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About three weeks ago we took some of our students from Two Cities Church to the Fresno Grizzlies baseball game. It was “Christian Fellowship Night” and “My Job Depends in Ag Night.”

During the game I was taking a lot of video on my Go Pro Hero 6 Black. Some kids took notice and eventually came up to us and excitedly asked, “Are you guys YouTubers?”

Josiah thought it was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Here are some highlights…

“Coming to Two Cities was a big change and I realized that God was always with me whether I believe it or not. That he would always be by my side and that he loved me no matter what.” – Madison McKenna, Baptism, Nov 2017

Baptism: Allison Schindler

October 29, 2016 — 2 Comments

Allison was baptized at Two Cities on October 16, 2016. She is a student at Clovis High School and a volunteer with our UpStreet kids.

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Nate’s Story

July 3, 2012 — 3 Comments

Nate is a high school student in Santa Rosa, Ca.
He attends New Vintage Church.
He volunteers in the Children’s Ministry.
He came to the church a little over a year before this video.
Here’s the story New Vintage showed before I had the honor of baptizing him.

I’m trying to convince Nate to come to Fresno State or Fresno Pacific University so that he can be a part of Two Cities Church during college. 🙂

 

Recently, Jade was baptized at New Vintage Church.
Click here to see her baptism story.

She has big faith.
She stood in front of 250 of her peers at her public high school, in Northern California and read a paper she wrote.
She shared the paper with me and I’m sharing it with you.
She wrote the following in response to a writing prompt, “English Journal #27, Describe a moment that has changed you in some way. Tell the story.”

As you read, imagine being a high school student, reading this to your peers.

As I was dunked under the freezing cold water, the last thing I thought about was breathing. I didn’t thrash, or try to find the surface; I just laid there depending on my friend to pull me up and out. I had never thought something like this could be so peaceful; not a sound or sight. Not a worry or care. PEace. I was finally at peace.

Everyone says the initial change occurs when you accept Jesus into your heart, but I feel like the bigger change occurred in me when I was baptized. I accepted Christ into my heart a mere three years ago, and I have been growing in my faith and relationship with the Lord ever since. But when my youth leader dunked me under water, I feel like my entire mindset and perspective on the world changed. For those few seconds that I was under water, I was entirely at peace with myself and the world around me. I had completely forgotten about everything; I had not a worry or care. I was extremely nervous walking up on stage in front of hundreds of people. When I gave my testimony I was scared to death, but I had faith, and I was doing it to declare my love for the Lord. I went in thinking that I would try to look good and happy when I came up and out of the water; that I would smile and maybe tell a joke, but it all slipped my mind when I was underwater. I felt completely still, and I am convinced that God is and has always been with me. I realized that he’s always been there with me, from the time that I was little, and knew nothing of him, to now when I was declaring my faith in front of hundreds. After I was baptized I believe my faith grew even stronger. I began to see his hand in all of creation. Now every time I look out the window or around a room I am astound at all the glory in his work. Every time a Christian song comes on the radio I catch myself singing to it; I just want to belt it out! As much of a believer as I was before, I feel like I understand more now that I’m safe with God and that he has a plan for me. I still have stress, and worry, and all the daily challenges of life, but I think that I look at them differently now’ not as something to break me, but something to build and strengthen me. I aspire to be not perfect, or even close for that matter, but to live my life to the fullest for and with Jesus Christ.

Yep. Jade has big faith.
She’s not done and God’s not done with her.
But she stepped out of the boat to read this to her peers.
Some people said it was really cool and others just think she’s weird.
I think she loves Jesus and Jesus loves her.

When’s the last time you stepped out of the boat?

New Vintage,

Thank you for the past three and half years. Thank you for helping to create a foundation for Josiah for us to build upon. Thank you for modeling how to create environments where unchurched and dechurched people can come, feel welcomed and want to come back. Thank you for accepting us in your family. Thank you for coming to support us today at our lunch. Thank you to those of you who have invested in our new church plant. Thank you for committing to praying for us. We will miss you.

We are around for about a month. So, this isn’t good-bye yet. If you weren’t able to make it to our lunch today, we’d love to share the vision of Two Cities Church with you.

If you’d like to partner with us as we plant this new church in the Fresno/Clovis, Ca area we would love your partnership in the mission of leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ!

We are working on a digital giving option, but for now you can send checks payable to Two Cities Church:

Two Cities Church
c/o Micah Foster
1865 Herndon Ave K304
Clovis, Ca 93611

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Here’s a couple of pictures from today’s lunch.

Jade’s Story

May 17, 2012 — 1 Comment

Jade is a student at New Vintage Church.
She serves on Sunday mornings in Waumba Land.
She’s in high school.
She is leading kids into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
She is in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
I find the combination of those statements awesome.

Want to be a part of creating a place that a person like Jade could connect with Jesus, grow in her relationship with him and invite her friends to do the same in Fresno/Clovis, Ca? Be a part of Two Cities Church!

I’m wrecked.

April 4, 2012 — Leave a comment

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I just previewed a baptism video that will air on this Friday at our Good Friday: Night of Worship. I’m wrecked.

I love seeing people go public with their faith! When they’re students… it’s even more awesome.

New Vintage People, are you coming? You need to. RSVP here.

Other Ministry People, are you seeing God move? Are you seeing life-change?
When’s the last time you baptized someone or led someone to Christ?
Be honest, are you methods worthy of your message?
In other words, are you doing everything you can do to create an environment where unchurched or dechurched people can come inside and experience something that compels them to come back again and again until one day they give their life to Jesus?
Are you winning?

If not, that’s a big discussion and I’d be willing to engage in it with you.

If yes, are you sharing with other churches and ministries your best practices? You should.

Welcome XP3 Peeps!

April 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today XP3 (xp3students.org) released my blog as a blog to watch. Thanks for the shout out!

The reason they chose my blog is because of a little eBook I released a couple of weeks ago called Social Media Tips for the Church. You can find it here. I’d be more than happy to consult with you on your social media strategy, just hit me up with a comment or email.

I wanted to provide some specific information for all my student ministry friends who are visiting my blog today and the days to follow. So here are some blogs from the past specifically about social media. Enjoy.

Here’s a quick correction to my by-line in the email. I was the Service Programming Director, until we hired my friend Paul. I oversee our Student Ministries Director, Chris. And my title today is Groups Director, Exec. Student Ministries Director and Web/Marketing Director. Just wanted to give credit, where credit is due.

Follow me on Twitter. @micahfoster @organineer @SMTips4Church

*This post was posted at 4:12am in honor of Kim Descalso*

Yesterday, I led worship for our k-6th grade environment, UpStreet.
I introduced a new version of Happy and You Know it.
My expectations were that the kids would have a good time with it.
My expectations were not that the kids would have such a great time, they’d pull out their cameras and shoot video.

Here’s a snippet of the worship with the kids.
And yes, I did pull up two high school students to do the movements.

Then, later in the afternoon Chris got our students to pull me up on stage to show them the song.
It’s crazy to me that we did this song at InsideOut!
I made Erika and Kim come on stage and help me with the motions this time!
It’s even crazier that they have fun with it.
Who knew?

How have you made a fool of yourself lately for the sake of ministry?