOIN me in praying for THE person and for those God
would have assist in this ministry, including all volunteers.
-Currently we have no nursery but want to begin a self serve nursery when the little ones get cranky. We want to provide a couch and TV so you can
continue watching the message and have a place to go. Currently this is for children 2 and under. 3 year olds may stay with there families or try to hang
with the older kids in LifeKIDS if they can! All this will develop with time and we will plan to have ministry areas for all ages. We’re getting there!
We also plan to be very involved with our community. Currently the city leaders are very supportive of us and have even given us the leadership on some events. We are currently involved with leading the Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt, also, we are in charge of all the entertainment and music production at the July 4th Celebration. That is so far! We want to serve the needs in our community as we grow and are able to do more.
We have been able to serve with the CLC at the schools as well as some FCA morning groups, hang out at lunches with students, provide services to some of the school sports programs like announcing wrestling matches(Coach Prater), baseball games(Coach Lowen) and look forward to working with the football team in the fall with Coach Morris!
Of all the years I have served churches as a worship leader, the one thing that I know makes a church great is the VOLUNTEERS who make it happen. Jesus will do His job, but will the CHURCH (the people) do their part? Find a church fellowship that WOW’s you and you will find a great team of VOLUNTEERS! Jesus refers to His people as THE CHURCH! As a pastor and leader, my job is to prepare you (the CHURCH) for “works of service/ministry” Ephesians 4:11 & 12. EVERYBODY CHRIST SAVES IS CALLED and we must surrender to His plan, not our own! When we do, we find LIFE in serving Jesus with our whole heart! This allows us to accomplish our mission which is “TO LEAD people to become fully devoted follower’s of Christ”
In 2010 and beyond, we will connect with our culture in a way that relates to them. We will share Jesus and then lead them in the journey. Will you PRAY hard about serving Him and being a part of His story and MAKE Disciples with us as a team?
EASTER: Begin inviting people to come to church with you on EASTER which is April 4th. Start asking them now so they can write it down. The message will be geared toward asking people to give there lives to Christ. Begin praying for those God lays on your heart and bend over backwards to get them here, don’t give up on them!
*REMEMBER TO SET YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD 1 HOUR SATURDAY NIGHT!
Love you all and I’m so stocked to be on MISSION with you guys,
The Avenue Church
Campus Pastor/Worship Leader