Saturday, May 26, 2018

Come Worship with Us!


This is your invitation to join us for a service at 9:30am or 10:45am on Sunday mornings. Yes, we have two identical worship services back to back. There are also classes offered during both services. There's something for the whole family! Here's a lyric video of one of our songs of worship recently. It's our recording with lyrics on screen to warm you up in preparation! Click HERE!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

From teens... For teens...

Graduation Day is nearing.  These are some thoughts for our graduates and for those just entering their teens years.

In his book Thoughts for Young Men, J.C. Ryle wrote, "Youth is the seed-time of full age, the molding season in the little space of human life, the turning-point in the history of man's mind."  In other words, what each of us will become later in life largely depends on what we become now.  Are we taking that seriously?

In 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, the apostle Paul writes, "Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." (NIV).

We are convinced that the teen years are the primary time God has given us for "strict training."  Are you thinking, "Strict training?  You've got to be kidding!" Stick with me. 

Proverbs 20:29 says, "The glory of young men is their strength."  Did you catch that?  At no time are we better positioned to decide who we will become.  Our strength - sharp minds, energetic bodies, and flexible schedules - is our glory.  We are not likely to have this same set of strengths ever again.  By choosing to use our teen years for strict training, we can choose to set direction, develop character, and build momentum for an amazing future.

But what happens when we fail to use our teen years for strict training?  What does a belly flop in real life look like?   Unfortunately, it's not too difficult to find out.

A growing movement of young people is rebelling against low expectations of today's culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God.

Let's combat the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility and redefine it as a launching pad of life.




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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Who's the Hero of Your Story?

It's easy to put ourselves front and center, but as Christians, we know there's a plot twist. God is actually the main character and He invites us to join in what He's doing. Worshipping Him means much more than singing specific songs on Sunday mornings. It means we get to be a part of the transformative work He's doing in the world.

What if we chose to put God center stage? How would the story unfold?

Monday, May 7, 2018

18 Churchy Things the Class of 2018 Won't Get

This spring’s high school graduates were born in the year 2000. Here are some churchy things for which they have little to no context for…
  1. “Shout to the Lord”
    That was 1994, folks.
  2. When Worship Bands Were EdgyCarey Nieuwhof wrote about this very well in his article “The Impending Death of Cool Church.
  3. Billy Graham Crusades 
    His last was in 2005. They were five years old.
  4. Televangelists Committing Fraud and ConspiracyMore on why that should influence how your church talks about money in Tony Morgan’s article “It’s Not the ‘80s Anymore.”
  5. Giving Cash at ChurchThe Unstuck Group’s intern this semester specifically mentioned “offering plates of all varieties… the strangest ones I’ve seen were velvet bags with wooden handles. Very retro.” Tony also said his church doesn’t take an offering in services anymore. And there are no “giving boxes” either.
  6. Why “See You at the Pole” Is a ThingPrayer at school is not a part of their collective consciousness.
  7. “I Can Only Imagine”Aka Contemporary Christian Music as an influential genre.
  8. Overhead Transparencies for Song Lyrics / Reading Songs from a HymnalThey have no idea why older people in your church don’t like projectors and screens.
  9. I Kissed Dating GoodbyeBut, that doesn’t mean they are dating—at least not in real life. (Ask a few teenage girls when was the last time a boy actually asked them out. You’ll get some eye-rolling.)
  10. Multisite as a New ThingIn late 2005, there were already more than 1,500 multisite churches in the United States.
  11. The Charismatic Movement / The Word “Charismatic” Used in Spiritual ContextWhether you’re for it or against it, they don’t understand why.
  12. WWJD BraceletsAh, the ‘90s.
  13. Drama TeamsAka video clips without the magic of editing.
  14. Church DirectoriesIf you still have one of these, let me guess the average age of the people listed.
  15. Wearing Your Sunday BestSee #2. It’s been mostly acceptable to wear jeans to work, and church, since before they were born.
  16. CD Recordings of the SermonWhere would they even play a CD? If it’s not digital, they aren’t listening to it.
  17. Tent Revival Meetings
    Similarly to Billy Graham Crusades, without the historical context, these make no strategic sense. Why would you set up a tent beside your building and have service every night? An 18-year-old probably won’t even bother to ask why. They’ll just chalk it up to weird religious stuff.
  18. What You Mean by “Traditional” or “Contemporary” Services Style
    “Contemporary” isn’t a thing. The 1990s started almost 30 years ago. If you’re trying to reach Gen Z and Millennials, and you think you have a “contemporary” service that will reach them, there’s a good chance you’re trying to connect with them using a style that emerged before they were born. The literal definition of contemporary is “belonging to or occurring in the present.” Oh, that we would own that definition. The Holy Spirit belongs to and occurs in the present, just as much as he did when the past was the present. As for “traditional” services, I can’t say it any better than Amy Anderson, The Unstuck Group’s Director of Consulting, recently did: If you have a service you’re calling “traditional,” it’s probably not reaching new people for Christ.