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New Headline, but the Same Story

every single oneIn January 2015 Awestruck Church launched a new vision statement for our church.  When we began in 2008 our vision and mission statement was long and wordy…very wordy.  It was well thought out and prayed over.  It was a great description of who we wanted to be as a church.  It was everything I wanted it to be.

The problem…It was also very difficult to remember!  In the fall of 2014 I asked my staff and some key volunteers to recite our vision statement for me.  I caught them off guard and didn’t give them a chance to study.  What caught me off guard was the fact that no one could quote our well thought out, prayed over, descriptive statement.  This was an eye opening experience for me.  If the folks who love and support our church the most could not tell me the vision, then I knew that no one in our community of faith had a clue what our vision statement was.

The good news is that these leaders in our church knew why we existed.  We were on the same page about who we are and where we are going as a church.  We just needed to clarify our wording so we can better communicate this to people in our church and people in our community.  We did not need to change our course, but we definitely needed to get everyone on the same page so we can move forward.

In January we launched a new campaign and vision statement for our church.

“Every Single One”

In Matthew 18 Jesus said this…

“12  “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do?  Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?13  And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! 14  In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.”

Every Single One matters to Jesus, so Every Single One matters to our church.

We also came up with our “Ones” that will help us stay on track and keep moving forward in unity.  These are the “Ones” that we value.

(Click the “One” for a Video of the sermon that gives a better description for each.)

1.  One Truth :  We are committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as our foundation

2.  One Focus :  We are dedicated to growing faithful followers of Jesus

3.  One Heart :  We are building a community that is leading each other towards Christ

4.  One Hope :  Our community making an impact on the world through the Gospel


Monday Download

1.  Ryan took me shooting this week in spite of my misfire that hit a large metal power structure last time we went.  Glad he gave me a second chance.

2.  I have discovered that shooting guns is a lot of fun!  So much fun that I am now in the market for a handgun.  My wife is not pleased!

Shooting3.  Speaking of my wife being unhappy…Micah went gun shopping with me Friday and came home telling her he wanted a Bolt Action .22 Rifle for his birthday.  Could be my fault for letting him hold it?  🙂  

***Check out THIS VIDEO to see her idea of “Safe”***

4.  Sunday at Awestruck was Incredible!  We talked about the “Gospel According to Ellen”

5.  A side note: The “CelebReligion” series has been very challenging to preach.  We have tackled some touchy subjects, but I am very pleased with our folks are receiving the sermons.

6.  Our Core truth for the week was “We are all sinners in need of a Savior”.  To0 often the conservative church wants to stand against individual sins as if they are more punishable than others?

7.  We had a bunch of new folks on Sunday.  I love seeing new faces every week and I’m pumped that our people are bringing their friends and family.

8.  Layden, Evan Blackerby, Bannister, and Josh Stegenga flat brought it last night at the Bring the Hope Tour!  

britney-spears9.  I was glad to see so many Awestruck people show up…even though I announced the wrong time on Sunday morning.

10.  I am really looking forward to Preaching “The Gospel According to Britney Spears” next Sunday!  I guarantee you it is not what you are thinking!  🙂